“While reaching for the stars, we will create benefits with every step.”




Director, &
Propulsion Physicist
Founding Benefactor &
Founding Journalist &
News Forum
Ohio Aerospace
Inst Liaison &
Propulsion Engineer
Designer & Historian
Legal Counsel
Marc Millis Walter De Brouwer Paul Gilster Jim Gilland Alex Szames Frank Nagorney
Marc G.
De Brouwer



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Tau Zero has an international network of accomplished scientists, aerospace engineers, journalists, artists, and science fiction writers. These people were chosen for their ability to explore ideas beyond the comfort zone of their peers, plus the competence and objectivity to make genuine, reliable progress.  The Tau Zero network includes the experts most capable of addressing the formidable challenges of interstellar flight. Many have spent their careers working on issues and experiments relevant to these tasks in their day-jobs (universities, commercial companies, and research institutes around the globe), yet must explore the grander ambitions of star flight on their own.

Defining Characteristics

  • Pioneers or scouts in their respective disciplines
  • Fortitude to explore visions and take risks beyond their peers
  • Rigor, impartiality, and competence to make credible progress
  • More interested in promoting progress, than in promoting themselves

The Tau Zero network covers a span of skills.  For example, to convey complex developments to the public in a responsible manner (factual and absent of hype or disdain), our journalists and artists are willing to help the scientists and engineers convey their work.  Reciprocally, journalists who want better content for their work can call upon Tau Zero scientists and engineers for trustworthy content. 

Our network also covers a span of disciplines: human relevance, destinations, and getting there.  Presently we are overrepresented by space propulsion experts and underrepresented in the humanities, transhumanism, synthetic biology, the “singularity”, sustainable closed-loop life support, and isolated colony considerations.  It is our goal to find and add fitting pioneers and scouts to cover those topics in the future as well.

We are in need of basic operational support in accounting, fundraising, and volunteer coordination.



We have a few dozen people from a mix of disciplines and educational levels that have already volunteered to help. We are still looking for someone who can coordinate assignments and track progress of our suite of volunteers. Please contact us if you are able and willing to take on this assignment.  We prefer someone who lives in the Cleveland metropolitan area.

If you would like to join our pool of volunteers, please become a member and then apply for volunteering.  We require our volunteers to be members since volunteers require access to membership pages.  Also, the memberships help defer the cost of managing these functions.



Anderson, Karen

Science Fiction Writers Advocate

Retired. Widow of Poul Anderson (author of Tau Zero)

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Andrews, Dana

Systems & Reliability, Fate of Humanity on Earth
Day Job: Aerospace Engineer, Advanced Astronautics
Seattle, WA, USA


  • Space Colonization: A Study of Supply and Demand.” Not yet published. Discussed on Centauri Dreams.
  • “Use of Mini-Mag Orion and superconducting coils for near-term interstellar transportation,” Acta Astronautica 61 (2007), pp. 450-458.
  • “Things to Do While Coasting Through Interstellar Space,” AIAA-2004-3706, 40th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 11-14, 2004.
  • “Interstellar Transportation Using Today’s Physics.” 39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 
  • Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit 20–23 July 2003 Huntsville, Alabama.
  • “Use of Magnetic Sails for Advanced Exploration Missions,” in the proceedings of Vision-21: Space Travel for the Next Millennium” (NASA Conference Publication 10059).
  • “Magnetic sails and interplanetary travel” (with Robert Zubrin). AIAA-Paper–89-2441. American Society of Mechanical Engineers joint propulsion conference, Monterey, CA (USA), 10-13 Jul 1989.

Bear, Greg

Greg Bear

Science Fiction Writer

Lynnwood, WA, USA


Benford, Jim

Beamed Energy & Sail Propulsion

Day Job: Physicist

San Francisco, CA, USA


  • Jim Benford and Gregory Benford, “Starship Century – Toward the Grandest Horizon”, An Anthology Based on the 100 Year Starship Symposium”, coming soon.
  • “Starship Sails Propelled by Cost-Optimized Directed Energy”, to be published. JBIS (2013)
  • “We Should Develop Beamed Power Sailships”, to be published. JBIS (2013)
  • “Starship Sails Propelled by Cost”. JBIS 2012
  • “Searching for Cost-Optimized Interstellar Beacons” (with Gregory Benford and Dominic Benford). Astrobiology. June 2010, 10(5): 491-498.
  • “Messaging with Cost Optimized Interstellar Beacons” (with Gregory Benford and Dominic Benford).
  • “Space Applications of High-Power Microwaves,” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 36, NO. 3 (June, 2008).
  • “Acceleration of Sails by Thermal Desorption of Coatings” (with Gregory Benford). Acta Astronautica Vol. 56, No. 6 (March, 2005), pp. 593-599.
  • “Acceleration of sails by thermal desorption of coatings,” Acta Astronautica 56 (2005), p. 593 ff.
  • “Desorption Assisted Sun Diver Missions”, Gregory Benford and James Benford, Proc. Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF-2002), Space Exploration Technology Conf, AIP Conf. Proc. 608, ISBN 0-7354-0052-0, pg. 462, (2002).

Brin, David

 David Brin

Science Fiction and Issue Provocateur

Day Job: Author

California, USA


David Brin is a physicist whose novels include The Postman, Earth, and recently Existence. The Transparent Society (nonfiction) won the ALA Freedom of Speech Award.


Cambier, Jean-Luc

Physics and Engineering Assessments

Day Job: Scientist & Engineer, USAF Research Lab

Edwards AFB, CA, USA


  • “An Analytical Model of the Knudsen Layer with Thermal Conduction.”  ICHMT Digital Library Online Vol. 13 (2008)
  • “Numerical Investigation on the Effects of Nozzle Geometry on the Performance of a Pulse Detonation Engine.” ICHMT Digital Library Online Vol. 13 (2008).
  • “A Model of Ablative Capillary Discharge.” Annals of the Assembly for International Heat Transfer Conference 13 (2006).
  • “Theoretical Analysis of the Electron Spiral Toroid Concept.” NASA/CR-2000-210654 (2000).
  • “Experimental Investigation of Nozzle/Plume Aerodynamics at Hypersonic Speeds.” NASA-CR-191368 (1992).
  • “Numerical methods for TVD transport and coupled relaxing processes in gases and plasmas.” AIAA, Fluid Dynamics, Plasma Dynamics and Lasers Conference, 21st, Seattle, WA; UNITED STATES; 18-20 June 1990. 23 pp. 1990.
  • “Preliminary numerical simulations of a pulsed detonation wave engine” (with Henry Adelman). AIAA, ASME, SAE, and ASEE, Joint Propulsion Conference, 24th, Boston, MA, July 11-13, 1988. 13 p.
  • “Finite temperature radiative corrections to neutron decay and related processes” (with Joel Primack and Marc Sher). Nuclear Physics B Volume 209, Issue 2, 27 December 1982, Pages 372–388.

