Staff Consultant, Ball Aerospace

Christopher McLean is a Staff Consultant at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, CO, and is an AIAA Associate Fellow. Mr. McLean is a recognized expert in the field of in-space propulsion. Mr. McLean has 28 years of experience in the development, qualification, and flight implementation of advanced propulsion, including hydrazine, green propellant, arcjet, and Hall Effect Thruster systems. Additionally, Mr. McLean has developed numerous facilities to test and perform diagnostics on these propulsion technologies. He also spent several years advancing solid missile technology, including avionics development and qualification.

Mr. McLean led industry/NASA teams in support of NASA’s exploration efforts, including the design of a robotic lander for Lunar South Pole exploration. Other exploration activities include, design, development and testing of long-term cryogenic propellant storage and transfer technologies.

Mr. McLean is currently the Principal Investigator on NASA STMD’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission. He has both a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington.

When not at work, Mr. McLean’s enjoys snowboarding, playing guitar, audio recording, and restoring vintage guitar amplifiers.