Dr. Steven Jolly


Dr. Steve Jolly is the Lockheed Martin Chief Engineer for the Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company.  He was the Chief Engineer and Principal Scientist for the GOES-R program and Chief Engineer and Deputy PM for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. He was Program Manager for the Mars Science Lab (MSL) Aeroshell. He has served as a member of EDL systems engineering team and critical events risk process for Phoenix, Stardust and Genesis and served on the National Research Council’s EDL panel. He was chief systems engineer for Mars Sample Return (MSR) and co-inventor of the original concept for the MSL Sky Crane. He has served HEOMD and Orion off and on as an independent advisor and tiger team lead for entry, descent and landing, and most recently for the Mars Base Camp architecture and science mission. He is a 2007 recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal for distinguished service. He is a member of the board of directors for the Space Science Institute (SSI). He has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from CU-Boulder, an M.S. from Florida Tech, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering sciences from CU-Boulder.


Revolution in Weather prediction: Emplacement of the World’s Most Advanced Weather Satellite, GOES-R


The long heralded NOAA Geostationary Observational Environmental Satellite R-Series first observatory is shipping to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida on August 22 for an early November launch.  Dr. Jolly will give a status of the mission and the final activities leading to launch. He will discuss the expected performance of observatory and its revolutionary effect on severe weather prediction and global implication for the future.