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George Law Joins Rocketplane Global

Rocketplane Global, Inc. was formed in 2001 to develop, build, and operate vehicles to serve the suborbital space tourism market. Since mid 2004, the company has been developing the Rocketplane XP to address the sub-orbital space tourism and microgravity markets.
by Staff Writers
Los Angeles (SPX) May 29, 2008
Dr. George E. Law has joined the Rocketplane Global team as the Vice President and Chief Engineer. In this position Dr. Law will be responsible for all aspects of the Rocketplane XP design. He will lead the team through multiple design reviews as well as the first flight readiness review that will allow flight testing to begin.

Dr. Law comes to the company from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Ft. Worth Texas where he was the LM Aeronautics Company Chief Engineer.

David G. Faulkner, CTO and Program Manager of Rocketplane Global said, "We are excited to bring George on the team because his experience as a Chief Engineer spans several extremely successful programs. George's career has been marked by making what seems impossible look easy, as it was when he led the engineering team on the X-35 JSF Demonstration Program.

"On that program they had several industry firsts and a flight test program that was the fastest and most successful of all the X planes. This experience makes George vital to our program. I believe he will recreate some of this same magic for us."

Dr. Law graduated from Drexel University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering and joined Lockheed Martin (then General Dynamics) in 1981. He began managing numerous Independent and Contract Research and Development activities in the area of advanced composite development. In 1985, he became Chief of the Composite Structures Certification Group, responsible for all critical composite structures.

Dr. Law was selected as the Chief Engineer for the Lockheed Martin JSF X-35 Demonstration Aircraft Program in 1999. Dr. Law was an integral part of the JSF X-35 project from cradle-to-grave, beginning with advanced design concepts, and culminating in record-setting flight test programs at Edwards Air Force Base and Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

In 2002, Dr. Law returned to Edwards as Chief Engineer of the F-22 Combined Test Force/ Flight Sciences Aircraft as part of a team successfully completing expansion of the flight envelope to support entry into IOT and E.

In 2003, Dr. Law was named Chief Engineer of the F-16 Program. The F-16 Program remains vibrant. Nine F-16 type versions were in various stages of design development or production during his tenure.

Dr. Law returned to the JSF Program in 2004 as the F-35 Chief Engineer. He led the Lockheed Martin technical team through successful Critical Design Reviews of the Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) and Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35 Aircraft. He secured the Flight Clearance for the first F-35A leading to a successful first flight in December 2006.

Dr. Law has received numerous industry awards, including the 2001 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Merit Award from The Engineers Council Inc., the AIAA 2002 Aircraft Design Award for development of an original concept for the X-35B, STOVL aircraft. Drexel University selected Dr. Law at their first Engineer of the Year in 2002.

Rocketplane Global, Inc. was formed in 2001 to develop, build, and operate vehicles to serve the suborbital space tourism market. Since mid 2004, the company has been developing the Rocketplane XP to address the sub-orbital space tourism and microgravity markets.

The vehicle will be able to reach 100km above the earth while providing passengers with more than three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the earth previously only available to astronauts. For more information, please visit the website: Rocketplane Global - Beyond Earth, Beyond Imagination.

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