The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has named Steve Cook of Dynetics an AIAA Fellow in recognition of his contributions to the aerospace community. As the director of space technologies from 2009 until 2013, Cook led Dynetics' efforts in launch systems, orbital spacecraft and analysis, planetary exploration and nanotechnology research. In 2013, he was promoted to director of corporate development and later to vice president.
"Steve's accomplishments in the aerospace industry have been outstanding," said Dynetics CEO David King. "He has had major contributions to key technology and spaceflight programs. His expertise in specialty sectors is second to none."
As vice president of corporate development, Cook works across the company to initiate and implement strategies, partnerships, emerging business opportunities and new cutting-edge products in the aerospace sector, as well as defense, automotive, enterprise IT and critical infrastructure.
Cook's previous experience in leading several NASA space technology programs and the Ares Projects Office - culminating in the flight of the Ares IX test flight - set the stage for his work at Dynetics. Under his leadership, Dynetics has led risk reduction efforts for advanced boosters as part of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) Advanced Booster Risk Reduction Program. The effort will help meet the future capability needs of NASA launches, as well as U.S. Air Force national security launches, through full-scale booster engine and cryogenic structures demonstrations.
Cook further led the development and delivery of a commercial, low-cost microsatellite bus, the Fast, Affordable Science & Technology Satellite (FASTSAT), for Department of Defense Space Test Program Mission S26. The satellite spent two years on orbit, successfully demonstrating a capability to build, deploy and operate a science and technology flight mission at lower costs.
Cook, along with other members of the Class of 2016 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows, will be inducted at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on June 15 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.