People: Directors

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Kelvin F. Long

Executive Director Director Strategy

Kelvin Long completed a BEng Aerospace Engineering (2000) and Msc Astrophysics (2002), both from Queen Mary College, The University of London. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Physics (CPhys), Fellow Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), Fellow The British Interplanetary Society (FBIS), for which he serves as the Secretary for the Technical Committee and is Chief Editor of the technical publication, The Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS), which is the oldest astronautical journal in the world.

He is also a Practitioner of the Tau Zero Foundation, Member The Mars Society, Member The Planetary Society, Member American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Member Air & Space Smithsonian, Associate Member The International Association of Astronomical Artists and a Member of the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society. Kelvin has published dozens of technical papers in JBIS, Acta Astronautica, Space Chronicles and other commercial productions, many of which are on the subject of Interstellar flight.

He is also an author, with his book “Deep Space Propulsion: A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight”, published by Springer-Praxis (2011), being one of the few text books on the subject ever produced. He was also the co-editor on a BIS publication “Project Daedalus: Engineering Interstellar Travel” and is co-author on a book with Fred Clarke “The Childhood Memories of Arthur C. Clarke”. He was the main founder and creator behind the theoretical design study of an interstellar probe, Project Icarus, serving as its first Project Leader and is currently a Senior Designer within the team, and was a co-founder for the non-profit organization Icarus Interstellar, for which he had served as Vice President and Secretary during the first year of operation, among other roles. He was also a participant to the 100 Year Starship Study and was part of the winning team, contributing to the submitted report, and playing a key role in the initial founding of the organization helping to determine the mission, strategy and first steps.

Kelvin has been inspired by the achievements of Project Apollo and the writing of authors like Arthur C. Clarke and has declared it a personal goal to work towards the fulfilment of an interstellar capable society before the year 2100. His various initiatives, writing, projects all work towards this goal by catalysing people and ideas. He has been published in many newspapers including The Scottish National Herald, The New York Times, The Guardian. He has also been published in many magazines including Spaceflight, Astronomy Now, Physics World, La Luna. He has appeared and consulted on several documentaries including Going to the Stars produced by Christian Darkin, Earth Escape, produced by Atlas Media for National Geographic Television, Fight for Space, produced by Paul Hildebrandt. He has appeared on the Austrian radio station FM4 and the SpaceBoffins Podcast, talking about interstellar travel.

He has been the organizer of several interstellar conferences such as the BIS warp drive “faster than light” (2007), UK Charterhouse UK Space Conference “Interstellar Session” (2008), BIS “Daedalus after 30 Years” (2009), BIS “The Long Road to the Stars” World Ships symposium (2011). He gave the final highlight lecture of the 59th IAC Glasgow (2007) and presented on fusion propulsion at the 61st IAC Prague (2008). He has presented at or attended many other conferences including the 100 Year Starship Conference (2011), Orlando, Florida and the NETS conference in Houston, Texas (2011). He was previously involved in the ESA Mars Express mission conducting experiments on the UK candidate re-entry material for the Beagle 2 Probe. This was a collaboration between Queen Mary College, Fluid Gravity Ltd and Plastechnol Ltd. At the age of 14 he was inspired by a museum exhibit on Project Apollo and decided that he wanted to go into space. Although that ambition seemed like a formidable challenge, it has spurred him on relentlessly and he continues to work towards that goal and is excited by the emerging opportunities of space tourism and commercial space flight. His main research interests are Interstellar Studies, SETI, spacecraft design, spacecraft propulsion and design, general relativity, cosmology, fusion physics.

He values all cultures and believes strongly in the freedom of individuality and independence of thought using rational thinking. He worked for two years at a London college teaching Engineering Design, responsible for over ninety students. He also worked as a part-time space science Lecturer at Reading University for three years. He was the creator behind the Interstellar Index web site. For the last ten years he has worked as a physicist in industry. He is currently the Managing Director of his own company, Stellar Engines Ltd which conducts activities relating to space exploration and has the goal of “connecting people with knowledge”. Kelvin was the originator behind the Institute for Interstellar Studies, which has as its motto “knowledge to the stars”.

He enjoys reading and writing science fiction, collecting space art, using his 9.25 inch CPC telescope to observe the night sky and spending time with his wife and family. He has visited many countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Croatia, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United States. He is a keen swimmer and runner and he has tried many sports over the years including parachuting, abseiling, rock climbing, horse riding, fencing, sailing, flying and he is a qualified PADI open water scuba diver. He enjoys playing basketball.

George Abbey, Jnr

Deputy Director  Director Commercial & Government Affairs

George W. S. Abbey, Jr., is the President and CEO of Strategic Space Services, LCC, (S3), which is a servicing consultancy. Currently, he is the key US representative for Reaction Engines Limited that is pioneering a advanced space propulsion system for the SKYLON space Plane project. He has a unique connection to NASA’s heritage through his work experience with Lockheed Martin Space Operations, United Space Alliance, LLC (an equally owned joint venture of The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation), Rockwell International, Rockwell Space Operations Company, Rockwell Shuttle Operations Company and Grumman Houston Corporation.

