Aitech Defense Systems Inc., a pioneer in true military embedded and mission critical computing technologies and an independent manufacturer of open architecture boards and subsystem products for environmentally-demanding defense and aerospace applications, has hired Quinton Rodgers as vice president, space business sector. Effective September 6, Rodgers will assume his role to help meet the growing needs of this vital business unit.
Moshe Tal, Aitech’s CEO, noted,“With as accomplished a career as Quinton has, both in the private and military sectors, he is extremely well equipped to hone in on key issues within the space industry. With his extensive knowledge, we will expand our space technology roadmap to continue developing products and technologies that will greatly enhance our customers’ space programs. His leadership abilities will benefit our company as a whole.”
By applying his more than ten years of experience with The Boeing Company, Rodgers will drive long range business planning for all areas of Aitech’s space business, which extends from low- and high-earth orbit to deep space applications. He will also define market requirements for new products in terms of cost targets, hardware, software and related industry standards requirements.
His tenure at The Boeing Company included consulting and advising teams working with the International Space Station Program in positions such as senior project engineer and senior manager of avionics development projects. His work in these areas earned his project team a NASA Exceptional Software of the Year Award as well as a NASA Process Improvement of the Year Award.
In addition to Boeing, Rodgers spent two decades as director, planning and performance management with its subsidiary, Rockwell International, where he focused on cost and performance efficiencies to enhance deliveries to customers. He worked as a product line manager with TRW (now Northup Grumman) handling an extensive line of space communication products as well.
Rodgers served as a captain in the United States Air Force’s Space Command Headquarters, where he authored and coordinated the joint service requirements for a multi-billion dollar distributed defense system, approved through the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office. He is currently a member of the Air Force Association.
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Established in 1983, Aitech offers military and space-qualified, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing products for rugged defense, aerospace and astronautics (space) applications as well as provides radiation tolerant and full MIL-SPEC solutions.
The company provides industry-standard, open architecture VMEbus, CompactPCI and high speed serial fabric-based boards, power subsystems, mass memory, enclosures and hardware subsystem integration along with logistics, configuration control, component obsolescence and earned-value management services.
Having pioneered the development of true military VMEbus products for use in mainstream defense and aerospace applications, Aitech utilizes its broad base of off-the-shelf products and technologies to also develop customer-specific solutions, deliver superior cost-performance and reliability, and expedite time to market.
Applications for its products range from mission processors, fire control, mission control and autonomous robotic subsystems for ground vehicles as well as surface and subsurface naval platforms to tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and low- to high-earth orbit and deep space vehicles.