Dr. David Altman - Co- Founder and Chairman of the Board
Dr. Altman's specialty is in propulsion R&D, encompassing solid, liquid, hybrid and ramjet systems. He has served on many government committees, received the AIAA Propulsion Award in 1964, the Apollo Achievement Award in 1968. He has authored numerous articles in various scientific publications including a current chapter on hybrid rockets in the 2001 Edition of the Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology. In 1959, Dr. Altman became involved in development of large segmented solid rockets, and in 1976 received the George Mead Medal from United Technologies Corporation for "...contributions to the 100% successful performance of solid rocket boosters during 10 years of launches" (segmented Titan boosters). He was a member of two National Academy of Science committees dealing with the SSME engines and solid boosters. He received the NASA Public Service Achievement Award for each activity. Dr. Altman initiated the hybrid activity at CSD in 1960 and was the senior supervisor of programs dealing with basic research, applications to supersonic drones, APU systems, tactical missiles, high energy upper stages and shuttle booster replacement designs.