Tara Ruttley

Blue Origin

Chief Scientist, Orbital Reef

Bio: Tara Ruttley is Blue Origin Orbital Reef Chief Scientist. She was NASA Associate Chief Scientist for Microgravity Research and Associate Program Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS). She holds a PhD in Neuroscience. Tara has vast experience in planning and building reliable systems with scarce resources under the world’s most extreme conditions to keep astronauts healthy in space. She was lead hardware engineer for the ISS Health Maintenance System and later for the ISS Human Research Facility. From July 18, 2021, until March 31, 2022, Tara was the appointed NASA Liaison to CME.

2022-08 Abstract Title: ): Accelerating the Future Living in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Economy

Abstract Body: To meet NASA’s long-term research and technology development needs in low-Earth orbit (LEO) post-International Space Station (ISS) in a cost-effective manner, a robust commercial human spaceflight economy must be established and new markets must be developed. When ISS operations end in 2030, NASA plans to be one of many customers of a wide range of commercial products and services. NASA is currently working with selected commercial entities to begin the design of future commercial space stations that could serve the needs of both NASA and non-NASA users.