Principal Technologist: Keith Belvin

Keith Belvin
Keith Belvin
Principal Technologist, Game Changing Development Program
Research and Technology Directorate
NASA Langley Research Center
Mail Stop 250, Hampton, VA 23681
757.864.4319 (w)  ⋅  757.846.3072 (c)  ⋅  757.864.8320 (f)

Education:B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1980)
M.S., Engineering and Applied Science, George Washington University (1986)
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder (1989)

With over thirty years of experience at NASA, Dr. Belvin is a technical leader in the materials and structures technology areas.  He is a R&D leader in the expandable space structures (including gossamer systems) community.  He has led teams in unique structural systems design, e.g. the Crew Exploration Vehicle and the Altair Lunar Lander.  He was the Chief Engineer at NASA Langley Research Center for Structures and Materials and serves as an Agency technical authority and subject matter expert.  He helped develop the Space Technology Programs for the Office of Chief Technologist and now is a Principal Investigator for the Game Changing Development Program.

Current Interests/focus:Advanced materials, structures and manufacturing technologies for launch vehicle and in-space platforms.  Expandable structures including large space apertures, deployable solar arrays, inflatable habitats, composite structures, advanced manufacturing technology, out-of-autoclave composites processing, additive manufacturing, in-space manufacturing and advanced material systems including composites, high strength materials, and space durable plastics.

Future Plans:As a PI in the Game Changing Technology Project Office, he lead studies to develop new capabilities that integrate the materials, structures and manufacturing/assembly disciplines.  In-space additive manufacturing systems are under study to enable economical, on-demand, servicing of space systems and to fabricate high quality, reliable, and certifiable replacement parts.   Also, surface manufacturing systems that can utilize in-situ resources or recycled materials no longer needed, such as cargo and food packaging are of interest.  Current and future studies involve crosscutting technologies that make space exploration affordable such as development of high strength structures based on nanomaterials; large deployable systems needed for in-space propulsion, communications and observation; in-space assembly and servicing; and nascent technologies such as metamaterials, multifunctional structural systems, and mechatronics.