Chad Frost is the Chief Technologist for the Small Spacecraft Technology (SST) program, in NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. For over 30 years, Mr. Frost has been at the forefront of aerospace technology, responsible for developing and deploying technologies that make aircraft safer, spacecraft more affordable, and robots smarter. Mr. Frost served as NASA Ames Research Center’s acting Director and Deputy Director of Engineering, where his leadership responsibilities included new mission concept formulation and development, spacecraft engineering efforts, advanced manufacturing, and spacecraft mission operations at Ames. He previously served as Chief of Ames’ Mission Design Division, and as head of the Autonomous Systems and Robotics section. Mr. Frost has worked in industry as a product design and manufacturing engineer, a spacecraft structures program manager, and as a problem-solving consultant to DoD programs. He joined the Army/NASA joint rotorcraft division in 1997 and contributed to the development of the award-winning CONDUIT control-law optimization software, the RASCAL fly-by-wire Black Hawk research helicopter, and the Autonomous Rotorcraft Project. In collaboration with industry, he developed flight control laws for a wide variety of manned and unmanned VTOL and STOL aircraft. In 2005, Mr. Frost joined NASA’s Intelligent Systems division, where he led the Intelligent Mission Management project, led NASA’s rotorcraft flight control research program, served as Co-Investigator in the Spacecraft Handling Qualities Center of Excellence, and performed in a variety of leadership positions in the division. Mr. Frost has served as a member of the NASA Flight Sciences Steering Committee and was an invited speaker at the National Academy of Engineering’s 2010 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University. Mr. Frost is the author of over 30 book chapters, journal articles, and peer-reviewed conference publications, and is the recipient of more than 20 awards recognizing his leadership and technical excellence. His current areas of research interest include architectures of multi-spacecraft missions and vehicle swarms; command and control of heterogenous mixtures of vehicle types and classes; advanced manufacturing technologies for small and nanospacecraft; and new mission design methodologies including optimization approaches.

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