Cassenti, Brice N.

Engineering and Mathematical Assessments

Day Job: Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut

Hartford, CT, USA


  • “Trajectory Options for Manned Mars Missions.” Journal of spacecraft and rockets (2005).
  • “A Review of Fusion Pulse Propulsion.” AIP Conference Proceedings. (2002).
  • Antiproton triggered fusion propulsion for interstellar missions” (with Terry Kammash). AIP Conference Proceedings 458(1): 1333-1338 (1999).
  • “The ‘how to’ of antigravity.” AIAA, ASME, SAE, and ASEE, Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 32nd, Lake Buena Vista, FL; UNITED STATES; 1-3 July 1996.
  • “Concepts for the efficient production and storage of antimatter.” AIAA, SAE, ASME, and ASEE, Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 29th, Monterey, CA, June 28-30, 1993, 15 p.
  • “Conceptual designs for antiproton space propulsion systems.” AIAA-Paper–89-2333; CONF-8907118 American Society of Mechanical Engineers joint propulsion conference, Monterey, CA (USA), 10-13 Jul 1989.
  • “Cost comparison of chemical and antihydrogen propulsion systems for high Delta-V missions” (with Robert Forward). AIAA, SAE, ASME, and ASEE, Joint Propulsion Conference, 21st, Monterey, CA; United States; 8-10 July 1985. 1985.
  • “A Comparison of Interstellar Propulsion Methods. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 35. 116–124 (1982).

Crowl, Adam

Icarus Interstellar – Engineering and Mathematical assessments



  • “How an Embryo Space Colonization (ESC) Mission Solves the Time-Distance Problem” (with John Hunt. Presentation at 100 Year Starship Conference in Orlando (2011).

David, Leonard

Journalist and Scout for relevant development

Day Job: Journalist for Space.com

Golden, CO, USA


Davis, Eric W.

Eric Davis

Lead Scout for Faster-Than-Light and Quantum Vacuum Physics

Day Job: Physicist, Inst for Advanced Studies

Austin, TX, USA


  • “Faster-Than-Light Space Warps, Status and Next Steps”, paper AIAA 2012-3860, 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, Atlanta, GA, (January 9-12, 2012).
  • Editor (with Marc Millis), Frontiers of Propulsion Science (AIAA 2009).
  • Eric Davis, (2009) “Review of Gravity Control Within Newtonian and General Relativistic Physics”, Ch. 4, Frontiers of Propulsion Science. (Millis & Davis, eds.), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), pp. 175-228.
  • Eric Davis, (2009) “Faster-than-Light Approaches in General Relativity”, Ch. 15, Frontiers of Propulsion Science. (Millis & Davis, eds.), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), pp. 473-510.
  • Eric W. (2009) “On Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum”, Ch. 18, Frontiers of Propulsion Science. (Millis & Davis, eds.), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), pp. 569-604.

De Brouwer, Walter 

Walter De Brouwer

Board Member – Founding Benefactor & Entrepreneur

Day Job: Starts up businesses. Now at Scanadu, who knows where next.

Brussels, BELGIUM

San Francisco, CA, USA


Denning, Kathryn

Kathryn Denning

Human Issues of Star Flight and Alien Contact

Day Job: Professor, Anthropology, York University

Toronto, CANADA


  • “Learning to read: Interstellar message decipherment from an anthropological perspective.”  Submitted chapter for the book Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication. Editors: Douglas Vakoch and Steve Dick. Publisher: NASA.
  • “Intelligence in Astrobiology.” NASA Astrobiology Institute virtual workshop, Arizona State University (2012).
  • “Theorizing Civilization through the Ultimate Others.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. November 17,  San Jose, California (2006).
  • “Ten Thousand Revolutions: Conjectures about Civilizations.” International Astronautical Congress, Valencia, Spain, October (2006).
  • “The Adjacent Possibility of Music” at CONTACT: Cultures of the Imagination. NASA Ames, Mountain View, California. Organizer: Jim Funaro (Cabrillo). March (2006).
  • “Anticipating the Alien: Concepts of the Other in the Scientific SETI Community.” York Faculty of Arts Research Grant, awarded May 2005.
  • “To see the night and Others in it: Telescopes as cultural lenses and monuments in the landscape.” SSHRCC Small Grant, York University, awarded May 2005.

Duif, Chris

Chris Duif


Day Job: Physicist, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology

Delft, Netherlands


  • M. Strobl, F. Wieder, C.P. Duif, A. Hilger, N. Kardjilov, I. Manke, W.G. Bouwman, Using a grating analyser for SEMSANS investigations in the very small angle range, Physica B 407 (2012) 4132
  •  C.P. Duif, S.N. Geurts, W.G. Bouwman, M.Th. Rekveldt, J. Plomp, A magnetised foil as inclined π-flipper for time-of-flight neutron beams, Physica B 406 (2011) 2467
  • C.P. Duif, Analysis of diurnal variations in Saxl’s torsion pendulum data, in: H.A. Múnera, ed., Should the Laws of Gravitation be Reconsidered? The Scientific Legacy of Maurice Allais, Apeiron, 2011
  • Wim G. Bouwman, Chris P. Duif, Jeroen Plomp, Alfred Wiedenmann, Roland Gähler, Combined SANS-SESANS, from 1 nm to 0.1 mm in one instrument, Physica B 406 (2011) 2357
  • Leon van Heijkamp, Robert Andersson, Chris P. Duif, Ignatz de Schepper, Wim G. Bouwman, Changes in structure of granular and colloidal matter studied with spin-echo small-angle neutron scattering, PNCMI 2010, July 2010, Delft, the Netherlands
  • Samuel N. Geurts, Chris P. Duif, Wim G. Bouwman, M.Th. Rekveldt, Jeroen Plomp, Polychromatic π-flipping foil for spin-echo small-angle neutron scattering, PNCMI 2010, July 2010, Delft, the Netherlands.
  • M.Th. Rekveldt, C.P. Duif, W.H. Kraan, J. Plomp, W.G. Bouwman, Polarization optimization of spin-echo small angle scattering instruments, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79 (2008) 015113
  • Wim G. Bouwman, Jeroen Plomp, Chris P. Duif, Wicher H. Kraan, M. Theo Rekveldt, Real space scattering without collimation: SESANS at the Delft Universitiy of Technology, Neutron News, 2008.

