NSS Congratulates Tim Pickens on Sale of Orion Propulsion

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.


Orion Propulsion Completes Qualification Tests for Bigelow Space Station Propulsion

Exterior view of Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis II
Exterior view of Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis II


Orion Propulsion, Inc. today announced completion of a qualification test program for the Forward Propulsion System (FPS) of Bigelow Aerospace’s Sundancer Project, the world’s first commercial space habitat.

The innovative Orion Propulsion thruster system uses hydrogen and oxygen that are produced from Bigelow’s proprietary Environmental Control Life Support System (ECLSS) as propellants for the spacecraft’s attitude control system . This truly “people-powered” 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.


Pickens, Kirby on The Space Show this Week

The Space Show schedule for this week:

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, “Atlas of Space Exploration” 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.