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Mark Fisher has been named X-34 rocket plane project manager at
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

In his new position, Fisher will oversee development and testing of
the X-34 reusable, sub-orbital test vehicle — designed to
demonstrate key technologies to help lower the cost of putting a
payload into space from $10,000 per pound to $1,000 per pound.
He also will oversee development and testing of the Fastrac
Engine, which will power the X-34.

Fisher began his NASA career in 1990 in the Marshall Center’s
Propulsion Laboratory. He most recently led the Vehicle Subsystem
Engineering Group, responsible for vehicle engineering of all flight
projects in Marshall’s Space Transportation Directorate.

Among honors he has received while at Marshall is the Silver
Snoopy Award, for work on the Space Shuttle Main Propulsion
System. The Silver Snoopy is presented to NASA employees for
their contributions to the success of the Shuttle program.

Fisher received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, and both his
bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from
Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

Fisher, his wife Kirsten and their son Michael reside in Hazel Green,