Tau Zero Foundation resources from a vast international network of dedicated, accomplished scientists, aerospace engineers, journalists, artists, and science fiction writers We look beyond the comfort zone of our peers for revolutionary gains, yet in steps that can be accomplished today. Our experts are engaged for their drive to explore ideas beyond the comfort zone of their peers, and the competence and objectivity to make genuine, reliable progress. Our network includes the experts most capable of addressing the formidable challenges of interstellar flight, while focusing on bringing value to the near, and interim term development of the rapidly growing private space industry. From this growing foundation of impartial knowledge, future missions and vehicles will be created.

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Marc Millis

Marc Millis

Founder

Marc Millis lead NASA’s visionary “Breakthrough Propulsion Physics” project and created the milestone book, Frontiers of Propulsion Science, a compendium of scholarly research on propellantless space drives and faster-than-light flight. Earlier in his NASA career, Millis designed ion thrusters, electronic instrumentation for rockets, cryogenic propellant equipment, and even a cockpit display for free-fall aircraft flights. After 31 years with NASA, he retired in 2010 to devote full time to interstellar research and education via the Tau Zero Foundation.

Tau Zero is a place for thinking about the long-range future of space exploration. While others work on the next big thing, Tau Zero looks at emerging possibilities that could change our future. Instead of advocating a specific mission or vehicle, Tau Zero builds a foundation of reliable information from which future vehicles and missions can be created. This includes investigating ideas on the infrastructures for expanding human presence in space, launching interstellar probes, and all the way to the advancing the physics of faster-than-light flight.

TED Talk
TED Talk: Building ‘Icarus’
Amazon: Frontiers of Propulsion Science (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics)

Jeff Greason

Jeff Greason

Board Chairman

Jeff Greason has over 25 years’ experience managing innovative technical project teams at XCOR Aerospace, Rotary Rocket and Intel Corporation, and now as CEO of Agile Aero. As president and co-founder of XCOR, he led the engineering team that developed over 14 different long-life, highly-reusable liquid-fueled rocket engines. He has also worked on a low-cost liquid propellant piston pump, and two manned reusable rocket aircraft – the EZ-Rocket and the X-Racer, which broke all previous barriers for low cost and rapid reflight of rocket vehicles with 66 successful flights between them.

Jeff is a recognized expert in reusable launch vehicle (RLV) regulations.  He has been a member of the COMSTAC RLV working group since 2000 and presently serves on the full COMSTAC, and he was integral in the first spaceport license at an airport, in Mojave, California, and the first spaceport license at a scheduled air service airport, in Midland, Texas.  He was one of the architects of the regulatory policy embodied in the 2004 Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act; following which he co-founded the trade association for the commercial space industry, now the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  He also recently took over as Chairman of the Board at the Tau Zero foundation, a non-profit group working towards practical interstellar transportation technologies.

In 2009 he was named by the White House to a panel of independent experts that examined alternatives for advancing the United States’ human space exploration agenda. Chaired by Normal Augustine, the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee examined ongoing and planned NASA activities and present options for a safe, innovative, affordable, and sustainable human space flight program after the retirement of the space shuttle.  He has remained active in national space transportation policy and has given several widely circulated speeches on the subject.

Greason was cited by Time magazine in 2001 as one of the “Inventors of the Year” for his team’s work on the EZ-Rocket. In 2016 the National Space Society awarded him the Space Pioneer Award for Entrepreneurial Business.  Mr. Greason holds 25 U.S. patents. He graduated with honors from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and currently lives in Midland, Texas.

TED Talk: Rocket Scientist: Making Space Pay and Having Fun Doing It

Dr. Andrew Aldrin

Dr. Andrew Aldrin

Dr. Andrew Aldrin has recently joined the Tau Zero Foundation as an executive strategist. He is the Director of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute (BASI), and an Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology. BASI is a multidisciplinary institute created for the goal of establishing and maintaining a permanent human presence on Mars. Previously, Dr. Aldrin was President of Moon Express. Prior to coming to Moon Express, he was Director of Business Development and Advanced Programs at United Launch Alliance, overseeing development of corporate strategies, business capture, senior customer relations and advanced program development for civil space markets. Dr. Aldrin headed Business Development and Advanced Programs for Boeing’s NASA Systems, and Launch Services business units. Dr. Aldrin holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA, an MBA from TRIUM, a MA in Science Technology and Public Policy from The George Washington University, and a BA in International Relations from the UCSB.

Buzz Aldrin’s Share Space Foundation
Andy Aldrin full speech at Nepal Academy in Kathmandu

William H. Tauskey

William H. Tauskey

Executive Director

Bill is a proven executive with a broad background in general management successfully running a range of technology organizations.  Built and run cohesive, successful teams, developed and executed business plans, raised capital, established and leveraged executive level client relationships and key partner alliances as well as having managed full P&L responsibility.

Bill’s career has included a professional foundation of 10 yrs. at IBM in sales, sales management and product development positions; over 12 years of sales and executive management positions in high tech and space related companies; and over 10 years in executive level consulting firms.

Community service experience includes as an officer/board member of several local and regional non-profit organizations.  Bill is also serving as a board member on the US Naval Academy Nomination Committee for the 18th Congressional District of California.

Bill holds an M.S. from Texas A&M and a B.S. from the Virginia Military Institute.  His military service includes serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Rhonda Stevenson

Rhonda Stevenson

President/CEO - Chief Bridge Builder to the Galaxy

Rhonda Stevenson is an experienced serial entrepreneur, with several successful businesses under her belt, including franchise, agriculture and youth leadership endeavors.  With a background in aviation and working experience as an environmental chemist, she brings copious amounts of knowledge and experience with regards to business operations, production efficiency, due diligence, quality control, executive management and leadership. Forging successful relationships that would typically not be possible, Ms. Stevenson excels at establishing symbiotic systems, and incorporating density and efficiency within those systems.

Paul Gilster

Paul Gilster

Social Media Director

My hope for the Tau Zero Foundation is that it can advance the agenda of the original Breakthrough Propulsion Physics project, which demonstrated a commitment to thorough, peer-reviewed research into propulsion ideas that are at their earliest stage of description and development. This involves not only following ongoing research but creating the necessary framework within which such studies can flourish, either in a government or university environment or in the commercial sector (and likely a combination of all of these). Ideally, Tau Zero can develop a reputation for its rigor and commitment to serious investigation in an era when many of these topics are treated either with uncritical acceptance or complete dismissal.

Centauri Dreams
Amazon: Centauri Dreams: Imagining and Planning Interstellar Exploration
Amazon: Digital Literacy

Subject Matter Experts

Eric W. Davis, PhD

Eric W. Davis, PhD

Institute for Advanced Studies-Austin and EarthTech International Tau Zero Foundation, Specialist on faster-than-light general relativity and quantum vacuum physics

Dr. Eric W. Davis is a Senior Research Physicist at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin and is the Founder/Chief Executive of Warp Drive Metrics. His research specializations include breakthrough propulsion physics, beamed energy and nuclear space propulsion, general relativity and quantum field theories, and experimental quantum optics. Dr. Davis has worked as a contractor/consultant to the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Research Laboratory, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and NASA. Dr. Davis is the co-editor/author of the peer-reviewed academic research monograph Frontiers of Propulsion Science (AIAA Press, 2009, 2012). He also authored/co-authored numerous Air Force and DoD technical reports, peer-reviewed symposium and technical journal papers, and award-winning conference papers. Dr. Davis is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, member of the New York Academy of Sciences, and member of the American Astronomical Society.

The Tau Zero Foundation would like to thank the Initiative for Interstellar Studies for their recent and generous donation.