Stratolaunch loses top executive

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Today it was revealed that Vulcan Aerospace, the company building Stratolaunch, is losing one of its top executives.

Aerospace veteran Chuck Beames is leaving his post as president of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s spaceflight company, Vulcan Aerospace. Word of Beames’ departure came from Allen in an internal email that was sent to Vulcan employees and obtained by GeekWire today. Allen said Jean Floyd, the CEO of Vulcan’s Stratolaunch Systems, will expand his role to become Vulcan Aerospace’s interim executive director as well.

Allen’s email, which you can read in its entirety at the link, also called Orbital ATK “a valued partner.” The last we had heard of this partnership, however, was that Orbital ATK had backed out of it. Allen’s email instead suggests that some renegotiations are going on, and the partnership is not quite dead.


  • wodun

    What does a CEO do at a company that doesn’t do anything?

  • Edward

    Wodun asked: “What does a CEO do at a company that doesn’t do anything?

    He starts it up so that it does something. SpaceX needed a decade to get going. It takes companies a while to get started, especially when they are in fields in which so much has to be invented by the company during startup.

    For Stratolaunch, they are making their own aircraft, which is nearing completion. They also need a rocket to fly from this aircraft. Developing these takes time, and a company needs a CEO to make sure these things are developed and that the company remains solvent while all this work goes on.

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