VPMC: Orion: Project Management for the Future of Space Exploration

Welcome to the VPMC: Orion: Project Management for the Future of Space Exploration! This website is intended to provide all of the information you need to prepare for and attend this event. Please explore the website and review the information provided.

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After the webcast, you may record this session in SATERN. To do so, log in to SATERN and then click on the “Record Learning” link on the right side. Type "Virtual PM Challenge" in the Search Catalog box and press “Next”. Click the “Select” circle to the right of the session "Orion: Project Management for the Future of Space Exploration" and press “Next”. Fill out the appropriate information to complete recording this session in SATERN.

The Virtual PM Challenge will count as continuous learning for NASA PM certification. Please refer to our online FAQ’s for more information see FAQ#2.


As part of NASA’s deep space exploration program, the Orion spacecraft will carry astronauts farther than they have ever traveled before—including to the vicinity of the Moon and Mars. This VPMC session will feature Mark Kirasich, Orion Program Manager. We will discuss how Orion supports NASA’s deep space exploration agenda, as well as how the leadership team manages a complex project involving multiple components, partners, and facilities. Additionally, we will explore the challenges the program has faced, lessons learned, and special considerations that leaders should consider when managing large projects/programs.



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