SpaceCom 2022
FEBRUARY 21-23, 2023
All sessions are listed in Eastern Standard Time

Kelly Defazio

Orion Program Director for Transition and KSC Site Director
Lockheed Martin Space Company


Kelly DeFazio is the Program Director of Transition and KSC Site Director for the Lockheed Martin Spacecraft Orion in support of NASA’s Space Exploration Plan to the Moon and Beyond. Her responsibilities include developing a reusable Spacecraft platform, creating efficient integrated processes and evolving staffing to meet long term Artemis goals. Additionally she manages the LM Site at KSC and ensures digital transformation is the cornerstone for success.

2015-2018: Kelly served as the Director of F35 Production Engineering for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Her responsibilities included manufacturing engineering, test engineering, manufacturing planning, and root cause and corrective action across all F35 production sites. She also managed the producibility and affordability projects for F35 cost reduction.

2011-2014: Kelly was appointed as the Courtland Site Director for LM Space Company (LMSC) in Alabama. Her responsibilities included Procurement thru Assembly Integration & Test (AI&T) and delivery of Missile Systems. In addition, she managed and maintained the 660+ Acre ordnance rated facility with over 125K Sq Ft of production floor space.

2005-2010: Kelly held a series of increasingly responsible technical and managerial positions including Program Manager for the LV-2 product line and for the Re-Entry Vehicles within the Targets and Countermeasures Programs (LMSC) in Huntsville, AL. As program manager, she led a multifunctional domestic and international team including: systems engineers, design teams, subcontract management, and finance & business operations.

2001-2005: Kelly served as a Titan IV Launch Conductor at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In 1988, she joined Lockheed Martin and held a succession of increasingly responsible positions including electrical systems engineer, Systems Integration CPE, and Titan IV Program Engineer. During her career she participated in 42 launch campaigns.

Kelly earned her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electrical) and her Master’s degree in Business Administration (Management) from the University of Central Florida. Additionally, she is a certified Professional Engineer licensed thru the State of Florida.


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