2018 Panel: Commercialization of Space

The goal of the panel is to hear from a diverse group of panelist on a broad range of topics necessary for the success of the commercial space industry, literally from the ground up. This will include discussions on commercial spaceports, commercial launch vehicle technologies, and spacecraft.

Moderator:  Brian Gulliver, Kimley-Horn

Brian Gulliver is a registered professional engineer, project manager, and the leader of the Aerospace and Spaceport practice at Kimley-Horn and Associates. Over the past decade Brian has completed detailed studies, analyses and designs for more than a dozen launch complexes and spaceports.  Brian is an industry leader in the development and licensing of commercial spaceports and has consulted on many of the current spaceports in development, including the Spaceport here in Colorado, as well sites in Florida, California, Texas, Virginia, Georgia, Hawaii and the UK.


Dr. Adam Dissel,
President – Reaction Engines Inc.

Adam heads the US-based subsidiary of Reaction Engines, Reaction Engines Inc. located in Castle Rock, Colorado. For the past two year, Adam has led the expansion of the company’s development efforts with the US government and potential industry partners.

Adam has over 15 years’ experience in the design of advanced hypersonic and launch vehicle systems with particular emphasis in the improvement of system affordability, responsiveness, and reusability.

Adam was previously System Architect for Responsive Space at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Colorado.  He holds a PhD and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University.

Kevin J. Clinton
Program Manager, Gateway Power and Propulsion Element (PPE), Sierra Nevada Corporation

Kevin Clinton leads development and program execution for the first element of NASA’s Lunar Gateway.  He was the Program Manager for the NextSTEP PPE study, which SNC successfully completed in April 2018, and is responsible for the continued development of a flexible lunar spacecraft to meet a broad set of of commercial and government objectives.  Kevin previously served as the Director of Systems Engineering for Dream Chaser, a commercial space plane designed to take cargo and crew to the International Space Station and other desinations in LEO.  He led development of launch vehicle systems and control centers, as well as vehicle subsystems for the Dream Chaser flight test at Edwards AFB.

Prior to SNC, Kevin held engineering and management roles at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC).  His most recent assignment was as NASA’s Lead for Nuclear Launch Approval, where he was responsible for hardware development and analysis, operations planning, incident response, and interagency coordination of launch activities for NASA missions involving nuclear power sources.  He was appointed to the executive staff of the KSC Center Director, and also worked as an electromagnetics engineer on NASA’s flagship robotic exploration missions.

Kevin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit, a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He was awarded the Kennedy Graduate Fellowship and the NASA Superior Performance Award for his service to the Agency.

Raymond H. Gonzales
Colorado Air and Space Port

Raymond H. Gonzales has over 20 years of experience in Federal, State and local government. He currently serves as County Manager for Adams County, where he oversees a budget of approximately $468 million that provide direct services for the community through Public Works, Parks and Open Space, Community & Economic Development and Human Services Departments; Administrative functions of Facilities and Fleet, Information Technology, Finance, and Budget and Performance measurement; and a newly dedicated People and Culture Services where he oversees the empowerment of over 2000 employees personal impact, influence and inspiration regardless of title or designation. An ever industrious conductor, Raymond continuously strives for organizational improvement and premier delivery of public services to meet the needs of an ever increasing diverse community. Most recently, Raymond has furthered the Adams County dedication to aviation by securing a Spaceport launch site license from the Federal Aviation Administration. The Colorado Air and Space Port establishes the eleventh Spaceport in the nation and the only facility where the first mile is free.”

Dr. Michael Gazarik
Vice President, Engineering Ball Aerospace

Mike Gazarik is the vice president of Engineering at Ball Aerospace, where he is responsible for overall strategic and operational leadership of the organization, which includes all disciplines of engineering as well as manufacturing, test, supply chain management, facilities, IRAD and intellectual property. Prior to this position, he served as Technical Director where he worked to align Ball’s technology development with business development and growth strategies