Robert Lightfoot Biography


He is an engineer and the Acting Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Relationship Facts of Robert Lightfoot

  • Robert Lightfoot is married to Caroline Smith.
  • He does not have any kids as of now.
  • Robert Lightfoot is not having an affair with anyone presently.
  • His sexual orientation is straight.

What is the relationship of Robert Lightfoot?

Robert Lightfoot has kept his personal life private and out of the spotlight. He usually doesn’t talk about his private life in the media and in public. He is currently married to Caroline Smith.

There is no information about his personal life and married life. Their marriage date is unknown. There is no record of their children till now.

Who is Robert Lightfoot?

Robert Lightfoot is an American scientist. He is an engineer and the Acting Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

In addition, he is also the incumbent Associate Administrator of NASA. Previously, he worked as the eleventh Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Robert Lightfoot: Birth, Age, Parents, Siblings, Ethnicity, Education

Talking about his early life, he was born in 1963, in Montevallo, Alabama, United States. His birth name is Robert M. Lightfoot Jr.

There is no information about his father and mother as well as siblings. He has not revealed any information about his childhood life. Robert usually doesn’t talk about his private life in the media and in public. His nationality is American and he is of caucasian ethnicity.

Robert completed his education at the University of Alabama. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama.

Robert Lightfoot: Professional Life, Career

Robert Lightfoot began his career as a test engineer and program manager at NASA in 1989.  He became deputy division chief of Marshall’s propulsion test division in 1998.

The following year, he moved as chief of propulsion test operations at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center. Three years later, he became the deputy director of the Propulsion Test Directorate at Stennis. In 2009, he became the eleventh director of the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Then from 2003-05, in the Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C, Robert was hired as an assistant associate administrator for the Space Shuttle Program.

Robert Lightfoot
Caption: Robert Lightfoot (Source: Space Flight

He has also become the deputy director of Marshall in 2007 after that he retired.

In 2012, Robert became the space agency’s acting Associate Administrator. Then after retiring from the agency in 2018, he joined Firefly Aerospace as an Advisory.

Honors and Awards

Robert has won several honors in his career. He won the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives in 2006.

The following year, he won a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. From early 2017 to 2018, he has served as the acting NASA Administrator.

Net Worth and Salary

As per 2022’s data, this scientist’s net worth is estimated at around $1 million. Moreover, his salary is yet not available.

Robert Lightfoot’s Rumors, Controversy

Robert and NASA faced criticisms from the House of Representatives when NASA members expressed general support for the agency’s $19.1 billion proposed budget. Many parties opposed the proposal to defund the Office of Education.

Rumors are that the office would receive $37.3 million in 2018 to close out its operations.

Robert was the sole witness at both hearings. He also faced criticism when he said that the decision was the outcome of an assessment of how the agency could do its outreach activities more efficiently.

Currently, there are no rumors of his love affairs.

Body Measurements: Height, Weight

Robert Lightfoot’s height, weight, and other body measurements are unknown. His eye color is hazel blue and his hair color is dark brown.

Social Media Profiles

Robert is not active on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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