Steve Hoeser: Director, Strategic Business and Market Engineering
- Senior Space Systems Engineer
- Commercial Space Business Strategy Advisor
- Founded Vela Technology Development, Inc., for suborbital tourism
- Instigated Pentagon’s Delta Clipper Experimental Single-Stage-To-Orbit Demonstrator
As Senior Technical Lead Project Engineer with the Boeing Company Advanced Space Access Group, Steve supported multiple advanced and ongoing aerospace programs, including: Boeing 787 FAA certification testing; Army Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance & Surveillance System and Ground-based Missile Defense system; and Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Air Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) and Experimental Spaceship 1 (XS-1) programs. He was a Subject Matter Expert for reusable and advanced launch vehicles and space systems, rewriting Boeing Phantom Works space business process guide for rapid prototyping and conducting market analysis and developing strategic business concepts for emerging Space product lines.
During the mid-1990s Steve was President and CEO of Vela Technology Development, Inc., a Space tourism and technology development start-up. His catalyzing concepts, strategies, and activities were instrumental in FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation formative stages and stimulated today’s Space adventure tourism leaders: Virgin Galactic and Space Adventures.
Earlier in his career, Steve helped craft the program strategy and garner support to activate the Pentagon’s single-stage-to-orbit launcher program. He was Chief Technical Advisor to the Strategic Defense Initiative Program Office (SDIO) where he helped structure strategic plans and strategies leading to the world’s first reusable rocket demonstrator, the Delta Clipper-eXperimental (DC-X).
He also acted as the first Chief Technical Advisor and was Executive Director of the Space Transportation Association and was a Senior Technical Advisor at High Frontier Inc., promoting reusable launch capabilities.
While serving as a U.S. Air Force Officer at the Space Division Office of Advanced Plans as the Deputy Director for Surveillance Systems Applications, Steve was the program manager for several classified advanced Space programs and active in advanced launch system requirements definition and development.
Steve has also been called as a Congressional Expert Witness on Reusable Launch Vehicles and space launch initiative programs. He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in August of 2013 during a ceremony in Alamogordo, New Mexico.