Brian Binnie

A 20-year, combat proven, Naval Aviator and world record setting Test Pilot. The only Astronaut to have flown each of the four privately developed space ships in the U.S.

Brian Binnie is a top innovation keynote speaker and a 20-year, combat proven, Naval Aviator, and world record-setting Test Pilot. With 5,300 flight hours in 79 different aircraft, helicopters and 4 space ships his experience in flight test spans over 40 years.  He is published in many professional journals and has received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments including four world records.

  • Brian Binnie`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Brian Binnie`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

  • Brian Binnie`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Brian Binnie`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

SpaceShipOne – Daring to Dream

A poignant story that weaves together the passionate but awkward dreams of youth with the tensions and drama of a modern day, experimental, space program. A program that played out under the unblinking spotlight of the world’s press. You get immersed in a high stakes gambit...

A poignant story that weaves together the passionate but awkward dreams of youth with the tensions and drama of a modern day, experimental, space program. A program that played out under the unblinking spotlight of the world’s press. You get immersed in a high stakes gambit, and witness how doubt, uncertainty, and fear are played out against perseverance, grit and optimism.

Faith and hope are precariously balanced against what seem at times overwhelming odds and insurmountable challenges. Cast in the readily realized arena of private manned space flight, Brian presents a story full of passion, ethos and humor that arrives like the Titanic at its foreseen destiny.

Ideal for any group that is looking to rise above themselves and take their efforts and achievements to the next level. The twist and turns that lead to a remarkable conclusion will delight and be a memorable introduction to any corporate keynote or symposium themed address

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SpaceShipOne – 2004 A Space Oddity

On a calm October morning in 2004, with the eyes of the world watching, test pilot Brian Binnie climbed into Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne. He emerged an hour and half later, a civilian astronaut, having secured the $10,000,000 X-Prize, breaking the world altitude record held by...

On a calm October morning in 2004, with the eyes of the world watching, test pilot Brian Binnie climbed into Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne. He emerged an hour and half later, a civilian astronaut, having secured the $10,000,000 X-Prize, breaking the world altitude record held by the X-15 and paving the way for the future of commercial space transportation with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.

During his one hour presentation, Brian takes you behind the scenes and into the cockpit where the personal and technical challenges of this incredible project unfold.  His narration is enhanced with many photographs and incredible video of the project and his award winning flight into that black sky!

He not only makes fascinating the complex world of space ship design and operation but does so while interleaving the deeply personal challenges that threatened to thwart his dreams, desires, and determination to make an ‘impossible’ project like SpaceShipOne a reality.

“If you have no fears, you have no dreams” Brian Binnie

This program is perfect for industry, museums and university lecture series, or for a kickoff or closing presentation for your conference.  Attendees will leave the room ready to conquer their own challenges with the same can-do spirit that continues to stimulate and encourage remarkable talents like Brian Binnie.

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Scaled vs NASA “What business do you have going to space?”

When a small hobby-shop company of about 30 people decided they were going to build this country’s next manned space program, the critics were quick to dismiss, diminish and ridicule the effort. However, a scant 10 years later that effort is recognized as the catalyst for ...

When a small hobby-shop company of about 30 people decided they were going to build this country’s next manned space program, the critics were quick to dismiss, diminish and ridicule the effort. However, a scant 10 years later that effort is recognized as the catalyst for what is now a multi-billion-dollar industry.

Is your business looking for the next edge in growth and revenue? If so, then likely, there are many barriers to overcome, dodge or simply crush.  Brian’s vast experience in the unforgiving arena of flight test, carrier operations, combat and experimental space ships provides the backdrop for his revealing insights into the uncertain and competitive world of business.

Having spent a lifetime “with skin in the game” working for companies both big and small, Brian paints memorable lessons of Leadership and Team Building / Innovation / Safety and Risk Management and the Achilles heel of most efforts – Communications and Processes.

If somebody had told me when I was in graduate school, ‘Brian, in 35 years you’ll get a chance to fly the first private spacecraft, but with no computers,’ I’d have likely said, “No thank you”

His delivery is full of insight, humor and riveting examples to inspire any team to tackle the future with confidence and enthusiasm and is perfect for any company looking for a refreshing perspective from the weathered Harvard Business School approach.

