Capt. Harvey J. Hurst
Lead Engineer
United States Air Force


Inside the Fascinating World of Rocket Propulsion and Orbital Mechanics With Aerospace Engineer Harvey J. Hurst!

U.S. Air Force Capt. Harvey J. Hurst serves as Lead Engineer of Satellite Integration and Remote Sensing at the Space and Missiles Center, Remote Sensing Systems Directorate (SMC/RSFV), Los Angeles AFB, CA. In his position he leads an 8-member team in the design, development and testing of 4 SBIRS (Space-Based Infrared System) spacecraft subsystems on the Air Force Space Command’s #2 priority mission. He also directs a 25-member multi-agency integration team for a $3.5B program with oversight of both government and contractor personnel. In addition, his responsibilities have involved the proper analysis and modeling for a $2.2B missile warning program.

Capt. Hurst’s Air Force career has also included serving as Deputy Branch Chief of the Solid Rocket Motor Branch at the Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RQRM), Edwards Air Force Base, CA, from 2016-2017, and as Performance and Flying Qualities Engineer for the 773rd Test Squadron, Air Force Material Command, Edwards Air Force Base, CA.

An accomplished public speaker with a passion for connecting young students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Harvey, as an Air Force officer, has used his communication skills and experience in rocket propulsion and orbital mechanics to inspire young learners, including: students on the Lancaster Robotics Team through his role as program lead for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s initiative, ENSPIRE; serving as Team 399 Robotics Coach; and Fulton and Asbury Academy of Arts and Engineering Mentor.

Capt. Hurst earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Science Engineering from Tuskegee University.