Philip McAlister joined NASA in 2005 and he is currently the Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Division at NASA Headquarters where he oversees NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. This program is re-establishing U.S. human access to space through a new and innovative partnership whereby the private sector is responsible for the development of the human space transportation systems and NASA is a buyer of crew transportation services to the International Space Station. The Commercial Crew Program is on track to produce two, independent human space transportation systems for less than $6 billion – a significant reduction from NASA’s historical experience.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. McAlister oversaw the successful Commercial Cargo Program (i.e., COTS) which facilitated the development of the SpaceX Dragon and Orbital Sciences Antares cargo transportation systems. He also served as the Executive Director for the “Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee” (also known as the Augustine Committee). In 2010, he earned NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal.
Prior to NASA, he was a Director at Futron Corporation where he managed a division that performed aerospace business analysis and technology assessments. Before joining Futron, he served as a Senior Manager during a ten-year career at TRW Corporation.
Mr. McAlister holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Averett University, a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Sciences from the University of Maryland.