Allen funded SpaceShipOne, the first private spacecraft to carry a civilian into suborbital space and safely home again—a historic triumph that in 2004 earned the Ansari X-Prize. Allen’s founding of Stratolaunch seeks to build upon this success in space flight by achieving yet another breakthrough—the advancement of airport-style access to low Earth orbit, which Allen believes will open scientific and technological possibilities for humanity and our planet’s future.
Jean Floyd is CEO of Stratolaunch, which aims to make access to space more convenient, reliable and routine. Floyd has more than thirty years of industry experience and is uniquely qualified to oversee and lead the testing and evaluation phase of the carrier aircraft.
Floyd is a seasoned aerospace professional who has experience leading air launched space vehicle, launch operations, and spacecraft programs. A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Floyd's legacy in space began on active duty in the Air Force and continued as the program manager for Orbital's Pegasus system. Most recently, Floyd was vice president and general manager for the civil and defense division at Orbital ATK, where he managed P&L responsibilities of Human Space Systems, National Security Space, Science and Environmental, and Advanced Flight Systems.
Brian Morse is Senior Vice President, Operations at Stratolaunch, with responsibility for Program Management, Strategic Development and Business Operations. Morse brings to Stratolaunch over 30 years of management and executive experience in the development of space systems for NASA, the DOD and the commercial sector.
Morse, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has contributed to the success of numerous spacecraft and launch vehicle systems with particular emphasis on entrepreneurial “New Space” ventures. Joining Orbital Science in the start-up phase, he directed the mechanical engineering efforts for the air launched Pegasus launch vehicle development, later rising to Senior Vice president, Technical Operations. He then contributed to the early development of SpaceX launch vehicle systems as a consultant to Elon Musk. Most recently, Morse initiated and managed, through preliminary design, the LauncherOne business area at Virgin Orbit before taking over responsibilities for the company’s advanced program development.
Steve Nixon is Vice President of Strategic Development at Stratolaunch. He leads the company's national security business sector and U.S. government relations from Washington D.C.
Previously, Nixon served as the Director of Science and Technology and the Chief Technology Officer for the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to his work in intelligence, Nixon served ten years with the U.S. Congress as a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Defense Appropriations Subcommittee where he reviewed a wide variety of military, research and development, and acquisition programs.
In 2008, Nixon was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. He has been recognized as one of the 100 top young engineers in the U.S. by the National Academy of Engineering. In 2005, the National Journal included him on the "Hill 100" list under the Defense Transformation category, and SpaceNews named him one of the top 10 people “making a difference” in space.