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Kevin Hatton

SpaceX
FAA Licensing Manager
Kevin Hatton is Manager of FAA Licensing at Space Exploration Technologies Corp.(SpaceX). He is responsible for managing licensing activities for all Falcon 9 and FalconHeavy missions. He collaborates with FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportationand Air Traffic Organization to schedule and manage launch and reentry operations inthe National Airspace System (NAS).

Prior to joining SpaceX in 2016, Hatton was employed at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he acquired over 20 years’ experience in Air Traffic Control, Traffic Management, and NextGen research. He was FAA Program Manager for Space Vehicle Operations (SVO) and developed the SVO Concept of Operations. His research produced advanced prototype capabilities for dynamically managing space launches and reentries while improving NAS safety and efficiency. He has authored numerous papers on aerospace topics, including Space Vehicle Operational Impacts upon NAS Air Traffic Management; Probabilistic Modeling of Airport Arrival Demand; and Modeling of Time-Based Flow Management During Transient Disruptions.

He was a volunteer docent at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum from 2011-2016. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science, with specialization in Human-Computer Interaction, and currently resides in Redondo Beach, California.