James Michael Snead

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 as-sessment 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 astro-electricity (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.