The Advanced Space Leadership Team

Bradley Cheetham

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). 

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.

Robert Cone

Director of Business Operations

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. 

Nathan (Parrish) Ré, Ph.D.

Optimization and Machine Learning Lead

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. 

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. 

Patricia Simmers

Director of Finance and Team Resources

Ms. Simmers has over 30 years’ experience in pivotal financial leadership roles for companies engaged in cutting-edge technology product development in the software, aerospace, and medical manufacturing industries. She holds an impressive record of steady and exceptional achievements throughout her career in guiding the strategic and emerging growth of high-tech companies in areas of finance, accounting, treasury, HR, and business systems development.

Previously, Ms. Simmers established accounting operations for Lockheed Information Technology and Space Imaging (a Lockheed Martin-Raytheon JV) with increasing responsibility in roles of corporate treasury, program management, and business systems development. Simmers later joined Silver Creek Systems as the finance leadership team member and corporate controller, assisting in venture capital financing, strategic planning, and later completing a successful merger acquisition of Silver Creek Systems to Oracle. More recently, Patricia consulted to business clients in energy and medical services industries advising in M&A, merger integration, and financial reporting activities.

Ms. Simmers influence extends beyond her executive roles with her experience as the former Denver Chapter President and Global Board of Director member for the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). In addition, she was honored for her community contributions to the accounting profession with the Denver Luminary Award through Hudson Financial Solutions.

Ms. Simmers completed select graduate studies in Technology Management at the University of Phoenix, where she also earned a B.A. degree in Management and Accounting.

James Thomas

Technology Infrastructure and Operations Information Security Officer

Mr. Thomas has over 20 years’ experience in technology and project management with extensive experience in managing technology product development, technical implementations, and analytical environments. Mr. Thomas earned a degree in Physics from the University of California at Irvine and has additional training in Agile project management, applied data science including machine learning and artificial intelligence, information systems, and information security.

Mr. Thomas’ experience includes work in technical project management, data and information system infrastructure, technology operations, data analytics, and information security. Mr. Thomas has specialized expertise in enterprise cloud infrastructure, data analytics systems, and cybersecurity.

Thomas Gardner

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. 

Dawn Massop Love

Director of Strategic Communications

As a seasoned architect of communications, marketing, and branding, Dawn Massop Love has over 30 years of experience executing media, public and government relations, events, communications, marketing, and new business strategies. Her breadth of work from internal and external communications, sponsorship partnerships, storytelling, and product launch activities has resulted in increased revenue and high impact impressions for industry-leading organizations such as KOA radio, Pepsi, Comcast Spotlight, and the University of Colorado Boulder.

Ms. Massop Love has been recognized by her industry peers, colleagues, and customers for her collaborative style of engaging people and audiences. Originally from Jamaica, Dawn Massop Love embodies both cultures of her past and present countries with an inviting and fun demeanor. Her passion for meeting and networking with people intersect with her expertise.

Dawn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she has served as a Foundation Trustee and on the Board of Advisors for the Alumni Association Board. Dawn seeks to uplift others through connection and communications.

Rex Laceby, Capt. USMC (Ret.)

Chief of Staff

Mr. Laceby is a retired, prior-enlisted, Marine Corps Officer with a Special Operations & Infantry background. Previously employed by the University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science, he supported National Security innovation and program development. Rex brings first-hand insight on how to support DoD customers to accomplish classified and time sensitive missions. Rex holds a B.S. in History from the University of Colorado Boulder and working towards a M.S. in Emergency Management & Homeland Security, concentrating in Cybersecurity Policy and Management. As a “Forever Buff” he continues to support CU Veterans and proudly mentors the CU Boulder Sounding Rocket Laboratory student group. Rex has a significant background in Force Protection (mitigating hostile actions against personnel, resources, facilities, and critical information) and brings years of leadership experience, team building, operational risk management, mission planning, RF wave propagation theory, and Special Operations tactical communication expertise to the team.

Marty Rose

Senior Data Scientist

Marty Rose is a data scientist with extensive experience in radical, discontinuous and disruptive innovation. He spent the past 16 years at Acxiom/LiveRamp in a variety of principal and senior data science roles and was a founding member of Acxiom Research, which operated as an entrepreneurial, VC funded startup. In the last two years at A/LR he authored eight non-provisional patents filed internationally and with the USPO.

Prior to working in the private sector Marty was a university research scientist and faculty member with the University of Arizona, and the University of Nevada System Desert Research Institute, and the Department of Environmental and Resource Sciences at UNR. He also provided expert witness testimony before the US Congress on statistical characteristics of climate change and variability. 

Marty did his undergraduate work in social and physical sciences, emphasis on quantitative techniques, at Arizona State University, and his MS and PhD studies in Quaternary/Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona.


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