James Michael (mike) Snead


James Michael (mike) Snead

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

JAMES MICHAEL (MIKE) SNEAD is a professional engineer and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). While with the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Snead led the TAV technology readiness assessment efforts, was the Chief Flight Systems Engineer Lead Structures Engineer in the National Aerospace Plane Joint Program Office, and supported the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization’s Delta Clipper-Experimental (DC-X) project. He was a past chair of the AIAA Space Logistics Technical Committee. After retiring from civil service, he formed the Spacefaring Institute LLC to advocate for America becoming a true human spacefaring nation. His current efforts focus on logistically preparing for astroelectricity (space-based solar power) to replace fossil fuels and publishing the blog “Spacefaring America” at https:// www.spacefaringamerica.com/. Mr. Snead holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.