Dr. Jon B. Olansen is the manager of NASA’s Gateway Program. In this capacity, he is responsible for the day-to-day management, development, integration, and operation of the Lunar Gateway with elements and systems provided by numerous NASA Centers, commercial, and international partners. He most recently served as the Habitation and Lunar Outpost (HALO) Project Manager within Gateway, overseeing the HALO module development, its integration with the Power & Propulsion Element (PPE), and planning the launch/transit of that combined vehicle to lunar orbit. Prior to his work in the Gateway Program, Dr. Olansen was the Orion Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) Crew Module (CM) Project Manager within the Engineering Directorate, responsible for designing, building, integrating, and delivering the in-house built CM to KSC for the AA-2 flight test, for which he also served as Test Director. He also led the Morpheus Project to its successful conclusion, developing and flying a full-scale planetary lander prototype for the advanced development of human spacecraft propulsion, navigation, and autonomous precision landing systems. Dr. Olansen began his career as a Space Shuttle Mechanical, Maintenance, Arm, and Crew Systems (MMACS) flight controller, supporting 32 missions. He subsequently held a number of positions of increasing responsibility including tours in the Crew Office, Safety and Mission Assurance, the Space Shuttle Program Office, the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, and as manager of the Engineering Directorate Planning and Control Office, before taking the Morpheus helm. Dr. Olansen earned his B.S. in aerospace engineering and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He obtained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (biomedical focus) as a National Instruments Fellow at Rice University, where he specialized in biomedical experimentation in electrophysiology and cardiopulmonary hemodynamics.


International Astronautical Congress 2023

2-6 October 2023

Baku, Azerbaijan