J. Walt Faulconer

J. Walt Faulconer

J. Walt Faulconer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Space Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  Walt was born in Warren, Ohio.  He and his wife, Cindy, have two children, Logan and Kyle.

Walt was elected the Executive Vice President of the American Astronautical Society and is currently a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board as well as the NASA JPL Science Advisory Board.  He has served on the National Academy Steering Committee for the prioritization of NASA's Technology Roadmaps, NASA Commercial External Review Team, and NASA Constellation Program Standing Review Board.

Previously Walt was the Business Area Executive for Civilian Space at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, which has built over 60 spacecraft and over 150 scientific instruments.  His responsibilities included managing all aspects of the Civilian Space Business Area: execution of all programs; development of new business which accounted for 20% of APL's overall revenues; and managed over 500 scientists and engineers.  Programs included the development, launching and operations of the NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto, the MESSENGER mission to Mercury and the twin STEREO spacecraft to study the sun.

Mr. Faulconer served in various capacities for 26 years at Lockheed Martin.  He was the Director for Space Exploration Business Development for Space Systems Company responsible for the business development and marketing campaign for Space Exploration including: Shuttle Return to Flight, International Space Station, and Project Constellation-Crew Exploration Vehicle - Orion.  Walt's roles at Lockheed Martin included Director for Business Development for the Space Transportation line of business, including Atlas and Titan launch vehicles, and Advanced Space Transportation.  From 1978 he held progressively more responsible positions within Lockheed Martin (formerly Martin Marietta), including systems engineering and mission operations positions on the space shuttle integration program, advanced launch programs, manned maneuvering unit program, and classified satellite programs.  He was the systems engineering and test manager for several classified programs, and program manager for the Automated Highway System demonstration program with the Department of Transportation.  He also served as director of Strategic Planning and Development for Space Systems Company, responsible for leading the strategic planning and development team.  Before that, he served as the program manager for the 2nd Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle program as part of the Space Launch Initiative.