Company Mission

Innovative Technology for Humanity

The motivation behind every project Ad Astra has or plans to embark upon is how can we innovate advanced technology to create solutions of humanity’s biggest issues.

After spending his whole life enamored with space exploration as well as a 25-year long career as a NASA astronaut, Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz was eager to create a solution for our space transportation issues. Although humanity is now very familiar with building engines for launching into space, we have not been able to build, sustainable, efficient and high-power engines for in-space transportation. It is the lack of these types of propulsion systems that has prevented us for staying longer and going further into space. Ad Astra is currently developing a propulsion system that could overcome these obstacles.

Our Houston TX operation has one mission, to enable practical and economically sustainable human and robotic in-space transportation. Our vision is that one day we will be able to open the entire solar system to human exploration and settlement.

Board of Directors

Ad Astra Rocket Company
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George Abbey

Former Director of NASA Johnson Space Center; Govt. and International Programs; Senior Fellow, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University; 40 years of experience managing human space programs

ad astra rocket board of directors Anne S Andrew

Anne S. Andrew

Former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica (2009-2013); Dir, Sunnova Energy Int’l (NOVA); Dir, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); Sr. Advisor, Sustainable Capital Advisors; Recognized expertise on sustainability, ESG and corporate governance; B.A. Georgetown, J.D. Indiana U

ad astra rocket board of directors Dr Franklin Chang Diaz

Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz

Franklin Chang Díaz Ph.D., Plasma Physics, MIT 1977; NASA Astronaut, 1980-2005; Inventor of the VASIMR® rocket; Director of NASA Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory (ASPL) 1994-2005

ad astra rocket board of directors Stephen B Dobbs

Stephen B. Dobbs

Former Sr. Group President Fluor Corporation. Global projects in infrastructure, telecom, mining, manufacturing, alternative power. industry recognized expert in project finance; PhD, Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M

ad astra rocket board of directors Charles Schue

Charles Schue

Co-Founder and Director, Aethera Technologies Ltd. 26 years USCG. Commanded USCG Center of Excellence BS and MS Electrical Engineering; MS Engineering Management and Business Administration; co-owner/inventor in nine patents

ad astra rocket board of directors Robert E Singer

Robert E. Singer

JD. Univ. of Texas, Austin. Corporate legal structure Commercial law; 30 years of experience in corporate operations

ad astra rocket board of directors Theodore Tim Solso

Theodore “Tim” Solso

Former Chairman/CEO, Cummins Inc. (2000-2011); Lead Director and former Chairman of the Board, General Motors; President Board of Trustees, EARTH University; BS Depauw University; MBA Harvard

ad astra rocket board of directors Jose A Zaglul

José A. Zaglul

PhD. U. Florida; Former President of EARTH University; Recognized figure in sustainable development; Proven leadership & management experience; Honorary Doctor of Public Service, Chatham University, 2010

About the CEO

When you think about our mission as a company and the CEO in charge of that mission you realize there is no better pairing. Throughout his life and career, he has always been at the forefront. When he moved to the US to become an astronaut, people laughed. That was not done, which is how he became the 1st Latin American immigrant to become a NASA astronaut.

Before that, while at MIT he worked at Draper Labs in the field of Nuclear fusion, experimenting with the most advanced technology on Earth. When he joined NASA, he embarked on the design of a high-power plasma rocket that could combine the power of a chemical rocket with the fuel efficiency of an electric one.

It is the extensive science background that makes this technology so exciting and so full of opportunity. It is his experience as a veteran of 7 space shuttle missions that allows him the perspective of astronauts who one day could be transported through space by a VASIMR® engine.

It is this same future thinking, pioneering mindset that makes it so clear to him that there is so much that we need to do in order to ensure our survival as a species and preserve the only planet we know how to live on. Lastly, it is his empathy and compassion that drives him to come up with those solutions and implement them via our company.

CEO Franklin Chang Diaz