NASA's space operations and exploration systems divisions are being merged into a new organization that will oversee all aspects of the agency's human spaceflight program.
The operation of the International Space Station will be overseen by this new group along with the development of a new super-sized heavy-lift launch vehicle, the Orion crew exploration vehicle for missions beyond Earth orbit, and both commercial crew and cargo operations flying to and from the outpost.
"America is opening a bold new chapter in human space exploration," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a news release. "By combining the resources of Space Operations and Exploration Systems, and creating the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, we are recommitting ourselves to American leadership in space for years to come."
Bill Gerstenmaier, now the agency's Associate Administrator for Space Operations, will head the new organization. Staffing assignments within the new division will be made over the next several weeks.