Bruce Chesley is a Senior Associate with Teaching Science and Technology, Inc (TSTI). He develops and delivers technical short courses and workshops to assist government agencies, start-ups, and established companies develop their workforce for the space domain. His current focus areas are satellite design, model-based systems engineering, and cybersecurity for the space domain.

Chesley received his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, his masters aerospace engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado.

His professional career began in the US Air Force. He held assignments at Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Department of Astronautics at the USAF Academy. He left the military in 2000 and spent the next 20 years in industry with Boeing Space and Launch. In addition to engineering and technology development roles, he held executive positions in program management, business development, and strategy.

Chesley was responsible next-generation satellites and advanced mission capabilities for Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. He also led the market introduction of Boeing’s commercial small satellite product line and phased array communications payloads. He also was the Chief Architect for the X-37B experimental spaceplane. Chesley’s involvement with the X-37B began in the early phases of conceptual design and culminated in the Collier Trophy award in 2019 for achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America for that year.

He was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics and served on the Bureau of the International Astronautical Federation, where he remains an active committee member. His doctoral research was recognized with a Best Technical Paper Award from AIAA.

Chesley lives in Georgetown, Texas, with his wife, Julie. They have two grown daughters, and they enjoy traveling as well as volunteering to support family members of those suffering from mental health difficulties.


International Astronautical Congress 2023

2-6 October 2023

Baku, Azerbaijan


The Global Space Conference on Climate Change 2023

23 May-25 May 2023

Oslo, Norway


International Astronautical Congress 2020

12-14 October 2020

Cyberspace edition


International Astronautical Congress 2019

21-25 October 2019

Washington, United States


International Astronautical Congress 2017

25-29 September 2017

Adelaide, Australia