Reliable Robotics appoints senior vice president and chief engineer

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Kevin Sagis. Photo: Reliable Robotics

Reliable Robotics has appointed Kevin Sagis as senior vice president and chief engineer.

Sagis joins Reliable Robotics as the company accelerates its development programme to certify its remotely operated aircraft system.

He has over 30 years of design, development, manufacturing, test and operational experience for the commercial sector, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Defense (DoD). He has successfully taken multiple programmes to flight, including specially modified aircraft and space launch vehicles.

In his role at Reliable Robotics, Sagis will drive the engineering vision and execution for the company’s remotely operated aircraft system.

At Virgin Orbit, he served as chief engineer and senior vice president of engineering, working with Sir Richard Branson to reimagine how a 747-400 carrier aircraft could be used to launch orbital rockets.

As one of the original visionaries, he was instrumental in forming the team and the technology that built the foundation for taking the company public. He was responsible for architecting the integrated system from initial concept to multiple successful orbital flights, leading a team of several hundred engineers.

He has expertise in aircraft systems and directed the structural, electrical and subsystems modification of the 747-400.

Prior to Virgin Orbit, Sagis was at Lockheed Martin as technical lead on multiple rocket and aircraft-related programmes. He was the chief engineer for the homeland defence programme that launched rockets from the cargo hold of a C-17, achieving 100% mission success within three years.

Earlier Sagis founded and served as chief engineer at Paragon Labs where he led the design, deployment and manufacturing of a vertical takeoff, vertical landing vehicle using a liquid oxygen/ethanol regeneratively cooled propulsion system.

Prior to that, he supported multiple commercial vehicles for Lockheed Martin, NASA advanced concept studies and flight design software for the Space Shuttle programme.

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