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Expert in Satellite, Space, and Launch Systems, Defense & Intel Market, Defense Budget, Business Development

Expert ID: 729542 Virginia, USA

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Owner and CEO of TZero Consulting, a small firm focused on helping large and small aerospace companies develop new business, execute existing satellite and launch programs, and position themselves competitively for significant future growth. A specific focus on helping new commercial space startups develop product and business plans, identify funding, bring capabilities to market, and start generating revenue. Significant background with strategic planning, government advocacy plans, competitive intelligence, red teams, and new product development, combined with a strong technical background in satellite systems engineering, launch vehicles, and satellite launch provide the right combination of business and technical background to help companies find increasing success. Has performed or significantly contributed to over 40 market surveys for aerospace primes, vendors, investors, and financial institutions, and has a strong background in investment firm due diligence. Has an intimate understanding of the US government budget and Congressional process, and has direct experience in policy considerations and advocacy. Very strong background with ITAR regulations and in executing foreign launch campaigns and joint programs with direct experience in Russia, Ukraine, France, India, and Japan. Registered broker with the US State Dept. Significant design, test, and integration experience with satellite launch systems and adapters including all current commercial systems. Direct involvement in 20+ launch campaigns with Atlas V, Delta IV, Titan II, Minotaur, Falcon, Dnepr, Soyuz, and PSLV with experience at CCAFS, VAFB, Kodiak, Kauai, Omelek, Yasny, Baikonur, and Sriharikota launch facilities. Has held significant roles in over 25 satellite development programs as a Program Manager Systems Engineer, or Design Engineer. Active TS/SCI security clearance.

Expert helped Skybox Imaging identify and secure startup funding, develop their technical and business plans, and successfully execute their go to market strategy. He helped prepare the company for an acquisition by Google in 2014. Expert provided a detailed near-term and long-term small satellite market assessment for a large aerospace client identifying industry trends, technical investment areas, upcoming opportunities, budget factors, a competitive assessment, and customer advocacy plan. Expert provided engineering support for a small aerospace client performing systems engineering tasks, laying out mechanical and electrical interfaces, creating technical documentation, and executing a hardware test process. Expert provided a detailed assessment of an aerospace company for a financial firm looking at potential investments. Details included an assessment of revenues, market growth opportunities, key technologies and systems, and potential budget and competitive threats. Expert negotiated three separate satellite launch contracts in Russia on the Dnepr and Soyuz launch vehicles, put in place all of the regulatory and export approvals required, and managed all of the technical and personnel aspects of the launch campaign. He also assisted in raising $90M in venture capital financing for the satellite development and launch effort.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Richmond, Virginia - Alexandria, Virginia

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2000 Degree: MS Subject: Aerospace Engineering Institution: Arizona State University
Year: 1999 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Institution: Utah State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: • Owner and principle for consulting firm specializing in the commercial, intelligence, and defense space markets
• Experience in technical consulting, strategic planning, market surveys, business development, technology investments, mission concept development, competitive intelligence, proposal management and execution, and Congressional advocacy
• Launch campaign manager helping plan all aspects of technical interfaces, launch adapters, and the satellite qualification process at the launch site. Experience with all major launch hardware, processes, and systems.
• Launch broker registered with US State Department, relationships with all major launch providers
Years: 2006 to 2013 Employer: Strategic Space Development Inc Title: VP National Security Programs Department: Responsibilities: As a senior consultant and company partner, he serves on the Board of Directors, manages services and financials for over 12 company clients, and directs activities for over 20 associate consultants. Directs all aspects of the companies investment and strategic growth planning.
Years: 1999 to 2006 Employer: US Air Force Title: Program Manager Department: Responsibilities: An initial assignment at the Space Test Program at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM provided experience as a test engineer on the $200M Coriolis satellite, program manager on the $25M STPSat-1 spacecraft, and Program Manager and Integration Lead for the STP-1 launch utilizing the ESPA secondary payload adapter and five small satellites. He also served as the Mission Director at the RSC satellite operations center, leading the satellite operations team through early on-orbit checkout, mission planning, and anomaly resolution activities.

