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Nicholas G. Chrissotimos
Associate Director of Flight Projects

Mr. Chrissotimos has 32 years of project/program management experience at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). He is currently the Associate Director of Flight Projects for Heliophysics where he is the Program Manager for Explorers, Living with a Star and Solar Terrestrial Probes.

Mr. Chrissotimos joined GSFC full-time in 1974 after receiving a BSEE from Pratt Institute. He also has a MSEE from the University of Maryland. He first developed Ground Systems hardware for the NASA STDN tracking stations. Then designed and developed spaceflight hardware while supporting flight projects including, LANDSAT, SARSAT, SEASAT and COBE.

He served on the TDRS Project for eight years as Payload Manager, Spacecraft Manager, and Assistant Project Manager leading to the successful development and launches of TDRS 3 - 7. He later served as the TDRS H,I,J SEB Chairman.

He also has served as the Deputy Project Manager on the EOS Chemistry and Special Flights Project, and as the Earth Systems Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Project Manager where he led the definition, development and implementation of the ESSP program. He then served as the Earth Explorers Program Manager where he managed the development, launch and operations of ESSP and Earth Explorer missions; QuickScat, GRACE, SORCE, QuikTOMS, CALIPSO and CloudSat.

In 2003 Mr. Chrissotimos was appointed as the STEREO Project Manager where he led the project to a successful launch in October 2006. In addition, at that time he was serving as the Deputy Program Manager for the Sun Earth Connection Programs where he was the Living With a Star (LWS) Program Manager responsible for the SDO and Geospace missions.

He recently served as the Associate Director of Flight Projects for the Exploration and Space Communications Projects Division. There he was responsible for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Project, TDRS Project, Space Network and Ground Network Projects and GSFC Constellation Program support.

Mr. Chrissotimos is a recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, and Goddard's Exceptional Achievement Award.


Mark Goans
Deputy Program Manager for Explorers

Coming soon.


Christine Hinkle
Program Business Manager, Explorers Program

Ms. Christine Hinkle is the Explorers Program Business Manager in the Explorers and Heliophysics Projects Division (EHPD). Christine joined the EHPD in December of 2009, as the Deputy Program Business Manager for Explorers, supporting the IRIS, NuSTAR, SAM, Astro-H, and GEMS missions. In March of 2011, she moved to the position of Program Business Manager, currently supporting the GOLD, TESS, ICON, IXPE, XARM, and GUSTO missions.

Before joining the EHPD, Christine supported the Exploration and Space Communications Division, for over 20 years in various business leadership roles in several projects and offices, including the Near Earth Network Project, Space Network Project, Technology and Standards, the Guam Remote Ground Terminal Project, and the Second TDRSS Ground Terminal Project.

Christine has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland, University College.


Joe Burt
Deputy Program Technical Manager

Mr. Burt assumed the position of Deputy Program Manager Technical when Explorers, Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP), and Living With a Star (LWS) began merging in 2007. EHPD has since launched Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

Mr. Burt began his career in the electrical integration and test branch by developing the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) command and telemetry electrical ground support equipment. He then developed the Small Explorer (SMEX) Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer (SAMPEX) command and data handling system; pioneering the first MIL-STD-1773 fiber optic data bus in space. Later he developed avionics for multiple Space Shuttle flight experiments. Mr. Burt served as the Small Explorer Program systems engineer and eventually the Transition Region And Coronal Explorer (TRACE) mission systems engineer, where the first version of the Integrated Test and Operations System (ITOS) was introduced. Next he served as the Instrument Systems Engineering Branch Head at Goddard before returning as the Mission Systems Engineer (MSE) for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) for six years. Then he served as the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program Office Systems Architect where the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was conceived. Additionally, he served as the capture manager for Lunar Explorer (LEx); Goddard’s first Lunar Lander proposal followed by a Mars Lander proposal. Mr. Burt was also the Mission Systems Engineering lead for the Heliophysics Projects Division, before it merged into EHPD, where he chaired the Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE) Mishap Investigation Board. Next Mr. Burt revived the Triana/DSCOVR Mission spacecraft. (DSCOVR is planned for a 2015 launch)

Mr. Burt came to NASA in 1985 after completing a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland; 1 class shy of a second B.S. Degree in Mathematics. Later while at NASA he completed a Pre-Med undergraduate degree in 1991.

Over the course of 25 years Mr. Burt has received over 32 awards, including the Outstanding Leadership and Center of Excellence Awards.