Robert Cone


Robert “Bob” Cone has three decades of experience in aerospace and defense and a proven track record at NASA and in the private sector. He has worked in a variety of science, space, and military programs, holding positions in aerospace trade promotion, technology commercialization, policy analysis, operations, risk management, and project management in addition to business development.

At SDG, Mr. Cone is director, aerospace business development, with responsibility for growing the firm’s business in aerospace and related industries in North America.

Mr. Cone spent the early part of his career developing aerospace partnerships and international trade promotion. At NASA, he worked on the Space Station Freedom program and for the Office of Commercial Programs. He developed industry partnerships while at the NASA Ames Research Center. At Lockheed Martin, Mr. Cone supported NASA relations and launch services market research for the X-33 VentureStar program. In 2002, he joined engineering services company ARES Corporation, eventually overseeing the people, facilities, and business growth for the space and defense contractor. Most recently, Mr. Cone was director of business operations at Advanced Space, a company in Westminster, Colorado, providing innovative space navigation technologies and services.

Mr. Cone holds an MBA with a focus on management of science, technology, and innovation from The George Washington University and a bachelor of science from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is a certified Risk Management Professional (RMP). Based in Denver, Colorado, he currently serves on the Colorado Space Business Roundtable board of directors.