Patti Grace Smith will be remembered as a dynamic force within the commercial spaceflight industry. During her time as Associate Administrator of the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, she ensured safety within the industry and encouraged innovation to prosper and flourish. Her leadership yielded many extraordinary milestones, including the launch of the X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne and Mojave Air and Space Port becoming the first inland commercial spaceport licensed by the agency.
Patti consolidated AST’s position within FAA and built key bridging relationships to other agencies. Throughout Patti’s almost three decades of service, she bettered hundreds, if not thousands, of lives through her strategic vision, her expertise, her toughness and tenacity, her mentorship, and her kindness.
Although we can never hope to live up to her legacy, we wish to honor and continue the profound impact that Patti had on commercial space. CSF is in the process of establishing a memorial scholarship that will honor her memory by providing opportunities for students and young professionals involved in the industry that was so close to Patti’s heart.
The mission of the PGS Memorial Fund is to empower scholarship recipients to become Commercial Space industry leaders of tomorrow. We do this by providing top-executive mentorship awards, all-inclusive industry conference passes, premier educational advancement scholarships, and hands-on commercial spaceflight training and real-world commercial spaceflight VIP experiences.