160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL SEGUNDO – Northrop Grumman Corp. said it has created a division for developing and executing the company’s space exploration projects with NASA. The new Space Exploration Systems organization will be part of the company’s Integrated Systems sector, reporting to Scott Seymour, corporate vice president and president of the Integrated Systems sector. Art Stephenson, a former director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, has been appointed sector vice president of Space Exploration Systems to lead the new organization. “Art Stephenson and his team will be dedicated to supporting our NASA space exploration customers and will work closely with our government and industry partners to achieve program goals in a safe and affordable manner,” said Seymour. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals A Northrop Grumman-led industry team that includes The Boeing Company is competing with a Lockheed Martin-led team for the right to design and build the crew exploration vehicle, a spacecraft intended to carry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2012 and back to the moon by 2018. NASA is expected to select a prime contractor by next summer. Doug Young, vice president and program manager for the crew exploration vehicle for the Northrop Grumman-Boeing team, will report to Stephenson under this new organizational structure. Stephenson comes to Integrated Systems from Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology sector, where he served as sector vice president of Directed Energy Systems. Stephenson served as director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center from 1998 until 2003. Prior to that, he was president of Oceaneering Technologies, which provides high-tech services and products to NASA, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army and commercial customers.