Technical Advisory Board

James Cantrell

Jim is the founder of several entrepreneurial start-ups, including Vector Space, StratSpace and Vintage Exotics Competition Engineering, was on the founding team of Moon Express the first private company to land on the lunar surface, and was on the founding team of SpaceX who has revolutionized the international launch industry. StratSpace plays pivotal technical and financing roles in the aerospace industry’s most innovative companies including Skybox Imaging, PlanetLabs and RocketLab and on ground breaking spacecraft missions including the Pluto New Frontiers mission, Osiris-Rex which will bring home samples of an asteroid and Lightsail, a privately funded solar sail mission.  Jim also served as CEO of IDair, a biometrics software company performing a corporate turnaround.

Jim serves on several local and national corporate boards for aerospace, energy companies, launch vehicle providers and the SCCA.  He also holds a position on the Planetary Society board of advisors, ATLAS Space Board of Advisors, Morf3D Board of Advisors, York Space Systems Board of Advisors and has served on 35 major government source selection boards.  Jim speaks four languages and spent several years each working in France for the French Space Agency and in Russia on joint US/Russian defense programs. Jim regularly serves on source selection panels for NASA reviewing proposals for deep space and space science missions.

Jim has held positions with NASA, the French Space Agency CNES, CEO of StratSpace, CTO at Moon Express, President of United Start Launch, President of Vintage Exotics and CEO of IDair.  As CEO of StratSpace, Jim was key in winning more than 20 billion dollars in defense contracts for its clients, played key roles in raising 120 million dollars in equity financing for Skybox Imaging, worked to raise 1.2 billion dollars for Iridium Next and helped raise several hundred million dollars of private equity investments for numerous start-ups.  Jim is often quoted in the trade press as an expert on the commercial space market, aerospace market conditions, new business competitions and industrial base matters.

Mr. Cantrell is also the author of twelve scientific, research and popular articles dealing with space related and business topics.  Mr. Cantrell is a native of Southern California.  He was educated at Utah State University where he earned a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He currently resides in Tucson Arizona and lives to drive his CanAm and GT1 race cars in fender to fender track competitions.

Daniel Ceperley

Dan cofounded LeoLabs to accelerate the new commercial economy in LEO, protect satellite assets, and preserve the space environment.  LeoLabs is the first commercial data source for tracking satellites and mapping LEO.  

Prior to cofounding LeoLabs, Dan was a Program Director at SRI International where he supervised the Allen Telescope Array and developed advanced radar imaging technologies.  As part of his graduate program Dan worked with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph mission.  Dan holds a Ph. D. from U. C. Berkeley in electrical engineering.  

Jason Dunn

Jason co-founded Made In Space in 2010 as a result of analyzing the best possible approaches to enabling a fully sustainable form of space colonization. With a core focus on space manufacturing, the company has since built, flown, and operated the first and second 3D printers in space. Installed on the International Space Station (ISS), the first Made In Space Zero-Gravity 3D printer began space manufacturing in November 2014. Today, Made In Space operates the second-generation 3D printer on the ISS, called the Additive Manufacturing Facility, enabling groups across the planet to have hardware manufactured in space. Additionally, Made In Space is working with NASA in the development of the Archinaut program to enable in-space robotic manufacturing and assembly of large space structures. Jason serves as the Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the development of Made In Space’s technology roadmap. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that the technical path of engineering projects align with the company’s vision. Jason holds a B.S. and M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Central Florida, has studied at the Singularity University Graduate Summer Program, and is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of space exploration, advanced manufacturing, and the theory of disruption. He serves on the University of Central Florida College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean’s Advisory Board, the Advisory Council to the Waypaver Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for the Future Space Leaders Foundation. In 2014, Jason was recognized by Forbes on the prestigious 30 under 30 list.

Lars Dyrurd

Lars is Founding President and CEO of OmniEarth, which was acquired by Eagleview, where he is now SVP for Machine Learning. Lars has a history of building diverse teams and delivering complex projects and is a public champion for the benefits of smallsats, hosted payloads and repurposing commercial/consumer technologies in aerospace. Lars has led several space-related missions and projects from design to in-orbit, as head of the Earth and Space Science Group at Draper Laboratory and previously as a senior scientist and Section Head at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in the areas of space physics, GPS tomography, Novel Earth observation missions and mobile applications. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oslo and received his Ph.D. from Boston University in super computing space physics.  He is currently focused on utilization of machine learning and artificial intelligence for interpreting aerial, drone and satellite data sets for enterprise, government and consumer applications.

Alan Stern

Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. He leads NASA’s New Horizons mission that successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt—the farthest worlds ever explored by and space mission.

In both 2007 and 2016, he was named to the Time 100. In 2007 he was appointed NASA’s chief of all science missions. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Vice President and Special Assistant to the President at the Southwest Research Institute. Additionally, from 2008-2012 he served on the board of directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and as the Chief Scientist and Mission Architect for Moon Express from 2010-2013. From 2011- 2013 he served as the Director of the Florida Space Institute. Dr. Stern currently serves as the chief scientist of both World View, a near-space ballooning company, and of the Florida Space Institute. In 2016 he was elected to be the board chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Stern served as NASA’s chief of all space and Earth science programs, directing a $4.4B organization with 93 separate flight missions and a program of over 3,000 research grants. During his NASA tenure, a record 10 major new flight projects were started and deep reforms of NASA’s scientific research and the education and public outreach programs were put in place. His tenure was notable for an emphasis on cost control in NASA flight missions that resulted in a 63% decrease in cost overruns.

