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Debra Facktor

Debra Facktor is the Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Operations and of the Commercial Aerospace strategic business unit for Ball Aerospace. As the leader of Strategic Operations, and the company’s senior executive in Washington DC, Debra is responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace’s profile in the market and facilitating collaboration across the company. As the leader of Ball Aerospace's Commercial Aerospace strategic business, she is responsible for developing and executing new business strategies across the company, and pursuing and performing commercial work in the areas of traditional space, integrated solutions and transformational communications for airborne and space platforms and data analytics.

Prior to joining Ball, Debra was a serial entrepreneur, and served as President of DFL Space LLC, President and an Owner of AirLaunch LLC, and Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Kistler Aerospace Corporation. Earlier in her career, she was Chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER’s Center for International Aerospace Cooperation.  Debra is the former Chair of the Board of Women in Aerospace (WIA) and founding President of the WIA Foundation. She serves on the board of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), the Future Space Leaders Foundation, and the industry advisory boards of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department and the Johns Hopkins University Space Systems Engineering program. She is also an appointed member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC).

Debra is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a fellow of the AAS and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She holds both a Bachelor (magna cum laude) and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, and is an alumna of the International Space University summer session program in space policy and law.  

Photo Credit: University of Michigan