Friedman, Lou

Affordable next-step solar sails

Day Job: Planetary Society – Retired, LightSail Program Director


  • A Martian Has Died.” 
  • Phobos-Grunt Failure Report Released.
  • Testing Sail Deployment” 
  • My Day with Hawking and Aldrin” 
  • “Connecting Robots and Humans in Mars Exploration.”  Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration (2000).
  • “Robotic Outposts: The Missing Link in Mars Exploration Planning.”Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration (California Institute of Technology), 2000), p. 234
  • “Building toward Mars: a vision for the future.” Planet. Rep., Vol. 19, No. 2, p. 14 – 18 (1999).
  • “Marslink.” In Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F p 41-42 (SEE N94-12015 01-91). 1993.
  • Solar Sails and Interstellar Flight. (John Wiley & Sons) 1988.
  • “To the outer planets – and onward.” American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and American Geophysical Union, Conference on the Exploration of the Outer Planets, St. Louis, Mo. (1975)

Frisbee, Robert H.

Advanced Propulsion Technology & Mission Assessments

Day Job: NASA- Retired

Pasadena, CA, USA


  • Limits of Interstellar Flight Technology, Chapter 2 in Frontiers of Propulsion Science, (Millis & Davis ed) AIAA (2009)
  • “Recent advances in nuclear powered electric propulsion for space exploration.” Energy Conversion and Management Vol. 49, Issue 3 (2008).
  • “The Nuclear-Electric Pulsed Inductive Thruster (NuPIT): Mission Analysis for Prometheus.” 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit AIAA 2005-3892 Tucson, Arizona (2005).
  • “Beamed-Momentum LightSails for Interstellar Missions: Mission Applications and Technology Requirements.”  40th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Fort Lauderdale, FL (2004).
  • “Advanced Space Propulsion for the 21st Century.” Journal of Propulsion and Power Vol. 19, No. 6 (2003).
  • “How to Build an Antimatter Rocket for Interstellar Missions.” 39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit Huntsville, AL (2003).
  • “Interstellar mission propulsion studies – Status update.” NASA/JPL/MSFC/AIAA Annual Advanced Space Propulsion Workshop, 10th, Huntsville, AL (1999).
  • “The NASA Advanced Propulsion Concepts Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.” 33rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit (1997).
  • “Report on the NASA/JPL Workshop on advanced quantum/relativity theory propulsion.” AIAA, ASME, SAE, and ASEE, Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 31st, San Diego, CA; UNITED STATES; 10-12 July 1995.
  • “Possible applications of advanced quantum/relativity theory propulsion to interstellar exploration – Report of a NASA/JPL workshop.” IAF, International Astronautical Congress, 46th, Oslo, Norway (1995).
  • “SP-100 nuclear electric propulsion for Mars cargo missions.” Joint AIAA/SAE/ASME propulsion conference, Monterey, CA (United States), 28-30 Jun 1993.

Galea, Pat

Pat Galea

Icarus Interstellar – Organizational and Information Technology

Day Job: Software Engineer, Information Exploitation at IPL



  • “Machine Learning and the Starship: A Match Made in Heaven.” Presentation at 100 Year Starship Symposium (Orlando, FL), October 2011.
  • “Communications Between Worldships: Building the Diasporanet.” Presentation at British Interplanetary Society Worldship Conference (London), August 2011.

Gilland, Jim 

Jim Gilland

Board Member – Liaison, Ohio Aerospace Institute Educational Programs

Day Job: Aerospace Engineer (propulsion specialty), Ohio Aerospace Institute

Cleveland, OH, USA


  • “Recent advances in nuclear powered electric propulsion for space exploration.” Energy Conversion and Management Volume 49, Issue 3, March 2008, Pages 412–435.
  • “Mission Impacts of In situ Propellant Usage for Electric Propulsion Vehicles.” 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit; Tucson, AZ; USA; 10-13 July 2005. pp. 1-9. 2005.
  • “A Survey of Propulsion Options for Cargo and Piloted Missions to Mars.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Volume 1017, Astrodynamics, Space Missions, and Chaos pages 450–467, May 2004.
  • “Small Helicon Plasma Source Experiments.” 40th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (Fort Lauderdale, FL), 2004.
  • “Helicon Wave Physics Impacts on Electrodeless Thruster Design.” IEPC Paper, 2003.
  • “Multimegawatt electric propulsion system design considerations.” AIAA-90-2552,1990.

Gilster, Miles

Miles Gilster

Website Curator and Social Media Outreach

Day Job: Technical Writer and Software Developer

Other Activities: Musician, occasional actor

San Francisco, CA, USA


  • Updates and edits this website
  • Technical consultant for web design and implementation
  • Facilitates use of the Internet for outreach and fundraising
  • Maintains and moderates Tau Zero Foundation social media, including Twitter, Facebook group, Facebook page, and YouTube page

Gilster, Paul 

Paul Gilster

Board Member – Founding Journalist and Author of Centauri Dreams book and news forum

Day Job: Journalist, Author

Raleigh, NC, USA


  • “Galaxy Destinations”, Presented at Galaxy Forum, San Jose CA, July 2012.
  • “The Interstellar Vision: Principles and Practice”, Presented at 100 Year Starship Symposium, Orlando FL, 2011.
  • “Interstellar Flight: Building the Case for Incremental Progress”, Presented by Les Johnson at International Space Development Conference 2011 (Huntsville, AL).
  • “Recent History of Breakthrough Propulsion Studies.” Frontiers of Propulsion Science (AIAA, 2009).
  • “Interstellar Flight and the Public Imagination.” Presented at Sixth IAA Symposium on Realistic Near-Term Advanced Scientific Space Missions (Aosta, Italy), July 2009.
  • “Closing Remarks: A Charter for Interstellar Studies”, New Trends In Astrodynamics and Applications III. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 886, (2007), pp. 204-206.
  • “The Interstellar Conundrum: A Survey of Concepts and Proposed Solutions.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Volume 1065, New Trends in Astrodynamics and Applications pages 462–470, December 2005.
  • (2004). Centauri Dreams: Imagining and Planning Interstellar Exploration. New York: Copernicus Books.

