Ron Jones

Ron Jones

Deputy Program Manager at BioSpace Experiments

Location
Greater St. Louis Area
Industry
Defense & Space

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Ron Jones's Overview

Current
Past
  • 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
Education
Connections

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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.

Specialties

Systems engineering, product lifecycle management, engineering processes, change management, competitive industry analysis

Ron Jones' Experience

Deputy Program Manager

BioSpace Experiments, Inc.

November 2009Present (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 2001Present (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

19872011 (24 years)

Vice President, Executive Director

ShareSpace Foundation

June 1998April 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

Anteon

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; ANT; Defense & Space industry

May 1998November 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.

President

Visionary Enterprises

April 1993April 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

Rockwell International

January 1987March 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.

Systems Engineer

Martin Marietta Aerospace Corporation

February 1982December 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 1980January 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 1978January 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.

Astronomical Specialist

NASA Ames Research Center

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Defense & Space industry

September 1972November 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

  • Integrated Space Plan update

    • 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

  1. Project Integration
  2. Systems Engineering
  3. New Business Development
  4. Aerospace
  5. Engineering Process
  6. Space Systems
  7. Change Management
  8. Engineering
  9. Program Management
  10. Integration
  11. Aircraft
  12. Projects
  13. Competitive Analysis
  14. Defense
  15. DoD
  16. System Design
  17. Air Force
  18. Proposal Writing
  19. Project Planning
  20. Avionics
  21. Engineering Management
  22. Technical Writing
  23. Testing
  24. Spacecraft
  25. Simulations
  26. Requirements Management
  27. Satellite
  28. Configuration Management
  29. Radar
  30. Information Assurance
  31. Earned Value Management
  32. Flights
  33. Aerospace Engineering
  34. Start-ups
  35. Aviation
  36. Telelogic DOORS
  37. Composites
  38. C4ISR
  39. Defence
  40. UAV
  41. Orbital Mechanics
  42. Requirements Analysis
  43. Flight Test
  44. Electronics
  45. Military
  46. Sensors
  47. Analysis
  48. Trade Studies
  49. Fortran
  50. Security Clearance

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Ron Jones' Education

University of LaVerne

BS, Business Management

19851987

De Anza College

AA, Data Processing

19721974

NASA Intern at the NASA Ames Research Center Airborne Sciences Directorate responsible for Lear Jet Infrared Telescope maintenance.

Sunnyvale High

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