Vice President, Technology Space Systems
As vice president of technology, Gregg Burgess establishes technology strategy, broadening Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems’ technology portfolio. His oversight includes enhancing engineering practice, working with industrial and customer partners on joint technology development and guiding key technical decisions on Space Systems’ Spacecraft Systems, Space Technologies and Space Exploration Systems product lines, and SNC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ORBITEC. Burgess joined SNC in 2013, relocating from Virginia to Colorado.
Burgess began his 31-year career in aerospace systems at Hughes Aircraft Company’s Space and Communications Group, where he worked on the Galileo probe, space shuttle Ku-band rendezvous radar and the Space Systems Applications Laboratory (SSAL). He began his long-term association with the U.S. national security Sensitive Compartmented Information community in 1989.
Prior to joining SNC, Burgess served as chief technology officer for Laserlight Communications, a startup in Virginia, establishing architecture and implementation strategy for a commercial eight-satellite, high-bandwidth laser communications system. He also previously held the position of senior vice president at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Virginia. Burgess developed and implemented the strategy that established a unique position for Orbital Sciences Corporation in the national security space market, growing a small-study operation into a technology-driven, $250 million annual revenue division in 10 years. Important programs in his portfolio included the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Eagle and Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite programs, the U.S. Air Force Commercially Hosted InfraRed Payload (CHIRP) and DARPA’s Micro-satellite Technology Experiment (MiTEx) program. Burgess led the proposal, program and first year of operations on MiTEx. Earlier in his Orbital Sciences Corporation career, Burgess led the systems engineering functional organization through the integration of two acquired companies and ISO-9000 certification. He also led efforts to develop an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle business at Orbital, and led systems engineering and ground system design for the first two ORBCOMM satellites.
Burgess holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed the General Manager’s Program at Harvard Business School. His specialties are general management, program management, aerospace systems engineering, guidance navigation and control and rendezvous and proximity operations. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and serves on the board of the National Vaccine Information Center.
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