business model focuses on delivering innovative technical
solutions to the space transportation and defense
industries. We have successfully acquired nationally
recognized experts in the field of launch vehicles and
propulsion systems to achieve our technical and business vision. Our mission is to deliver uncompromised “technical excellence” with “business integrity”.
Tedi is the CEO and Chief
Technical Officer at STA and is responsible for long-term strategic planning
and all technical aspects of the company. With nearly 25 years of experience in
launch vehicle systems/sub-systems, combustion devices, and engine system
technology development, Tedi has successfully executed programs ranging from Boeing’s EELV
Booster and AFRL’s low cost engine initiatives to DARPA's FALCON. Prior to STA, Tedi was the
Manager of Propulsion Technology and Systems at Schafer Corporation. He was one of three presenters
to a Technical Panel formed by Mr. Teets to assess the feasibility of small launch vehicle
technologies in the United States. This ultimately resulted in the birth of the FALCON program.
He was the PM and Chief Engineer for a highly successful FALCON Phase I concept where he led a
team to the formulation of an innovative design. Tedi developed the first aerospace hardware
product line for Schafer Corporation. As the IPT lead for the Delta IV Common Booster Core
Propulsion, he was responsible for the $250+M propulsion development program. He directed a
sub-scale injector experimental program which led to the significant reduction in number of
elements of the RS-68 injector which further reduced overall recurring cost. In an unprecedented
18-month cycle, his team completed the full-scale design and development of the 650,000-lb TCA.
Tedi was responsible for the Delta-IV payload sensitivity analysis and led a number of committees
to assess technology insertions for the upper-stage. Tedi has
a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,
MBA from UCLA, Anderson School of Management.
detailed design and manufacturing support at STA. Ray is an expert with CATIA
SOLUTIONS version 5.X. He has in-depth experience in combustion devices design
of LOX/hydrogen and LOX/RP-1 systems. Ray has over 35 years experience in
design, fabrication support, development, and testing of large and subscale
liquid rocket combustion devices at Rocketdyne (now a division of United
technologies). That experience has included: 1) Design Engineer with
responsibilities in preliminary and final design; design coordination with
manufacturing, structural, materials, thermal support organizations;
fabrication support and coordination; 2) Development Engineer with
responsibilities as Resident Development Engineer for J-2 thrust chambers and
injectors, test planning and setup, specification of test stand configuration,
test conducting, data analysis, test requests, engine system support
representation, and material review board member; 3) Space Shuttle Main Engine
(SSME) Combustion Devices Lead Engineer responsible for SSME combustion
devices (nozzle assembly) design, fabrication, repair/rework, flight support,
material review, customer interface, staff work assignments; 4) Advanced
Combustion Devices Engineering Specialist with duties to propose and
administer IR&D projects, to provide conceptual design and development of
advanced technology items, designs for proposal inputs, and prepare proposal
segments including cost and manpower.
Don provides technical/programmatic
advisory and oversight to STA programs. Don has nearly 40 years of experience in the
technical and program leadership of advanced liquid rocket engine systems development,
production, and flight operations. Leveraging is extensive engineering experience and
expertise from PWR in liquid rocket engine component design, fabrication, integration, assembly
and test, Don has led as Program Manager and Chief Engineer for both domestic and international
engine development programs including the RS-68, IPD, RS-27A, and a partnership with Mitsubishi
for a new rocket engine. Don is an expert in Program, Risk, and Opportunity management. He
established a Program Management Office (PMO), which provided, for the first time, enterprise-wide
oversight and integration of program management processes, practices, tools, and training.
Don has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Lisa is the Founder, Owner, and CFO of STA and is
responsible for day-to-day operations of the business. With nearly 25 years of entrepreneurial and
corporate experience, Lisa has successfully operated highly profitable consulting companies specializing
in the design and implementation of financial and business management software. She was one of
the early distributors of the Novell LAN OS for small businesses in Southern California. Lisa has
designed and implemented local and wide-area networks for small start-up to mid-sized companies.
Additionally, she has designed and implemented multi-clustered systems with DOS, Windows, and UNIX
operating systems. At Micro Center, Lisa was the Director of Education and Training for the Tustin
location exceeding all sales projections. Lisa has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems.
Zach provides finite element analysis expertise to STA
programs. Zach has 20 years of experience in structural analysis using
finite element methods. He has a proven track record of solving customers most challenging
problems with over 150 companies in the aerospace, automotive, medical device and manufacturing
industries. His expertise in finite element methods includes nonlinear analysis, multi-body
contact, plasticity, creep, elastomeric, composite and metallic material modeling, damage
and fatigue. Zach served as a consulting engineer with Marc Analysis Research Corporation,
which were the original developers of the MARC finite element software program. He was
responsible for training in finite element methods using the MARC software and managing
consulting projects throughout the Americas. He conducted research in the area of Superplastic
forming (SFP) and developed computational methods for SPF analysis, superplastic material
modeling and automated adaptive meshing algorithms. During this time he also served a part time
instructor for finite element modeling at San Diego State University.
Zach has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from SDSU.
Kirk has been supporting STA since December 2013 and provides
expertise in solid modeling and design for manufacturing. He has over 32 years experience in the
design and development of rocket propulsion hardware, test support equipment, tooling and special
projects including high-energy lasers, laser rocket thrusters, coal slurry pumps and combustors for
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. During his career at Rocketdyne, Kirk was responsible for the SSME service,
installation and removal in the Space Shuttle Orbiters at KSC. He supported SSME testing, working with
and directing test engineers, and failure investigation related to the nozzle. At STA, Kirk is responsible
for design, solid modeling, manufacturing support, and liquid rocket engine concept development. He has
approximately 6,000 hours Pro/E Solid Modeling.
Kirk has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Tai provides expertise in all aspects of
LRE engine development to STA programs. This includes facility development, activation,
analysis, and test operations. He provides technical support during selection of
key feed system components to meet basic flow-and-pressure balancing needs and additionally
mechanical safety and material compatibility; also, support selection of instruments and their
respective locations along the feed systems for accurate measurements and safety of the instruments
themselves and the downstream hardware in case of physical demise of instruments during test
operations. With over 35 years of experience at PWR, Tai has performed hardware
development related to component-level tests and has gained wide range of experience
invaluable to identifying test system requirements, continuing technical support during build-up
phase and on-site actions toward final stand activation. Tai has performed as the
development engineer for numerous programs including the RS-84 ox-rich preburner, RS-68, IPD, X-30
SCRAM Jet, XLR-132, and LOX/P-4 MHD Power Generator.
Tai has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.