Deirdre Healey

Deirdre Healey

Director Mission Support Division (MSD)

Ms. Healey is the Director, Mission Support Division, in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, NASA Headquarters.  In this position, Ms. Healey leads safety and mission assurance activities in support of NASA's spacecraft (including the International Space Station and space hardware developed for exploration programs and commercial space activities), science payloads, expendable launch vehicles, and aeronautics programs.  In addition, she provides the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance primary interface with the NASA Mission Directorates, the Office of the Chief Technologist, and the Center Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) organizations.  Previously, Ms. Healey supported SMA activities for the Human Exploration and Operations Exploration Systems, where she led efforts to incorporate SMA policies and tenets into the Agency’s various Human Space Flight Programs including Orion, the Space Launch System, and the new Commercial Crew Program.

Ms. Healey has more than 26 years of experience in space systems safety and mission assurance, program management, engineering, operations, and policy.  Prior to joining NASA, she led development and operations of national and international space systems in the U.S. Air Force.  Previous positions include Program Manager for the Inertial Upper Stage Rocket Booster Program; Director, Titan Program Operations and Integration; Deputy Program Manager, Launch Projects at Cape Canaveral Air Station; Chief, International Policy Branch for United States Strategic Command; and Technical Director for Requirements, Air Force Satellite Control Network.  In addition, Ms. Healey served on various mishap investigation boards including the Presidentially-commissioned Launch Broad Area Review and the Titan IVA-20 Accident Investigation Board.

Ms. Healey has a Master's degree in Government from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois. 


November 27, 2013