The Advanced Space Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer & President
Bradley Cheetham is an engineer, 3x entrepreneur and lifelong commercial space advocate. He is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Advanced Space where he leads company operations and strategy to deliver flight dynamics and operations solutions to clients across the space industry. Advanced Space is the owner and operator of the CAPSTONE spacecraft which will launch to the Moon in support of NASA’s Artemis program in 2021.
Cheetham earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received his Masters in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he has also conducted significant research on spacecraft navigation in support of a Doctorate of Philosophy. He created and taught a graduate level course in Commercial Spaceflight Operations at CU Boulder for 7 years.
As an advocate for the space industry, he serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Future Space Leaders Foundation, is a member of the Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee of the International Astronautical Federation, and serves on the Board of Advisors and the Board of Trustees of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).
Mr. Cone has over 30 years of experience in aerospace business operations for the US Department of Commerce, NASA, ARES Corp, and Lockheed Martin as well as an MBA from The George Washington University focused on Management of Science, Technology, & Innovation. Mr. Cone has certifications from the Project Management Institute as a Risk Management Professional, has managed subcontracts and programs on large and small projects, and experience implementing and managing quality systems such as ISO 17025, ISO 9000, AS9100, and CMMI.
Jeffrey Parker, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Jeffrey Parker is a preeminent expert on all matters pertaining to the mission design and navigation of spacecraft in cislunar space. He completed his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado in 2007, examining low-energy ballistic lunar transfers: trajectories that a spacecraft may take to travel between the Earth and the Moon using less fuel than conventional transfers. After graduating from CU Boulder in 2007, Dr. Parker joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a mission design and navigation specialist. He immediately became the lead designer for the proposed MoonRise New Frontiers mission, a complex mission traversing every aspect of cislunar space to return samples from the Moon’s South Pole-Aitken Basin to Earth. Dr. Parker joined the University of Colorado Boulder in 2012 and developed research groups in low-energy mission design, low-thrust trajectory optimization, and advanced spacecraft navigation. He has supported advanced concepts for future Orion missions, as well as future concepts for lunar landers and other missions in any region of the Earth-Moon system.
Cameron Meek, Ph.D.
Director of Flight Dynamics
Dr. Meek has more than 28 years of experience with an extensive background pioneering in the areas of dynamics, estimation, and control. Prior to joining Advanced Space as Director of Flight Dynamics, he served as Director of Flight Dynamics Engineering at OneWeb where he built a team of 30+ and led their development of all required operational systems and procedures from scratch to support 74 operating satellites and three launches. Cameron earned his PhD under the direction of Dr. George Born with a dissertation focused on automated operational orbit determination, led development of the flight dynamics system for the Cygnus ISS resupply vehicle, served on the navigation team for Cassini at JPL, and worked on numerous other missions during his 28 year career.
Director of Engineering
Mr. Gardner is the Director of Engineering for Advanced Space, prior to joining Advanced Space, Mr. Gardner had experience as the Chief Engineer/Principal Mission Systems Engineer at Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx), as a Senior Principal Space Systems Engineer with the Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) NASA/Space Applications Group, and as a senior engineer at Lockheed Martin. He is an expert in spacecraft systems engineering with over 35 years of experience in the field supporting a wide variety of programs including NASA robotic missions (Stardust, MEP, Lunar Prospector), launch vehicles (Athena, Titan, EELV), and the Space Shuttle. Mr. Gardner holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and M.E. in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado.
Nathan (Parrish) Ré, Ph.D.
Dr. (Parrish) Ré is a subject matter expert in low-thrust trajectory optimization and has detailed experience in the application of this field. His PhD research leveraged neural network capabilities for operations in highly dynamic Earth-Moon three-body orbits for electric propulsion spacecraft. Dr. (Parrish) Ré completed his PhD at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018 under Prof. Daniel Scheeres. His research was funded by a prestigious NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) and by the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship. Dr. (Parrish) Ré also holds an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from California Polytechnic State University.
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