Meet the Industry

Stuart Witt – CSF Officer (Chairman)

General Manager, Mojave Air and Space Port

Stuart O. Witt, who serves as an officer in the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, was born in Bakersfield, California and raised in Onyx. He is a graduate of KV High School, 1970 & 1974 Graduate of California State University Northridge; 1997 Graduate of the Naval Aviation Schools Command; 1980 Graduate of the Naval Fighter Weapons School; (TOPGUN) and 1996 Graduate of the University of Maryland’s Center for Creative Leadership. His military career took him to sea as a carrier based F-14 Tomcat pilot with VF-14 and as an FA-18A project pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake California. Post Navy, 1985, Stuart joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation, currently Northrop Grumman, for nearly nine years as an Engineering Test Pilot on the B-1B, F-16C and F-23. Stuart joined CTA as a Program Manager in 1993 where he managed a $100M Range Development contract. After successfully completing this project and winning the follow-on competition, Stuart was promoted to Vice President/Western Region Director, then to Executive Vice President, Director of CTA’s nationwide State and Commercial practice.Stuart has been directing the expansion efforts of the East Kern Airport District’s Mojave Spaceport/Civilian Flight Test Center. Mojave Spaceport was designated the nation’s first inland spaceport and played host to the world as Scaled Composites qualified and won the $10M Ansari X Prize at Mojave Spaceport and furthermore gave birth to the first man rated commercial space program in the world. These efforts have generated commendations by former California Governor Schwarzenegger, along with the State Assembly and State Senate, Kern County’s Board of Supervisors and Congressman Bill Thomas.  Stuart is Trustee, representing area 2, on the Kern Community College Board of Trustees, Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and Honorary Life Member of the California Space Authority along with Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Burt Rutan and Mike Melvill.

Eric Anderson – CSF Officer

eric_andersonChairman, Space Adventures Ltd.

Mr. Anderson co-founded Space Adventures in 1998 and serves as the company Chairman. Space Adventures is the only company that provides opportunities to the worlds marketplace to experience space. The company offers a spectrum of products, at various price points, ranging from weightless flights, to a proposed historic return to the Moon, flights to the edge of space and orbital flights to the International Space Station.Eric Anderson, who was elected as Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation in December 2010, is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the space industry. He has led the development of commercial human spaceflight and the space tourism industry since its inception. Mr. Anderson’s vision is to open the space frontier to all private citizens which will then enable the procurement and development of space-based resources for the benefit of humanity.In the course of the company’s history, Mr. Anderson has sold more than $250 million (USD) in spaceflights. Space Adventures has facilitated the missions of all the self-funded private space explorers, including Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Gregory Olsen, Anousheh Ansari, Charles Simonyi, Richard Garriott and Guy Lalibert. Charles Simonyi is the company’s first repeat client.ÂIn 2008, Space Adventures acquired Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), the first and only FAA approved provider of weightless flights to the general public. ZERO-G has flown hundreds of missions, providing the weightless experience to thousands of participants.

Mr. Anderson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia with a degree in aerospace engineering.

Mark Sirangelo – CSF Officer

mark_sirangeloChairman, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems; and Executive Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation

Mr. Sirangelo, who serves as an officer in the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, is currently Executive Vice President of Sierra Nevada Corporation and is responsible for SNCs Space Systems Group. He was the Chairman/CEO of SpaceDev, Inc., prior to its merging with SNC. Prior to SpaceDev, he was the CEO of an advanced technology commercialization company and a major global communications firm.Corporate and personal awards include induction into the NASA/Space Foundations Hall of Fame, Defense Industry Fast Track 50, Deloittes Fast Track 500, E&Ys Entrepreneur of the Year and Inc. Magazinestop 200 companies.Mr. Sirangelo holds Doctorate, MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees, has been scientifically published, and has served as an officer in the US Military. Mr. Sirangelos other board memberships include the Center for Space Entrepreneurship, the California Space Authority, the National Center for Missing Children and the Intl Centre for Children.Sirangelo has previously served as Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