Gould, Gordon

Marketing and Crowd Sourcing

Day Job: Marketing Adviser

Venice, CA, USA


Hagerty, John

Jack Hagerty

Design Engineer, Publisher (ARA Press), Author

Day Job: Author, Editor, and Publisher, ARA Press

Livermore, CA, USA


Hathaway, George


Day Job: Research Experimentalist, Hathaway Consulting Services

Toronto, CANADA


  • M. Ibison, G. Hathaway, “SETI by Entanglement” Journal of Cosmology vol 14, 2011
  • G. Hathaway, M. Ibison, “SETI by Telepathy” Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, Stockholm, May 2011 (U. of Arizona)
  • “Electromagnetic Radiation Experiments with Transmitting, Contra-Wound Toroidal Coils.” Physics Procedia Volume 20, 2011, Pages 93–102.
  • G. Hathaway, H. Reiss, “Experimental Considerations in Superconducting Gravity Experiments in Gravity-Superconductors Interaction: Theory and Experiments”, Bentham Science Publishers e-Book, ed. Modanese & Robertson, 2011
  • H. Reiss, G. Hathaway, “Minimum Experimental Standards in the Laboratory Search for Gravity Effects”, Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF-06), edited by M. S. El-Genk, American Institute of Physics, Melville, New York, 2006
  • “Force Beam and Gravity Modification Experiments: An Engineer’s Perspective”, Proceedings of the First Int’l Conference on High-Frequency Gravitational Waves, The Mitre Corp., McLean VA, May, 2003, paper # HFGW-03-121
  • “Gravity modification experiment using a rotating superconducting disk and radio frequency fields.” Physica C: Superconductivity Volume 385, Issue 4, 1 April 2003, Pages 488–500.
  • “A Brief Survey of Gravity Control Experiments in Pushing Gravity: New Perspectives on Le Sage’s Theory of Gravitation”, Ed. M. Edwards, Apeiron (Montreal) 2002
  • “Zero-Point Energy: A New Prime Mover? Engineering Requirements for Energy Production & Propulsion from Vacuum Fluctuations”, Proc. 26th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, vol. 4, Boston, 1991
  • “From Anti-Gravity to Zero-Point Energy: A Technical Review of Advanced Propulsion Concepts.” IEPC 1991-127. 

Howe, Steven D.

Nuclear Propulsion & Power Specialist

Day Job: Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR)

Idaho Falls, ID, USA


  • “Antimatter Driven Sail for Deep Space Missions,” Phase II Final Rept., NIAC online database,  2005.
  • “SAFE Testing of Nuclear Rockets Economically,” Proceedings of the Space Technology and Applications Forum (STAIF), 2003.
  • “Antimatter Driven Sail for Deep Space Missions,” Phase I Final Rept., NIAC online database, 2002.
  • “High Energy Density Propulsion—Reducing the Risk to Humans in Planetary Exploration,” Space Policy, Dec. 2001.
  • “SAFE Testing of Nuclear Rockets,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2001.
  • “Enabling Exploration of Deep Space: High Density Storage of Antimatter.” NIAC Phase I Final Report Grant #07600-002, 1999.
  • “AIMStar: Antimatter Initiated Microfusion For Pre-cursor Interstellar Missions.” AIAA Paper 1999-2700, June 1999.
  • “Gateway to the Solar System: theGas Core Nuclear Rocket,” Aerospace America, Aug. 2000.
  • “Vortex Formation and Stability in a Scaled Gas-Core Nuclear Rocket Configuration,” Journal of Propulsion andPower, Vol. 14,No. 4, 1998, pp. 530–536.
  • “The Gas Core Nuclear Rocket Feasibility Project,” LosAlamos, Rept. AUR-97-3786,Albuquerque,NM, Sept. 1997.

Hujsak, Jonathan

Information Technology Support

Day Job: Computer Scientist, Advanced Decision Support Systems Architect at Neotopica

San Diego, CA, USA


Jackson, Al

Dr. Al Jackson

Human Spaceflight, Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Day Job: Permanent visiting scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston Texas and Consultant for the Engineering Division of the Johnson Space Center

Other Activities: Participant in Science fiction fandom since 1953

Houston, Texas, USA


Dr. Al Jackson graduated from high school at Texas Military Institute in San Antonio in 1959. He received Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Mathematics (1964) and Physics (1966) from the University of North Texas in Denton Texas. Dr. Jackson entered the US civil service in January 1966 as an engineer, first crew training on the Gemini Crew Trainer. He worked on a simulator for the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle and then became full-time Apollo crew trainer for the Abort Guidance System of the Lunar Module Simulator. In 1975, Jackson earned a Ph.D. in physics, specializing in ‘applied’ General Relativity. He returned to Johnson Space Center, working for MacDonnell Douglas and Computer Science Corporation on flight planning software for the Space Shuttle Orbiter. In 1988, he began working for Lockheed Corporation, spending five years on solar system dust dynamics and then five years on orbital debris. In 1998, he moved to Engineering Simulation and worked there for five years. Dr. Jackson has three publications on interstellar flight and numerous other space-related publications.

Jackson, Gerald P.

Gerald Jackson

Antimatter (anti-proton) Specialist

Day Job: Co-Founder and President, Hbar Technologies

Chicago, IL, USA


  • “Proposal 986: Medium-Energy Antiproton Physics at Fermilab.” (2010)
  • “New Concepts and Fermilab Facilities for Antimatter Research.” 2008 APS April Meeting and HEDP/HEDLA Meeting (2008).
  • “Antimatter Harvesting in Space.” Phase I study report for NIAC (2005).
  • “Antimatter Driven Sail for Deep Space Missions.” Presented at STAIF-2005.

Johnson, Les

Les Johnson

Space Sail Researcher and Educational Author

Day Job: NASA Marshal Space Flight Center, Aerospace Engineer

Beyond the day job: Author, www.lesjohnsonauthor.com

Huntsville, AL, USA


Kare, Jordin

System Level Assessments

Day Job: Senior Inventor and Program Manager, Intellectual Ventures

Bellevue, WA


  • “Modular Laser Launch Architecture: Analysis and Beam Module Design. Final Report.” Phase I study for NIAC. Kare Technical Consulting (2004).
  • “High-Acceleration Micro-Scale Laser Sails for Interstellar Propulsion.” Phase I study for NIAC. Kare Technical Consulting (2001).
  • “Laser-powered heat exchanger rocket for ground-to-orbit launch.” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 11, No. 3, p. 535-543 (1995).
  • “Development of Laser-Driven Heat Exchanger Rocket for Ground-to-Orbit Launch”, JTK, IAF 92-0614, presented at the World Space Congress, 1992. (Also UCRL-JC-111507, LLNL 1992).
  • “Laser-Powered Heat Exchanger Rocket for Ground-to-Orbit Launch”, JTK, UCRL-JC-110910 (LLNL 1992) (Submitted to Journal of Propulsion and Power) (1992).
  • “System Requirements for Low-Earth-Orbit Launch Using Laser Propulsion”, R. J. Lawrence, JTK, R. M. Zazworsky, and D. K. Monroe, Proceedings, 6th International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems, in press. (Also SAND 91-1687C, Sandia National Laboratory, 1991).
  • “Ground To Orbit Laser Propulsion Q Advanced Applications”, JTK, Vision-21: Space Travel for the Next Millenium, G. Landis, ed., NASA Conference Publication 10059 (NASA, 1991). (Also UCRL JC104215, LLNL, 1990).


( Noted for Bussard buzz bomb idea)

Klaes, Larry

Journalist, Social Media Outreach

Day Job: Writer

Cortland, NY, USA


  • President of the Boston Chapter of the National Space Society, circa 2000.
  • Editor of SETIQuest magazine, 1993 to 1996.