Prior to S3, he was UK’s Vice Consul, Advanced Engineering, Aerospace and Homeland Security for the British Consulate-General – Houston helping both US and UK companies, investors and entrepreneurs grow in investment and trade In his spare time, he is an active member of the University Houston Clear Lake Physics Advisory Board. Prior to that service, he received his B.S. in Consumer Science and Merchandising, including a minor in Logistics from the College of Technology from the same university. Some of his memberships include; The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Royal Aeronautical Society, and The British Interplanetary Society.

Rob Swinney

Director Academy, Finance Director

In the 1980s Rob Swinney completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (achieving a 2:1) and his Master of Science degree in Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester (Jodrell Bank – thesis ‘Kinematics of the Radio Flare star Cygnus X-3′). After several successful years working as a teacher of Craft, Design and Technology at Sherborne Boys School in Dorset he returned to his studies and graduated from Cranfield University (then the Cranfield Institute of Technolgy) with a further Master of Science degree in Avionics and Flight Control Systems (thesis ‘Graphical Interface for a hybrid Flight Simulator’).

After Cranfield University he undertook a challenging and rewarding career in the Royal Air Force as an Aerosystems Engineering Officer and he completed his RAF Commission in 2006 having attained the rank of Squadron Leader. During his career he enjoyed some demanding and responsible postings for example, from commanding around 100 airman and airwomen as the junior engineering officer for Tornado aircraft squadron to a Team Leader responsible for the logistical support of all multi-applicable avionics equipment in the MoD, within a multi-disciplinary group and a budget of £17M per year.  In an out-of-branch posting he was a main player in the successful review, redesign, development and delivery of a major new training course for the RAF (the 32 week initial officer training course) at the RAF College at Cranwell. This included new equipment, a new network, infrastructure (including a new training area) and bespoke Management Information System on time and to budget (£4M).

He is a Chartered Engineer registered with the UK’s Engineering Council and a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (previously known as the Institute of Electrical Engineers), and, of course, a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. Rob has been published in Nature and the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and recently returned to the world of academia and research.  Following a period as a consultant to Bristol Spaceplane Ltd and it’s Ascender programme he was one of the first to join the design study for an interstellar probe, Project Icarus, and is currently a Deputy Project Leader and Core Designer.  He was also involved at the creation of the non-profit organization, Icarus Interstellar, and participated in the successful bid for the DARPA 100 Year Starship Grant. He has presented at the International Astronautical Congress and the 100 Year Starship Study Symposium and is now an Associate Editor for the JBIS.

Rob was inspired by Isaac Asimov, first by the great author’s science fiction but later by the non-fiction that opened his mind to the future possibilities. This inspiration encouraged him to undertake a lifelong study of aspects of Cosmology and Astronomy. As a boy he followed the Apollo adventure and as a young man the Grand Tour of the Voyager spacecraft but after his studies became restrained by the realities of life.  As important, the boyhood images of Star Trek and such, some 30-40 years ago, appeared to be no more than pure fantasy.  Now today, he believes the ‘planets are aligning’ again and the Institute of Interstellar Studies will galvanise the population and prove that, although it may still seem difficult, real practical steps on the road to interstellar travel are being taken. Rob is UK based but a regular visitor to the USA where he has a second home.

He is a fanatical football (soccer) player and is still playing senior football in his 35th season! He represented the RAF at many levels in football and also achieved some success at tennis, badminton and cricket.  Elsewhere, Rob has served his community in numerous areas.  For example he has been a Parish Councilor, volunteered to help restore a derelict stately home for use by a local Cheshire home and in his own time ran the district Young Enterprise Scheme, teaching school children valuable business lessons.

Pamela Menges

Director Business Innovation & Technology Investments

Dr. P. A. “Rai” Menges is recognized internationally as an innovator of revolutionary technologies and is currently managing director of a network of small companies created to leverage advanced technologies in aerospace, computing and alternative energy. Dr. Menges founded Aerospace Research Systems, Inc. in 1993. Today it is the oldest privately funded space firm in the United States. Created as a cooperative network the new concept brought together highly innovative and creative engineers and scientists. It is now assisting other organizations in adopting the collaborative model. ARSI is currently partnering to develop a new generation of cube sats leveraging ARSI’s unique technology portfolio including smart materials and structures.

An early spin-off company, ARSI Engineering is building virtual research networks with leading scientific centers and has developed the Virtual Prototyping Laboratory™. Another ARSI spin-off company, Star Sailor Energy, Inc., has gained a reputation as a wind power innovator with a performance adaptive vertical axis wind turbines [VAWT] designed for commercial, community, architectural and military power. The Star Sailor VAWT’s were originally developed to power aerospace telemetry systems by Menges in the 1990′s and have performed flawlessly in winds in excess of 100 mph. Offering the highest density power per tower for US developed VAWT’s; they are being specified for wind farm and sea-based applications. The company recently initiated a two-year effort to commercialize non-electrolytic power storage for renewable energy sources and electric vehicles based its US and foreign patents.