George Whitesides – CSF Officer

george_whitesidesPresident and CEO, Virgin Galactic

George Whitesides, who serves as an officer in the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, is the president and CEO of Virgin Galactic, the US-based space tourism company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic has developed the WhiteKnightTwo carrier vehicle and SpaceShipTwo air-launched space vehicle. The SpaceShipTwo vehicle is based on the X Prize winning SpaceShipOne, which was piloted twice into space and now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In his role as president and CEO, Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of VG to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Most recently, Whitesides served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor that the agency confers. Prior to his role at NASA, Whitesides served as Executive Director of the National Space Society and Chairman of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group of the Federal Aviation Authority Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. Whitesides’ earlier career experience in the aerospace industry took place at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Blastoff Corporation and the Zero Gravity Corporation. A licensed private pilot and parabolic flight coach, Whitesides is a graduate of Cambridge and Princeton Universities and a former Fulbright Scholar.

Robert Meyerson – CSF Officer

President and Program Manager, Blue Origin

Robert Meyerson, who serves as an officer in the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, is the President and Program Manager at Blue Origin where he has overseen the steady growth of the company since 2003.  Blue is developing reusable launch systems that land vertically using rocket engines designed and built at Blue.  Vehicles under development include the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, as well as orbital human transportation systems.  Prior to joining Blue, Rob was an Integration Manager at Kistler Aerospace, responsible for the Landing and Thermal Protection systems of a privately funded two-stage Reusable Launch Vehicle, as well as all technical activities related to Kistler’s Space Launch Initiative contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.  Before that, Rob spent 10 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where he worked on the Space Shuttle and X-38/Crew Rescue Vehicle programs, leading the aerodynamic design of the Orbiter Drag Parachute, as well as the overall design, integration, and flight test of a gliding parachute for the X-38 project.  He began his career as a cooperative education student at Johnson.

Rob earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Houston.  He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and former member of the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee. He is currently a member of the Space Committee for the Museum of Flight in Seattle and is also a member the University of Washington’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Visiting Committee.


Gwynne Shotwell – CSF Officer

gwynne_shotwellPresident, SpaceX

Ms. Shotwell, who serves as an officer in the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, focuses on the operational activities of SpaceX as the company’s President, including sales, marketing, manufacturing, launch operations, legal, government relations and finance.Ms. Shotwell joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development to generate and manage SpaceX’s customer base and the company’s strategic and government relations. Previously, she served for ten years at The Aerospace Corporation and before that, directed business development at Microcosm, Inc. She began her engineering career at Chrysler Motors.In 2004, she was elected to the California Space Authority Board of Directors and currently serves on its Executive Committee. She has served as chairperson of the AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee and as an officer of the AIAA Los Angeles Chapter.Ms. Shotwell graduated with honors from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Applied Mathematics.

Christine Anderson

Christine AndersonExecutive Director, New Mexico Spaceport Authority

Christine Anderson is a recently retired Air Force civilian with 30 years service. She was a member of the Senior Executive Service, the civilian equivalent of the military rank of General officer. Anderson was the founding Director of the Space Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. She also served as the Director of the Space Technology Directorate at the Air Force Phillips Laboratory at Kirtland, and as the Director of the Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles where she directed the development, acquisition and execution of a $50 billion portfolio.

She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Anderson earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Maryland, and completed the National Security Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University and the Senior Management in Government Program at Harvard University.

