From: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2005
Appointment of Alan Ladwig to new space business development position reinforces company's commitment to helping nation achieve space exploration goals
WASHINGTON - May XX, 2005 - Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has reaffirmed its commitment to helping shape the nation's space exploration programs and policies by opening a new space systems business development office in Washington DC, near NASA Headquarters.
Alan Ladwig has been appointed Manager of Washington Operations, Space Systems Business Development to lead and manage this new office for the company's Integrated Systems sector. He brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in senior management positions with NASA, commercial space companies, media companies and non-profit organizations.
A photo of Ladwig accompanies this release.
"Having an experienced space executive such as Ladwig in Washington gives our government customers increased opportunities to work directly with the Northrop Grumman Constellation Systems team to help shape the nation's future in space exploration," said Doug Young, Northrop Grumman's lead executive for Constellation Systems and its CEV Program Manager. "This new office also increases the team's ability to be responsive to NASA's challenges and ensures that we're positioned to provide the safest and most affordable space exploration systems."
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Ladwig was affiliated with several space entrepreneurial companies. He was the chief operating officer for the Zero Gravity Corporation, a privately-held space tourism and entertainment company offering commercial parabolic (weightless) flights to the public on a Boeing 727 aircraft. Ladwig was also the assistant to the chairman and vice president for Washington operations of Space.com, New York, N.Y., a multimedia company dedicated to space-related content.
At NASA headquarters, Ladwig served as both a civil servant and a political appointee. From 1993 to 1999 he served as NASA's associate administrator for policy and plans. In this position, he coordinated the agency policy positions, the NASA Strategic Management System, the agency's history division, and operations of the NASA Advisory Council. He was also the executive secretary of the interagency working group and chair of the civil space subcommittee that developed the National Space Policy signed by President Clinton in 1996.
As a civil servant supporting NASA's Office of Space Flight, Ladwig has also helped shape several NASA programs designed to increase participation by students and non-aerospace professionals in space activities. From 1981 to 1989, for example, he managed and established procedures for the Space Flight Participant Program (Teacher in Space and Journalist in Space programs), the Space Shuttle Mid-deck Experiments Program, Non-Scientific Payload Program, Corporate Payload Specialist Program, and Shuttle Student Involvement Program. In recognition of his many contributions to the agency, NASA has awarded Ladwig the Distinguished Service Medal, the Exceptional Achievement Medal, and two Exceptional Service Medals.
Ladwig has also authored numerous articles on space topics for professional and general interest periodicals including: Ad Astra, Aerospace America, Aviation Week and Space Technology, Final Frontier, Financier, Medical Industry Executive, Space.com, Space News, and Space Policy Journal.
Ladwig is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society.
As a system prime, spacecraft and subsystem provider, and high technology innovator, Northrop Grumman is moving forward on applying the full spectrum of its technology base, innovative thinking and robust space systems integration expertise to help the country extend its human and robotic reach to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
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