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Blue Origin Announces Board of Advisors

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
December 2, 2020
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KENT, Wash. (Blue Origin PR) — Blue Origin today announced the formation of its Board of Advisors, which includes notable former government space leaders and industry executives. The Board will provide strategic counsel on the company’s mission to radically reduce the cost of access to space and the utilization of in-space resources. In doing so, the Board will further advance Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit the Earth. 

“We are so proud to have attracted this amazingly talented group of experts. This Board will help us drive our mission forward, provide us guidance on our key initiatives and serve as strategic advisors to our leadership team,” said Bob Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Origin.

The Blue Origin Advisory Board members are: 

  • The Honorable Kari A. Bingen – Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security 
  • Dr. Charles Elachi – Former Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
  • Dr. Dan Hastings – Aeronautics and Astronautics Department Head, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and former Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force 
  • Major General Sue Mashiko, USAF (Ret.) – Former Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office 
  • Todd May – Senior Vice President, Space and Mission Solutions, KBR and former Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center 
  • Bill Smith – Former President, Primex Technologies Aerospace Division 
  • The Honorable Heather Wilson – President, University of Texas at El Paso, former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, and former Member, U.S. House of Representatives 

3 responses to “Blue Origin Announces Board of Advisors”

  1. Mr Snarky Answer says:

    Not a great sign. Space development by committee is not efficient. It’s like Bezos is incapable of throwing a billion dollars a year away by himself and needs some help.

  2. ThomasLMatula says:

    All Old Space veterans.? Looks like Blue Origin has been assimilated.

  3. Kenneth_Brown says:

    Looks like BO is lining up the usual collection of insiders that corporations will often get on the payroll to get government contracts. One can only hope that it doesn’t mean that there will be fewer people hired that do actual work on tangible product. None of this lot is going to be designing, building and testing rockets. They will, however, contribute to the cutting down of a small forest to turn into paper.

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