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Vincent L. Rausch

Photo Number: ED04-0082-1
Photo Date: February 11, 2004
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NASA's Hyper-X Program Manager Vince Rausch talks about the X-43A from his office at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.
Vincent L. Rausch was named Hyper-X Program Manager and started working at NASA Langley Research Center in July 1996. He is responsible for the overall execution of the joint Langley NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Hyper-X program which will flight-validate the performance of an airframe-integrated supersonic combustion ramjet (scramjet) engine installed on an X-43 research aircraft.

Mr. Rausch joined the NASA Headquarters Office of Aeronautics in 1991 as the Assistant Director for Aeronautics (High-Performance Aircraft). In this capacity, he coordinated NASA high-performance aircraft programs with the Department of Defense. In 1992, he was appointed Director for National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) and served as the agency focal point for NASA involvement in the DOD NASA NASP program. In 1995, as Director, Inter-Enterprise Operations, he coordinated Aeronautics Enterprise activities with the other NASA enterprises (Space Science, Earth Science, and Human Exploration and Development of Space).

Before retiring as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 1991, Mr. Rausch spent three years as the first Director of the NASP Inter-Agency Office (NIO) in the Pentagon. His NIO responsibilities included the DOD portion of the NASP budget, congressional liaison, and day-to-day coordination with NASA. From 1986 to 1988, he served in the NASP Joint Program Office (JPO) at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. His positions included acting Program Manager, Director of Program Operations, and Director of Systems Applications. From 1982 to 1986, while assigned to the Aeronautical Systems Division (ASD), at Wright-Patterson AFB, he directed the Transatmospheric Vehicle (TAV) program which examined single- and two-stage-to-orbit military spaceplanes. He also led ASD participation in the Copper Canyon program, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded effort which established the feasibility of the NASP. His Strategic Air Command operational experience includes over 3,000 hours in the B-52 and 56 combat missions.

Mr. Rausch is the recipient of the Air Force Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Air Force Commendation Medal (with one oak leaf cluster) and a NASA Outstanding Service Award. He has a BA from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, and an MBA from Inter-American University, San Germain, PR. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Air War College, Armed Forces Staff College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer School. A native of Charlottesville, VA, Mr. Rausch and his wife, Diane, reside in Williamsburg, Virginia.

NASA Photo by: Jeff Caplan/NASA Langley
Keywords: Vincent L. Rausch, Vince Rausch, Hyper-X Program Manager, X-43A, X-43, Langley Research Center, scramjet

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