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In conversation with Michael Lutomski - Digital Innovation and Risk in the new Space Age

Updated: Oct 4, 2021


Speaker biography

Education: Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering,

University of Michigan, 1988

Master of Business Administration - Finance,

University of Houston, 2003

Mr. Lutomski has spent 36 years working on human spaceflight programs within the government and private industry. He has worked in the areas of program management, development, test, operations, engineering, risk management, safety, and reliability.

Mr. Lutomski started his career as a flight controller working the Mission Control Center in Houston. Mr. Lutomski spent two years working in NASA’s Russia office where he worked in the Moscow Mission Control Center developing infrastructure for the International Space Station operations.

Mr. Lutomski spent 10 years as the Risk Manager for the International Space Station. As the Risk Manager he was responsible for defining and implementing the qualitative as well as quantitative risk management processes across the program.

Mr. Lutomski retired from NASA in 2013 and joined Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX. At SpaceX he was Director of Risk Management, System Safety, and Reliability for six years where he built a team focusing safe and reliable spaceflight of the all launch vehicles and the Dragon spacecraft. His team was instrumental Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Crew Dragon Certification by the USAF and NASA.

In 2020 Mr. Lutomski became Blue Origin’s Vice President of Safety and Mission Assurance and as they prepared for their first human flight. He was responsible for ensuring the safety and reliability of all vehicle development and operations as well as providing a safe workplace for employees and protecting the environment.

Mr Lutomski is currently helping new space start-ups succeed, writing, mentoring, inspiring, and speaking worldwide.


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