Bernard (Bernie) Kelm serves as the Superintendent of the Spacecraft Engineering Division (SED) in the Naval Center for Space Technology at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, leading a team of over 200 government engineers that design, build and fly national security spacecraft, as well as develop related technologies and systems for terrestrial and maritime activities.
Mr. Kelm started his career at NRL in 1991 after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Mr. Kelm was previously the Head of the Dynamics and Controls Systems Branch at NRL, leading all SED Space Robotics, Astrodynamics, Spacecraft Propulsion and Spacecraft Control Systems development.
Mr. Kelm has spent over 20 years of his career at NRL developing spacecraft satellite servicing technology, including the work that has resulted in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) Program.