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Tim Pickens will be on The Space Show

Published by Robin on Mon Jul 4, 2005 4:57 pm
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The Tuesday, July 5, 2005 Space Show program welcomes back Tim Pickens, CEO of Orion Propulsion.

Mr. Pickens is president and founder of Orion Propulsion Inc. located in Huntsville AL.. Tim has over a decade of experience in the aerospace industry, and has worked on multiple programs as an engineer and developer. Most notably, Tim worked with Burt Rutan (Scaled Composites, LLC) leading in-house propulsion on SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded sub-orbital manned space plane.

He also led the development of a hybrid rocket vehicle with the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (the local chapter of NSS). This vehicle became the world’s highest flying amateur rocket, achieving an altitude of 36 miles as documented in the Guinness Book of World Records 2000 Edition. Recently, Tim was featured in Popular Mechanics with his daughter, Sarah, and their rocket bikes. He was also featured on the Discovery Channel in Canada this May for his work at Orion, the Burt Rutan work, and for the rocket bike. This interview also appeared on their website under the “Daily Planet” section.

From the technical side, Tim is working on new innovations for reusable fly-back boosters. Orion recently submitted a proposal for the “Hybrid Launch Vehicle” program. This concept is a highly responsive vehicle (launch turn around time of 24-48 hours), and will reduce the cost of what is currently available by a factor of 3-6. Orion is currently developing igniters and RCS thrusters for the T-Space Crew Vehicle. Orion is also responsible for the design and construction of AirLaunch’s 20K thrust stand as well as a future thrust stand rated for 200K. The Orion team has been actively supporting hot-fire testing in Mojave of AirLaunch’s 20K motor to be used as the upper stage engine on the QuickReach vehicle which is being developed for DARPA/AF on a program known as FALCON.

He’s taken his childhood dream of working with rockets, and made it into a reality by working with Burt, and, ultimately, starting his own aerospace business. Listeners can talk to Mr. Pickens or the host using toll free 1 (866) 687-7223, by sending e-mail during the program using dmlivings@yahoo.com, drspace@thespaceshow.com, thespaceshow@gmail.com, or chatting on AOL/ICQ/CompuServe Chat using the screen name “spaceshowchat.”

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