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Marle Hewett, PhD

Marle Hewett, PhD

Red Bull Stratos Program Manager & Senior Flight Test Engineer

Marle Hewett is a senior consulting engineer

to the aerospace industry, with roots

at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

A retired Navy Commander, Dr. Marle Hewett was chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy's Aerospace Engineering Dept. and subsequently an engineer for facilities including NASA Dryden. He coordinates Red Bull Stratos operations and directs procedures for testing and, ultimately, launch. A senior consulting engineer to the aerospace industry, Marle specializes in areas including design, flight test engineering, control, performance, stability and safety hazard analysis - factors that all come into play as Red Bull Stratos program manager and senior flight test engineer. Marle coordinates Red Bull Stratos operations and directs procedures for efficient, effective testing and, ultimately, launch.

His 20-year military career also included service as a decorated pilot and test pilot, head of Flying Qualities and Performance in a flight test division, and chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy's Aerospace Engineering Department. Subsequently, Marle worked as an engineer with Northrop, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, and Spiral Technology. As founder of G&C Systems, he developed an internationally successful flight test software planning package, and he teaches flight test engineering for the University of Alabama at Huntsville Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.