A.C. Charania

A.C. Charania works on the Business Development and Strategy team for Blue Origin, LLC, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. At Blue Origin, he is Manager of Advanced Programs. A.C. was formerly based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area as Senior Director of Strategy and Business Operations at Virgin Galactic. For over four years, he was involved in developing the entire LauncherOne business plan, maturing Virgin Galactic’s roadmap with its advanced concepts team, company financial modeling, capture/proposal management (including winning a NASA Venture Class Launch Service contract), interfacing with the global space launch insurance community, and supporting multiple C-level technical partnership transactions for Virgin Galactic. He was one of the leaders involved in changing the overall air-launch architecture to one that uses the 747-400 as the carrier aircraft. He helped to negotiate one of the largest commercial procurements of launches in history (OneWeb’s launch contract with Virgin Galactic). He was also on the core due diligence team for Virgin Group’s investment in the OneWeb global satellite constellation.

For the first two years at Virgin Galactic he was based in Washington, D.C. where he also supported corporate lobbying and government agency interaction. He was a visionary/founder/early employee of three aerospace start-ups (SpaceWorks Enterprises, Generation Orbit and Terminal Velocity Aerospace). Working at SpaceWorks for over twelve years, he was involved in multiple advanced concepts studies that included reusable launch vehicles, in-space transportation systems, human exploration studies, and planetary defense/asteroid missions.

At SpaceWorks he helped to incubate Generation Orbit and Terminal Velocity Aerospace, also serving as CEO of Generation Orbit. He has extensive experience in cost and economic modeling of space systems. He also has experience in export compliance, having successfully executed projects with overseas companies from Japan and South Korea. He is a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee. He earned an M.S. and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in systems design and optimization. He also earned a B.A. in Economics/Mathematics from Emory University.