NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE December 21, 2009
The National Space Society (“NSS”) congratulates one of its own, Tim Pickens, on the sale of his successful pioneering NewSpace company, Orion Propulsion, Inc. (“OPI”), to another Huntsville, Alabama-based aerospace company, Dynetics. OPI specializes in spacecraft and rocket propulsion design and fabrication, testing services, ground support equipment, and launch operations support. Mr. Pickens, who was chief technology officer for OPI, will serve as chief propulsion engineer for Dynetics.
Company tests rocket engine that may launch affordable access to orbit for small satellites The Huntsville Times
Monday afternoon, in a trailer surrounded by cotton fields just west of Huntsville International Airport, a group gathered to watch the 5-second burn of a ground-breaking if not ground-shaking rocket engine.
Orion Propulsion, Inc. today announced completion of a qualification test program for the Forward Propulsion System (FPS) of Bigelow Aerospaceâ€™s Sundancer Project, the worldâ€™s first commercial space habitat.
The innovative Orion Propulsion thruster system uses hydrogen and oxygen that are produced from Bigelowâ€™s proprietary Environmental Control Life Support System (ECLSS) as propellants for the spacecraftâ€™s attitude control system . This truly â€œpeople-poweredâ€ space craft, which burns hydrogen and oxygen generated from water, sweat, and urine, eliminates the need for more toxic propellants such as hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide that are more costly to use and harmful to the environment – on Earth and in space.
The Monday, June 15, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT Program welcomes back Dr. Richard Kirby to discuss New Horizons in Space Science Education.
The Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 7-8:30 PM is OPEN LINES on The Space Show. Remember, all subjects are welcome (no politics, please).
The Thursday, June 18, 2009, 9:30-11:00 AM PDT show welcomes back Tim Pickens of Orion Propulsion to the show. Tim Pickens is president and founder of Orion Propulsion Inc. located in Madison, Alabama.
The Friday, June 19, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT show welcomes Roger Launius and Andrew Johnston to the show regarding their new book, â€œAtlas of Space Explorationâ€ published by Smithsonian.
The Sunday, June 21, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT welcomes Julie Jiru and Vicki Belleau to the program as they are space law students at the Univ. of Nebraska studying under Professor Frans von der Dunk.
Tim Pickens gave an interesting presentation this afternoon at ISDC titled, â€œGreening the Aerospace Community.â€ The Orion Propulsion founder and CEO talked what he feels the industry needs to do moving forward toward a greener profile.
Orion Propulsion, teamed with Teledyne Brown, was awarded the contract to develop a Lunar Lander with an integrated propulsion system. OPI will be developing the propulsion system at the facility on Commerce Circle. Teledyne Brown will be building the demonstrator at their Sparkman Drive facility.