Brian E. Pitchford is a Senior Systems Engineer, and the Cape Canaveral representative of Special Aerospace Services of Boulder, Colorado. He has over twenty years of experience in the aerospace industry and his experience encompasses many aspects of designing, prototyping, constructing, and testing aerospace flight and ground systems.
Mr. Pitchford started his career early in the Spacelab program, worked extensively on the International Space Station, and has been deeply involved with numerous shuttle and expendable launch vehicle missions during his career. His other activities have included the Orbital Space Plane program, the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter program, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle certification, and additional advanced studies involving space based cryogenic systems and emerging launch vehicles.
He has authored papers on subjects including orbital testing of nuclear engines, nullification of asteroids, space based fuel depots, and lunar lander concepts.
He studied Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at the Ohio State University, and holds an Associates Degree from West Virginia State University, a Bachelors Degree from the University of Central Florida, a Masters Degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing his PhD with the Human Centered Design Institute at the Florida Institute of Technology.