Keynote Speaker – Michael S. Kelly

Michael S. Kelly
Chief Engineer
Office of Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA

Michael S. Kelly is Chief Engineer at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST). His career has been divided between work in the aerospace defense world and the world of entrepreneurial commercial space transportation.  In the 1980s, Mr. Kelly worked as a propulsion engineer and manager at TRW Ballistic Missiles Division on the Peacekeeper and Small ICBM SE/TA contracts.  In 1989 he cofounded and became Director of Engineering of the TRW Space Launch Services Organization.   In 1993, he formed Kelly Space & Technology, with an eye toward developing reusable launch vehicles.  He returned to TRW (then Northrop-Grumman) in 2003, and worked on advanced missile systems. In 2005, he joined the X PRIZE Foundation to run Flight Operations for the annual X PRIZE Cup.  During that time, he also served as founding President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  In 2008, he worked as Chief Engineer at ATK Elkton in the areas of advanced propulsion and energy systems.  In 2010, he joined FAA/AST as Chief Engineer.   He is the author of four patents, and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.