Greg Autry

Clinical Professor (FSC)
DTPHX Campus



Greg Autry is a Clinical Professor of Space Leadership, Policy and Business in the Thunderbird School of Global Management and an Affiliate Professor with the Interplanetary Initiative at Arizona State University. Professor Autry holds a BA in History from California Polytechnic University at Pomona and an MBA and PhD from the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining the Thunderbird faculty, he taught entrepreneurship with the Lloyd Greif Center at the University of Southern California from 2013 to 2020. He taught entrepreneurship, strategy, and macroeconomics at the University of California, Irvine, between 2002 and 2014. Autry has also taught space entrepreneurship at the Kennedy Space Center as part of a graduate certificate program in commercial space from International Space University and the Florida Institute of Technology (2019-2021). 

Autry's research has focused on the governmental role in the emergence of new industries, and he has researched within the booming commercial space industry since 2003. Professor Autry’s extensive experience in space policy includes serving on the 2016 NASA agency review team to establish the Moon program’s current return. Autry served as NASA White House Liaison in early 2017, and last year, the President nominated him to serve as the space agency’s Chief Financial Officer. By appointment of the Secretary of Transportation, he currently serves as Chair of the Safety Working Group in the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) at FAA. Autry has been a notable advocate for space exploration and development. Currently, he serves as Vice President of the National Space Society and the Beyond Earth Institute, non-profit organizations dedicated to extending humanity’s presence into our solar system.

Before entering higher education, Autry had a career as a serial entrepreneur, founding several technology startups. These ventures included a video game developer, computer services firm, and an enterprise software development company in the clinical healthcare space.

Autry also publishes frequently in the business and popular press, writing on space, entrepreneurship and policy. He writes frequently for Foreign Policy and Space News and is a regular science contributor at Forbes. His insights are frequently featured in major media outlets including CNN, NPR, the BBC, Space News, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, Politico and the LA Times.


PhD Management (Econ & Public Policy), UC Irvine, 2013

MBA, University of California at Irvine, 2002

BA History, California Polytechnic University at Pomona, 1999





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Research Interests

Themes: Governmental roles in the emergence of new industries, entrepreneurial driven economic development, sustainability

Research Context: Global commercial spaceflight sector. Space launch, satellites, energy, human spaceflight, communications, data, resources, services

Methods: qualitative, participatory ethnography, grounded theory, case studies

Theoretical Lenses: Process theory, organizational / community evolution, population ecology, legitimacy theory



Selected Published Papers

Autry, Greg. "The functions of the FAA’s commercial space transportation advisory committee: The safety working group’s 2020 tasker as context." Journal of Space Safety Engineering (2021).

Autry, Greg. PhD Dissertation: Exploring New Space: Governmental roles in the emergence of new communities of high-technology organizations. University of California, Irvine, 2013. Dissertation Committee: Yan Gong, Peter Navarro, Claudia Bird Schoonhoven

Hubbard, Moderators: Scott, Ken Davidian, Participants: Patti Grace Smith, Elliot Pulham, Greg Autry, and Patricia Cooper. "The Strategic Status of New Space." New Space 1, no. 3 (2013): 117-122.Autry, Greg, and Laura Huang. "An analysis of the competitive advantage of the United States of America in commercial human orbital spaceflight markets." New Space 2, no. 2 (2014): 83-110.

Autry, Greg. "Commercial Orbital Transportation Services: A Case Study for National Industrial Policy." New Space 6, no. 3 (2018): 191-200.

Autry, Greg. "Space policy, intergenerational ethics, and the environment." In AIAA SPACE 2011 Conference & Exposition, p. 7330. 2011.

Autry, Greg, and Kenneth J. Davidian. "A review of the competitive advantage of the United States of America in commercial human orbital spaceflight markets." In AIAA SPACE 2014 Conference and Exposition, p. 4202. 2014.

Autry, Greg, and Peter Navarro. "Leveraging business cycle ups and downs." Financial Executive 25, no. 10 (2009): 36-42.

Huang, Laura, and Greg Autry. “Rebels with a Cause: Perceptions, Beliefs, and the Coopetitive Dynamics of Entrepreneurs in the Emergence of the New Space Industry,” Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 34, no. 19 (2014): 12.

Scott Hubbard, Ken Davidian, Ward Hanson, Greg Autry, and Bruce Pittman. "Emerging Commercial Remote Sensing: Economic Perspective." New Space 3, no. 1 (2015): 10-18.

