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During her 20-year federal government career, Allen managed NASA's Space Launch Initiative Program Planning and Control Office; Program Development Office for Marshall's Space Transportation Directorate; NASA's Space Product Development Program and NASA's Microgravity Research Program Business Management Office.
The report noted that previous space ventures by the agency, including the canceled X-33 space plane and Space Launch Initiative programs, have cost the nation more than $4.
Managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, the Space Launch Initiative is developing the kerosene-fueled RS-84 prototype engine with Boeing Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, CA, and the TR107 prototype engine with TRW Space and Electronics of Redondo Beach, CA.
Both programs were being carried out under the Space Launch Initiative, an effort aimed at developing new spacecraft, which is being folded into NASA's space exploration effort geared toward returning humans to the moon no later than 2020.
Ever since the Space Transportation Architecture Studies were commissioned in 1998 and throughout the Space Launch Initiative and the Orbital Space Plane Programs, Orbital has worked in partnership with NASA to develop space system concepts that are innovative, affordable and achievable.
Over half of that funding will come from discontinuing the Space Launch Initiative, which included the now canceled orbital space plane program and the Next Generation Launch Technology program, which was aimed at developing technologies for future spacecraft.
As the director of Supplier Management for Phantom Works, Boeing's advanced research-and-development business unit, Simpson oversees the subcontract management, proposal support and receipt of hardware for the Orbital Express, X-37, Phantom Works Advanced Engineering, Advanced C-17 and Space Launch Initiative Programs.
During the past year, it's been a privilege to work with and be a part of their team focused on NASA's Space Launch Initiative programs.