General Atomics Announces Gregg Burgess Joins Company As Vice President of Space Systems

SAN DIEGO – 15 Feb 2022 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that Mr. Gregg Burgess has joined the organization as vice president, GA-EMS Space Systems. Mr. Burgess will be responsible for GA-EMS’ expanding portfolio of miniature, small and medium satellite solutions and space technologies for Radiofrequency and Optical communications using advanced laser technology. 

“We are excited to have Gregg on-board as we continue to support customers including NASA, NOAA and Space Force, and as we bring our space systems and satellite business to the next level,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “Gregg’s depth of experience in managing for growth, in successfully designing and delivering numerous satellite programs, and driving space technology innovations, will be instrumental in expanding our capabilities and capacity to deliver critical mission solutions well into the future.” 

Mr. Burgess said “GA-EMS offers an extraordinary range of picosatellite, directed energy, nuclear and optical communications technologies that no other company can provide. I look forward to working with this team of highly talented engineers, scientists, and program professionals to integrate these multi-domain technologies into new, state-of-the-art satellites, payloads and systems supporting a variety of national security, government and commercial initiatives in space.”

Mr. Burgess joined GA-EMS after serving as chief technology officer at Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems, and as vice president of Business Development at SNC’s ISR Aviation and Security Sector. Previously, he led the National Security Space division at the former Orbital Sciences Corporation, developing satellite systems for the US Government, including GSSAP, ANGELS, EAGLE, MiTEx, and the CHIRP hosted payload.  Mr. Burgess holds an MS and BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed the General Manager’s Program at Harvard Business School. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

About General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Group is a global leader in the research, design, and manufacture of first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ history of research, development, and technology innovation has led to an expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions supporting aviation, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and processing and monitoring applications for critical defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide. For further information, visit

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