Landis, Geoff

Physics and Science Fiction

Day Job: Scientist, NASA Glenn Research Center, AND Science Fiction Author

Cleveland, OH, USA


  • “Martian Water: Are There Extant Halobacteria on Mars?” Astrobiology  Volume: 1 Issue 2, July 5, 2004.
  • Crossing Mars. Tor, 2000.
  • “Small Laser-propelled Interstellar Probe.” Paper IAA-95-IAA.4.1.102 Presented at the 46th International Astronautical Congress, Oslo, Norway (1995).
  • “Laser-powered Interstellar Probe.” Presented at the Conference on Practical Robotic Interstellar Flight, NY University, New York, NY Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 1994.
  • “Natural Wormholes as Gravitational Lenses,” 1994.
  • “Optics and Materials Considerations for a Laser-propelled Lightsail.” Presented as paper IAA-89-664 at the 40th International Astronautical Federation Congress, Málaga, Spain, Oct. 7-12, 1989. Revised December, 1989.
  • “The Fermi Paradox: An Approach Based on Percolation Theory.” Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, London, Volume 51, page 163-166 (1998).

LaPointe, Michael R.

Electromagnetic Propulsion Assessments

Day Job: Aerospace Engineer, NASA

Huntsville, AL, USA


  • “Overview of the NASA Advanced In-Space Propulsion Project.” JANNAF 8th Modeling and Simulation Subcommittee Meeting; JANNAF 6th Liquid Propulsion Subcommittee Meeting; JANNAF 5th Spacecraft Propulsion Subcommittee Meeting; 5-9 Dec. 2011.
  • “MW-Class Electric Propulsion System Designs for Mars Cargo Transport.” AIAA SPACE 2011 Conference and Exposition; 27-29 Sep. 2011.
  • “Propulsive Implications of Photon Momentum in Media.” In Frontiers of Propulsion Science (AIAA, 2009).
  • “NASA GRC High Power Electromagnetic Thruster Program.” AIP Conf. Proc. 699, pp. 388-398, Space Technology and Applications International Forum, 2004.
  • “Status of Pulsed Inductive Thruster Research.” STAIF (2002).
  • “Non-contact thrust stand calibration method for repetitively-pulsed electric thrusters.” STAIF (2002).

Lawrence, Tim


Day Job: Commandant and Vice Chancellor, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Dayton, OH, USA


Col Lawrence, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, graduated with a Bachelor of
Science from the US Air Force Academy in 1988, a Master of Science from MIT in
1991, and a PhD from the University of Surrey (UK) in 1998. His PhD research
led him to receive the Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal from the Institute of
Mechanical Engineering in 1999. That research, coupled with swimming the
English Channel, led him to be named one of the top ten outstanding young
people of the world in 2001 by the World Jaycees.

Col Lawrence has served at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s directorates
in Edwards AFB and London as an advanced space propulsion engineer and space
technology liaison officer. He authored a textbook on nuclear propulsion in
1995. At USAFA, he was Director of the Department of Astronautics Space
Systems Research Center where he worked on the design, assembly, and flight
programs of FalconSAT-2, FalconSAT-3, and FalconSAT-5 small satellites. Col
Lawrence spent 8 1/2 months in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was a mentor to
the Afghan Dean of the National Military Academy Afghanistan.




  • 1988 Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences, United States Air
    Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 1993 Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts
    Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • 1995 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 1998 Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical and Satellite Engineering,
    University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
  • 2003 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2003 Masters of Art degree in Military Operations and Scientific Art, Air
    Command and Staff College, Montgomery, AL


    • Institute of Mechanical Engineer’s Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal Winner (1999)
    • UK Government Graduate Research Fellowship (1995-1998)
    • Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, Department of Astronautics, USAFA (1994)
    • Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, Department of Astronautics, USAFA (1993)
    • Brookhaven National Laboratory Department of Energy Fellowship Winner (1991-1993)
    • Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, Phillips Laboratory, Edwards AFB, CA (1991)
    • Athlete of the Year, Phillips Laboratory, Edwards AFB, CA (1990)
    • First American to swim from Jersey (UK) to France, 19 miles, 2006, set new world record

Long, Kelvin

Kelvin Long

British Interplanetary Society, Institute for Interstellar Studies

Day Job: Physicist, Aerospace Engineer, Author, Managing Director Stellar Engines Ltd, Executive Director Institute for Interstellar Studies, Chief Editor Journal of the British Interplanetary Society.



  • “Deep Space Propulsion: A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight”, Springer (2012).
  • “Project Icarus: Nuclear Fusion Space Propulsion & The Icarus Leviathan Concept”, K.F.Long, A.Crowl, A.Tziolas, R.Freeland, Space Chronicles, 65,1, pp.43-48, (2012).
  • “The Enzmann Starship: History & Engineering Appraisal”, A.Crowl, K.F.Long, R.Obousy, JBIS, (June, 2012).
  • “Time for the Stars – The 100 Year Starship Symposium”, K.F.Long, Spaceflight Magazine, 54, 1, pp.20-21, (January 2012).
  • “Brave new Future Worlds – Futuristic Journeys to Distant Stars”, K.F.Long, P.Galea, A.Mann, Spaceflight Magazine, 53, 11, pp.428-432, (November 2011).
  • “Project Daedalus: Demonstrating the Engineering Feasibility of Interstellar Travel”, A British Interplanetary Society publication, Book, 2011, with Pat Galea.
  • “Interstellar Institute for Aerospace Research: A Concept Proposal”, K.F.Long, JBIS, 64, 5, pp.166-179, (May 2011).
  • “Project Icarus: The First Unmanned Interstellar Mission, Robotic Expansion & Technological Growth”, K.F.Long, JBIS, 64, 4, pp.107-115, April 2011.
  • “Starships of the Future – The Challenge of Interstellar Flight”, K.F.Long, R.K.Obousy, Spaceflight Magazine, 53, 4, pp.140-144, April 2011.
  • “Project Icarus: The Origins and Aims of the Study”, JBIS, 64, pp.88-91, March 2011.
  • “Project Icarus: Optimization of Nuclear Fusion Propulsion for Interstellar Missions”, K.F.Long, R.K.Obousy, A.Hein, Acta Astronautica, (2011).
  • “Project Icarus: Project Programme Document (PPD) Overview Project Plan Covering Period 2009-2014, Incorporating Major Task Plan for Phase III Concept Design Covering Period May 2010 – April 2011″, K.F.Long, R.K.Obousy, Internal Project Icarus Study Report, (May 2010).
  • Project Icarus: Son of Daedalus, Flying Closer to Another Star, Co-authors K. F. Long, R. K. Obousy, A. C. Tziolas, A. Mann, A. Presby, M. Fogg, JBIS, 62, pp.403-414, (November/December 2009).
  • “Fusion, Antimatter & The Space Drive: Charting A Path to the Stars”, K.F.Long, JBIS, 62, pp.89-98, (2009).
  • “Breaking the Interstellar Distance Barrier, Faster Than Light & Warp Drive, A Theoretical Proposal for Interstellar Travel”, K.F.Long, R.K.Obousy, Spaceflight Magazine, 50, 3, pp.144-149, (2008).
  • “The Status of the Warp Drive”, K.F.Long, JBIS, 61, pp.347-352, 2008.
  • “Black Holes, Worm Homes & The Development of a Dynamic Warp Drive Metric”, JBIS, 58, 5, pp.146-154, (2005).

