Project Leader, Pressure Suit Design, Fabrication and Testing
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 (icarusinterstellar.org). 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 cameronmsmith.com.
“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
Our newest member, Mathew Lippincott, has helped tremendously with our many fabrication tasks. 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 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.”
Flight Simulator Technician
“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 robbykraft.com.
Flight Simulation/Pressure Suit Operator and Life Support System Technician
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.
Life Support System Technician
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”, which is viewable at http://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/2068. 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. https://www.facebook.com/alexander.knapton
Technician & Designer
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.
Pressure Suit Operator, Suit Technician and Fabricator
Amy is PacSace’s suit tech and has been an active test subject in our pressure garments since 2013 testing the suits; she has also helped to design and build the most recent (2013-2015) iterations of the pressure suits Mark II, Mark III and helped design and build the Zaphod I.
When not working for PacSpace Amy is active in backpacking and an avid kayaker. This fall she will be a senior at Portland State University.
Engineering Consultant and Systems Technician
“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.”
John is an author, publisher and explorer who has worked with Dr. Smith on sailing and ice cap expeditions since 1998. His website is balsaraft.com.
Additive Manufacturing Specialist and Adviser
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.