NewSpace 2011 will again be held in Silicon Valley again this year
Tim Pickens is the Commercial Space Advisor/Chief Propulsion Engineer at Dynetics, Inc. He has over 15 years of experience in the aerospace industry, specializing in the design, fabrication, and testing, of propulsion hardware systems. Tim started and grew Orion Propulsion to be a $6.4M company as of 2009. Tim sold his 5 year old, 40 person Aerospace Company, to Dynetics. in December of 2009. Tim worked in all areas of Orion to run a lean and innovative start-up. In this theme, he recently worked as the CEO of the company, as well as the program manager in-development of the reaction control thrusters for the Bigelow Aerospace Sundancerís module. These thrusters would operate burning hydrogen and oxygen produced from waste byproducts. This technology offers the state of the art in in-space recycling. Tim has had a long interest in owning and operating a space company, as well as studying Applied Engineering and Science. The business side of him would drive him to graduate with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. His passion for rockets started as a small kid growing up in Huntsville Alabama, and continued into his adult life as a serious hobby as he led amateur rocket design efforts in his garage for community service and recreational clubs, including Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (NSS/HAL5). Through these venues, Tim had several opportunities to work as an independent aerospace consultant at night and on weekends. Tim worked for smaller aerospace hardware-rich aerospace companies In Huntsville. He also served as Lead propulsion Engineer at Scaled Composites on SpaceShipOne, winner of XPrize. In addition to being a propulsion engineer, Tim is an inventor, innovator, and educator in his spare time. He has been featured in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, The Daily Show, and CNN online articles. Features included his hobby projects such as company innovations, rocket trucks, rocket bikes, and suitcase rockets. He is currently in the process of building a jet pack belt. Timís extensive knowledge and experience, with propulsion system development, has allowed him to become recognized, as one of the industryís leaders in advanced propulsion system research and development, hardware fabrication, and testing.