Brendan SmithMission Operations Senior Engineer, Stratolaunch Systems
Brendan has a key role onsite at Stratolaunch’s Mojave operational base standing up integrated airborne launch Mission Operations activities (Aircraft + Rocket + Satellite).Prior to joining Stratolaunch, Brendan was Chief Engineer of Educational Laboratories at MIT’s flagship university project in Russia in the heart of Eastern Europe’s “Silicon Valley” project: Skolkovo. There he focused on rapid prototyping, hardware-centric entrepreneurship and product development. Prior to his international work, Brendan worked at Orbital (now Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems) as a satellite-manufacturing engineer as well as a liquid propulsion engine test engineer for the Antares rocket program. He received his M.S. in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and B.S degrees in both Aeronautics/Astronautics and Brain/Cognitive Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.