Alli Taylor

Alli Taylor is a satellite systems engineer for Apogee Integration in the Washington DC metro area. Alli performs satellite systems integration work, analyzing system performance and coordinating operational improvement initiatives. While working full time, Alli attained her Master of Science degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota (2012). Alli also completed the NASTAR suborbital scientist course, which included physiology, hypobaric and centrifuge training, in July 2011.

Prior to her current work, Alli gained experience with Lockheed Martin in Constellation planning and collision avoidance analysis of satellite systems. Alli also gained valuable experience in the private space industry at Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, NV as a systems engineer and satellite controller. Alli spent over two years developing a variety of payloads for the Genesis 1 prototype inflatable module as well as leading mission control operations for both Genesis 1 and 2 vehicles. During her time in Las Vegas, Alli became a certified “Coach” for Zero Gravity Corporation and had the opportunity to fly on two parabolic flights.

Alli also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Space Science from the Florida Institute of Technology (2005). At Florida Tech, Alli was a member of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) and was inducted to the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society. During her senior year, she participated in the Lunar In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) team competition, where the Florida Tech design team was selected as a finalist. During and after undergraduate school, Alli had two internships that were major influences to her career direction. At Ball Aerospace Alli learned first hand about satellite systems integration and environmental testing with the Ralph instrument, which is currently flying aboard NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. Alli also interned at Florida Space Research Institute (FSRI), where she investigated International Space Station camera ground target imaging operations.

Alli plans to continue her astronaut training by pursuing an analog mission, emergency egress training, scuba certification, and pilot’s license in the future. She and her husband play competitive roller derby with the co-ed team East Coast Devastation.