Last of XCOR’s Founders Leaves Company

Doug Jones

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (DSI PR) — Deep Space Industries is pleased to announce that Doug Jones, formerly chief test engineer at XCOR, is joining the company’s growing team as director of propulsion systems.

“We see Doug as one of the top rocket engineers in the country, and a great addition to our first-class team of small-spacecraft engineers,” said Bill Miller, the chief executive officer of Deep Space Industries.  “He will be helping us develop the high performance, inexpensive propulsion that is critical to radically lowering the cost of deep space exploration.”

Mr. Jones has designed, built and tested over a dozen different rocket designs for a wide range of customers, including two manned vehicles. Doug has decades of aerospace engineering experience ranging from liquid rocket engine design to vehicle system optimization, and has flown aboard a rocket aircraft multiple times while serving as flight test engineer during the development of the XCOR X-Racer.

“Doug Jones is joining DSI at the perfect moment to lead our in-house development of the high-performance propulsion system for our Prospector series of deep space missions,” said Grant Bonin, DSI’s chief technology officer. “We couldn’t be more excited.”

Editor’s Note: And then there were none. Jeff Greason, Dan DeLong and Aleta Jackson preceded Jones out the door. There are no more founders at XCOR.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Doug, Congratulations!

  • teleclimber

    Congratulations Doug!

  • Tom Billings

    I like the feeling that DSI is that much more productive with Doug onboard.
    Yay! 🙂

  • Jimmy S. Overly

    Doug Jones is a badass. DSI is lucky to have him!

  • Rocketplumber

    Thanks for the good wishes, folks. After the furlough in April and the layoff in June it was finally, reluctantly time to move on. At DSI we’ll do more great things.

  • redneck

    Have fun with the new gig.

  • Rocketplumber

    I do believe I will. Future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.

  • se jones

    Congratulations on the new gig at DSI! The transition from beautiful Mojave to San Jose, should be um…interesting.

    I’m proud to have you as a fellow sympathiser, your determination and drive are an inspiration.
    -the other Jones

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  • “Doug Jones is joining DSI at the perfect moment to lead our in-house development of the high-performance propulsion system for our Prospector series of deep space missions,” said Grant Bonin, DSI’s chief technology officer. “We couldn’t be more excited.”