The Team

Project Leader

PS website photos 1      Cameron M. Smith

Dr. Smith is a cofounder of Pacific Spaceflight. An archaeologist at Portland State University’s Department of Anthropology, he has published widely on the anthropology of space exploration and colonization, most recently in Scientific American magazine and in his book Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization (Springer 2012)He aims to advance human space exploration by developing new technologies and techniques. Dr. Smith was recently invited to speak for NASA managers and has consulted with SpaceX on life-support matters. In Winter 2014 he will talk at TEDX Brussels and Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Dr. Smith’s research on the genetics of space settlement have been published in the scholarly journal Acta Astronautica as part of his involvement with the research group Icarus Interstellar ( A diver and paraglider pilot, Dr. Smith is applying his many years of solo Arctic icecap expeditions to devising ways to explore the surface of Mars. His website is at

Engineering Consultant and Systems Technician                           

Bruce Mataya    Bruce Mataya

“I was the Lead Engineering Technician in the Research and Development Dept. at Micro pump Inc. I had a great time with the ASE program (Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering) I was asked to be a Mentor for the summer in our lab…This program is from the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology.

Working with these young students it gave me more hope for mankind in the coming years. I learned a lot from them and I hope I gave them some tools to move forward. We had a lot of fun together.

In our lab we worked on a vast number of applications but most were one off special projects. Some of which came with high security levels so we will skip them. We worked with projects in Kidney Dialoses this was rewarding because you knew that some one’s life was being helped.

We also did some pump projects that involved the Mars Rover and that was way cool!!!!

Also in my life I have been lucky to be involved in racing most of my life. This afforded me the opportunity to be involved in highly advanced racing equipment and technology. This also has been way cool. This opened an opportunity to work on a think tank with an up and coming new electric car company in the Northwest. Now they are up and on their way to great things.

In my work I have traveled all across the US and to the outback of Alaska. So having that experience while I was young was a real learning experience that money cannot buy!!  You can read about those places but touching the ground with your own two feet is hard to replicate.

So I am here to bring my racing technology and Engineering experiences to the table to help Cameron full fill his childhood dream of going into space.  And to renew hope to this new generation of up and coming talent.”

Flight Simulator Technician

Robby_kraft  Robby Kraft

“I enjoy modeling natural systems in purely mathematical frameworks, most frequently in the fields of origami, computer programming, and music. Often this involves parametric design, rapid-prototyping, 3d printing, and I’m very passionate about education. Currently studying low-level computer languages, counterpoint, ethnomathematics, and tensegrity. I freelance as an iOS developer. I’ve taught at the origami convention in New York, and OMSI in Portland.” Robby’s website is at

Flight Simulation/Pressure Suit Operator and Life Support System Technician
BW   Ben Wilson

Ben, an active climber and student at Portland State University, is active as a test subject in our pressure garment and has helped to build and test several iterations of the Life Support System.

Life Support System Technician

AK   Alexander Knapton

Alexander is a recent graduate of Portland State University, studying sustainability, a topic he is applying to studies of long-duration spaceflight technologies. He has built, and chiefly operates, the Life Support components of our systems.

Technician & Designer

KM   Kit MacAllister

Kit has worked on our communications systems and website. His twitter account is at

Flight Simulation/Pressure Suit Operator, Suit Technician and Water Operations
  Amy H. Magruder

Amy is active as a test subject in our pressure garment.


Expedition Coordinator 

JFH    John F. Haslett

John is an author, publisher and explorer who has worked with Dr. Smith on sailing and ice cap expeditions since 1998. His website is