Press Release

U.S. Space Names Randy Brinkley to Its Board of Directors

By SpaceRef Editor
June 27, 2011
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U.S. Space LLC, a U.S.-owned provider of dedicated, commercial space solutions to serve the nation’s interests, today announced that it has named Randy Brinkley as a member of its Board of Directors.

Mr. Brinkley was President of Boeing Satellite Systems Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial communication satellites, from 2001 to 2003, and before that was Senior Vice President of Programs for Hughes Space and Communications Company. Mr. Brinkley was also Chief Executive Officer of Rocketplane Kistler Inc., a commercial space transportation company from 2004 to 2007.

Mr. Brinkley was the NASA Program Manager for the International Space Station from 1994 until 1999. While at NASA, Mr. Brinkley was responsible for the integration of Russia’s participation in the ISS Program and the successful on-orbit assembly of the first elements of the ISS. Before his assignment as Program Manager for the ISS, Mr. Brinkley was Mission Director of the Hubble Space Telescope Repair Mission in 1994. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Brinkley managed research and development activities for advanced aircraft systems and technologies at the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

Presently, Mr. Brinkley manages Brinkley & Associates Company, a private investment and aerospace consulting firm he established n August 2004. Mr. Brinkley is also a limited partner and member of the Operating Executive Committee for J.F. Lehman Company, a private equity investment firm.

Dr. Mark A. Albrecht, U.S. Space Chairman of the Board, said, “Randy is a wonderful addition to the U.S. Space Board of Directors. Randy’s breadth of experience in senior government and industry roles gives him a rich perspective and valuable relationships that will help propel U.S. Space forward as we continue our work in bringing innovative space solutions to market.”

Mr. Brinkley said, “U.S. Space is unique. I know no other company that combines the fresh thinking, practical solutions and customer commitment that is the U.S. Space way of doing business. I welcome the opportunity to join the U.S. Space Board, which also includes Mark Albrecht, Ed Horowitz, Mike Hamel, Don Kerr, Mark Piegza and Craig Weston – it’s an impressive group.”

Mr. Brinkley served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 25 years before retiring as a Colonel. He saw combat in Viet Nam before entering the U.S. Air Force pilot training program to eventually become the Navy’s Flight Instructor of the Year and the Marine Corps’ Aviator of the Year. He has flown more than 4,000 hours in 42 types of aircraft, which include the F-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier.

Mr. Brinkley has received numerous awards for outstanding achievement in aerospace, including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals. Mr. Brinkley was also awarded the 1993 Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurels Award, and the National Aviation Association’s Robert J. Collier Trophy in 1993 for his efforts as Mission Director of the Hubble Telescope Repair Mission. He was subsequently inducted into the Smithsonian’s Aviation Hall of Fame for his efforts as Program Manager of NASA’s International Space Station. Mr. Brinkley has also received the Space Achievement Award from the U.S. Space Foundation and also the Nelson P. Jackson Aerospace Award from the National Space Club.

Mr. Brinkley received a B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina and an M.S. degree from Boston University. He also graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), Amphibious Warfare School, NATO Defense College, and the Marine Corps School of Engineering.


U.S. Space LLC is a U.S.-owned provider of dedicated, commercial space solutions. The company was established in January 2009 as a U.S.-owned provider of satellite solutions with a unique model combining the best commercial and government practices. The company, which is run by a small group of highly respected former military and corporate leaders, now offers a variety of dedicated space solutions to serve the nation’s interests. More information on the company is available at

Hilary Condit
U.S. Space LLC

SpaceRef staff editor.