Chief, Exploration Mission Planning Office, NASA Johnson Space Center
Ms. Merancy is a systems engineer with extensive background in human spaceflight and spacecraft at NASA Johnson Space Center. She is currently the Chief of the Exploration Mission Planning Office responsible for the team of engineers and analysts designing, developing, and integrating NASA’s human spaceflight portfolio beyond low earth orbit. These missions include planning for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Space Launch System, Exploration Ground Systems, Gateway, and Human Landing System.
She is responsible for ensuring the mission design, trajectory, and objectives can be successfully be met by the programs and vehicles for successful human spaceflight operations. She has previously served as the Exploration Mission Analysis Lead and lead the team developing the Orion integrated mission execution, vehicle performance analysis, and exploration mission design. Her work experience includes systems integration, test and verification, vehicle performance analysis, guidance, navigation, & control, requirements engineering, and real-time operations spanning both the International Space Station Program from 2002 to 2008, MPCV-Orion Program from 2009 until 2018, Exploration Systems Division from 2018 to 2019, and now the division chief within the Exploration Integration & Science Directorate.