Deputy Program Manager at BioSpace Experiments
- Greater St. Louis Area
- Defense & Space
Ron Jones's Overview
- Deputy Program Manager at BioSpace Experiments, Inc.
- Engineer at The Boeing Company
- Member at National Space Society
- Vice President, Executive Director at ShareSpace Foundation
- Space Systems Research Analyst at Anteon
- President at Visionary Enterprises
- Space Systems Missions Analyst at Rockwell International
- Systems Engineer at Martin Marietta Aerospace Corporation
- Associate Optics Engineer at Kaiser Electronics and Aerospace Corporation
- Senior Optical Technician at Computervision / Cobilt
- Astronomical Specialist at NASA Ames Research Center
- University of LaVerne
- De Anza College
- Sunnyvale High
Ron Jones' Summary
Twenty five-plus years of aerospace and defense industry experience from large program technical integration to hands-on product manufacturing including IR&D, systems engineering, advanced programs, business development and space payload processing environments.
Systems engineering, product lifecycle management, engineering processes, change management, competitive industry analysis
Ron Jones' Experience
Deputy Program Manager
BioSpace Experiments, Inc.
November 2009 – Present (4 years 11 months)
• Deputy Program Manager of the CREST 1 and 2 experiment payload packages which successfully flew on Space Shuttle missions STS-134 and STS-135 and the International Space Station (ISS).
• Technical interface with the Student Space Experiment Program (SSEP), a new STEM education program that Ron co-created.
• BSE is a commercial space company providing low-cost, turn-key access to space on the ISS, commercial orbital platforms, and sounding rockets. BSE's products include standardized low-cost space-flight instrumentation and self contained automated microgravity laboratories having the capability to conduct hundreds of separate experiments within the volume of less than 30% of a Space Shuttle mid-deck locker.
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; BA; Aviation & Aerospace industry
August 2001 – Present (13 years 2 months) St. Louis, MO
• Develop and implement productivity enhancing Lean+ initiatives for the F-15 and F/A-18 programs.
• Previously Configuration and Data Management Lead for the Phantom Ray UAV program (X-45C), a state-of-the-art internally funded Rapid Prototyping effort within Phantom Works.
• Responsible for the trade study that drove the selection of the NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) to transport the Phantom Ray to its Edwards AFB test site in California, the first non-Shuttle use of the SCA.
• Started at Boeing in the Air Traffic Management (ATM) division’s Engineering and Business Development organizations in Washington D.C. where he was until events following 9/11 led him to St. Louis and the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.
Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Defense & Space industry
1987 – 2011 (24 years)
Vice President, Executive Director
June 1998 – April 2003 (4 years 11 months) Washington, D.C.
• Responsible for the day to day operations of Buzz Aldrin's non-profit foundation with a mission to foster affordable space travel for the general public and to help lay a credible foundation for the emerging space tourism industry.
• Traveled with Buzz to the North Pole via Quark to assess the similarities of today's adventure tourism industry with tomorrow's adventure orbital experiences.
• ShareSpace "adventures" chronicled the book: Making Space Happen: Private Space Ventures and the Visionaries Behind Them, 2002, by Paula Berinstein.
• ShareSpace enabling space vision and architecture documented in the Cato Institute book: Space: The Free Market Frontier, 2002, edited by Ed Hudgins.
Space Systems Research Analyst
Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; ANT; Defense & Space industry
May 1998 – November 2000 (2 years 7 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area
Supported Deputy Secretaty of Defense for C3I, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance in technology and space export control licensing including ITAR and USML submission compliance.
April 1993 – April 1998 (5 years 1 month) Greater Los Angeles Area
Independent writing and consulting services. Wrote numerous business plans, master plans for start-up businesses and freelance articles for various clients including USA Weekend Magazine, Final Frontier Magazine, Ad Astra Magazine, and various web related clients. For the U.S. Congress House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, helped orchestrate the 1997 Defining NASA's Mission and America's Vision for the Future of Space Exploration House hearings.
Space Systems Missions Analyst
January 1987 – March 1993 (6 years 3 months) Greater Los Angeles Area
Performed IR&D planning, research and trade studies relating to the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) in the Advanced Projects group. Also worked engineering console as an STS-26 return-to-flight mission support team member.
Martin Marietta Aerospace Corporation
February 1982 – December 1986 (4 years 11 months) Greater Los Angeles Area
Worked numerous aspects of the DOD Space Shuttle ground support infrastructure and generic payload requirements at the Shuttle's SLC-6 Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site.
Associate Optics Engineer
Kaiser Electronics and Aerospace Corporation
January 1980 – January 1982 (2 years 1 month) San Francisco Bay Area
Managed optics lab that specialized in fighter jet and attack helicopter avionics and Head-Up Display (HUD) test and evaluation. Hands-on lab built HUDs for F/A-18, F-14, TR-1, Cobra Helicopter and first prototype Space Shuttle HUD.
Senior Optical Technician
Computervision / Cobilt
February 1978 – January 1980 (2 years) San Francisco Bay Area
Lead in engineering's primary component Optical Assembly Laboratory responsible for the assembly and precision alignment of Cobilt's state-of-the-art CA-3000 Photolithographic Machine and its associated head-optics sub-assemblies.
Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Defense & Space industry
September 1972 – November 1976 (4 years 3 months) San Francisco Bay Area
Worked as an R&D technician and flight crew member on NASA's Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO), at the time the largest airborne telescope in the World, and NASA's Lear Jet Flying Infrared Observatory.
Ron Jones' Projects
- May 2014 to Present
I am assisting in preparation of the Kickstarter campaign to fund an update to the famous Integrated Space Plan. We plan to produce a new poster reflecting the vast changes in the space industry. In addition we will be publishing a new interactive version online, which will be continuously updated, and will be make use of the advances in information technology and visualization to allow users greatly increased research capabilities
Ron Jones' Skills & Expertise
- Project Integration
- Systems Engineering
- New Business Development
- Engineering Process
- Space Systems
- Change Management
- Program Management
- Competitive Analysis
- System Design
- Air Force
- Proposal Writing
- Project Planning
- Engineering Management
- Technical Writing
- Requirements Management
- Configuration Management
- Information Assurance
- Earned Value Management
- Aerospace Engineering
- Telelogic DOORS
- Orbital Mechanics
- Requirements Analysis
- Flight Test
- Trade Studies
- Security Clearance
Ron Jones' Education
University of LaVerne
BS, Business Management
1985 – 1987
AA, Data Processing
1972 – 1974
NASA Intern at the NASA Ames Research Center Airborne Sciences Directorate responsible for Lear Jet Infrared Telescope maintenance.
Ron Jones' Additional Information
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