Expert. Expert next assignment as a Program Manager at the National Reconnaissance Office Advanced Science and Technology Directorate Special Technology Group provided the opportunity to develop and lead a number of classified spacecraft and technology programs. He developed new spacecraft and payload concepts, generated mission requirements, created acquisition plans, and managed significant budget for classified NRO flight efforts. While serving as Program Manager, he coordinated technical requirements with multiple user and operational organizations, conducted classified program briefings to Congressional members and their staff, and gained programmatic and funding support for several critical national security space efforts with Intelligence Community Directors and other senior decision makers at the Pentagon and within the NRO.
Years: 1997 to 1999 Employer: Space Dynamics Lab Title: Systems Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert. Expert’s career in the aerospace industry began at the Space Dynamics Laboratory where he worked as a spacecraft systems engineer developing and managing a number of small satellite and inter-planetary exploration missions.
Years: 1997 to 1998 Employer: Orbital Sciences Corp Title: Design Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He worked at Orbital Sciences Corporation as a design engineer on the $500M NASA X-34 program, design, integrating, and testing flight hardware.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2006 to 2010 Agency: NRO Role: Engineering Consultant Description: Provided technical and launch support for a classified program
Years: 1999 to 2006 Agency: U.S. Air Force Role: Officer Description: Served as a program manager for a variety of classified and unclassified space and satellite launch efforts.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2010 to Present Country / Region: Russia Summary: Expert has worked with several Russian launch providers negotiating contracts, developing technical interfaces, and planning a satellite launch campaign.
Years: 2010 to Present Country / Region: India Summary: Expert has worked with an Indian launch provider negotiating contracts, developing technical interfaces, and planning a satellite launch campaign. Also worked with the US State Department negotiating commercial policy changes as part of a new international trade agreement.
Years: 2010 to Present Country / Region: France Summary: Expert has worked with a French launch provider negotiating contracts, developing technical interfaces, and planning a satellite launch campaign. He has managed all of the regulatory and ITAR approvals needed to execute this launch effort.
Years: 2010 to Present Country / Region: Japan Summary: Expert has worked with a Japanese launch provider negotiating contracts, developing technical interfaces, and planning a satellite launch campaign. He has managed all of the regulatory and ITAR approvals needed to execute this launch effort.
Years: 2014 to Present Country / Region: UAE Summary: Expert has helped manage and execute a UAE Mars mission, the first interplanetary mission in the Arab world. Has worked extensively in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with various UAE government organizations.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Professional Appointments
Board of Directors, Board of Advisors
Awards / Recognition
Joint Service Commendation Medal, AF Commendation Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and completed Squadron Officer School & Officer Field Training as a Distinguished Graduate.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has delivered technical and programmatic briefings to a variety of military and industry senior decision makers and executives. Has the ability to take very detailed technical concepts, boil them down into their essential elements, and then present them in a readily understandable way for non-technical people. He would be interested in providing expert witness help in relevant technical areas.
Training / Seminars
Expert taught a Spacecraft Design and Engineering course to engineers and program managers across the industry. This course was taught onsite for company clients, as well as commercially on an open enrollment basis.
Vendor Selection
Expert currently works with over 30 aerospace companies, running the range from large primes such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, to small vendors providing aerospace components or assemblies. Has worked extensively on teaming and various business development applications.
Marketing Experience
Expert works closely with industry and government senior decision makers and is very familiar with the budget, policy, and technical architecture trends that are driving investments across the DoD and Intel Community. Typically produces several market assessments, technology investment plans, and strategic plans for various space companies every year.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has worked with very technical engineers on design and analysis problems, as well as non technical senior decision makers providing concise solutions in a variety of business and security environments.

Fields of Expertise

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