John Bradford is President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also Executive Director of the non-profit Human Torpor Fund (HTF). SpaceWorks is an aerospace engineering design and systems analysis firm focusing on next-generation space systems, future technologies, human and robotic exploration of space, and emerging space markets and applications. The HTF is committed to advancing research and innovation toward the development of human stasis capabilities for space flight.
John’s expertise is in systems analysis for the design of future space systems. His project experience has ranged from the design of hypersonic vehicles in support of global Point-to-Point passenger travel, assessing heavy-lift booster configuration options for NASA’s Space Launch System, technology development to place astronauts in a low metabolic sleep state, upperstage rocket designs for DARPA’s XS-1 spaceplane, commercialization studies for the International Space Station, and analysis of new rocket engine concepts for the Air Force.
Prior to SpaceWorks, John worked at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and Aerojet. He received his Doctorate and Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a NASA Academy alumnus, on the Steering Committee and a judge for NASA's annual RASC-AL student design competition, and a NASA NIAC Fellow.