WILLIAM KITCHEN

INVENTOR, INVESTOR, ENTREPRENEUR

A graduate of the USAF School of Electronics and Temple College, William Kitchen owned and operated a broadcast engineering company with seven radio stations. Shortly after, he acquired Television Technology Corporation and developed both the world’s first high power, solid-state FM transmitters, and high-efficiency UHF Television Transmitters. William Kitchen has invented, and patented many successful amusement attractions including:

1. Skycoaster – Now featured in 100 plus theme parks worldwide. 2. iFly– The premiere indoor skydiving wind tunnel known worldwide.

3. Unicoaster – interactive roller coaster featured in many locations.

4. Polercoaster- a massive, vertical rollercoaster. 

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Residing in Orlando, Florida, he is a master skydiver, an airline transport pilot, Air Force Veteran, and a lifetime member of the S.E.T.I. League.

PROFESSOR H. PAUL SHUCH

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SETI LEAGUE

Prof. H. Paul Shuch has served as executive director of the nonprofit SETI League since he helped found it in 1994. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics,  and has long served in a leadership capacity on its SETI Committee.  A retired academic, Paul is widely published in the scientific literature and the popular press. An aerospace engineer with a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, he distinguished himself four decades ago as the developer of the world's first commercial home satellite TV receiver.

DR. DANIEL BATCHELDOR

AUTHOR, SCIENTIST, SPACE ADVOCATE

Daniel Batcheldor holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. where he studies a wide range of astrophysical objects including black holes at the centers of galaxies, planets around other stars, and Mars. A science fiction enthusiast, and author of the book Astronomy Saves the World that advocates for the teaching of astronomy as part of the core high-school curricula, Batcheldor has led several research projects that have used the Hubble Space Telescope. He is also the lead scientist for an imaging technology demonstration payload that was deployed on the International Space Station. 

JOHN SPENCER

SPACE ARCHITECT, SPACE TOURISM ADVOCATE

John Spencer is a renowned outer space architect who has done pioneering design work for NASA as well as private space enterprise and space tourism projects. He is the founder and president of the Space Tourism Society (STS) and is the author of the first book published in the U.S. on Space Tourism, Space Tourism - Do You Want To Go? John Spencer is the senior space science advisor and futurist for the Science and Entertainment Exchange, which is part of the National Academy of Science. Exchange advisors assist producers, directors and writers to improve the quality and accuracy of science in movies, TV shows and computer games.

NOVA SPIVAK

ARCH MISSION FOUNDATION

Nova is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Arch Mission Foundation, which is building a solar-system scale archive of all human knowledge, that will last up to 14 billion years.  Nova Spivack is Founder & CEO of Magical, a science and technology venture studio based in Los Angeles.  In his 25 year career in technology, he has helped to build dozens of ventures, and authored nearly 100 patents, collectively generating billions of dollars in market value, including multiple IPOs, and acquisitions by Apple, Facebook, Samsung, Disney, and others. Nova is ranked among the Top 20 Futurists worldwide and as a Top LA Power Player in Technology. Nova earned an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, from Oberlin College. He received a graduate-level professional degree in Space Life Sciences from The International Space University in 1992. Nova is the eldest grandson of the management guru, Peter Drucker. 

DR. ARMIN T. ELLIS

FOUNDER OF EXPLORATION INSTITUTE

Accomplished scientist, engineer, and explorer, Dr. Armin Ellis spearheaded and architected missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for eight years ranging from Mars missions to those bound for the International Space Station. Parlaying all of his vast and innovative experiences, wisdom, and passion, Dr. Ellis has created Exploration Institute, featuring his i2i Method™, a proven methodology to turn challenges and aspirations into actionable and tangible plans. The results of this methodology and process are limitless providing companies, non-profits and global leaders with uniquely efficient results with applications ranging from cost management and mitigation, product development, and strategy planning.

DR. ETHAN SIEGEL

THEORETICAL COSMOLOGIST, SCIENCE WRITER

Ethan Siegel is a theoretical cosmologist with a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Florida. A former researcher and professor at Lewis & Clark College, he now focuses on science writing, public outreach and science communication. He has published over 3,000 articles for Forbes, Medium, ScienceBlogs, NASA and many others, and has written widely-praised popular books on subjects ranging from the history of the Universe to the science of Star Trek. 

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