NASA Principal Technologist, NASA STMD

Ray Beach is currently the NASA principal technologist for space power and energy storage supporting the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. He has 43 years of experience at the Glenn Research Center/Lewis Research Center working on power systems and power components for space and aircraft power. Mr Beach was the power system testbed lead on the advanced development program for the SSF and ISS in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the Flywheel technology development lead for satellite integrated power and attitude control using high speed composite flywheels on magnetic bearings in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was the DARPA program manager on a seedling effort to evaluate power beaming for space propulsion applications in 2008 and 2009, and later held the position of the power system lead on the AES Advanced Modular Power Systems activity. In his last position, Mr. Beach was the Principal Investigator on the Convergent Aeronautics Solutions, High Voltage Hybrid Electric Propulsion activity demonstrating the feasibility of megawatt turbo-electric power for aircraft propulsion.