Jeff Greason

jeff_greasonCEO, XCOR Aerospace

Jeff Greason, who serves as an officer in the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, has more than 15 years experience managing innovative technical project teams at XCOR Aerospace, Rotary Rocket and Intel Corporation. As president and a co-founder of XCOR, he leads the engineering team that has developed six different long-life, highly-reusable liquid-fueled rocket engines, the low-cost liquid propellant piston pump, and the manned reusable rocket aircraft the EZ-Rocket.Mr. Greason is the co-inventor of XCOR’s Nonburnite technology, which combines aerospace fabrication practices with materials common in the semiconductor industry. Mr. Greason fabricated the first exploratory materials coupons in 2002 and is still directly supervising the coupon development work taking place at XCOR. He is intimately familiar with every aspect of the materials development to date.Greason hired and managed the propulsion team at Rotary Rocket, where he led technical development of the company’s rocket engines from 1997 through 1999. Prior to joining Rotary Rocket, Greason developed leading-edge techniques to prepare new generations of Intel computer chip designs for mass production, dramatically shortening the time from architecture to customer-ready product. Intel management presented Greason with a coveted Intel Achievement Award for his work on BiCMOS technology, which later became the basis for the Pentium processor.Greason, a recognized expert in FAA/AST reusable launch vehicle (RLV) regulations, led XCOR Aerospace’s licensing efforts until they were completed in early 2003, and remains deeply involved. He testified before the joint House/Senate subcommittee hearings on Commercial Human Spaceflight. Greason has maintained a close working relationship with AST since the 1998 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on RLV licensing and has been active in the COMSTAC RLV working group for five years.

Greason was cited by Time magazine in 2001 as one of the Inventors of the Year for his team’s work on the EZ-Rocket. He holds 18 U.S. patents. He graduated with honors from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Frank DiBello

frank_dibelloPresident and CEO, Space Florida

Frank DiBello, Space Florida President and CEO, was selected in May 2009 to lead the organization, which serves as the single point of contact for aerospace-related economic development in Florida. In this position, Mr. DiBello develops and executes programs designed to retain, grow and expand aerospace business in Florida. He also focuses on the development of Florida aerospace workforce retention and vendor appreciation programs.Mr. DiBello has more than 40 years of direct aerospace and defense industry-related experience. In addition to his current role at Space Florida, DiBello is the founding partner for Aerospace Capital Partners, an infrastructure investment fund in formation, investing in aerospace, technology and telecommunications initiatives. He is also the president and CEO of a strategic advisory and investment banking firm serving the aerospace and high-technology industry. He also served as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s Aerospace Finance Corporation, established by the Florida legislature to assist financing the needs of new and established companies applying aerospace technologies to space, aviation and defense markets.Formerly, Mr. DiBello served as the founding officer and vice chairman of SpaceVest Management Group, Inc., the sponsoring organization of the SpaceVest family of funds, and as managing director of several SpaceVest Venture Capital Funds.Over the course of his career, DiBello was appointed by NASA to serve on a number of critical space commissions and committees. As such, he assumed responsibility for overseeing a five-year national outreach program to support NASA’s mission of stimulating industrial interest in the Space Station and in space-related research, development and applications. DiBello has also participated in numerous strategic, financial, and market assessments for multinational space industry clients.

Mr. DiBello taught at the Defense Systems Management College and International Space University. He received his BS in Mathematics from Villanova University and did graduate study work at American University and George Washington University.

Chris Lewicki

Lewicki 2President & Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources, Inc.

Mr. Lewicki has been intimately involved with the lifecycle of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander.

Lewicki performed system engineering development and participated in assembly, test and launch operations for both Mars missions. He was Flight Director for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the Surface Mission Manager for Phoenix. The recipient of two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, Lewicki has an asteroid named in his honor: 13609 Lewicki. Chris holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.

At Planetary Resources, Mr. Lewicki is responsible for the strategic development of the company’s mission and vision, engagement with customers and the scientific community, serves as technical compass, and leads day to day operations.