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The Best of Times and the Worst of Times – A Tale of Four Space Ships

With over 18 years designing and flight testing four unique space ships for four different private companies, Brian has gained an appreciation and perspective for how business pressures, technical challenges and company culture are a ripe recipe for both clash and conflict....

With over 18 years designing and flight testing four unique space ships for four different private companies, Brian has gained an appreciation and perspective for how business pressures, technical challenges and company culture are a ripe recipe for both clash and conflict.

Along the way he has witnessed abrupt redirects that small, nimble companies enjoy and a return to secure ground that was previously in jeopardy. This type of Agility is often cited as a desired attribute for any endeavor but it can also have a dark side of unintended consequences – solving one problem or situation while allowing further unknowns to enter the arena.

“I see dead people” was the catchy line to Bruce Willis movie thriller. Less dramatic, but no less troublesome is “I see elephants” – Brian Binnie

He builds upon these examples as a basis for the broader theme of business challenges in general and uses his unique experiences to suggest strategies that can benefit any company in its quest to grow and prosper.

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40 Years of Flight Testing – A Lifetime of Trials and Triumphs

From my very first day on the job to the present, if there has been one constant it has been the unpredictability of it all. My “event horizon” as it were never extended more than 2 years and oftentimes much less. Whether as a graduate student, naval aviator or commercial ...

From my very first day on the job to the present, if there has been one constant it has been the unpredictability of it all. My “event horizon” as it were never extended more than 2 years and oftentimes much less. Whether as a graduate student, naval aviator or commercial astronaut, the journey has been riddled with twists and turns, trials and triumphs, rewards and failures – but never dull.

“Other than the occasional peek over the edge into the abyss, I’ve never known what lay around the next corner” – Brian Binnie

Brian’s storytelling and experiences are uplifting, humorous and engaging. His gift is weaving in and out of these spellbinding stories with their impact on his life and a slowly matured philosophy of living. His presentation is littered with nuggets of wisdom that cut across personal, family and cultural divides, from which you are likely to be surprisingly enriched.

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About Keynote Speaker Brian Binnie

Test pilot for Burt Rutan’s award winning SpaceShipOne. Brian flew the first and the last powered flights of the vehicle. In the process he opened up the vehicle’s envelope to supersonic flight (the first time ever achieved in private aviation), beat the long standing altitude record of the X-15 and clenched the $10M X-Prize that became the igniting event of a now multi-billion-dollar industry.

Between Brown and Princeton Universities, he has three engineering degrees that include a BSc (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering, an MSc in Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics and an MSc in Aeronautical Engineering.

A highly decorated veteran, he served 20 years as a Naval Aviator that included 4 cruises, 500 arrested landings, combat operations during Desert Storm and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Test Pilot School.

With 5,300 flight hours in 79 different aircraft, helicopters and 4 space ships his experience in flight test spans over 40 years.  He is published in many professional journals and has received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments including four world records; Aviation Week’s Laureate Award, the Society of Experimental Test Pilot’s highest honor – the Kincheloe Award and the aerospace industry’s coveted Collier Trophy.

Testimonials

I attended Binnie’s presentation on Tuesday.  IT WAS SIMPLY – WONDERFUL!!!  It was informative, interesting with incredible insight on the real-time mission of a privately-owned… Read More

Michael Eastwood

Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)

What an outstanding talk!  Brian Binnie’s was the best CMA talk I have attended. 

California Institute of Technology

Andrea Donnellan

An amazing keynote talk today! Congratulations on getting Brian Binnie to come. His presentation was great, and I loved the video inserts set to Star Wars and Top Gun music.  I envied you having lunch with such a hero.

Nokia (Asia) Sales Director

Tony Marichetti

The University, College of Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics Department and I viewed Brian’s presentation today as the best in recent memory.

Virginia Tech University

Pat Artis

I just wanted to reiterate how impressive Brian’s talk at the NAA luncheon was, and what a great time was had by all at the dinner the night before! We’re still talking about it!

Susan Loricchio

Director, New Jersey 99’s

Brian left us absolutely spellbound with his heartfelt and understated presentation style. His exploits and challenges build to a dramatic finish that simply pegged the room on the emotional Richter scale. 

John Lewis

Experimental Aircraft Association, Nevada

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