Maccone, Claudio

Statistical Assessment of Interstellar Worlds and Civilizations, Focal Mission

Day Job: Technical Dir. of Scientific Space Exploration, International Academy of Astronautics.


  • Mathematical SETI: Statistics, Signal Processing, Space Missions, Springer Praxis, (2012).
  • “SETI among galaxies by virtue of black holes.” Acta Astronautica Volume 78, (September–October 2012), pp. 109–120.
  • “The Living Drake Equation Of The Tau Zero Foundation,” Acta Astronautica,  Volume 68, Issues 5-6, (2011) pp. 582-590.
  • “A Mathematical Model for Evolution and SETI.” Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres Volume 41, Number 6, (2011) pp. 609-619.
  • “A new belt beyond Kuiper’s: A belt of focal spheres between 550 and 17,000 AU for SETI and science.” Acta Astronautica Volume 69, Issues 11–12, (December 2011), pp. 939–948.
  • “Interstellar radio links enhanced by exploiting the Sun as a Gravitational Lens.” Acta Astronautica Volume 68, Issues 1–2, (January–February 2011), pp. 76–84.
  • “Focusing the Galactic Internet.” Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. The Frontiers Collection, 2011, Part 3, (2011), pp. 325-349.
  • “SETI and SEH (Statistical Equation for Habitables).” Acta Astronautica Volume 68, Issues 1–2, (January–February 2011), pp. 63–75.
  • Deep Space Flight and Communications, Praxis-Springer, (2009).
  • The Sun as a Gravitational Lens: Proposed Space Missions, IPI Press, USA, (1998).
  • Telecommunications, KLT and Relativity, IPI Press, USA, (1994).

Maclay, Jordan

Jordan Maclay

Quantum Vacuum Physics

Day Job: Scientist, Quantum Fields, LLC

Richland Center, WI, USA


  • “Gedanken experiments with Casimir forces, vacuum energy, and gravity.” Phys Rev A 82, 032106 (2010).
  • “Air Damping of Resonant AFM Micro-Cantilevers in the Presence of a Nearby Surface,” Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems, pp 83-89, Chicago, IL, October, 1995.
  • “Unusual Properties of Conductive Rectangular Cavities in the Zero Point Electromagnetic Field: Resolving Forward’s Casimir Energy Extraction Cycle Paradox,” Proceedings of STAIF-99 (Space Technology and Applications International Forum), CD-ROM, Albuquerque, NM, January, 1999.
  • “Metal Microbridges to Investigate Quantum Forces,” Proceedings of the Winter Annual Meeting of the ASME, 9 pages, Chicago, II November, 6-11, 1994.
  • “The Casimir Effect in a Model Microelectromechanical System,” Illinois Chapter of the AVS Annual Fall Meeting, Chicago, IL, September 1993.
  • “Measurement of Forces in Microcavities due to Quantum Fluctuations,” Prog. of 39th National Symposium of the American Vacuum Society, P. 323, Chicago, November 9-13, 1992.
  • “Vacuum stress between conducting plates: an image solution,” Physical Review, 184, pp1791-1800, (1969).

Marcy, Geoff

Discovers and studies exoplanets, and uses world’s best telescopes to search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Day Job: Professor of Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Berkeley, CA, USA


  • “The N2K Consortium. III. Short-Period Planets Orbiting HD 149143 and HD 109749″ Fischer, D. A.; Laughlin, G.; Marcy, G.W., Butler, R. P., Vogt, S. S., Johnson, J. A.; Henry, G. W., McCarthy, C., Ammons, M., Robinson, S., and 13 coauthors, 2006, ApJ, 637, 1094.
  • “A 7.5 Earth-mass Planet Orbiting the Nearby Star, GJ 876″ Rivera, Eugenio J.; Lissauer, Jack J.; Butler, R. Paul; Marcy, Geoffrey W.; Vogt, Steven S.; Fischer, Debra A.; Brown, Timothy M.; Laughlin, Gregory; Henry, Gregory W. 2005, ApJ, 634, 625
  • “Solar-like Oscillations in Alpha Centauri B” Kjeldsen, Hans; Bedding, Timothy R.; Butler, R. Paul; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jurgen; Kiss, Laszlo L.; McCarthy, Chris; Marcy, Geoffrey W.; Tinney, Christopher G.; Wright, Jason T., 2005, ApJ, 635, 1281.
  • 2005, “The N2K Consortium. II. A Transiting Hot Saturn Around HD 149026 With a Large Rocky Core”, Sato, B., {Fischer}, D.~A., {Henry}, G.~W., {Laughlin}, G., Ida, S., {Butler}, R.~P., {Marcy}, G.~W., {Vogt}, S.~S., , Bodenheimer, P., {Wright}, J.~T., {Johnson}, J.~A., \& others. 2005, ApJ, 633, 465
  • 2005, “System Parameters of the Transiting Extrasolar Planet HD 209458b” Wittenmyer, R.~A. and {Welsh}, W.~F. and {Orosz}, J.~A. and {Schultz}, A.~B. and {Kinzel}, W. and {Kochte}, M. and {Bruhweiler}, F. and {Bennum}, D. and {Henry}, G.~W. and {Marcy}, G.~W. and {Fischer}, D.~A. and {Butler}, R.~P. and {Vogt}, S.~S., ApJ, 632, 1157
  • 2005, “Five New Multi-Component Planetary Systems ”, Vogt, S.~S., {Butler}, R.~P., {Marcy}, G.~W., {Fischer}, D.~A., Henry,G., {Laughlin}, G., Wright,J. and Johnson,J., ApJ., 632, 638
  • 2005,”Measurement of Spin-Orbit Alignment in an Extrasolar Planetary System”, {Winn}, J.~N. and {Noyes}, R.~W. and {Holman}, M.~J. and {Charbonneau}, D. and {Ohta}, Y. and {Taruya}, A. and {Suto}, Y. and {Narita}, N. and {Turner}, E.~L. and {Johnson}, J.~A. and {Marcy}, G.~W. and {Butler}, R.~P. and {Vogt}, S.~S., ApJ, 631, 1215
  • 2005, “On the Eccentricity of HD 209458b” {Laughlin}, G. and {Marcy}, G.~W. and {Vogt}, S.~S. and {Fischer}, D.~A. and {Butler}, R.~P., ApJ Letters, 629, 121L
  • 2005 “The Planet-Metallicity Correlation”, {Fischer}, D.~A., \& {Valenti}, J. 2005, ApJ, 622, 1102
  • 2005, “A Comparison of Observationally Determined Radii with Theoretical Radius Predictions for Short-Period Transiting Extrasolar Planets”, {Laughlin}, G. and {Wolf}, A. and {Vanmunster}, T. and {Bodenheimer}, P. and {Fischer}, D. and {Marcy}, G. and {Butler}, P. and {Vogt}, S., ApJ Letters, 621, 1072
  • 2005, “Spectroscopic Properties of Cool Stars (SPOCS).I. 1040 F,G, and K Dwarfs from the Keck, Lick and AAT Planet Search Programs”, Valenti, J.~A., \& Fischer, D.~A.\ 2005, ApJ Suppl., 159, 141

