Mr. Pellegrino holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M and a M.S. in Engineering / System Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
His first assignment was at the NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas) where he trained the crews of three successful Space Shuttle missions. He also led the Major Modifications Upgrade to the Space Shuttle Columbia at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California.
He then accepted a position at the Canadian Space Agency (Montreal, Canada) where he worked on several robotic programs.
He then transferred to Boeing Satellites Systems (El Segundo, California). At Boeing, he served as the Spacecraft Manager for three large satellite programs (Anik F1, TDRS-I and TDRS-J).
During this period, he led over 12 launch campaigns at NASA Kennedy Space Agency, French Guiana, Baikonur and the Sea Launch Platform.
He then transferred with Boeing to the NASA Kennedy Space Center (Merritt Island, Florida). There he served as an integration lead for the International Space Station and as a Space Shuttle Payload lead.
While at KSC, he was assigned to a temporary assignment in Turin, Italy where served as the Cupola Lead. He lead the Constellation Program Lunar Systems group for Boeing.
He then transferred to the Orbital ATK office in Pasadena, California. There he served as the Pasadena Office General Manager and worked on several Mars rover missions and interplanetary exploration programs at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He then transferred with Orbital ATK to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt Maryland). He served as the Restore L Deputy Project Manager. Restore L is spacecraft designed to refuel another satellite not designed for servicing.
In 2018, he accepted a position with OneWeb Satellites at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (Merritt Island, FL). He served as a Senior Manager, Spacecraft Assembly, Integration and Test Manager and Launch Campaign Manager. This constellation of satellites will provide high-speed internet to the entire planet. The satellite factory produced two satellites a day. He led the launch campaigns in Baikonour that launched 74 satellites into orbit.
His current assignment is with L3Harris (Palm Bay, Florida). He supports NASA missions and serves as the Chief System Engineer for a constellation of satellites that detect and track missiles. He is very involved in inspiring young children to pursue careers in science and engineering.
In 2016, he led a cubesat program with his son’s grade school. This was the first time a grade school designed, built, tested and launched a satellite.