About Us

Kevin DuPriest, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technical Officer
Beginning as an Autodesk multimedia developer in 1991, Mr. Du Priest engineered a real-time satellite tracking system for Navy Research & Development which led to him to creating a 3D animated video in '92 of the Pentagon's Navy Command Center. Kevin was asked to integrate real-time C4i data onto models for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in '94 demonstrating modeling and simulation potential. A 3D game designer for a Sony Playstation game in '95, he also engineered an enterprise-wide agricultural portal in '97, and then contracted to design an interactive prototype for something called "texting" that became Sprint's Instant Messenger in '99.  Kevin has the ability to understand big data and to visualize large data sets gaining deep insights and predictive analytics. In 2007, Mr. DuPriest assembled the morning battle update briefing for General David Petraeus in Bagdad, Iraq ingesting collaborative intel, then provided business intelligence and dashboard visualization to General Raymond Odierno designing the exit strategy out of Iraq in 2010, and again in 2012 developing algorithms and statistical models on all assets in Afghanistan.  As an innovator of deep machine learning and artificial intelligence systems, Kevin will oversee the lunar data analysis engine, and is chief designer on all mission and systems design.

Jonathan ShaffnerChief Operating Officer
Jon is an accomplished aviation officer, decorated commander, leader in engineering management and operations management earning his Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University. He has extensive experience in leading high performance teams and managing production under the most challenging of environments.  Additionally, he brings a healthy resume of technology systems production, integration, and acquisition experience covering both short and long time horizons.

Dan Lev, PhD, - Power and Propulsion
Dan Lev currently works as space electric propulsion researcher for Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Dan does research in Aerospace Engineering, Plasma Physics, and Experimental Physics. Specifically, Dr. Lev research papers along with Professor Edgar Choueiri the EPPDyL Plasma Lab at Princeton University and their work on Magnetoplasmadynamic thruster are the basis for our cruise propulsion element.

Chris Hall, PhD. - Chief Aerospace Space Systems Engineer and Advisory
Professor Hall teaches Space Systems Engineering at the University of New Mexico and is a leader in space systems engineering and aerospace spacecraft design and orbital mechanics.  Dr. Hall will lead PhD graduates in Mechanical and Aerospace and Space Systems Engineering to develop Prospectors bus, module, and onboard data handling flight and orbital mechanics.

Paul van Susante, PhD. -  ISRU Chief Scientist
Paul is one of the world’s leading experts on In-Situ Resource Utilization, a Michigan Technological University professor and expert in lunar and martian ISRU methodologies and equipment.  Co-Principal Investigator on NASA ESI project Specializes in Engineering design, Prototype development and testing, Robotics and Automation, and an expert on anything moon-related. Paul leads an Industrial Planetary ISRU technology development program,and will be awarded a contract to engineer the ISRU equipment at MTU.

Gordon Wasilewski, PhD, - In-Situ Resource Geologist
Gordon is a leading space geologist in space materials and building in-situ resource utilization extraction rovers for Colorado School of Mines, Formerly with the Center for Space Resources, Gordons work of icy regolith thermal properties, heat and mass transfer during water extraction in extraterrestrial environments, and the use of high vacuum and cryo technologies, will be instrumental as he engineers our Molten Oxide Electrolysis Reactor Oven.

Elliot Huebler, Chief Data Officer, Artificial Intelligence
Elliot is an astrophysicist and data science research and developer, formerly a B612 Foundation software developer for the “Asteroid Decision Analysis Machine”, a solar system simulation for precision mining and exploration of all small solar system bodies.  Elliot will lead a team to integrate NASA lunar mission data with live machine data into Prospector’s AI deep learning engine to analyse new locations.

Mackenzie Gillis, Director of Robotic Mechanics
Mackenzie is a Physicist from University of Michigan who has engineered swarm mechanics for drones and autonomous robotics with spatial distribution. Mr. Gillis proven robotic engineering and programming knowledge will develop Prospectors orbit maneuvering and remote command and control engine.

Ryan Knudsen, Director of Systems Integration
Ryan is former Los Alamos National Laboratory Systems Engineer and currently with Sandia National Laboratory engineering real-world data modeling and algorithms for artificial intelligence simulated space environments. Ingesting NASA lunar data, maps, images and former lunar mission analysis of the South Pole. Ryan will lead a lab team in the development of a lunar data analysis data visualization engine.

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