Dr. Menges holds degrees in mathematics, biomathematics and a doctorate in aerospace engineering and high-energy physics. She completed her postdoctoral research at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Space Engineering and International Technology groups. She completed reverse engineering of analyzed space systems and national infrastructures. After leaving Los Alamos National Laboratory she returned to ARSI as President and Director of Engineering and as managing partner of a consultancy that provided technology assessment, competitive intelligence, security, and due diligence for M&A, VC, joint ventures and IPOs. Her unique experience provides assistance in business development for high-technology firms and major defense contractors including product and market development. Methods developed by her for analyzing technologies have been used to predict the success of emerging. Dr. Menges has more than 15 years experience in research, engineering and corporate management. She is an experienced flight test engineer and commercial pilot. Her research includes hypersonics, spaceplanes, artificial intelligence, advanced materials, reusable launch vehicles, modular wind generators, biomimetics and non-photonic quantum computing. She has received a number of awards including the prestigious Los Alamos Award. She was made a fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) for her work in developing a new class of smart structures and quantum computers applied to flapping wing flight and morphing vehicles.

She holds patents in wind power, non-electrolytic power storage and advanced computing systems [US7,880,323, UK Patent GB2454617, US8,134,250]. She is best known for her work in spaceplane systems and technologies including novel hypersonic wave engines and field induction coupling controlling the geometry of high-speed flows. Dr. Menges is listed in Who’s Who of America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and IBC. She is a senior member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the American Physical Society and the Archaeological Institute of America. She speaks nationally on the “New Age of Space Exploration”, “Sustainability & Collaborative Engineering,” and “Trends in Global Security.”

Dr. Menges is a regular radio guest and completed several radio tours on the green economy, national security, and commercial space exploration. She is an adjunct professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati. She is authoring a book on Space Systems and Infrastructures for Springer. She is also continuing her much lauded program in science and technology leadership through the leadership laboratory of ARSI’s “Sometimes it Takes a Rocket Scientist”® Project.

Jeremy Clark


Physics has given Jeremy the chance to travel the world, explore our inner world and provided a glimpse of the cosmos beyond. After completing a Bachelors Degree in Physics at The City University, he went on to work for some of the world’s leading financial institutions.  The technological skills acquired from studying science took him to Asia, Europe and America. The statistical and logical discipline of Physics provided the foundations for Post Graduate study of Psychology at The Open University.  However, only as a postgraduate student of Astrophysics at QMW, London, was there an opportunity to glimpse the really big picture.

Physics has even enabled Jeremy’s hobbies, learning to fly in Florida required knowledge of the Bernoulli’s principle. Becoming an accomplished Diver could not have been done without understanding the gas laws. The knocks and bumps of windsurfing sometimes proved a painful validation of Newton’s laws of motion.  Jeremy’s academic interests were combined when returning to City University to complete a Masters Degree in Business with a dissertation that used Neural Networks to identify social clusters in the population. A successful career in IT and business has demanded analytical skills and project management. Jeremy is looking forward to applying these accumulated skills and being part of the team that drives the institute upwards and onwards.

Since childhood Jeremy has been enthralled by space exploration. Education and professional experience have only enriched this deep fascination. We are all privileged to live in a time when we can witness the exploration of Mars and the traces of our cosmic origins. A new frontier is now opening up and being a part of I4IS joins professional experience and academic knowledge to those childhood dreams.

Keith Cooper

Director Media and Public Communications.

Keith Cooper has been working with the institute over the last few months and was the creative force behind the newsletter Principium. Keith brings much publishing experience to the institute and he will be serving as the Director Media and Public Communications.

Andreas Hein

Director Technical Programs.

Andreas received his master’s degree in aerospace engineering at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen. He is now working on a PhD at the same university in the area of space systems engineering at the Institute of Astronautics, focusing on the application of heritage technologies to space systems. He is currently doing a research stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) System Architecture Lab under the supervision of Professor Ed Crawley, focusing on the architecture and heritage use for X-ray astronomy missions.

He spent a semester abroad at the Institut Superieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, working on the numerical simulation of hypervelocity impact of space dust on spacecraft antennas. He also worked at the European Space Agency Strategy and Architecture Office on stakeholder analysis for future manned space exploration. In his free time Andreas founded and leads Icarus Interstellar’s  Project Hyperion: A design study on manned interstellar flight. He is also a core designer and module lead of Project Icarus. Andreas is also active in the Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Astronautics (WARR) at his home university where he founded the space elevator and interstellar flight group.

He is a member of the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering – Omega Alpha Association, a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, and a member of INCOSE.

Adrian Mann

Director Graphical Engineering.

Adrian Mann is well known to many, and is the equivalent of the modern day Chesley Bonestell or Ralph Smith. His space art work has astounded many a Starship pioneer and stands out as the best there is. Adrian also brings an extensive business background and experience with him, having worked for many companies at one point or another, including Rolls-Royce, BAe Systems, CAA and Reaction Engines.

Adrian maintains a website showcasing his work at


Robert Kennedy III

Director Energy Management 
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Rachel Armstrong

Director Sustainability & Development

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