Dr. Andrew Barton is an aerospace engineer active in the space technology start-up sector. He is currently the Director of Launch and US Operations for Fleet Space Technologies.
Andrew previously worked at the XPRIZE Foundation as director of Technical Operations for the Google Lunar XPRIZE where he was responsible for the implementation of the Milestone Prizes, selecting and managing the panel of independent judges and communicating technical aspects of the prize to the space industry and the general public.
Prior to his role at XPRIZE Andrew was involved in the private space industry in Europe as a technology developer, project manager and entrepreneur. Among other roles, he also worked for 4 years as a specialist at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands where he supported the development of space missions, including significant contributions to future lunar and Mars landers as well as the VEGA launch vehicle.
Andrew holds a Ph.D and bachelors degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University.