A lifelong space enthusiast, Michael Joyce founded Next Giant Leap in November 2007. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1984 with a degree in mathematics, Michael joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a pilot flying the B-52G, the B-1B Lancer and instructing in the supersonic T-38 Talon. After leaving the Air Force in 1996, Michael explored interests in computer software development, implementing mathematical solutions for private financial institutions as a senior software engineer. In 2004 he founded B9Creations, a successful specialty manufacturing company.
Jeffrey Alan Hoffman, Ph.D. (born November 2, 1944) is an American former NASA astronaut and currently a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT.
Hoffman made five flights as a space shuttle astronaut, including the first mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993, when the orbiting telescope's flawed optical system was corrected. Trained as an astrophysicist, he also flew on 1990 Spacelab shuttle mission that featured the ASTRO-1 ultraviolet astronomical observatory in the shuttle's payload bay. Over the course of his five missions he logged more than 1,211 hours and 21.5 million miles in space.
Todd J. Mosher is currently the Program Manager for the Dream Chaser, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)'s commercial crew vehicle which recently won an award in the NASA Commercial Crew Development program. Before that he was the Director of Spacecraft Business Development at SNC where he helped win the Orbcomm Second Generation program with a satellite order to build 18 satellites with an option for 30 more. He also was the Proposal Manager and Program Manager for the Operationally Responsive Space Multi-Mission Space Vehicle. He has been with SNC since October 2006. Before working at Sierra Nevada Space Systems he worked at Lockheed Martin on NASA’s plans to return to the Moon, served as an assistant professor at Utah State University in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, worked at the Aerospace Corporation where he also taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and also worked for General Dynamics. Dr. Mosher has a Ph.D. and M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, a M.S. in systems engineering from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and a B.S. in aerospace engineering from San Diego State University. He has authored 50 professional publications (journal and conference papers). Dr. Mosher has taught students from around the world and advised several winning student competition teams. As an Associate Fellow he has held many leadership positions in the AIAA. He was a finalist in the 2009 NASA astronaut selection.
Séamus Tuohy is currently Director of Space Systems for The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory responsible for the capture and management of all of Draper's space programs. The mission of Draper Space Systems is to design, prototype, and build advanced flight systems for enduring space missions of national prestige/security that require high levels of performance and safety and to transition that technology to operational DoD space and NASA systems. Current major efforts include Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Orion, decision support systems for Earth observation, and developing an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology testbed. Dr. Tuohy has been working various aspects of space technology and space programs since 1996 and has held several key positions at Draper with progressive technical, business development, and management experience. A recognized expert on rendezvous and proximity operations, he has had a key role for all of Draper’s recent rendezvous programs. Dr. Tuohy holds a Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Engineering Management from the Gordon Institute at Tufts University. He has been awarded research grants from NASA, USAF, AFRL, NUWC, ONR, and DARPA. He was a post-doctoral fellow at MIT and lectured graduated level courses in computational geometry. He has over 30 technical journal and refereed conference papers and invited lectures. He has been a reviewer for technical journals and conferences and has chaired several sessions and panels.
Chris Pavlovski is one of the founders of Jokeroo and is currently the acting Chief Executive Officer of JMG.
Chris has over 10 years of online advertising & marketing experience. At JMG Chris has worked with companies including but not limited to Warner Bros, Universal, Paramount, Virgin Mobile, Lionsgate, Coors, and Red Bull. During his tenure at JMG, Chris has been responsible for generating annual sales in the millions. Prior to JMG, Chris worked for Microsoft Corporation, a world leader in computer software development. His studies included Economics and Computer Science at University of Toronto.
Chris was also selected as a finalist for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the under 30 category.
Dr. de Luis joined Aurora in 2007 and is presently Aurora’s Chief Scientist. Dr. de Luis earned his BS in 1983,his MS in 1985, and his PhD in 1989 in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. His professional interests are in the fields of spaceflight research and operations, engineering design and analysis, and technology management. Dr. de Luis joined Payload Systems Inc. in 1989 as a staff scientist, and later held the position of Chief Scientist and CEO of the company. PSI was acquired by Aurora in 2007. He also served as a payload representative at Mission Control during mission operations. He has published papers on such diverse topics as piezoelectric actuators and intelligent structures, structural control, design and development of spaceflight systems. Dr. de Luis is a recipient of the MIT James Means Memorial Prize for excellence in space systems engineering; a NASA Commendation for Technology Excellence, a NASA Group Achievement Award, and a NASA Manned Flight Awareness Award. He was three times a finalist in the NASA Astronaut Selection Program. He holds a US patent for electrically insulated embedded piezoelectrics in composite structures.
