The Team

Project Leader, Pressure Suit Design, Fabrication and Testing

cms 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. The author of seven books, with more in the works, his website is at

I love his innovative spirit, attention to challenging details and his ‘can fly attitude’” — Dr. Dava Newman, NASA Deputy Administrator and MIT Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems.

Pressure Suit Design, Fabrication and Testing

ML_portrait Mathew Lippincott 

Mathew Lippincott has helped tremendously in our pressure   garment theory issues and with many practical fabrication   methods. His professional biography: “Mathew Lippincott works at   the intersection of design, public policy, and environmental   pollution, and plays with flying machines. As Director of   Production at Public Lab he oversees the development of new h   hardware kits for environmental data collection. He’s an advisor   to Recode Oregon and chairs the ANSI/IAPMO WE Stand Committee on composting toilets. On twitter as @headfullofair.”

Pressure Suit Designer and Fabricator

MYAN1  Michelle Yan

Active in Pacific Spaceflight since May 2016, Michelle Yan   is a Chinese medicine doctoral student at the National   University of Natural Medicine. She is passionate about   sharing how Chinese medicine works, and in designing   and co-fabricating spacesuits incorporating design   elements from a natural medicine perspective.  To listen   to her talk on Chinese medicine in Space please   visit

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 has been an active test subject since 2012, having   spent dozens of hours in our various pressure garments; in   2014 he was taken to high pressures, with interesting   results, and in 2013 he tested one suit iteration in   flotation tests in the Willammette River in downtown   Portland, Oregon. An active mountaineer, Ben is a   manager at the   Portland Rock Gym.




AK Alexander Knapton

I am a graduate of Portland State University. The focus of   my studies was sustainability. Since joining Pacific   Spaceflight, I have developed an interest in bringing   sustainability to life support technologies.

I am currently building a large portion of the life support   system. I am also the operator and designer of the control   cabinet. This is able to monitor all of the mechanical and   life support functions the pilot uses.

I have been researching methods and technologies to   develop sustainable life support systems. These include   using living plants and plant materials as components, and   developing systems which allow astronauts to generate   their own resources. I have written up some of my findings in “Regenerative Technologies for Long Duration Spaceflight”. I will be updating this with additional material.

Though I am looking to attend graduate school next year, I will continue working with Pacific Spaceflight during and after my education. I regularly update my activities Pacific Spaceflight on my facebook account.


 Trent Tresch

A MS student at Embry Riddle, Trent has   gone through commercial astronautic   training’s and brings an interest of   human factors research to the Pacific   Spaceflight project. Within the   organization he wears many hats–like   his colleagues–and enjoys enabling   others on this quest towards the stars.



Technician & Designer

KM Kit MacAllister

Kit, a graphic designer, has been with us since 2012, when   he helped to design our Armstrong Line Expedition   mission patch; he is also practical with electronics, and   has worked on our communications systems.





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 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 Dialasis, 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. 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.”

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




Additive Manufacturing Specialist and Adviser 

 Dorin Petean

I bring 10 years of concept design experience from many different   fields; this includes architected, structural steel experience,   hydraulic design, aluminum design, and plastic design. I also bring   a strong understanding of manufacturing techniques that can be       utilized to create items needed for the suit.