Commercial Space Advisor & Technical Consultant @ Pickens Innovations
Tim Pickens is an inventor, entrepreneur, innovator, engineer and educator. His business, Pickens Innovations, specializes in commercial space, technical product development and solutions (including medical devices), and business consulting for technical and space companies. He is currently Chief Propulsion Engineer for Moon Express. He previously served as Commercial Space Advisor and Chief Propulsion Engineer for Huntsville, Alabama-based
Tim Pickens is an inventor, entrepreneur, innovator, engineer and educator. His business, Pickens Innovations, specializes in commercial space, technical product development and solutions (including medical devices), and business consulting for technical and space companies. He is currently Chief Propulsion Engineer for Moon Express. He previously served as Commercial Space Advisor and Chief Propulsion Engineer for Huntsville, Alabama-based Dynetics and Team Leader for the Rocket City Space Pioneers Google Lunar X PRIZE Team.
Tim founded Orion Propulsion, a Huntsville aerospace company, in 2004 and sold it to Dynetics in 2009 after growing it to a 40-employee, $6.4 million business. Within five years, Orion had received multiple Small Business awards and become AS9100 certified to build man-rated flight hardware. Before founding Orion, Tim worked for small hardware-rich aerospace companies in Huntsville, as well as serving as lead propulsion engineer for Scaled Composites on SpaceShipOne, winner of the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
Popular for his inspiring, genuine and humorous speaking style, Tim is recruited to give presentations at business, space and motivational conferences all over the country. He has also been featured in national media for his inventions and innovative accomplishments. Tim has received numerous awards for business and technical accomplishments.
Tim’s hobbies include building things - like rocket-powered vehicles - in his Man Cave. His passion for rockets began when he was a small child in Huntsville and continued into his adult life as a serious hobby. He led multiple amateur rocket design efforts in his garage for community service and recreational clubs and worked as an independent aerospace consultant at night and on weekends.
He had a long-time interest in studying applied engineering and science, but the desire to own and operate a space company inspired him to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Bigleow Aerospace Propulsion Department Manager @ Manage the development of future Bigelow propulsion systems in Huntsville, Alabama, for Bigelow Aerospace's commercial destinations in space. 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. From August 2015 to Present (5 months) Chief Propulsion Engineer @ Tim Pickens is Chief Propulsion Engineer for Moon Express, Inc., a provider of commercial and scientific missions to the Moon. He is responsible for overall propulsion architectures used in Earth departure stages, lunar breaking stages, and lander propulsion systems. Among Pickens' responsibilities at Moon Express are leading its Huntsville, Alabama, office, located near the Marshall Space Flight Center. Pickens splits his time between the Moon Express Huntsville office and its corporate headquarters at the NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley. From January 2013 to July 2015 (2 years 7 months) Commercial Space Advisor & Technical Consultant @ Commercial Space, Technical Products and Business Consulting
Tim Pickens is known for applying a lean philosophy to develop creative solutions and innovative partnerships to provide responsive, low-cost technical products and services. His 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry, specializing in the design, fabrication and testing of propulsion hardware systems, has earned him a reputation as one of the industry’s leaders in these areas.
Pickens Innovations can help you:
■Develop technical products and services
■Market new technical products and services
■Develop a business plan/strategy for your space or technology company
■Expand your market
■Win new business From July 2012 to June 2015 (3 years) Commercial Space Advisor & Chief Propulsion Engineer @ Brought on board by Dynetics in December 2009 as part of the purchase of Orion Propulsion Inc. Responsible for developing innovative space product solutions and expanding Dynetics’ commercial space business. Serve as team leader of the Rocket City Space Pioneers Google Lunar X PRIZE team. From December 2009 to June 2012 (2 years 7 months) President/CTO @ Responsible for technical projects, research and development, and business development. Served as technical lead for the Lunar Lander TestBed and the Bigelow Aerospace Forward Attitude Control System programs. Supported Boeing Ares I Upper Stage subcontract and DoD Multipurpose Nano-Missile System. From January 2009 to December 2009 (1 year) CEO @ Responsible for technical projects, research and development, and business development. Doubled the Orion staff and doubled the firm’s annual revenue in one year. Served as the technical lead on the NASA Methane RCS thruster work (Phase I and II), the 20k LO2/Propane portable test stand, 180k LO2/Propane vertical test stand and the acoustic igniter project. From November 2004 to 2008 (4 years) Propulsion Lead @ Served as Chief Propulsion Engineer and Developer for Burt Rutan on SpaceShipOne. Led design and test efforts for all aspects of the propulsion system. Designed the propulsion system requirements, nozzle/ motor case/ flange, propulsion fluid systems, pyro devices, rocket motor test stand, Reaction Control System (RCS) and the Propulsion Interface Control Documentation (ICD). From 2001 to 2002 (1 year)
BSBA @ Faulkner University From 1984 to 1988 Tim Pickens is skilled in: Commercial Space, Government Space, Technical Product Development, Technical Marketing, Propulsion Design, Business Start-ups, Business Strategy, Motivational Speaking, Technical Leadership, Technology, Rocket Engines, Business Consulting, Technical Product Design, Motors, Propulsion