Ben Diachun is the President of Scaled Composites, LLC in Mojave, California. He joined Scaled in 2003 as a Design Engineer performing configuration design and analysis, composite manufacturing, and flight test engineering. With the mission of demonstrating aerospace firsts for customers, today Diachun focuses the company on exploring innovative technologies, developing the highly talented team of aerospace professionals on staff, and ensuring a culture of safety within the organization.
In his time at Scaled, Diachun has held key technical and leadership roles developing multiple new aircraft types from concept through to first flight and follow-on envelope expansion flights, including revolutionary experimental aircraft like the non-stop, non-refueled, around-the-world Globalflyer; the first commercial manned spaceship, SpaceShipOne, and its follow-on SpaceShipTwo; as well as the optionally piloted/UAV Firebird demonstrator. Prior to his role as President, Diachun served as a Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Flight Test Engineer, Chase Pilot, Business Development Manager and Vice President of Engineering.
Diachun holds a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, where he is currently a member of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Industrial Advisory Council. He holds a Certificate in Technical Management from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Commercial Pilot with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings.
Diachun was part of the team that was awarded the Robert J. Collier Trophy in 2005 for the development of SpaceShipOne. In 2014, he was named in Aviation Week’s 40 under Forty.