Lead for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) System Capability Leadership Team, HEOMD, NASA JSC
Gerald Sanders has worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center full time for over 30 years in the Propulsion and Power Division of the Engineering Directorate, and has extensive experience in propulsion, fluid systems, and In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). Mr. Sanders currently serves as the ISRU System Capability Leadership Team (SCLT) Lead in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) and Co-Investigator for Human Mission Extensibility for the Mars OXygen Isru Experiment (MOXIE) for the Mars 2020 rover. Mr. Sanders has worked in the area of ISRU for over 22 years. During this time he has led multiple strategic plans, architecture studies, development projects, and analog field tests associated with ISRU advancement. Mr. Sanders co-proposed and developed as Chief Engineer the first ISRU mission payload, the Mars In-situ propellant production Precursor (MIP), for the cancelled Mars 2001 Surveyor lander and initiated development of the Regolith and Environment Science & Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) payload in 2005 for the Resource Prospector mission. He received his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1987.