Bruce Pittman

Bruce Pittman is the Vice President of Development at Skycorp, Inc. and is a co-founder of the Space Portal Office at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.  He is also a co-founder and CEO of the not-for-profit, Future Frontiers Institute, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Space Society .


Bruce has over four decades of experience in aerospace and high technology system development.  He served as a civil servant at NASA Ames for the first 11 years of his career (working in planetary exploration and airborne and space based infrared astronomy). He then transitioned to the private sector where he worked as a system engineering and project management consultant on large complex systems with clients both in government and industry including NASA.  Bruce helped launch several startups including SpaceHab and Kistler Aerospace and is a regularly invited speaker at a numerous conferences, often giving keynote addresses on space development in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  Bruce returned to NASA Ames in 2005 as a contractor to help found the Space Portal.


Bruce has a BS in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from U. C. Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.  He has authored or co-authored over 50 papers on technology, management, and business topics in aerospace and high technology.  In addition to his technical work Bruce has also been a member of the adjunct faculty in the Graduate Engineering School at Santa Clara University for 35 years.  His numerous career awards include the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2011 for “exceptional leadership in pioneering the development of commercial space for public benefit.”

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 for the full agenda, registration, and details. Dr.


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