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Brian Spence / President – Business Development Manager

Brian Spence / President – Business Development Manager

Brian Spence is the founder of DSS and a former employee of AEC-Able Engineering / ATK Space and Astro Aerospace. He received his B.S.M.E. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has over 25 years experience in deployable solar arrays, deployable structural systems, and innovative mechanism technology. Brian is a technical authority in the field of space solar array systems, solar array subsystem technologies, systems and subsystems, and has been involved involved in the program management, design, development, analysis, producion and test of numerous deployable structures (booms and antennas), innovative mechanisms, and solar array systems (rigid panel, flexible blanket, and concentrator technologies). Brian has an extensive and demonstrated capability for effectively and efficiently managing, planning, leading, mitigating risk, and executing technology development programs on-plan and on-budget. He has authored numerous technical papers, has eight awarded patents, has received a NASA Achievement Award, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California.  

    
Steve White / Vice President – General Manager

Steve White / Vice President – General Manager

Steve White received his M.S.M.E. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and as a former employee AEC-Able Engineering / ATK Space and currently DSS, has over 26 years experience in space deployable structures and solar arrays, and spacecraft systems engineering. He has extensive and direct experience in the management, design, development, analysis, production and test of space-based deployable structures, mechanisms, and solar array systems in project engineering, program management and chief engineering capacities. Steve has expertise in the field of space solar array systems, solar array subsystem technologies (such as deployment mechanisms, composite structures and array photovolaic blankets/panels), space structural and mechanical systems and subsystems (including booms, antennas and stable structures), composites design, spacecraft systems, structural analysis and space environmental testing. He has authored numerous technical papers, has three awarded patents, and has received two NASA Achievement Awards.  

    
Wayne King / Director of Programs

Wayne King / Director of Programs

Wayne King received his Bachelor's degree in Business Economics with Accounting Emphasis from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1981 and has over 28 years' experience with government and commercial programs in the aerospace industry. Mr. King has had the opportunity to work for a number of companies within the industry starting out with General Motors Delco Electronics, then onto Litton Industries (which was acquired by Northrop Grumman), followed by AEC-Able Engineering Company (which was acquired by ATK Space Systems), and now currently Deployable Space Systems, Inc. (DSS). Mr. King's background has involved being a key contributor within program management organizations directly responsible in leadership roles with bid and proposals, cost / financial analysis and control, project management in staff and senior leadership capacities, and currently at DSS the Director of Programs. Mr. King has a wealth of program management experience exhibited on a variety of flight programs such as the Titan Rocket Guidance System, Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS), over thirty (30+) GEO and LEO Solar Arrays, and many deployable structure programs. Mr. King has a proven performance in program management leadership, and has demonstrated an unparalleled record of adherence to cost, schedule and technical performance for high quality On-Time Delivery (OTD) of products.  

    
John Espinoza / Product Assurance - Quality Systems Manager

John Espinoza / Product Assurance - Quality Systems Manager

Mr. John Espinoza provides DSS with over 32 years experience in Quality Systems management and manufacturing of Space Deployable products. Mr. Espinoza led in DSS’s AS9100C Quality Systems certification in 2014. Prior to joining the DSS team, Mr. Espinoza was previously employed with Northrop Grumman, Astro Aerospace, Raytheon-ECM, and ATK Space. During these assignments, Mr. Espinoza was responsible for all levels of Quality/Mission Assurance, and Supplier Quality. Mr. Espinoza is highly experienced with customer contract requirements, and has a demonstrated high-level of knowledge associated with Space Flight quality systems, manufacturing, systems testing, and hardware integration. Mr. Espinoza is a currently a NASA certified Level B instructor for several space qualified processes, and has instructed at several supplier facilities throughout the United States. Mr. Espinoza is also a Six-Sigma Green-Belt which was issued by Northrop Grumman. Mr. Espinoza's education includes Certification from UCSB in Configuration Management.

    
 

Ron Takeda / Chief Technologist

Ron Takeda received his B.S.M.E. from the California State University, Chico, in 1986 and has over 25 years’ experience in space deployable solar array and structural systems. Mr. Takeda has been instrumental in the design, development, analysis, production, test and integration of deployable structures, mechanisms, and solar array systems (rigid panel, flexible blanket, thin film blanket, and concentrator technologies) in project engineering, manufacturing and test engineering, and Technical Director capacities. Mr. Takeda has extensive experience from many research and development programs, and many flagship spaceflight programs which he has received NASA achievement awards. Mr. Takeda has led as Technical Director on dozens of LEO, GEO and planetary Lander solar array flight programs. Mr. Takeda has continuously demonstrated high competency and capability to lead engineering teams through design innovation, risk mitigation and retirement, analytical modeling, process development, hardware validation, and manufacture and test which are paramount for program success. Mr. Takeda is co-inventor in multiple awarded and pending patents.

    
Mark Douglas / Technical Director

Mark Douglas / Technical Director

Mark Douglas received his B.S.M.E from the University of California, San Diego, and as a former employee AEC-Able Engineering / ATK Space and currently DSS has over 26 years of experience in the design and qualification of deployable solar arrays, booms and stable structures for space applications. As a key member of the technical engineering staff at DSS, Mr. Douglas has expertise in and is directly involved with the design, analysis, qualification/flight manufacture, and qualification/flight testing and technical direction of solar array systems (rigid panel arrays, flexible blanket arrays, concentrator arrays, and advanced array technologies), open lattice deployable booms/masts, telescopic booms/masts, elastically deployable roll-out booms, dimensionally stable deployable structures for SAR and optical payloads, and large aperture deployable structure technologies. Mr. Douglas has authored several technical papers and has received one individual patent as well as several group patents, and has several other group patents pending.  

    
Matt LaPointe / Technical Director

Matt LaPointe / Technical Director

Matt LaPointe as a former employee of AEC-Able Engineering / ATK Space and currently at DSS has over 8 years experience in mechanical design, test and analysis of space mechanisms and deployable systems (including solar arrays). Mr. LaPointe received his B.S.M.E. with Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has significant expertise in mechanical, electrical, and control systems. Mr. LaPointe has been a key technical team member of several successful flight programs, including deployable open lattice masts, rigid panel solar arrays, flexible blanket solar arrays, reflector dish deployment structures, solar array blanket deployers, and damped / latching solar array hinge mechanisms. Mr. LaPointe specializes in complex systems design of mechanical and electromechanical sub-systems. Mr. LaPointe is a co-inventor on several group patents pending.  

    
 

Mario Medrano / Manufacture & Test Manager

Mario Medrano as a former employee of AEC-Able Engineering / ATK Space and currently with DSS has over 25 years experience in the procurement, fabrication, manufacture, assembly, integration, inspection, and test of spaceflight hardware including deployable solar arrays (rigid panel arrays, flexible blanket arrays, and concentrator arrays) and deployable structures (open lattice booms, very-large linear articulated booms, very-large linear dimensionally stable articulated booms, and dimensionally stable SAR antenna structures), and supporting GSE /STE tooling. As a key member of DSS’s space flight-hardware assembly and test operations, Mr. Medrano has expertise in and is directly involved with the procurement, fabrication, manufacture, assembly, inspection, test and shipment of advanced and space-flight deployable systems hardware. Mr. Medrano has been honored/recognized for timely delivery and quality workmanship of deployable space hardware produced and delivered for NASA, U.S. Air Force, JPL, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), Orbital, and General Dynamics.  

   
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