Vice President, New Shepard Mission & Flight Operations, Blue Origin
Moderator: Di Reimold, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Federal Aviation Administration; Board Member, International Aviation Club of Washington, DC
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About the Speaker
Audrey Powers is the Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations for Blue Origin where she is responsible for New Shepard flight operations and training, vehicle maintenance, and launch complex infrastructure at Launch Site One. Audrey is also an astronaut, having flown on the second human flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard program, NS-18.
Previously, Audrey served as Vice President of Legal & Compliance for Blue Origin, overseeing a wide variety of legal matters, including regulatory affairs, legislative and policy matters, supplier and customer negotiations and management, maritime law, crisis response, and legal operations.
Audrey received a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1999 and worked as an engineer for almost 10 years prior to becoming a lawyer. As a guidance and controls engineer, she was a flight controller for NASA with 2,000 hours of console time in Mission Control for the International Space Station Program. After leaving NASA she supported government satellite programs for Lockheed Martin and received a Juris Doctor in 2008 from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Audrey previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is the Executive Sponsor of Blue Origin’s New Mercury Business Resource Group, which promotes gender diversity in the workforce at Blue Origin.