Mr. Jess Sponable rejoined DARPA in December 2012 as a Program Manager in the Tactical Technology Office. Mr. Sponable’s focus areas are technologies supporting access to and through space. Other areas of interest and expertise include unmanned air vehicles, energy generation and storage, hypersonics, and advanced physics concepts.
Mr. Sponable supported the Air Force Research Laboratory’s(AFRL) Air Vehicles Directorate in several capacities including focus area lead for space access and long-range strike, future capability lead for Prompt Global Strike, chief engineer of the reusable boost system flagship program and program manager of AFRL’s Future Responsive Access to Space Technology program.
Mr. Sponable graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1978 and holds advanced degrees in Astronautical Engineering and Systems Management. He is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College. During his military career, Mr. Sponable supported Atlas launch operations and programs related to the Global Positioning System and the National Aero-Space Plane. In 1981, he was selected as an Air Force Manned Spaceflight Engineer and trained as a Space Shuttle payload specialist prior to the Challenger accident. During the 1990s, Mr. Sponable was a program manager for the Delta Clipper-Experimental (DC-X) effort and later served in the AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate managing a variety of programs, including the military spaceplane technology initiative and the X-40A flight test vehicle among others.
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