The small launch sector is crowded, but Will Roper believes there is still room in the market for suppliers of rocket engines that innovate fast.
Former Air Force procurement official Will Roper joins the board of directors of Ursa Major.
Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, announced Dec. 7 the opening of a technology accelerator office that will work with commercial companies in the space industry.
The goal would be to produce Toyota-like satellites, said Roper, "easy to build but reliable and hard working."
Will Roper: “As we see the Chapter 11’s being filed we are tracking them."
Air Force procurement chief Will Roper said hacking competitions help the military identify flaws in its systems before they are deployed.
The Space Acquisition Council is collecting data on the state of the defense supply chain.
Roper: “In a perfect world, we absolutely would continue with more providers."
Gen. Raymond: "The COVID crisis must not undermine critical space industries."
Roper: “Our aerospace industrial base is particularly at risk as commercial markets recede and defense markets slow."
Recent news about the nomination of Pentagon procurement “disruptor” Will Roper to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition has reverberated across the industry, stirring up speculation about what new ideas he might bring into air and space modernization programs.