Matloff, Gregory

Gregory Matloff

Space Sail Developments & Educational Publications on Probes

Day Job: Emeritus & Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics, New York City College of Technology, CUNY

New York, NY, USA


Meyer, William V.

Mathematical Data Analysis

Day Job: Scientist at Glenn Research Center

Cleveland, OH, USA


  • “Photon correlation and scattering: introduction to the feature issue.” Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 10, pp. 2149-2154 (2006)
  • “Surface response functions for a thin-film between fluids with infinite boundaries and for a fluid-fluid interface between finite boundaries.” Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 10, pp. 2174-2185 (2006).
  • “Surface Fluctuation Spectroscopy by Surface-Light-Scattering Spectroscopy.” Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 24, pp. 4092-4112 (2001).
  • “Quantitative Simulation of Errors in Correlation Analysis.” Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 24, pp. 4064-4078 (2001).

Millis, Marc G. 

Marc Millis

Board Member – Founder, Director, and Propulsion Physicist

 Day Job: Retired Propulsion Physicist, NASA Glenn Research Center.

Cleveland, OH, USA


  • “Managing for Revolutionary Gains – Going Beyond Traditional Innovation”, Global Perspective on Engineering Management (GPEM), 2 (1) Feb, (2013).
  • “Space Drive Physics: Introduction & Next Steps”, JBIS, 65, pp. 264-277, (2012).
  • “Cockpit Considerations For Inertial-Affect and FTL Propulsion”, JBIS, <in review>, submitted 2012.
  • Marc Millis and Alan Boyle on Virtually Speaking Science, web radio show, (2011).
  • “Spaceflight After AI and Transhumanism”, Video, TEDx Brussels, (2011).
  • “After Rockets?” Aviation Week & Space Technology, 173, #38, (Oct. 24/31, 2011), pp. 76-77.
  • “Predictions for Civilian Space Flight Based on Patterns from History”, JBIS, (2010).
  • “First Interstellar Missions, Considering Energy and Incessant Obsolescence”, JBIS, (2010).
  • “Who will save the world? – Building The First Starships & Saving Earth in the Process”, Video, TEDx Brussels, (2010).
  • “Star Trek’s Warp Drive: Are We There Yet?”, Video, (2009).
  • Frontiers of Propulsion Science, (ed., with Eric Davis), AIAA, (2009).
  • “Responding to Mechanical Antigravity.” NASA/TM—2006-214390/AIAA–2006–4913. December 2006.
  • “Assessing Potential Propulsion Breakthroughs.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
  • Volume 1065, New Trends in Astrodynamics and Applications pp. 441–461, December 2005.
  • “Prospects for breakthrough propulsion from physics.” In Evolvable Hardware, 2004. Proceedings. 2004 NASA/DoD Conference (2004).
  • “NASA Breakthrough propulsion Physics Program.” Volume 44, Issues 2–4, January–February 1999, Pages 175–182.
  • NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Workshop Proceedings. NASA no. 19990023204. United States E-11429 (1999).
  • “The Challenge To Create The Space Drive.” Journal of Propulsion and Power (AIAA), Vol. 13, No. 5, pp. 577-682, (Sept.-Oct. 1997).
  • “Experimental results of Hooper’s gravity-electromagnetic coupling concept.” Presented at the 31st Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, San Diego, CA, 10-12 Jul. 1995; sponsored by AIAA, ASME, SAE, and ASEE.
  • “Emerging Possibilities for Space Propulsion Breakthroughs.” Interstellar Propulsion Society Newsletter, Vol. I, No. 1, July 1, 1995.

Nagorney, Frank P. 

Frank Nagorney

Board Member – Founding Legal Counsel

Day Job: Attorney


Recent projects include licensing of domestic and foreign intellectual property rights, private venture capital financing for pharmaceutical and a medical device clients, purchase and sale of internet properties, restructuring of a financially troubled enterprise, institutional banking (including letter of credit supported revenue bond), factoring of accounts receivable for a manufacturing client, negotiating contract terms for an India manufacturing facility, HUD financing of an urban residential apartment project, advising executives of a public relations firm regarding compensation, personal stock options and non‐competition requirements in connection with a sale of the firm.


Noble, Robert J.

Auxiliary Propulsion Technology


  • “Radioisotope Electric Propulsion for Deep Space Sample Return.” SLAC-PUB-13663 (2009).
  • “Status of muon collider research and development and future plans.” Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 2, 081001 (1999).
  • “Beamstrahlung from colliding electron-positron beams with negligible disruption.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment Volume 256, Issue 3, 15 May 1987, Pages 427–433.
  • “Plasma-wave generation in the beat-wave accelerator.” Phys. Rev. A 32, 460–471 (1985).

Obousy, Richard

Icarus Interstellar


Dr. Richard K. Obousy (Ph.D Physics, Baylor University 2008) is President and Primary Propulsion Senior Scientist for Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit research foundation dedicated to researching technologies that will enable breakthroughs in interstellar travel. He is also Subject Editor and a Member of the Advisory Board for the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and a regular guest contributor for Discovery Space News. Dr. Obousy completed his Ph.D in theoretical physics in 2008, with a dissertation titled “Investigation into Compactified Dimensions: Casimir Energies and Phenomenological Aspects”, which was largely focused on understanding the nature of the vacuum of quantum field theory. Prior to studying for his Ph.D, Dr. Obousy worked for the UK Defense Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) as a radar physicist. He successfully organized an award-winning polarimetric radar experiment in Hawaii in 2001. He was recently a chapter contributor for the book “Going Interstellar”, edited by Jack McDevitt and Les Johnson, Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.


