Ray F. Johnson is vice president of Space Launch Operations. He assumed this position on April 1, 2001. He is responsible for Aerospace support to all Air Force launch, range, and satellite control programs, including Delta II, the Delta IV, and Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV), the Spacelift Range, and the Air Force Satellite Control Network. He also has responsibility for the company's launch operations at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and for the management of civil and commercial contracts involving launch operations.
Mr. Johnson joined Aerospace in 1987 as a project engineer in the Titan program office. He held several key positions, including manager of the Liquid Propulsion section, director of the Centaur Directorate within the Titan program office from 1990 to 1993, and principal director of the Vehicle Performance Subdivision, Engineering and Technology Group, with responsibility for engineering support in the areas of propulsion, flight mechanics, fluid mechanics, and launch vehicle and spacecraft thermal analysis. At Aerospace, he was also general manager of the Launch Programs Division with responsibility for managing Aerospace's technical support to the Air Force for the Titan, Atlas and Delta launch programs.
Prior to joining Aerospace, he held a number of engineering positions with Martin Marietta Aerospace as part of Titan launch operations at Vandenberg AFB.