Dr. Daniel T. Britt
Dr. Christopher B. Dreyer received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado. He is a mechanical engineer by training and has extensive experience with experimental methods in the thermal sciences, including combustion processes and optical/laser spectroscopy methods. His interests in space exploration led to instrument development projects using new laser spectroscopy
techniques for space exploration and in situ resource utilization. His focus is on in situ space exploration
systems, including optical spectroscopy instruments, regolith physical properties instruments, in situ
resource utilization, and processing systems.
Dr. Daniel T. Britt received his PhD in Geologic Science from Brown University and is currently a Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science at the University of Central Florida specializing in the surface processes and physical properties of atmosphereless bodies. Space flight hardware work includes development of radiometric calibration targets for Mars Pathfinder, Mars Polar Lander, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Phoenix, and Mars Science Laboratory. Co-Investigator on the Mars Pathfinder, Deep Space 1, New Horizons, and Lucy missions. His research includes diverse topics such as the surface morphology of comets, the density and porosity of small bodies, and the mineralogy of asteroids and Mars. On Mars Pathfinder he was Deputy Imaging Team Leader and served as the Project Manager for the development of the imaging experiment, the Imager for Mars Pathfinder.
Board of Advisors
Dr. Robert Jedicke
Mr. James R. French has spent his lengthy professional career in the Aerospace Industry since it’s early days
in the late 1950’s. He is co-author with Michael Griffiin of “Space Vehicle Design”, one of the seminal works in
the field. Mr. French has been a successful consultant for the last 28 years. His clients have included JPL,
USAF, NASA, The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) and numerous others. Tasks have involved
mission design; design and development of a number of spacecraft and rocket systems, a large number of review teams, etc. A highlight of his consulting to SDIO was to be the government’s Chief Engineer on the innovative and highly successful DCPX reusable rocket program. Mr. French continues as a consultant to the present day primarily consulting to Blue Origin LLC, a company with which he has been involved since its founding.
James R. French
Dr. Christopher B. Dreyer
Dr. Robert Jedicke received his PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Toronto, Canada.
He held post-doctoral positions at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, and at the
University of Arizona’s Lunar & Planetary Laboratory where he worked on the Spacewatch near-Earth asteroid survey. He spent more than five years at WYKO and Veeco Corporation in Tucson, Arizona, developing image analysis software for interferometers before accepting a faculty position at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy. He was the development manager of their Moving Object Processing System for the Pan-STARRS telescope on Maui that is now the world’s leading discovery system for asteroids and comets. His current research interests with TransAstra involve studies related to in-situ resource utilization
of asteroids to provide water as propellant for spacecraft missions.