Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): I am leaving my position at NASA to work on a commercial spacecraft.

Those who know me know that one of my dream jobs since I was a young child was working at NASA. In 2015 that desire became a reality, thanks to a lot of work, and a lot of support from my family and friends. Working as an ISS Flight Controller placed the real-time operations “bug” in me and it has never really left, even after becoming a civil servant and service as an employee of the U.S. Government.

Whenever I travel to Florida for NASA work or for personal travel, friends and friends of friends are always trying to recruit me. Nothing ever sounded enticing enough to leave NASA … until I traveled to see the Artemis I launch. Talking with a person I now consider a friend, we discussed what work I liked and he said they were looking to hire someone to help with their spacecraft. Listening to what the work entailed, the position sounded great – working close to a spacecraft and in launch and real-time operations.

Needless to say, I was offered the position and I accepted. I will be moving to the Space Coast (Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Florida, USA) in the coming weeks. When I understand what and how much I can share, I’ll update this posting.

Here is the note that I sent to my friends, family, and colleagues about me leaving a job that I dreamed of as a kid to work on something that I didn’t know I wanted to do.

My friends,

It is with a bittersweet heart and also extreme gratitude that I send this note.

I will be departing NASA on Friday, 4 November 2022.

During over 7 years as a NASA intern, contractor, and civil servant, it has been my honor to work alongside all of you – the absolute best engineers, scientists, technologists, communicators, analysts, and leaders, on this planet and off – helping unlock the secrets of the Universe for the benefit of all humanity.

You do hard work and make it look effortless. I am proud to have helped shape our Nations’ and the world’s space programs with you amazing humans.

Whether we met only once, only virtually, or we are life-long friends, if you are BCC’d on this email, please know that you have made a significant impact on my professional and personal life and I cannot thank you enough.

If you are local to the KSC area, I’ll be moving close to you so let’s get together.

Keep dreaming, keep inspiring the world, and keep looking up!

Ad Astra,

Andy Rechenberg
Mission Solutions Lead – NASA Customer Engagement Office (CEO)
NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)

Deputy Manager – KSC Configuration Management Program (SELP)
I.T. Liaison – Gateway Program
Alternate Network Communications SME – NASA Communications Program (CP)
ISS PLUTO Flight Controller – Flight Operations Directorate (FOD)
Software Development Intern – JSC Office of Safety and Mission Assurance

My email to my NASA family, real family, and friends.