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Blue Origin and the Four Futures of Human Space Flight

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Networking Reception (in-person only)

5:00-5:30 pm

Zupnik Forum, A. James Clark Hall

Lecture (in-person or online)

5:30-6:30 pm

Brent Sherwood is Senior Vice President of Advanced Development Programs for Blue Origin, a private space company building the foundation for millions of people living and working in space. He is responsible for the development of in-space systems and services for human space flight, cargo, and infrastructure that collectively will open space to human expansion. He reports to Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith.

Brent came to Blue Origin from JPL, where he was the founding manager of the JPL Innovation Foundry and later the Program Manager for Solar System Mission Formulation. In those roles he respectively led the integration of JPL’s mission formulation and competitive proposal operations, and the strategic pursuit of Discovery, New Frontiers, unsolicited planetary, and future planetary missions.

Prior to JPL, Brent was at the Boeing Company, where he led teams that developed human lunar and Mars exploration system concepts, Space Station Freedom module manufacturing methods, Sea Launch services pursuits, entrepreneurial civil and commercial space initiatives, International Space Station business development, and pursuit of planetary science objectives ranging from the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter to Mars Sample Return.


A. James Clark Hall

Zupnik Forum


A. James Clark School of Engineering

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