EchoStar hires NASA vet as operations chief
Michelle Clancy | 12-03-2014

EchoStar Satellite has hired former NASA flight director Jerry Jason as vice president of spacecraft operations and engineering.

Jason will be responsible for all flight operations, engineering and analysis of EchoStar's fleet of 23 owned, leased and managed spacecraft, and will also manage the telemetry, tracking and control systems infrastructure.

"Jerry brings a wealth of spacecraft operations experience to EchoStar," said Derek de Bastos, CTO at EchoStar. "His expertise will be instrumental in strengthening and growing our operations organisation as we continue to expand the EchoStar fleet."

Jason joins EchoStar from the NASA Johnson Space Centre, where he served 18 years in the Mission Operations Directorate. During his tenure, he was a flight controller for more than 30 Space Shuttle missions and, for the past six years was a flight director for the International Space Station. As flight director, Jason was one of the few select individuals responsible for real-time operations of the ISS and successfully completed the ISS Expedition 23/24 missions and two automated transfer vehicle (ATV) resupply missions.