Tony Antonelli is the Director of Advanced Programs for the Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. In this role, he provides leadership for the strategic expansion of Civil Space programs and capabilities, including innovation and development of space exploration programs, human space flight, weather satellites, and launch systems.
Formerly Chief Technologist, Exploration Systems, Civil Space, he was responsible in this thought leadership role for helping to synergize and expedite the human exploration strategy through the development and integration of both science objectives and human exploration goals. His efforts contributed to shaping a definitive path for sustainable human missions to Mars.
Tony is a retired Navy Captain and former NASA Astronaut who has accumulated over 4,700 flight hours in over 40 different kinds of aircraft and served as the pilot for two Space Shuttle missions: STS-119 and STS-132. While serving at NASA, Tony’s leadership roles within the Astronaut Office included the Space Launch System, Commercial Crew, Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM), and Space Shuttle Propulsion.
As the Astronaut Office Lead for Space Shuttle Propulsion, Tony was responsible for all four project elements: the External Tank, Space Shuttle Main Engines, Solid Rocket Motors, and Solid Rocket Boosters. In this capacity, he held signature authority for Certification of Flight Readiness while evaluating impacts of various design changes based on ground and in-flight anomalies, obsolescence, and planned upgrades.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School.
Tony has been honored with numerous awards, including a Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two NASA Space Flight medals, a Navy Meritorious Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the NASA Return-to-Flight Award.