Press Release

Gary L. Martin Named as NASA’S Future Technology Architect

By SpaceRef Editor
October 11, 2002
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Gary L. Martin has been named to a key new position
within the agency designed to help make NASA’s future
exploration and research goals possible. Martin, who has
served as Assistant Associate Administrator for Advanced
Systems in NASA’s Office of Space Flight, will serve as the
agency’s Space Architect.

The Space Architect reports to the Deputy Administrator.
Martin will set NASA’s future technology requirements and
monitor development programs, to ensure systems will be ready
when needed, to support next-generation science objectives.

“Gary has years of experience working to integrate our
technology programs to better plan and prepare for NASA’s
future. If we’re going to better understand our home planet
and explore the universe, we’re going to need an assortment
of new tools and technologies,” said Deputy Administrator
Frederick D. Gregory. “His advanced concept work and
integration management activities are valuable assets for
this agency as we look to responsibly invest in the
technologies that will make NASA’s missions of tomorrow

Space Science, Earth Science, Biological and Physical
Research, Aeronautics, and Space Flight-as well as those
working on interdisciplinary efforts such as space
exploration, will report to the newly established Joint
Strategic Assessment Team, through the Space Architect, about
their activities related to NASA’s long term strategy for
aerospace research.

Martin began his career at NASA in 1990 as a program manager
and branch chief in what was then known as Microgravity
Sciences and Applications at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
He then moved to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,
Greenbelt, Md., to serve as the integration manager for the
Space Science program focused on the Structure and Evolution
of the Universe. Martin was part of the initial management
team for the James Webb telescope, the successor to the
Hubble Space Telescope.

In 1997, Martin became the Chief of the NASA Technology
Planning and Integration Office, which managed technology
development programs for three of the agency’s primary

In 2000, Martin returned to Headquarters to lead the Advanced
Systems Office for Space Flight. He chaired the NASA
Exploration Team, also known as NEXT, a cross-enterprise team
of key technology and systems experts from NASA’s centers,
working to develop a long-term strategy for human and robotic
space exploration and research.

SpaceRef staff editor.