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Michael Conley

Michael Conley

Senior Engineering Consultant


Virginia Military Institute
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

+1 832-895-6023
3139 W. Holcombe Blvd. # 45024
Houston, TX 77025


Michael Conley is a retired NASA engineer with over 40 years of government and contractor experience in the design, development, test and evaluation of complex space systems from the Space Shuttle, communication and science satellites, International Space Station (ISS), and Lunar/Mars Programs. Michael’s career covers the entire spectrum of engineering and operations as both a trusted engineer and senior leader of multi-disciplined engineering, safety and operations teams. Called on to lead detailed assessments and provided recommendations for complex critical issues which would define loss of crew and/or loss of mission risk. Michael is a life time member of the NASA Alumni League which has allows him throughout his NASA retirement to stay informed of existing programs and provide consultation to both NASA and their contractors.


  • Chief Engineer – Orbit Beyond Inc.
    • Led international team of engineers and analysts from Japan, Germany, Belgium and India companies to design and develop a small Lunar lander to land NASA and commercial science payloads for NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS).
  • Consultant – Davidson Technologies Inc (DTI)
    • Supported Technical planning and reviews for the Space Launch Systems Program, Proposal writing, and DTI Business Development
  • Johnson Space Center (Various Roles)
    • Served on the Constellation (CX) Program’s Ares 1 Standing Review Board to evaluate and review the Ares 1 avionic systems.
    • In 2009, selected for 2-year detail to NASA Headquarters, Washington DC, as the Exploration Systems Division (ESD) Program Executive for the Constellation (Cx) SE&I.
    • HQ Board Rep. for the SE&I Control Board.
    • Led the preparation and delivered briefings on the integrated vehicle safety and risk analysis to agency leadership and congressional staffers.
    • Led Flagship Program team to formulate five ($500M – $1B class) technology demonstration missions supporting solar system exploration.
    • Manager, Chief Engineer’s Office
    • Deputy Manager of the Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics Division
    • Deputy Manager for the Advanced Development Office
    • Deputy Manager of the ISS Mission integration Office
    • Lunar Scout Project Manager
    • OV-102 Columbia Vehicle Manager


  • NASA
  • Space Satellite Systems
  • Space Launch Systems
  • Avionics Systems
  • Aeroscience & Flight Mechanics
  • Payload & Payload Testing
  • Failure Analysis
  • Dispute Resolution