James FREE

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD)

Jim Free is the associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Free is responsible for the development of NASA’s Moon to Mars architecture, defining and managing the systems development for NASA’s Artemis missions and planning for NASA’s integrated deep space exploration approach.

Before his appointment to associate administrator in 2021, Free spent several years in various private sector roles. Free began his NASA career at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a propulsion engineer and later as a systems engineer on several spacecraft. He served in numerous engineering positions with increasing responsibility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio, before being selected as Glenn’s deputy director and then serving as Glenn’s center director, where he was responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities required in accomplishing the missions assigned to the center.


International Astronautical Congress 2022

18-22 September 2022

Paris, France


International Astronautical Congress 2021

25-29 October 2021

Dubai, United Arab Emirates