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Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

Vice President - Aerospace, RS&H

Andrew Nelson is the Vice President of Aerospace for RS&H, the leading architecture, engineering and infrastructure design firm focused on space and aviation.  Nelson is a trusted advisor, innovative problem solver and creative leader for clients and his team. He brings the extensive resources, consulting, design, and implementation capabilities of RS&H to a broader array of aerospace companies, spaceports and government clients seeking to succeed in the rapidly evolving and expanding commercial space sector. Andrew is a successful aerospace leader who has demonstrated a proactive ability to work in a dynamic, hi-visibility environment routinely engaging with executive level civil, military, and elected government leaders and C-Level executives. Nelson is a sought after and highly experienced consultant that deeply understands spaceport master planning, launch site operator licensing, range operations, spaceports / vehicle standardization, US and foreign space-centric regulatory rules / procedures, and has participated on both sides (launch and site operators) of the horizontal and vertical spaceport site selection process. Andrew is also is an accomplished strategy consultant for commercial aerospace companies and private equity / venture capital / public security investors having participated in transactions valued at over $10 Billion since 2018. Nelson has led the development and evaluation of market analyses, demand forecasts, business / financial models, and executed on deep due diligence analysis on technical, operations, strategy execution, regulatory, competitive positioning, and management teams. In addition, Andrew is also a leader in the space arena where he is the Chairman of ASTM F47 (Committee on Commercial Space) and the chair of subcommittee F47.04 (Spaceports). He is also a participant with various committees of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and a member of NFPA’s Committee 461 on Spaceport Facilities Fire Protection standards. Nelson started his career on the Eastern Test Range as an engineer on missile tracking ships, range safety systems, and other range instrumentation. He furthered his career as a team leader for MITRE Corporation focused on DoD and civil aviation systems implementation and interoperability including participation as the DoD representative to NATO, ICAO and other standard development organizations (SDOs). He led the International Aviation & Space Team for Booz Allen & Hamilton from the London and Paris offices through the first wave of proliferated LEO constellation developments in the 1990s and the introduction of satellites into the global air traffic management system. Nelson was the Chief Operating Officer and then President of XCOR Aerospace before starting his own consulting firm in 2015.  He is a graduate of Ohio University (BSEE) and the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA).  He also studied at the London School of Economics (micro economics).


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