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John C. Mankins

John C. Mankins, Star of Discovery Project Earth- Orbital Power Plant- on the Discovery Channel. President of Artemis Innovation Management Solutions LLC is an internationally recognized leader in space systems and technology innovation, and as a highly effective manager of large-scale technology R&D programs.

Mr. Mankins' 25-year career at NASA and CalTech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) ranged from flight projects and space mission operations, to systems level innovation and advanced technology research & development management. He is also well known as an innovator in R&D management, and was one of the creators of the widely used "technology readiness level" (TRL) scale for technology assessment.

Before leaving NASA, Mr. Mankins was the manager of Exploration Systems Research and Technology within the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate with responsibility for an $800M annual budget, involving more than 100 individual projects and over 3,000 personnel. For 10 years, he was the manager of Advanced Concepts Studies at NASA, and the lead for critical studies of space solar power, highly reusable space transportation, affordable human exploration approaches, and other topics. He was the creator or co-creator of numerous novel concepts, including the "MagLifter' electromagnetic launch assist system, the Internet-based NASA "Virtual Research Center" the "Solar Clipper" interplanetary transport vehicle, the "SunTower" space solar power system, the "Hybrid Propellant Module" for in-space refueling, the "HabBot" mobile planetary outpost architecture, the Advanced Technology Life cycle Analysis System (ATLAS), and others. In recognition of his accomplishments, he has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal (of which he was the first recipient).

He holds undergraduate (Harvey Mudd College) and graduate (UCLA) degrees in Physics and an MBA in Public Policy Analysis (The Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University). Mr. Mankins is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Sigma Xi Research Society.

Mr. Mankins is an accomplished communicator, including political, programmatic, technical and lay audiences. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 published papers, reports and other technical documents, and has testified before Congress on several occasions, and has been consulted on R&D management and space issues with organizations in the U.S. and internationally.

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      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Creo que Mankins es un visionario que ha desarrollado un proyecto estupendo que pone a la humanidad en los umbrales de una nueva era. JCP2011

      • tony rusi commented  · 

        The most amazing thing that John Mankins would do is Space Based Solar Power. We would save 700 billion a year that we currently send to OPEC that would pay for NASA 44 times over! We could have all the electric cars and electric planes we want. This would make America the OPEC of energy for the next century.

      • Lunar Exploration commented  · 

        Mankins is a visionary leader who understands how advanced technology can propel us into a true space age. He also understands the economics of space technology and the need to control mission costs. NASA could do a lot worse!

      • H2Orbit commented  · 

        Mankins has the forward vision necessary to solve not just agency tactical issues but to help formulate strategic solutions. We need people with his vision leading this agency. His work is a central feature on our web site: http://www.H2Orbit.com - It's About Sustainability

      • karen.shea commented  · 

        Star Trek, here we come. :)

        Can you imagine what he could accomplish with the entire NASA Budget?

      • cfrjlr commented  · 

        Yes, great idea. Mankins has lots of senior level NASA experience, and managed a nine figure budget. And he understand the value and importance of space based solar power and how it is vital to the world's energy future.

      • getserious commented  · 

        Smart guy who left NASA - and the agency suffered as a result.

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