United Space Alliance today announced the formation of a new Constellation Program Office and the selection of industry veteran Anne Martt as USA’s Vice President and Constellation Program Manager. Martt will be responsible for the management and execution of all USA work in support of NASA’s Constellation Program, including the transition of work, assets and resources from other programs such as the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs.

“We fully expect USA to play an integral role in the Constellation Program from the early stages of system design and development through operations concept development and implementation,” said USA President and Chief Executive Officer Mike McCulley. “We are already performing some early work, and Anne is the right person to ensure we efficiently maintain the highest possible quality and reliability in our products and services as we transition from Shuttle to Constellation.”

As Program Manager reporting directly to McCulley, Martt will be responsible for the overall management of the organization including technical content, cost, schedule and risk. She will serve as the USA senior liaison to the NASA Constellation Program Office headquartered at the Johnson Space Center, and to the Constellation Program elements that reside at Kennedy, Marshall and NASA Headquarters. The appointment is effective immediately.

Prior to this appointment, Martt served as USA’s Director of Space Operations Development and was responsible for supporting business development pursuits and for overseeing newly acquired business projects associated with exploration and space operations. She also has been serving as Program/Project Management Process Owner with responsibilities including the development and implementation of company-wide policies, processes and tools for integrated program and project management.

Martt previously served as Deputy Program Manager, Space Shuttle Upgrades Development, the organization responsible for the identification and implementation of hardware and software upgrades to meet Space Shuttle Program safety and supportability objectives. She was also the Project Manager for the Cockpit Avionics Upgrade, a major hardware and software upgrade to improve flight safety through increased crew situational awareness and reduced cockpit workload.

From March 1999 until January 2001, Martt served as Deputy Associate Program Manager for USA’s Orbiter Element, which has responsibility for the Space Shuttle Orbiters and all associated hardware modification and maintenance. Prior to that, Martt held the position of Associate Program Manager, Flight Software Element.

Before joining USA from Lockheed Martin in October 1996, Martt attained more than 18 years of experience in technical and management positions within the Space Shuttle Primary Flight Software project. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin. “We had a number of outstanding candidates to choose from for this job,” McCulley said, “but in the end, the choice was obvious. Anne has all the technical and leadership skills necessary to guide USA into the next era of spaceflight.”

United Space Alliance, established in 1995, is a leader in space operations offering extensive experience in space launch and recovery operations; mission planning and control; flight hardware processing; space flight training; on-orbit assembly, payload deployment and servicing; rendezvous/proximity operations and docking; large-scale integration and sustaining engineering. United Space Alliance serves as NASA’s prime contractor for the Space Shuttle and provides operations services for the International Space Station. United Space Alliance employs more than 10,000 people in Texas, Florida, and Alabama.