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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Tuesday Keynote Address

    Keynote Address

    Innovating for an Era of Affordability: The Future of the Space Industry

    Rick Ambrose
    Richard F. (Rick) Ambrose
    Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (invited)



    Richard F. (Rick) Ambrose is Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company business area and an officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Space Systems is an $8 billion enterprise that employs approximately 15,000 people. The company provides advanced technology systems for national security, civil, and commercial customers. Chief products include major satellite systems; human space flight systems; strategic and missile defense systems; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; and a range of sensing, communications and exploration payloads.

    During his 33-year career in defense and aerospace, Ambrose has led a significant number of programs in support of military, commercial and national security missions. Previously, he was President of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions-National, directing a 6,500-person organization serving the U.S. intelligence community and international partners.

    Ambrose also served as Vice President and General Manager of the Surveillance and Navigation Systems line of business within Space Systems Company. Prior to that, he led Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Sensors Tactical Systems as Vice President and General Manager. He began his career with Lockheed Martin as Vice President, Lockheed Martin Ground Systems, and Regional Executive of the Rocky Mountain region for Lockheed Martin’s Management and Data Systems and Astronautics Operations.

    Before joining Lockheed Martin in July 2000, Ambrose was Vice President of Space Systems for Raytheon’s Command, Control, and Communications business segment, and formerly was the President and General Manager for Space Systems, Hughes Information Technology Systems.

    Ambrose chairs the Sandia Corporation Board of Directors and serves on the board of United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the Space Foundation. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver.