George D. French, Director and CEO
Mr. French currently serves as CEO and President of Rocketplane Global, as well as President of Space Explorers, Inc. Mr. French serves on the board of several aerospace-related organizations including Spaceflight Association of America, Inc., Lunar Research Institute, Inc. and Space Week International. Honors Mr. French has received include the 2000 NASA AMES Research Astrobiology Team Group Achievement Award, National Space Society, 1997 Entrepreneur of the Year award, 1995 Aerospace State Association Achievement Award and 1996 and 2004 Republican National Convention Delegate.
John A. Burgener, Director
Mr. Burgener has been developing reusable rockets since 1991. He was instrumental in founding Rotary Rocket Company as one of the three original investors, along with Walt Anderson and Tom Clancy. He was one of the first investors in Xcor and was recently nominated to the Xcor board of directors, although he was not voted in. He was one of the early investors in Pioneer Rocketplane, and was a board member of Pioneer for several years. He was instrumental in bringing Rocketplane and Kistler Space Systems out of bankruptcy, and is a major share holder of both. Mr. Burgener is president of Telegistics Inc., Burgener Research Inc., and of Dynamic Daylilies Inc., all of Ontario, Canada. Mr. Burgener has been instrumental in the development of ICP Spectrometers - the main instrument for chemical analysis used in all laboratories today, and continues developing software and hardware for spectrometers. Mr. Burgener has served on many boards - most recently on the Catholic Family Services of Peel Dufferin, and of Autodesk Scholastic Software. Mr. Burgener has worked professionally in all branches of the sciences, and holds an honors degree from U of Toronto in Physics and Geology.