Stu Witt Has Not Joined XCOR’s Advisory Board

Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stu Witt (Credit: Bill Deaver)
Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stu Witt (Credit: Bill Deaver)

Midland TX, April 4, 2016 – An error has occurred in the previous press release. In contrary to that statement Stu Witt has not joined XCOR’s Advisory Board.

John H. (Jay) Gibson II, CEO of XCOR Aerospace: “Stu Witt has been a good friend to the space industry and XCOR for many years via his leadership role at the Mojave Air and Spaceport. As Stu has transitioned into his next career, we have remained in touch, however, at no point have we gone any further to include Stu taking on an official position within our Advisory Board as announced, and we regret our previous press release wrongfully stated otherwise.”

  • duheagle

    So Gass and Burbage on the governing board, but Stu Witt not even on the advisory board. This just gets better and better.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Yes, sounds like someone needs to sort things out. But this is the problem with outside investors with little knowledge of aerospace try to take charge of an aerospace startup. Add to it the challenges of moving to another state to a location without an aerospace startup culture and things are starting to look bad for XCOR. I hope the firm works it’s way through this quickly.

    Also note this is not an easy mistake to make. I wonder if Stu Witt was offered the position and then was pushed out because of objections from the Spaceport in Midlands. This would make more sense than an error of this magnitude on a press release.

  • Aerospike

    I agree that an error of this kind is _highly_ unlikely.

  • nathankoren

    Oh dear. I have huge respect and admiration for the original XCOR crew, but am getting quite a sinking feeling from this new company. I fear it is treading a path already well-worn by Kistler and Rocketplane and possible others besides: sack the visionary founders and bring in “more experienced” people from “industry”, whose core competencies include sucking from the tea — er, winning government contracts; parting foo– er, investors, from their money; driving the powerpoint:bent-metal ratio as close to 1:0 as possible; and finally declaring bankruptcy.

    I’d really, really like to be wrong about this.

  • Michael Grigoni

    Older thread, hope it is monitored…

    Perusing the XCOR website I saw this (excerpted from components page):

    The interlocked fuel and oxidizer valve is a pair of ball valves actuated by a common pneumatic cylinder. This particular valve is used as the main propellant valve for our XR-4K15 rocket engine. It controls approximately 1 kg/sec kerosene and 2.5 kg/sec liquid oxygen. If you are reading this you have won the Website Find Challenge Grand Prize! This valve uses the technology of the manually-actuated ball valves with the addition of the pneumatic actuator.

    The phrase about “Website Find Challenge” produces only two Google hits – this page and a French Twitter post. What gives? An internal hack? External hack?