As one of Lockheed Martin’s most forward thinking principal investigators, Josh Hopkins leads a team of engineers who develop plans and concepts for a variety of future human exploration missions, including visits to asteroids and Lagrange points. He is responsible for the Plymouth Rock mission study for human exploration of Near Earth Asteroids using the Orion crew exploration vehicle. In a similar capacity he previously led Lockheed Martin’s technical team to determine mission capabilities for the Altair lunar lander. During his 14 years with Lockheed Martin, Hopkins has focused most of his efforts developing space transportation systems and launch vehicles. He began as a trajectory analyst, first on the Athena commercial launch vehicle program, and then in a similar role for the Atlas V launch vehicle. Later, he became responsible for vehicle sizing and system design for a variety of reusable launch vehicle design projects for NASA and the United States Air Force. He has since helped design a variety of expendable and reusable launch vehicles, government and commercial crew transportation spacecraft, and robotic and human exploration vehicles such as lunar landers. Hopkins has been recognized as an innovative leader in the space industry, receiving the AIAA Summerfied Book Award in 2003 and the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Stellar Award in 2007. Mr. Hopkins has his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois.