Vice President_Engineering

Bob Withrow

First Job at Scaled

I got to do three completely different things in my first job: transfer the technology for building WK2 to the customer, design the rocket motor controller for SS2, and obtain the FAA permits for the launches of SS2. Scaled is the only place where one person would have the fun of doing all three of those things.

Favorite Scaled Memory

Being in the mission control room for the first powered flight of SS2 and flying as a flight test engineer in WK, which was an opportunity I still can’t believe I’ve had.

Bob joined Scaled in 2009 as a Design Engineer working on SpaceShipTwo. During his time on that program, he worked on the rocket motor controller for the propulsion system and obtained the FAA Experimental Permit for the spaceship. In 2012, he became the Project Engineer for the Firebird program where he conducted nearly 200 test flights. In early 2015 he took on the role of Director of Engineering.

Bob came to Scaled from Nortel Networks where he was a Consulting Engineer working for the Chief Technology Officer. He has been a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab, the Chairman of an ITU-T focus group, and the President of his own manufacturing/consulting firm.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. In his spare time, Bob works on obtaining ratings to add to his Commercial Pilot License. He is also a figure skater, figure skating official, and a Cozy MkIV experimental aircraft builder.