The Space Systems business area of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) was established in 2009 with the combination of SNC subsidiary, MicroSat Systems, SpaceDev, which was acquired by SNC in late 2008, and Starsys which was acquired by SpaceDev in 2006. MicroSat Systems, SpaceDev, and Starsys have a combined twenty year history in space, providing hardware for over 300 Earth orbiting and interplanetary missions. SNC Space Systems designs and manufactures satellites, spacecraft subsystems and components, and rocket propulsion systems for defense, civil government, corporate and international customers.
We also provide customers with innovative, responsive, and cost effective design options for power systems, avionics, lightweight structures, and human spacecraft systems. SNC Space Systems products have made space exploration a success. Our spacecraft components have been on multiple interplanetary missions including the actuators and motors that power the Mars Rovers, and our hybrid rocket technologies powered the first commercial spaceplane to sub-orbital space. We are changing how we use space by building innovative, lower cost satellites like TacSat 2 and Trailblazer, the first Operationally Responsive Space satellite, and by creating advanced miniaturized avionics, thin-film solar arrays, and lightweight composite structures for spacecraft of the future.
Founded in 1995, the Space Systems Laboratory engages in cutting edge research projects with the goal of directly contributing to the present and future exploration and development of space. Specific missions include developing the technology and systems analysis associated with small spacecraft, precision optical systems, and International Space Station technology research and development. The laboratory encompasses expertise in structural dynamics, control, thermal, space power, propulsion, MEMS, software development and systems.
A major activity in this laboratory is the development of small spacecraft thruster systems as well as looking at issues associated with the distribution of function among satellites. In addition, technology is being developed for spaceflight validation in support of a new class of space-based telescopes that exploit the physics of interferometry to achieve dramatic breakthroughs in angular resolution. The objective of the Laboratory is to explore innovative concepts for the integration of future space systems and to train a generation of researchers and engineers conversant in this field.
Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Draper Laboratory is a research and development laboratory, employing more than 750 engineers, scientists, and technicians on a broad array of programs for government and commercial sponsors among its 1,025 employees.
The Laboratory’s unparalleled expertise in the areas of guidance, navigation, and control systems remains its greatest resource. Draper is among the leaders in fault-tolerant computing, reliable software development, modeling and simulation, and MEMS technology. It applies its expertise to a broad range of domains, including autonomous air, land, sea, and space systems; information integration; distributed sensors and networks; precision-guided munitions; air traffic flow management; military logistics; and biomedical engineering and chemical/biological defense. To this end, Draper has nurtured a highly skilled and motivated work force supported by a network of exceptional design, fabrication, and test facilities. This combination of highly trained technical talent and state-of-the-art facilities enables the Laboratory not only to deliver the design and development of first-of-a-kind systems incorporating innovative technology, but also to offer high-value-added engineering services to a broad range of government and commercial sponsors. These efforts are enhanced by our robust Independent Research and Development (IR&D) program through which we invest more than $20 million each year, supporting both internal efforts and collaborative projects with the country’s leading universities. IR&D enables us to work on projects focused on technologies that we anticipate will meet future near-term and long-term requirements, while allowing us to continuously refresh our core competencies.
Aurora designs and builds robotic aircraft and other advanced aerospace vehicles for scientific and military applications. Aurora is headquartered in Manassas, VA and operates production plants in Bridgeport, WV and Columbus, MS and a Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA.
Chris Pavlovski is one of the founders of Jokeroo and is currently the acting Chief Executive Officer of JMG. Chris has over 10 years of online advertising & marketing experience. At JMG Chris has worked with companies including but not limited to Warner Bros, Universal, Paramount, Virgin Mobile, Lionsgate, Coors, and Red Bull. During his tenure at JMG, Chris has been responsible for generating annual sales in the millions. Prior to JMG, Chris worked for Microsoft Corporation, a world leader in computer software development. His studies included Economics and Computer Science at University of Toronto.
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