Gina D. Galasso is managing director of The Aerospace Corporation UK Ltd. She has spent more than 35 years helping Aerospace customers navigate the complex issues of space (including 15 directly supporting allied governments). Galasso led development of an international strategy and execution plan and provided corporate expertise that has supported the Department of Defense (DOD) and civil space programs for the United Nations, as well as national government and intergovernmental programs worldwide, culminating in her position with Aerospace UK.
She completed a four-year assignment where she was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) envoy to the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). In this capacity Galasso was the European liaison officer serving as the single point of contact for NOAA interaction with EUMETSAT. Her primary tasks included identifying technical and programmatic impediments to the efficient exchange of U.S. and European instruments; coordination of policies; participation in the U.S./European Union space dialogue; support of joint planning for future polar-orbiting systems; participation in source selections; facilitation of collision avoidance support to EUMETSAT for its polar-orbiting satellites; and advising technical personnel and leadership within NOAA, NASA, and the DOD on interacting with EUMETSAT.
Before her assignment with NOAA, Galasso was responsible for managing the resources and overall operation of a large sensor system organization that included several laboratory and computing facilities used to provide top-level expertise in electro-optical and radar systems engineering and data exploitation.
Galasso joined Aerospace in 1985 as a member of the technical staff. After several years developing visualization software, she transferred to a United States Air Force program office where she worked directly with the Air Force to develop and deliver a transportable data link communication system. Her career then shifted into the management track where she managed a team of tracking and estimation experts, facilitated the acquisition of modeling, simulation, and analysis tools for advanced space systems, and performed system engineering studies.