Generation Orbit Hires Skyler Shuford as Lead Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer

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August 24, 2015
Atlanta, GA

Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Skyler Shuford to its staff as the Lead Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer. In this capacity, Mr. Shuford will drive design, simulation, and testing of the guidance, navigation, and control system for the GOLauncher family of vehicles. He will also be responsible for the definition, design, development, and verification of flight and ground support software.

Previously, Mr. Shuford was Deputy Lead of Guidance, Navigation, and Control for Lunar Lion, a team competing in the Google Lunar X-Prize during his graduate studies at Penn State. He led control algorithm development while building, programming, and testing a quadcopter to serve as a controller testbed. In addition, he provided support to rocket testing, computer vision, and lunar simulation projects. Mr. Shuford also has technical and leadership industry experience with established, longstanding aerospace companies, including Northrop Grumman and SpaceX.  Upon completion of his thesis, Mr. Shuford will hold a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering with a Computational Science minor from Pennsylvania State University as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Music from California Polytechnic State University.

Commenting on his new position with GO, Mr. Shuford said, “I feel lucky to be able to work on hard problems that expand flight opportunities for hypersonic and satellite systems. The need is there, and I’m excited to contribute to the future of the industry as part of the GO team.”

“In Skyler, I think we’ve found  a solid addition to our team,” commented GO’s COO A.J. Piplica. “His previous experiences and unbridled enthusiasm for controls make him a great person to lead the build out of our internal GN&C capability.”


For additional details contact:

Mr. A.J. Piplica
Chief Operating Officer
Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc.
3353 West Hospital Avenue Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 379-8014

About Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO):

Atlanta-based Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) focuses on providing fast, flexible, and dedicated space transportation services for small payloads. GOLauncher2 supply microsatellite, nanosatellite, and CubeSat customers with reliable and affordable access to space. The unique air launch approach developed by GO and its partners offers flexible launch capabilities, poised to reduce fixed infrastructure needs, launch costs, and the time from contract signature to launch. Air launch system experience at GO dates back over 10 years, providing a distinct advantage throughout the design and analysis process. As a systems integrator, GO compiles multiple aspects of the launch architecture to provide a streamlined service to scientists, researchers, and industry customers alike.

For more information, visit GO on the web at Follow GO on Twitter @generationorbit.