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.
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.