Randy Kendall is vice president of Launch Program Operations. He assumed this position on July 1, 2015. Kendall is responsible for Aerospace support to all Air Force launch, range, and satellite control programs, including the Delta IV, Atlas V, and Falcon 9 National Security Space Launch (NSSL), NSSL new entrants, the Spacelift Range, and the Air Force Satellite Control Network. He has responsibility for the company’s launch operations at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. He is also responsible for the management of civil and commercial contracts involving launch operations.
Prior to holding this position, Kendall was vice president of Civil and Commercial Operations, directing all civil and commercial business at Aerospace; he was responsible for contracts valued at over $80 million annually.
Previously, Kendall was general manager of the Launch Systems Division. His responsibilities included leading Aerospace systems engineering support to the NSSL (formerly Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, or EELV) programs, as well as managing Space Launch Operations’ support to NASA, the FAA, and other commercial programs.
Kendall also served as the principal director of the Launch Directorate, National Systems Group, where he was responsible for managing a broad range of Aerospace support to the National Reconnaissance Office’s Office of Space Launch.
Kendall began his career at Aerospace in 1988 as a control systems analyst in the Engineering and Technology Group. He joined the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program office in 1993 and was promoted to manager of spacecraft electrical systems in 1995. In 1997, Kendall became a senior project engineer in Space Launch Operations and held several positions of increasing responsibility within the EELV program office, including Systems Director for EELV Integration and Analysis, and principal director for Mission Integration and Systems Engineering, until joining the National Systems Group in 2005.
Prior to joining Aerospace, Kendall worked for NASA as a flight controls engineer at Dryden Flight Research Center.
Kendall graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. He earned his master’s degree in aerospace engineering, also from the University of Michigan, and holds an MBA from California State University, Long Beach.
Kendall is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, chair of the AIAA’s Space Transportation Technical Committee, and vice chair of the Space Transportation Committee of the International Astronautics Federation.