NASA Vet Joins EchoStar

Well, it is rocket science, after all.

EchoStar Corporation, Charlie Ergen’s technology unit, said the EchoStar Satlelite Services division has hired former NASA flight director Jerry Jason  to the post of vice president, spacecraft operations and engineering.

Jason will be responsible for all flight operations, engineering and analysis of EchoStar’s fleet of 23 owned, leased and managed spacecraft, and will also manage the telemetry, tracking and control systems infrastructure. He will report to Derek de Bastos, chief technology officer of ESS.

“Jerry brings a wealth of spacecraft operations experience to EchoStar,” said de Bastos, in a statement. “His expertise will be instrumental in strengthening and growing our operations organization as we continue to expand the EchoStar fleet.”

Jason joins ESS from the NASA Johnson Space Center, where he served 18 years in the Mission Operations Directorate. During his tenure, he was a flight controller for more than 30 Space Shuttle missions and, for the past six years, was a flight director for the International Space Station (ISS). As flight director, Jason was one of the few select individuals responsible for real-time operations of the ISS and successfully completed the ISS Expedition 23/24 missions and two automated transfer vehicle (ATV) resupply missions, the company said.