  • “Warp Drive: A New Approach.” To be published in JBIS.
  • “Vacuum to Antimatter-Rocket Interstellar Explorer System (VARIES): A Proposed Program for an Interstellar Rendezvous and Return Architecture”, JBIS, Vol. 64 (2011).
  • Project Icarus: Progress Report on Technical Developments and Design Considerations.” JBIS Vol. 64 No.11/12 pp. 358-371 (2011).
  • “Casimir Energy, Extra Dimensions and Exotic Propulsion. JBIS, Vol. 64, No. 6/7 , (March 2011), pp. 214-223.
  • “Casimir energy and brane stability.” Journal of Geometry and Physics Volume 61, Issue 3, (March 2011), pp. 577–588.
  • “Project Icarus: Son of Daedalus, Flying Closer to Another Star. JBIS, Vol. 62, No.11/12, (2009), pp. 403-416.
  • “A Non-Standard String Embedding of E8.” Mod.Phys.Lett.A24:1577-1582, (2009).
  • “Radius Destabilization in Five Dimensional Orbifolds Due to an Enhanced Casimir Effect.” Mod.Phys.Lett.A24:1495-1506, (2009).
  • “Warp Drive: A New Approach.” JBIS, Vol. 61, (2008) p. 149.
  • “Putting the Warp into Warp Drive.” Spaceflight, Vol. 50, No. 4, (April 2008).

Okuda, Michael

Graphic Design

Day Job: Retired Designer, Star Trek, Okuda Enterprises, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Pacher, Tibor

Liaison – Faces from Earth


  • (2012) Leading the Hungarian Team Puli Space in the Google Lunar X PRIZE, which is just finishing its prototype Moon rover
  • Creator of MiniSpaceWorld, which is now on display in the recently opened new Science Center FUTURA in Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary
  • Founder, Peregrinus Interstellar
  • Founder, Faces from Earth
  • Founder, Team Puli Space

Romanofsky, Bob

Advanced Instrumentation

Day Job: NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland OH, USA


  • “Implementing a Piezoelectric Transformer for a Ferroelectric Phase Shifter Circuit”, Integrated Ferroelectrics: An International Journal Volume 134, Issue 1 (pp. 102-110), 2012.
  • “1/f Noise in Thin Ferroelectric Films and Implications for Loss Mechanisms Based on the Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem”, R. Romanofsky, ISIF, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 13-16, 2010.
  • “BaxSr1-xTiO3 Thin Film Ferroelectric-Coupled Microstripline Phase Shifters with Reduced Device Hysteresis”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society Volume 91, Issue 6 (pp. 1864-1868), 2008.
  • “Array Phase Shifters: Theory and Technology”, R. Romanofsky, Ch 21 in Antenna Engineering Handbook, J. Volakis, Ed., McGraw-Hill, 2007.
  • “Advances in Scanning Reflectarray Antennas Based on Thin Ferroelectric Film Phase Shifters”, R. Romanofsky, Proc. IEEE, Special Issue on Technical Advances in Deep Space Communications and Tracking, Vol. 95, No. 10 (pp. 1968-1975), Oct. 2007.
  • “High-Temperature Superconductor/Semiconductor Hybrid Microwave Devices and Circuits”, Ch. 7 in Low Temperature Electronics, E. Gutierrez, M. Deen, and C. Claeys, Eds. Academic Press, 2001.


Additional Information:


  • Adjunct Professor, Cleveland State University (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering), 2000 – Present.
  • National Security Space Office, Acting Chief of Advanced Concepts, 2010-2011.

Spadoni, Aldo

Aerospace Graphic Illustrator

Day Job: Northrop Grumman, Engineering Visualization Project Manager

Los Angeles, CA, USA


  • Owner and President of Aerospace Imagineering, a consulting company
    specializing in advanced technology conceptual design, development, and
  • Graphics have appeared in numerous magazines and television documentaries, as well as images for science fiction authors Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  • Served as  technical consultant on the movies APOLLO 13, SUPERNOVA, TITANIC, STEALTH, IRON MAN 1 & 2, and others
  • Helped Northrop Grumman build full-scale mock up of German WWII, Horten Ho 229, which resulted in the 2009 National Geographic Channel production “Hitler’s Stealth Fighter”

Szames, Alexandre 

Board Member – Founding Graphic Designer & Historian

Day Job: Graphic Artist & Designer



  • Owner of Anti+Gravité, a graphic design company based in Paris “associated with the world of luxury, arts and crafts, fashion, the museum, with origins in the aerospace sector.
  • Artwork for Long, Deep Space Propulsion (Springer, 2012).
  • Project Icarus official logo.
  • Tau Zero official logo, along with many of the images for Tau Zero

Tziolas, Andreas

Icarus Interstellar

Day Job: Vice President at Icarus Interstellar, and Chief Scientist at Variance Dynamical

Anchorage, AK, USA


  • (2012) “Starfight Academy: An Education in Interstellar Engineering”, JBIS, Submitted October 2011, Accepted July 2012.
  • (2011) “Project Icarus: Progress Report on Technical Developments and Design Considerations,” JBIS Vol. 64, pp. 1-14.
  • (2010) “Project Icarus: Stakeholder Analysis and Prediction of Technological Maturity of Key Technologies for the Development of the Icarus Interstellar Probe”, Proc. IAC61, (2010), IAC-10-D4.2.5
  • (2010) “Project Icarus: Architecture Development for Atmospheric Helium 3 Mining of the Outer Solar System Gas Planets for Space Exploration and Power Generation”, Proc. IAC61, (2010), IAC-10-D4.2.6
  • (2010) “Spacetime Singularities in String and its Low Dimensional Effective Theory,” Int.J.Mod.Phys.A26:273-300.
  • (2009) “Colliding branes and formation of spacetime singularities in string theory,” Journal of High Energy Physics Vol. 2009, Issue 04.
  • (2009) “Colliding branes and formation of spacetime singularities in superstring theory,” dissertation, Baylor University.
  • (2008) “Colliding branes and formation of spacetime singularities.” Physics Letters B Volume 661, Issue 1, 13, pp. 5–10.

Vertonghen, Chris

Website technical support


Zampino, Ed

Ex Practitioner – Mathematics of General Relativity

Day Job: Reliability Specialist, NASA Glenn Research Center

Cleveland, OH, USA


  • “Lorentz Transformations Expressed in Complex and Split-Complex Form”, JBIS, Vol. 63. #8, (2010), pp. 282-288.
  • “Warp-Drive Metrics and the Yilmaz Theory,” JBIS, Vol. 59, (2006), pp. 226-229.
  • “The potential application of risk assessment to the Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project,” in Reliability and Maintainability Symposium 2003, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland OH, (2003).