Rand Simberg is a space technologist, business consultant and policy analyst with over three decades of experience in the space industry, starting with the Aerospace Corporation, and later, as a project manager with Rockwell International, on advanced space projects. Since 1993, he has been an independent entrepreneur and consultant, supporting both major aerospace companies such as Boeing and Northrop Grumman, and startups such as Masten Space Systems and XCOR Aerospace. For the last decade, he has written extensively on space topics from a free-market perspective in venues such as The New Atlantis, Popular Mechanics, National Review, AOL News, Fox News, the Washington Examiner and other publications. He is an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and since January 2011 he has led the Competitive Space Task Force, an ad hoc organization formed to provide guidance to conservative and Republican lawmakers on appropriate space policy in the wake of ongoing policy failures and the need for fiscal sanity. In conjunction with that activity, he co-produced a short web video on the need to redirect big-government space activities to ones more in consonant with the traditional American values of free enterprise and competition. Mr. Simberg has multiple engineering degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a degree in technical management from West Coast University in Los Angeles.
Author, Engineer, Aerospace Consultant