Jeff Greason is a commercial space entrepreneur and innovator with 20 years’ experience in all aspects of the commercial space transportation industry. He is the chief technical officer (CTO) of Electric Sky, chief executive officer (COO) of Agile Aero, and chairman of the board of Tau Zero Foundation. At Electric Sky, he has invented technologies for the transmission of wireless power and its use for propulsion and other purposes. At Agile Aero he has led efforts to develop aerospace rapid prototyping technologies and provided consulting services to space companies. At the not-for-profit Tau Zero Foundation, he has identified high-leverage technologies for advanced space propulsion projects applicable to interstellar flight and laid out options to U.S. policymakers for launch strategies to enable affordable space endeavors such as boost-phase missile defense.
Jeff was a founder of XCOR Aerospace and served as its CEO from 1999 to early 2015, after which he served as chief technologist until late 2015. He contributed to spaceport licensing in multiple geographies. Prior to XCOR, he was the team lead at Rotary Rocket for engine development, and an engineering manager in computer processor development at Intel.
Jeff has been active in the U.S. regulatory regime for commercial space for nearly 20 years, initially providing public comments on FAA regulations, then membership and leadership in COMSTAC, its working groups and full committee. In 2003, Greason testified at the joint House/Senate subcommittee
hearings on Commercial Human Spaceflight that addressed the transition from aircraft regulation to launch vehicle regulation for suborbital vehicles. He used the XCOR EZ-Rocket vehicle to set precedents that helped spur the development of the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, which codified a framework for a human spaceflight regulatory regime. That regulatory environment led to a need for an industry trade association. H co-founded the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, formerly Personal Spaceflight Federation, and served as a director for many years.
Jeff was a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee (Augustine Committee) in 2009. He was involved in the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (SPACE) Act of 2015 and the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act (H.R. 2809) in 2017. He is a popular industry speaker on space policy and space settlement.
Jeff is an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a recipient of the Space Pioneer Award for Entrepreneurial Business from the National Space Society, and a recipient of an Intel Achievement Award, the company’s highest recognition. He was named a Time magazine Inventor of the Year in 2002 and holds 23 U.S. patents.