Since 2008 Dr. Stern has had his own aerospace consulting practice. His current and former consulting clients include Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Naveen Jain’s Moon Express Google Lunar X-Prize team, Ball Aerospace, Paragon Space Development Corporation, the NASTAR Center, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Stern is also the CEO of two small corporations—Uwingu and The Golden Spike Company—and serves on the board of directors of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Dr. Stern is the Principal Investigator (PI) of NASA’s $723M New Horizon’s mission to reconnoiter Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. New Horizons launched in 2006 and explored Pluto and its system of moons in July 2015. Dr. Stern is also the PI of two instruments aboard New Horizons, the Alice UV spectrometer and the Ralph Visible Imager/IR Spectrometer.

His career has taken him to numerous astronomical observatories, to the South Pole, and to the upper atmosphere aboard various high performance NASA aircraft including F/A-18 Hornets, F-104 Starfighters, KC-135 Zero-G, and WB-57 Canberras. He has been involved as a researcher in 24 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including 9 for which he was the mission principle investigator; and he has led the development of 8 scientific instruments for NASA space missions. In 1995, he was selected as a Space Shuttle mission specialist finalist, and in 1996 he was a candidate Space Shuttle Payload specialist. In 2010, he became a suborbital payload specialist trainee, and is expected to fly several suborbital space missions aboard Virgin Galactic vehicles in 2019-2020.

Before receiving his doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1989, Dr. Stern completed twin masters degrees in aerospace engineering and atmospheric sciences (1980 and 1981), and then spent six years as an aerospace systems engineer, concentrating on spacecraft and payload systems at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Martin Marietta Aerospace, and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado. His two undergraduate degrees are in physics and astronomy from the University of Texas (1978 and 1980).

Dr. Stern has published over 230 technical papers and 40 popular articles. He has given over 300 technical talks and over 150 popular lectures and speeches about astronomy and the space program. He has written two books, The U.S. Space Program After Challenger (Franklin- Watts, 1987), and Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged Edge of the Solar System (Wiley 1997, 2005). Additionally, he has served as editor on three technical volumes, and three collections of scientific popularizations: Our Worlds (Cambridge, 1998), Our Universe (Cambridge, 2000), and Worlds Beyond (Cambridge, 2003).

Dr. Stern has over 25 years of experience in space instrument development, with a strong concentration in ultraviolet technologies. He has been a Principal Investigator in NASA’s UV sounding rocket program, and was the project scientist on a Shuttle-deployable SPARTAN astronomical satellite. He was the PI of the advanced, miniaturized HIPPS Pluto breadboard camera/IR spectrometer/UV spectrometer payload. Dr. Stern is also the PI of the Alice UV Spectrometer for the ESA/NASA Rosetta comet orbiter, launched in 2004, and served as the PI of the LAMP instrument on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, which launched in 2009. He has served as a Co-Investigator on numerous NASA and ESA planet missions.

Dr. Stern’s academic research has focused on studies of our solar system’s Kuiper Belt and Oort cloud, comets, the satellites of the outer planets, the Pluto system, and the search for evidence of solar systems around other stars. He has also worked on spacecraft rendezvous theory, terrestrial polar mesospheric clouds, galactic astrophysics, and studies of tenuous satellite atmospheres, including the atmosphere of the moon.

Dr. Stern is a fellow of the AAAS, the Royal Astronomical Society, and is a member of the AIAA, AAS, IAF, and the AGU; he was elected incoming chair of the Division of Planetary Sciences in 2006. He has been awarded the Von Braun Aerospace Achievement Award of the National Space Society, the 2007 University of Colorado George Norlin Distinguished Alumnus Award, the 2009 St. Mark’s Preparatory School Distinguished Alumnus Award, Smithsonian Magazine’s 2015 American Ingenuity Award, the 2016 Sagan Memorial Award of the American Astronautical Society, and the 2016 NASA distinguished public service medal, its highest civilian award.

Dr. Stern’s personal interests include running, hiking, camping, and writing. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings. He and his wife Carole have two daughters and a son; they make their home near Boulder, Colorado.

Max Vozoff

Max Vozoff received his Bachelors Degree with Honors in Electrical & Communications Engineering in 1993 from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia, and a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics) from the University of Southern California in 2002.

After 8 years designing commercial communications hardware, Mr. Vozoff moved to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, where he spent 6 years contributing to missions including GRACE, Jason, COSMIC, ST3/Starlight, ST5, OSTM, UAVSAR and other technology development programs and advanced concept studies. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Vozoff worked for SpaceX, serving as Senior Mission Manager, Program Manager for the Dragon spacecraft development, and Director of Civil Business Development. Other responsibilities included advanced concept development for heavy lift launch vehicles, reusable boosters and landers.

In 2010, Mr. Vozoff co-founded mv2space, LLC with his business partner Dr. Marco Villa. mv2space has supported numerous clients, providing consulting services in Business Development, strategy and implementation, customer and investor outreach and connections, sales and marketing, proposal creation, program formulation and management, and technical review. Clients include both start-ups and established companies, in government and commercial space domains, as well as energy, automotive and digital media sectors.

From early 2015 through 2017, Max was Vice President of Civil & Commercial Space for Vulcan Aerospace and Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, Paul Allen’s aerospace venture.

Mr. Vozoff has frequently spoken at space industry conferences and workshops on topics including the commercial space, the evolving market landscape, public-private partnerships, launch vehicles and spacecraft, cargo and crew systems and other spacecraft technologies, and has authored multiple articles offering business and technical analysis and editorial content for investment firms.