GOVERNANCE

Limitless Space Institute is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors (Board) drawn from the private sector and academic community. An Advisory Board made up of eminent physicists, educators and innovators provides third party, independent reviews and reports to the Board of Directors on the goals and progress of the institute’s Research and Development initiatives. Regular independent financial and peer-reviewed audits provide accountability to the institute’s funders and stakeholders.

Limitless Space Institute’s Board of Directors is the final authority on all matters related to the general structure and development of the organization. Financial planning, accountability, and investment strategy are carried out by the Board’s Investment and Finance & Audit Committees. The Board also forms other committees as required to assist it in discharging its duties.

Advisory Board

A Board of Advisors is an integral oversight body that assists the Board of Directors and ensures objectivity and a high standard of excellence. The Advisory Board provides oversight of Institute’s Interstellar Initiative Grant program.

Executive Director (ED)

Limitless Space Institute’s Executive Director reports to the Board and is responsible for developing and implementing the overall strategic direction of the organization. Support for the ED is provided by a team of paid administrative staff.

Brian K Kelly

Brian Kelly retired from NASA in February 2019 after a career of over 37 years.  As Director, Flight Operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) he directed a diverse civil service, military, and contractor workforce of over 2400 employees and a total annual budget of $500m.  He was responsible for selecting and assigning NASA astronauts and planning, training, and flying human spaceflight and aviation missions.  He directed the Astronaut Office, Mission Control, Aircraft Operations and Aviation Safety at NASA JSC.  Over his career he supported 110 shuttle missions, 58 International Space Station Expeditions, 40 shuttle launches, and 35 Soyuz Launches as well as return to flight efforts following the Challenger and Columbia accidents.  He selected 12 new astronaut candidates from over 18,000 applicants and selected the first female Chief Flight Director and 11 new Flight Directors for Mission Control Operations.  While Director of Flight Operations he was responsible for 35 EVAs (space walks), 15 International Space Station Expeditions, over 2.5 million mission control commands to the International Space Station, and the assignment of 33 astronauts to Expedition and Commercial Crew Flight Test missions.  He directed over 13,000 flight hours composed of 18,000 sorties in 32 different aircraft.  He personally has flown over 250 flight hours in T-38N super-sonic jet training aircraft and over 63,000 feet in WB-57 high altitude research aircraft.

Kam Ghaffarian

Dr. Kam Ghaffarian is a visionary entrepreneur dedicated to creating companies that focus on operating with the highest integrity, promoting employee well-being, and delivering the best technical solutions to customers. Kam co-founded Axiom Space in 2016 to advance the commercial utilization of space eventually leading to the design, manufacture, launch and operation of a commercial space station. Kam started his entrepreneurial career in 1994 by founding Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a government services company focusing on Engineering, IT, Science Applications, and Mission Operations. SGT has become NASA’s second largest engineering services provider, employing over 2,400 people and generating annual revenues of approximates $500M. Prior to SGT, Kam held numerous technical and management positions at Lockheed Martin, Ford Aerospace, and Loral, among others. Dr. Ghaffarian holds a B.S. in Computer Science, a B.S. in Electronics Engineering, a M.Sc. in Information Management, and a Ph.D in Management Information Systems.

Board of directors

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Advisory Board

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