Agile Space Industries adds Paul Richards to its Board of Directors

– USA, CO –  Agile Space Industries, the aerospace propulsion experts today announced the appointment of Paul Richards to its Board of Directors, bringing tremendous experience from his long career as an engineer, NASA Astronaut, and NASA Program Manager, as well as his current position as Sr. Program Manager at Amazon working on their Project Kuiper satellite internet project.

“We are thrilled to have Paul joining our dynamic and talented team. As AGILE continues to expand its footprint in defense, civil, and commercial space propulsion, having an experienced aerospace engineering voice on our Board of Directors gives us tremendous insight and advantage,” said COO, Andrew Thompson.

About Paul Richards

His engineering background, program management background, and decades of experience across a range of spaceflight missions bring practical insight and seasoned perspective to AGILE’s fast-growing propulsion design, manufacture, and test operations.

Richards is currently a senior manager at Amazon’s Project Kuiper, an initiative to launch a constellation of satellites deployed to Low Earth Orbit that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband internet to underserved communities.

“AGILE’s industry-leading test capabilities paired with its in-house additive manufacturing are game-changing, they are truly revolutionizing the in-space propulsion landscape. With launch costs plummeting in recent years, the total activity in space will be increasing dramatically for the foreseeable future. The technologies and capabilities that AGILE has pioneered in chemical propulsion are certain to provide advantages for defense, civil, and commercial spacecraft operators in the increasingly competitive space domain,” commented Paul Richards.

He added, “My career spans 37 years in government, private industry, and academia, and space is my passion,” continued Richards. “Agile Space Industries is in the top 1% of all the companies I have had the privilege of working with throughout my career. I am excited and proud to be part of their team.”

After working in the Department of the Navy, Ship System Engineering Station, Richards transferred to NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center in 1987. There he developed the tools and processes that would be later used to repair the Hubble Space Telescope and build the International Space Station. He holds two patents for his work on the Pistol Grip Power Tool that has been used by astronauts, including himself, during Extra-Vehicular Activities on every spacewalk since 1996. He has been awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the Department of Defense Superior Service Medal.

Based in part on this critical development work, he was selected by NASA in 1996 to be a shuttle mission specialist. Richards flew on STS-102 in 2001 and logged over 307 hours in space, including 6.4 EVA hours.

Richards returned to NASA in 2004 and held the title of Observatory Manager for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite series. The GOES-R series is the next generation of advanced weather satellites developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in partnership with NASA. In 2014, he was promoted to Deputy Project Manager for the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Project. He retired from NASA in 2019 to pursue opportunities in the rapidly growing commercial space sector.

About Agile Space Industries

AGILE provides mission-optimized propulsion solutions on fast space timelines by closely coupling in-house additive manufacturing (3D printing) with diagnostic testing, design, and analysis. Since its founding in 2019, the Durango, CO-based company has been the team of propulsion experts repeatedly trusted by NASA, the Department of Defense, and their contractors when undertaking advanced propulsion technology developments.

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