Former NASA Exec Marshall Smith Named Nanoracks SVP of Commercial Space Stations

Marshall Smith, former deputy associate administrator for systems engineering and integration within a NASA directorate, has joined Voyager Space Holdings subsidiary Nanoracks to serve as senior vice president of commercial space stations.

Voyager said Monday Smith will oversee Nanoracks’ commercial space services from a new Huntsville, Alabama-based office, and lead the Nanoracks Outpost Program, which aims to create controllable destinations out of spent upper stages of launch vehicles to establish a commercial infrastructure across multiple orbits.

Smith helped NASA build a strategy for human spaceflight pursuits as the SE&I DAA within the space agency’s Human Exploration and Operations mission directorate.

His tenure at NASA also includes work as director of human lunar exploration programs, director of cross-program systems integration and chief engineer for exploration systems development.

In his new role, the former NASA executive will also be responsible for coordinating and directing Nanoracks’ crewed free flyer efforts, and collaborating with the company’s partners at Voyager, a space exploration company focused on vertical integration.

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