March 10, 2009
NASA’s Kevin Petersen to retire
Kevin Petersen, director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Dryden Flight Research Center in California, says he will retire next month.
A veteran aerospace engineer and manager with 38 years experience at Dryden, Petersen has served as the center's director for more than 10 years and is the longest-serving field center director currently at NASA, officials said.
NASA officials said that during Petersen's tenure as center director, Dryden has accomplished many flight-research
firsts, including the flight of the Helios solar-electric aircraft to a world record altitude of 96,863 feet, the flight of the X-43A integrated scramjet vehicle to a speed of Mach 10 and the demonstration of fully autonomous in-flight aerial refueling capability.
Petersen began his career at Dryden as a university cooperative student in 1971 and was hired as an aerospace engineer upon graduation in 1974. He will step down April 3.