Rick Mastracchio, a former NASA astronaut, has joined Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) as senior director of operations for theÂ Commercial Resupply Services program within the company’s space systems group.
Orbital ATK said MondayÂ Mastracchio will oversee the CRS mission and cargo operations teams and support other programs for the human space systems organization.
“With his experience as an astronaut and his time spent on the International Space Station, Rick brings a unique understanding of human space flight, making him an invaluable resource for our human space flight endeavors,” saidÂ Frank DeMauro, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATKâs advanced programs division.
Mastracchio, who was part of three space shuttle flights as a mission specialist and has logged 228 days in space, will be based inÂ Dulles, Virginia.
He has also served as an ascent/entry guidance and procedures officer for mission control, the cockpit design lead on Orion and the Constellation deputy branch chief.