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Sara M. Langston

Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Langston is an Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition, she is an aerospace lawyer, ethicist, and Army veteran with a technical military aviation background. As a legal consultant, she has consulted with government agencies and private industry on legalities of aerospace applications and commercial human spaceflight. Dr. Langston holds a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science; a J.D. with specialization in Public International Law; an LL.M. (Adv.) in Air and Space Law; and a Space Studies Certificate in Physical Sciences from the International Space University. She is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia. In addition, Dr Langston was selected as a UNOOSA Space4Women Mentor (2020-21).


  • –present
    Asst. Professor, Spaceflight Operations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


  • 2016 
    University of Sydney, Ph.D History and Philosophy of Science; Awarded the Science Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • 2008 
    Leiden University, LL.M (Adv) in Air and Space Law
  • 2006 
    Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., Specialization in Public International Law
  • 2003 
    Woodbury University, B.S. in Politics and History