Todd Lindner

todd_lindnerSenior Manager, Jacksonville Aviation Authority / Cecil Field Spaceport

Todd Lindner serves as Senior Manager of Planning and Spaceport Development for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which owns and manages Cecil Field Spaceport.In August of 2006, Mr. Lindner was assigned the task of establishing a spaceport at Cecil Field. In this role, he was responsible for the successful completion of the spaceport licensing process and oversight of the development and operation of the Cecil Field Spaceport. He has coordinated all activities related to the Cecil Field Spaceport and provided guidance on aviation and space related issues to the Authority’s Board of Directors and staff.From 1989 to 1997 Mr. Lindner served as a corporate pilot operating business jets and turboprop aircraft before transitioning into Aviation Management. In June of 2005, Mr. Lindner was employed by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) as the Administrator of Planning before being promoted to Senior Manager of Planning and Spaceport Development.Mr. Lindner graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1986 with a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace and 1998 with a Masters Degree in Aviation Management and Administration. Mr. Lindner is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

David Masten

david_mastenPresident and CEO, Masten Space Systems

David Masten is the President and CEO of Masten Space Systems, and is a manufacturing, mechanical, and information technology engineer. In addition to founding Masten Space Systems, David takes a leadership role in research and development at the company. David was the lead designer for the Xombie and Xoie reusable launch vehicles that were winners in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge, and is leading the design and engineering efforts for Masten’s newest vehicles. David Masten has served as President and on the Board of Directors for the Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society. Prior to working in the aerospace sector, David Masten was project and/or technical lead for a number of IT networking projects and companies including Ameritech (now AT&T), Andiamo Systems, and Cisco Systems.

Taber MacCallum

Co-founder, CEO, CTO, Paragon Space Development Corporation

Taber MacCallum is a Paragon co-founder. He is responsible for overseeing business development, proposals, marketing, branding, customer relations, strategic partnerships, technology development and IP. MacCallum is co-designer and patent holder for the Autonomous Biological System, a long duration plant and aquatic animal life support system. He was also the design lead for the Jet Propulsion Lab Mars Greenhouse Experiment Module (GEM) payload, and Mars GEM payload environmental control and plant life support system. He conceived and is presently involved in the design of a novel Mars space suit portable life support system technology funded by NASA, life support and thermal control systems for commercial manned orbital and suborbital spacecraft, as well as hazardous environment life support technology for U.S. Navy divers, in which he is the test diver. In 2008, Popular Science named Mr. MacCallum Inventor of the Year.

Prior to Paragon, he was a founding member of the Biosphere 2 Design, Development, Test and Operations team, and a crew member in the first two-year mission. Mr. MacCallum was responsible for the design, implementation and operation of the atmosphere and water management systems as well as the self-contained paperless analytical laboratories for Biosphere 2 that tested air, water, soil and tissue. As a crew member he served as Safety Officer, Assistant Medical Officer and Analytical Chemist, responsible for operation of all the analytical systems and much of the medical analysis and health monitoring systems.

Dale K. Nash

Dale Nash Headshot

Executive Director, Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

Dale Nash became the Executive Director of Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) in July 2012. The Virginia Space Flight Authority developed and continues to operate the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Dale brings over 30 years’ worth of experience in the space flight industry to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He began his career in Utah, where he spent 11 years working for the Department of Defense on ballistic missile and solid rocket motors with Hercules Aerospace Company and Thiokol (ATK). The next step in his career took him to Florida, where he spent 14 years conducting launch operations and program management on NASA’s Space Shuttle and Orion programs with the United Launch Alliance and ATK. Finally, prior to joining VCSFA, he spent five and a half years as the CEO of Alaska Aerospace, the company that owns and operates  the Kodiak Launch Complex.

Dale has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Master’s degree in Management and Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Alan Stern

alan_stern_imageAssociate Vice President, Southwest Research Institute

Alan Stern is Associate Vice President of the Southwest Research Institute’s Space Science and Engineering Division in Boulder, Colo, and chair of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG).Stern previously served as NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. As chief executive of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Stern directed a wide variety of research and scientific exploration programs for Earth studies, space weather, the solar system and the universe beyond.Stern is a planetary scientist and an author who has published more than 175 technical papers and 40 popular articles.Stern has a long association with NASA, serving as the principal investigator on a number of planetary and lunar missions, including the New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission. He was the principal investigator of the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System, which flew on two space shuttle missions, STS-85 in 1997 and STS-93 in 1999.

Stern holds a doctorate in astrophysics and planetary science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and planetary atmospheres and bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Texas, Austin. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings.