The efforts of NASA official Alan Lindenmoyer paved the way for the agency to collaborate with industry to develop space transportation systems, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
Lindenmoyer has worked to help the agency design and manage the Commercial Crew and Cargo Program as well as utilize Space Act Agreements to encourage industry participation, according to the newspaper.
“He was pivotal because until he got the job no one had done it and we really didn’t know how to do it,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told the publication.
“The key thing is that Alan had the vision and the persistence to push a program through in the face of frequent opposition,” Bolden added.
NASA has used commercial spacecraft to transport scientific experiments and crew supplies to the International Space Station multiple times over the past two years and aims to ferry U.S. astronauts to and from the ISS through the program.