Scott Hubbard, Ken Davidian, Patti Grace Smith, Elliot Pulham, Greg Autry, and Patricia Cooper. "The Strategic Status of New Space." New Space 1, no. 3 (2013): 117-122.

Selected Business Case Studies

Bhattacharya, B., Autry, G & Perry V. 2020 “Relativity Space: Rocketing into the Future of Manufacturing,” Greif Center Collection,Harvard Business School Publishing Case Catalog

Autry, G. & Obasaju, L. 2018 “Mojave Spaceport: Entrepreneurship in the Public Sector,” Greif Center Collection, Harvard Business School Publishing Case Catalog

Autry, G., Huang, L. 2016 Strawther, Zhu, “XCOR Aerospace: New Space, New Place?” Greif Center Collection, Harvard Business School Publishing Case Catalog

Autry, G., Huang L., Dann, Kim, Siward, “RelishMIX: Building Social Media Management Tools for Hollywood” Greif Center Collection, Harvard Business School Publishing Case Catalog


Navarro, P. and Autry, G. 2011. Death by China: Confronting the Dragon, A Global Call to Action. Prentice Hall / Pearson. Amazon Bestsellers Ranks on 4/25/2018: #3 International Economics, #5 Political Freedom, #1 Trade & Tariffs 

Selected Conference Presentations

Autry, G. and Davidian, K. 2019, "Process Approach for Organizational Change and Innovation Research", Research Caucus, Academy of Management Conference, Boston MA. Panel: Andy Van de Ven, Jennifer Woolley, Andy Aldrin

Huang, L. and Autry, G. “Rebels with a Cause: Perceptions, Beliefs, and the Coopetitive Dynamics of Entrepreneurs in the Emergence of the New Space Industry,” Presentation at Babson College Entrepreneurial Research Conference, 2014

“Trade Tensions”, UBS European Conference, London, UK. November 12, 2019

“The Economist Debate: Free Trade”, World Trade Symposium (The Economist), New York City, November 7, 2019. Voted debate winner by audience. 

“Mission Opportunities: Gateway to the Three Comma Club”, Panel Moderator with: General Steven Butow; Col. Charles Miller Belmont; Tow Cwik, NASA JPL; Steven Isakowitz, CEO Aerospace Corp. Air Force Space Pitch Day, San Francisco, CA. November 6, 2019

“Failure is an option: Lessons from the Commercialization of U.S. Spaceflight”, UDIP Conference, Oxford University, UK. Plenary Session, August 1, 2019

“Japan - U.S. Conference on Peace in Northeast Asia 2019”, Panelist with former senior US, Japan, Korea diplomats and military leaders, Tokyo Japan, January 17, 2019

“Space Force”, Panel Moderator with: Doug Loverro, former Deputy Sec. Def.; Terry Virts, former NASA Astronaut; George Nield, Former FAA Ast. Admin.; Brian Weeden, Secure World Foundation. Politicon, Los Angeles, CA, October 12, 2018

“Commercial Space Regulation” Panel Moderator with: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Dr. George Nield, Lorretta Whitesides. International Space Development Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 27, 2018

“Funding Innovation” Space Symposium, Tech Track Speech, Colorado Springs, CO, May 14, 2018

“Space Policy in the Trump Age” Space Technology and Investment Forum, Plenary Session, San Francisco, CA., August 30 2017

“Commercial Spaceflight” Heritage Foundation, Eagle Forum Collegians Summit Washington, D.C., July 19, 2017

“The View from Beijing: Chinese Space Efforts Past, Present and Future” Space Technology and Investment Forum, Plenary Session, San Francisco, CA., August 2016

“Debate on the Trans Pacific Partnership” American Manufacturing Strategies Summit, v. Dan Ikenson, CATOCosta Mesa, California, November 2015. Voted debate winner by audience. 

“Overview of U.S. National Competitive Advantage in Human Orbital Spaceflight” American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (SPACE 2014), San Diego, California, September 2014

“Overview of PARTS Analysis”, Emerging Space Industry Leaders Workshop, Stanford University Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford, California May 29-30, 2014

“California’s New Space Industry” Panel Moderator, California Democratic Party Convention, Sacramento, California, April 29, 2011


Research Activity

Textbook, in process

Autry, G. Small Business Management: The New Entrepreneurial Dynamic. Manuscript complete. Publication by Flatworld, Fall 2021.

