First Female Chief Flight Director to Join NASA’s Gateway Leadership
Holly Ridings, the first female chief of NASA’s flight directors, will now help lead the agency’s Gateway Program, an international partnership to establish humanity’s first space station around the Moon.
In her new role, Ridings will serve as the deputy program manager, where she will lead teams to build and launch NASA’s foundational infrastructure in deep space.
“I am honored to help lead the Gateway Program—a blueprint for NASA’s exploration plans to the Moon and beyond,” Ridings said. “Serving as chief flight director has been a great honor, and I will carry the excellence of Flight Operations with me to the incredible Gateway team.”
Ridings became chief flight director in 2018, leading NASA human spaceflight operations through the first commercial crew missions, to the International Space Station, to preparation for the upcoming Artemis I mission. Over the course of her career in human spaceflight operations, Ridings has spent thousands of hours in the Mission Control Center supporting the assembly and operations of the space station. Ridings led several key operational milestones in human spaceflight, including the first commercial cargo spacecraft mission to the space station in 2012.
“The Gateway Program will be served incredibly well by Holly’s tremendous depth of experience supporting the International Space Station,” said Dan Hartman, Gateway Program manager. “Through Gateway, NASA is extending more than 20 years of discovery, research and international collaboration in low-Earth orbit to deep space, starting at the Moon.”