Director, Naval Center for Space Technology



John P. Schaub

Photograph of John P. Schaub.

Mr. John P. Schaub is the Director of the Naval Center of Space Technology (NCST) at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). As DNCST, Mr. Schaub leads a highly skilled workforce of engineers, scientists, and technicians who conduct cutting-edge spacecraft research and development programs to meet and anticipate the needs of the Department of the Navy (DoN), Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC). The Center’s mission is to preserve and enhance a strong space technology base and provide expert assistance in the development and acquisition of space systems which support naval missions. NCST also provides systems engineering and technical direction assistance to major space systems acquisition programs.

Mr. Schaub came to NRL in 1985 and dedicated his career towards becoming a recognized expert in the design and development of spacecraft systems, program management, and systems engineering. He materially contributed to the development of “first of a kind” spacecraft or space instruments providing important capabilities in C4ISR, terrestrial and space weather, strategic defense, operationally responsive space, space robotic servicing, and advances in space science and technology.

Prior to his appointment as Director for NCST, Mr. Schaub served within the SES as Superintendent of the Spacecraft Engineering Department for ten years. He served as Associate Superintendent and then Acting Superintendent for NRL’s Spacecraft Engineering department from November 1998 to December 2006. From May 1994 to November 1998, Mr. Schaub was detailed to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) where he served as Director, Space Technology Experiment (STEX) Satellite Program Office.

Mr. Schaub successfully completed the requirements of a dual degree program and was awarded bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and physics with honors from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta in 1984. He is the recipient of numerous Special Act, Notable Achievement, and Outstanding Performance Awards, including the NRO Advanced Science & Technology Directorate Team of the Year Award in 1998. Mr. Schaub is senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has served as a voting member of the DoN Space Experiments Review Board (SERB) since 2008. In 2014, Mr. Schaub was named an Alumni of Distinction by SUNY Oneonta.


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