Mr. Richard Horton

Chief Strategy Officer


While creating, communicating, executing, and sustaining a unified company strategy, Richard also recruits top notch talent for Fifth Gait. And currently, he oversees the building of state-of-the-art labs as Director of our company’s Microelectronics and Electro-optics Test Group located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Mr. Richard Horton as the Chief Strategy Officer plans and executes company visions and goals. He is also the Director of the Microelectronics & Electro-optics Test Group located at Goldflam Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Richard began his career in 1994 as a Raytheon thermal analyst developing thermal and fluid math models of avionics cooling systems for the U.S. Navy E6-B Airborne Command Post. From there Richard continued his thermal analyst career at Lockheed Martin supporting programs at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, providing modeling and simulation for the Crew and Thermal Systems Division, which was responsible for extravehicular activity (EVA) during Space Shuttle missions and construction of the International Space Station (ISS). During his time at JSC, he was the lead thermal analyst for the next generation space suit that was under development for Lunar and Mars exploration missions. He was also the lead thermal analyst for a Mars lander payload under the Mars Global Surveyor program.

In 2000, Richard continued his work with NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center as the lead thermal analyst for a microgravity materials science experiment. In addition to building the thermal and geometric math model device, he supported thermal vacuum testing and design of the experiment. After a decade of working on NASA programs, Richard transitioned to supporting missile defense programs. Under the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, he conducted development testing of rad-hard by design infrared optical bandpass filters and cold x-ray testing of infrared optical coatings at the OMEGA laser facility at the University of Rochester, at the L3 Double Eagle facility in San Leandro, CA, and at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL).

Since arriving at Fifth Gait Technologies in 2015, Richard has directed and completed radiation effects testing of micro-electronics and electro-optics, which includes performance characterization of infrared focal planes, prompt dose testing of electronics and circuit card assemblies, and neutron induced upset testing of electronics.

Richard received his B.S. in Physics with a Mathematics Minor from the University of Houston, Houston, TX in 1994. He began Graduate Studies in Astrophysics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL from 2006-2008.

start your project with the fifth gait team

Our team is composed of renowned subject matter experts and the next generation of scientists, engineers, and analysts. We believe that our unicorns’ ‘fifth gait’ is the missing piece in your system’s survivability. We have three primary sites, several satellite locations, and a growing number of virtual offices.


Santa Barbara, CA
Corporate Headquarters
835 Puente Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Colorado Springs, CO
Goldflam Laboratory
5053 N 30th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Huntsville, AL
Rocket City Laboratory
6767 Old Madison Pike
Building 3, Suite 300
Huntsville AL 35806