Captain Michael Lopez-Alegria, USN (Ret.) is an independent consultant to traditional and commercial space companies. Michael has over thirty-five years of aviation and space experience with the U.S. Navy and NASA in a variety of roles including Naval Aviator, engineering test pilot and program manager, four-time NASA astronaut, and commander of ISS Expedition 14 (flying to and from the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-9). He holds NASA records for most Extravehicular Activities (EVA) or “space walks” (10) and cumulative EVA time (67 hours 40 minutes). Michael is the former President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, where he was a spokesman, thought leader, and advocate with the U.S. Congress and pertinent Executive Agencies for favorable public policy on behalf of the commercial spaceflight industry.
Michael serves on several advisory boards and committees of public and private organizations, including the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council, and the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee to the FAA. He is the President of the Association of Space Explorers USA, a professional and educational organization of current and former astronauts. Michael is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and resides in Washington, DC.