Bruce Pittman

Bruce Pittman is currently working as a contractor at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he is the Chief System Engineer in the NASA Space Portal Office.  In this position he supports the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters on programs ranging from orbital applications of the International Space Station and other orbiting commercial facilities to low cost, reliable access to space, reusable space infrastructure as well as cis-lunar commercialization.  The Space Portal’s latest initiative is a plan for returning to the Moon using public/private partnerships. Bruce also leads the Space Portal support of the Frontier Development Lab summer study program with the SETI Institute.

 

Mr. Pittman started his career working as a civil servant at NASA Ames for 11 years on a number of space projects including Pioneer Venus, Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS), Cryogenic Grating Spectrometer on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, Space Station Freedom Technology Advocacy Group, and several advanced studies programs including Study Manager for the Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) a 20 m diameter infrared telescope.

 

Mr. Pittman has also been a founder and member of the startup team in a number of early growth companies including SpaceHab, Kistler Aerospace, New Focus, Product Factory and Prometheus II Ltd.  As a consultant Mr. Pittman has worked with many Fortune 500 companies including Westinghouse, Northrop Grumman, Varian, Texas Instruments, TRW and Boeing as well as government agencies including NASA and DOE.

 

Mr. Pittman has a BS in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from U. C. Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.  Mr. Pittman is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is the chairman of the AIAA Commercial Space Group.  He was also the founder and first chairman of the AIAA System Engineering Technical Committee and also the co-founder and president of the Silicon Valley Space Club.  In 2012 Mr. Pittman was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Space Society (NSS) and in 2013 he was elected by the Board as Senior Vice President and Senior Operating Officer of NSS.  He is an advocate of the Space Frontier Founding and has authored or co-authored over 4 dozen papers on a technical, management and business topics in aerospace and high technology.  He has co-authored two book chapters in Beyond The Earth:  The Future of Humans in Space and Space Commerce:  The Inside Story.  In addition to his technical work Mr. Pittman has also been a member of the adjunct faculty in the Graduate Engineering School at Santa Clara University for over 30 years.

 

For his technical work Mr. Pittman has been awarded 2 NASA Special Achievement Awards and four NASA Group Achievement Awards.  In 2011 NASA award him the Exceptional Public Service Medal for “exceptional leadership in pioneering the development of commercial space for public benefit”.  In 2012 he was presented with the “Service to the Frontier” award by the Space Frontier Foundation and in 2015 he was presented the Space Activist of the Year award by the National Space Society.

 

Broadcast 2971 Bruce Pittman

Guest:  Bruce Pittman;  Topics: An overview of NewSpace business trends and opportunities, the emerging markets, and more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 2467 (Special Edition)

Guest: Bruce Pittman; Topics: ISDC 2015 conference and related topics. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 2335 (Special Edition)

Guest: Bruce Pittman. Topics: The emerging commercial space industry and related topics. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 2144 (Special Edition)

Guest: Bruce Pittman. Topics: Commercial space, new technologies, emerging space industries. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 2085 (Special Edition)

Guests: John Batchelor, Bruce Pittman, Dr. David Livingston. Topic: Space Exploration for Inspiration and Profit. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 1320 (Special Edition)

CLASSROOM: Guests: Bruce Pittman, Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Jim Logan, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Classroom Lesson 4: Business and Engineering Due Diligence. Visit The Space Show Classroom Blog for the presentation material from our panelists, http://spaceshowclassroom.wordpress.com. Bruce has a Power Point presentation for your review, Dr. Jurist has his investment laws and a Power Point presentation, and I've uploaded the business plan outline I use when writing a business plan.

Broadcast 891 (Special Edition)

Guest: Bruce Pittman. Bruce Pittman returned to The Space Show to talk about fusion energy, specifically aneutronic fusion from hydrogen (Deuterium) and Boron. During the program, Bruce explained the difference between the ITER/Tokamak approach to fusion vs. aneutronic fusion. Aneutronic fusion is fusion which does not release very much energy in neutrons so it reduces the need for radiation protection. Next, we discussed the funding of this as well as other fusion projects . He told us about the continued funding of fusion projects even though little progress has been made.

Broadcast 710 (Special Edition)

Dr. Ken Cox and Bruce Pittman were the special guests for this Space Show program to discuss space commerce, the coming ATWG Conference just before ISDC and the ACES Entrepreneurial Space Summit at NASA Ames May 16-18, 2007. We began the discussion with Ken giving us the background information regarding the Aerospace Technology Working Group (ATWG) and the basics about their coming conference in Dallas from May 22-24, 2007. Visit www.atwg.org for the full agenda, registration, and details. Dr.

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