Blue OriginSenior Vice President, Space Systems Development

Brent Sherwood is the Senior Vice President, Space Systems Development for Blue Origin, a private space company building the foundation for millions of people to live and work in space to benefit Earth. He is accountable for formulating space system programs and businesses. He joined Blue Origin in July 2019 and reports to Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith.

Prior to Blue Origin, Brent was at JPL for fourteen years, where he was founding manager of the JPL Innovation Foundry and later, Program Manager for Solar System Mission Formulation. He led the integration of JPL’s mission formulation and competitive proposal operations and the strategic pursuit of Discovery, New Frontiers, and future planetary flagship missions.

Before JPL, Brent was at the Boeing Company for seventeen years, leading teams that developed human lunar and Mars exploration system concepts, Space Station Freedom module manufacturing methods, Sea Launch business development, entrepreneurial civil and commercial space initiatives, International Space Station business development, and exploration objectives including the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter and Mars Sample Return.

A space architect, Brent has published over 70 papers and chapters on the exploration and development of space and edited Out of This World: The New Field of Space Architecture. He is the 2021 recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers Columbia Medal. He is a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he chaired the Space Architecture Technical Committee in 2018-2020. He served on the board of the American Astronautical Society in 2018-2019.

Brent holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale, summa cum laude; a Master of Architecture degree from Yale; and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland.


International Astronautical Congress 2023

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