Andrew Nelson

Karman Line Industries

Founder and CEO

With over 20 years of experience in the aerospace, aviation and commercial space sectors, Andrew Nelson is a recognized leader in the emerging commercial space industry. He is also the originator of the Wet Lease concept at the heart of the XCOR go-to-market strategy for Lynx, XCOR’s suborbital reusable space vehicle. Upon graduation from Ohio University, Nelson began his career at Cape Canaveral for Pan Am World Services on classified navigation systems and Eastern Test Range (ETR) range safety applications. He then joined MITRE Corporation and lead design, implementation, and flight testing of avionics systems in C-130 and UH-1 aircraft with USAF and FAA Technical Center personnel, and participated in international regulatory and standards bodies such as International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). From there he joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior management and strategy consultant leading the international aviation and space team from offices in London and Paris. After graduate school, he worked for over nine years on Wall Street, leaving Morgan Stanley to join XCOR in 2008. Mr. Nelson holds a BS in Electrical Engineering at Ohio University, with a focus on avionics and space telecoms. He also holds an MBA with a focus on Finance, Entrepreneurship and Technology Strategy from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is one of the co-Founders of the Gift of Hearing Foundation, a charity that provides support to profoundly deaf children in need of cochlear implants.