Daniel J. Barta

Project Manager, Next Generation Life Support

NASA Johnson Space Center

Daniel Barta works within the Crew and Thermal Systems Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, leading efforts to develop new technologies for spacecraft Environmental Control and Life Support systems (ECLSS) and Space Suit Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) applications.  He is currently assigned as Manager, Next Generation Life Support Project (NGLS), under the Game Changing Technology Development Program, Space Technology Mission Directorate.  He also serves as manager for the Habitation Systems Topic under NASA’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program.  Efforts involve multiple NASA field centers, industry and academic institutions.  Recently his project invested in development of the Alternative Water Processor (AWP), hardware which combined biological and physicochemical processes to recycle spacecraft wastewater into potable water.  Dr. Barta received his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  He has worked at NASA Johnson Space Center for over 25 years. Dr. Barta was the recipient of the Leadership Award by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, the Johnson Space Center Director’s Commendation Award, numerous NASA Group Achievement Awards, and the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award.