Research Raper in process

Autry, G., Aldrin A. & Coutu, S. 2021 “An Economic Analysis of the Value of Space Flown Objects” 

Case Study in process

Autry, G., Aldrin A. & Yin P. 2021 “Selling the Moon: Masten Space” (working case study)


Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
TGM 586 Glbl Entrepr & Sus Bus
TGM 598 Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
TGM 586 Glbl Entrepr & Sus Bus


Editorial BoardNew Space Journal

Peer reviewed journal focused on entrepreneurial space activities, founded by Dr. G. Scott Hubbard, Stanford University. 2015  current

Editorial BoardSpace Force Journal

Peer reviewed journal focused on issues related to the United States Space Force and strategic leadership in the space domain. 2020  current

Professional Associations

Vice President of Space Development and Board Member, National Space Society The oldest and most important grassroots space advocacy organization. May 2018  Current

Vice President of Economic Vibrancy, Beyond Earth Institute. Think tank dedicated to human settlement of space. 

Member, Academy of Management

Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Chair, Safety Working Group of the U.S. Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), FAA Appointed by Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, to Federal Advisory Committee (FACA). June 2018 – April 2020. Reappointed May 2020 thru 2022.

Member, Agency Review Team, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Member of eight-person executive team tasked with reviewing, analyzing, prioritizing NASA’s goals, programs and budgets and forwarding policy recommendations to the White House. The centerpiece of these recommendations was the sustainable return to the Moon program (Artemis) leveraging international and public-private partnerships. This program has been re-endorsed by the Biden administration. December 2016 – January 2017.

Chair, International Space Development Conference 2019, Washington DC. One of the largest space conferences with @1,500 attendees. Speakers included: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, NASA Associate Administrator for Science Mission Directorate Thomas Zurbuchen and National Space Council Executive Secretary Scott Pace.

Member of the Board and Vice President of Space Development, National Space Society The oldest and most important grassroots space advocacy organization. May 2018 – Current

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

External Examiner DPhil viva (PhD defense) Oxford University, Computrer Science. James Pavur, Rhodes Scholar. Thesis entitled "Securing New Space: On Satellite Cybersecurity", Summer 2021

Work History

White House Liaison, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Temporary Appointment as NASA employee responsible for interfacing to the White House and onboarding new leadership. January 2017  February 2017

Nominee, Chief Financial Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Nomination July 27, 2020. Confirmation process delayed by COVID, unexpected Supreme Court Justice Confirmation and other 2020 issues. Cleared committee by vote on December 2, 2020. Senate failed to schedule a full vote before final session and nomination expired on January 2, 2021.


Advisor, Relativity Space. Advised former USC students Jordan Noone and Tim Ellis since the founding of their 3D Printed Rocket startup. Signed as official Advisor in 2019. Firm has raised over $650 million.

Board Member, Interstellar Labs. New Space Startup headquartered in Paris, France. Dedicated to producing enhanced environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS) via a closed environment habitat (biodome) research and eco-tourist destination. Facilities targeted for construction in Mojave California and Kennedy Space Center. 2019 – Current


Industry Positions

Co-Founder, 121C Inc. / Elevated Materials. Commercial spacecraft carbon fiber upcycling into OEM manufactured goods. Raised over $200k in crowdfunding and $1.2million in private seed capital. Negotiated material supply with SpaceX, Virgin and Boeing. 2014 – Current

CEONetwork Corps.Enterprise application development firm focused on Health Care solutions for Kaiser Permanente. Apple authorized developer. (Sold network-engineering division to Enhanced Technologies). January 1997 – August 2014

CEO, Wired Images. Digital Web Content production for Internet retailers, sold to – 2000

Technical Services Manager, CompuCom Systems. Managed service operations for IT solutions at CompuCom after being acquired. 1994 – 1997

CEORiverside Doctor Micro Computer Services. Apple authorized dealer and Computer services firm sold to CompuCom Systems (NASDAQ: CMPC) in 1994. 1986 – 1994

ProgrammerHemascience Labs / Baxter Fenwal. Software development for medical device. 1984 – 1986.

Software EngineerHoneywell Training and Control Systems Division. Software for production engineering on various military projects. 1983 – 1984

CoFounder & CEOHAL LABS. Entertainment Software developer. Founded in high school, this firm developed Atarisoft PAC MAN for Apple II and was eventually reorganized by my partner as Future Point and sold to Blizzard Entertainment. 1981-1994

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