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John Steinmeyer

John Steinmeyer

Executive Director, Assured Access to Space, Space Systems Command, USSF

John Steinmeyer is the Executive Director for Assured Access to Space (AATS), USSF Space Systems Command (SSC).  In this role he supports the PEO and Director of AATS in the acqustion, integration, operation and sustainment of the $13.5B National Security Space Launch Program, Rocket System Launch Program and other emerging Space Mobility and Logistics mission areas. Assured Access to Space provides reliable delivery of capability to orbit for the USSF and Intelligence Community, and is responsible for sustainment and modernization of the Eastern and Western Launch Ranges. AATS leverages space industry partners to develop, produce, and operate launch and space mobility systems. Mr. Steinmeyer is also a certified National Security Space Launch Mission Director. 

Mr. Steinmeyer has over 35 years of experience in launch vehicle system program management, development, integration, operations, sales, and acquisition. Prior to his current role, he spent 10 years with Northrop Grumman Corporation and its affiliated entities. As Director and Sr. Manager of Space Launch Business Development for the Launch Vehicles Business Unit he led and coordinated business development for the Pegasus, Minotaur, Antares and proposed Omega launch systems, interfacing with both government and commercial customers. Prior to this, as Sr. Systems Engineering Manager, Mr. Steinmeyer supported the development, sales, and successful operation of the Antares launch system for the International Space Station Commercial Cargo Resupply Services program, and served as Integrated Product Team Lead for the Antares RD-181 main engine procurement from N.P.O. Energomash.  

Preceding this, Mr. Steinmeyer was with Boeing and former McDonnell Douglas company for 22 years, supporting development, procurement, satellite integration, and operations of multiple space launch programs including Titan IV, Delta II, III & IV, Japanese H-IIA, and Sea Launch LLC. He held positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Procurement, and Program Management including:      

  • IPT lead for the Delta II Globalstar Missons and patented satellite Dispenser system
  • Major Supplier Program Manager in Nagoya Japan leading a cooperative propellant tank development program between Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Major Supplier Program Manager for Delta II, III and IV Propulsion Systems
  • Chief of Staff supporting the Vice President and General Manager of Boeing Expendable Launch Systems.
  • Director of Mission Integration for Sea Launch LLC, leading the integration of 30 satellites manifested on Sea Launch and Land Launch, and supporting Sea Launch and Land Launch campaigns as certified Chief Systems Engineer and Assistant Mission Director. 

Mr. Steinmeyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from U. C. San Diego, and an MBA with an emphasis in International Business and Organization Design from the University of Southern California Marshall School Of Business. He serves on the Board of Directors of Focal Technology, an emerging clean-tech company, and is a member of the advisory board of Concordia University Irvine’s Engineering Department.


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