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David Zuniga

Business Development Manager, In-Space Manufacturing and Research, Axiom Space

Mr. Zuniga has over 20 years of experience through engineering, and business development in human spaceflight and the department of defense. Mr. Zuniga has developed system architectures and technology for deep space systems via the constellation, Orion, and Gateway programs. He was a Certified Principal Engineer for Orion’s Air Revitalization System, and subsystem manager for NASA’s Gateway program for the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) where he developed requirements and certification criteria for future architectures. Mr. Zuniga has helped to evolve strategy around growth for LEO commercialization through the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) where he created a pipeline and managed a portfolio for aerospace technology development projects on the International Space Station National Laboratory (ISS NL). He’s served in numerous committees around human spaceflight safety and commercialization, has been an invited speaker to brief NASA HQ on strategy for the ISS NL, and was the recipient of the top prize at NASA’s Ignite the Night competition through NASA iTech when serving as the managing director for the Danish Aerospace Company’s North American Division. 

Mr. Zuniga earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and holds a graduate certification in Space Resources from Colorado School of Mines where he studied space policy, economics, and space resource utilization.  Mr. Zuniga is business development manager for in-space manufacturing and research for Axiom Space and helps to develop strategy and growth around Axiom’s LEO economy.  Mr. Zuniga also plays a critical role in business and technical integration of Axiom’s in-space manufacturing and research capabilities for Axiom Station architecture. 


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