Livingston Holder is an aerospace engineering executive with 40+ years’ experience in systems planning, design, development, operations, and management. His USAF experiences range from serving as a satellite launch officer, to developing classified satellite systems, to training to fly as a Manned Spaceflight Engineer (USAF Payload Specialist / Astronaut) for a classified shuttle mission that was cancelled after the Challenger accident. His industry experience started with Boeing where he supported the development of the ISS, leading their International Integration team, developing crew modules, and developing prototype international IVA and EVA protocols for future crews in a neutral buoyancy training environment. Livingston co-founded Holder Aerospace to support technical and business development for large and small businesses alike. This work has resulted in the development of novel propulsion systems, techniques for large scale launch vehicles to be deployed from cargo aircraft, and the production of privately operated human rated altitude chambers for research and development.
His success across a broad range of organizations and technologies has given Livingston a deep appreciation for the role education served in his life and the value it can provide to others. Accordingly, he has always encouraged youth seeking educational growth, especially those from historically disenfranchised communities.
His motto, “It’s good to know how things work!” applies not only to technical systems, but political and human endeavors as well. His fundamental belief is that we should strive to understand our universe as well as ourselves, which will aid our quest to improve life for all of us.