Tim Pickens has left is position as vice president of propulsion at Moon Express to become propulsion department manager at Bigelow Aerospace. He is leading the development of Bigelow’s propulsion systems in Huntsville, Ala.
Pickens wrote on his blog earlier this month:
The Bigelow Aerospace B330 Propulsion Team will design and develop systems for re-boost, docking, attitude control, and other on-orbit maneuvering requirements for missions destined to reposition stations to other locations.
We are seeking proven hands-on talent in the following disciplines: propulsion system design/analysis, modeling, and manufacturing, and in the use of vacuum test facilities to produce hot/cold vacuum environments to support development and qualification testing.
We have immediate positions available for seasoned talent who have excelled in a fast-paced environment and who are ready to make commercial space history.
Pickens joined Moon Express in February 2013 from Dynetics. He had founded Orion Propulsion in 2004, selling it to Dynetics five years later.
Pickens had also heading the Rocket City Space Pioneers, a Google Lunar X Prize contender supported by Dynetics. The team was acquired by Moon Express in December 2012 through a teaming agreement with Dynetics.