Co-Founder & CEO
“The Man Who Wrote the Book”: Eligar is CEO & Founder of both the Astropolitics Institute and Astroconsulting International LLC; Chief Editor of the academic Journal of Astropolitics; and a professor of astrophysics, aerospace engineering, and astropolitics. Professional experiences include work with NASA, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, University of North Dakota College of Aerospace Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy Eisenhower Center of Space and Defense Studies, and the International Space University. Eligar’s leadership at the Institute and seminal books, Space Strategy in the 21st Century, The Politics of Space: A Survey, and Space Politics and Policy: An Evolutionary Perspective, helped revolutionize the way we think about the human relationship to space enterprise.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Mara Cortona is a systems thinker and innovator at the intersection of aerospace technologies and human interest. She is the Executive Director of the Astropolitics Institute, a business coach for aerospace startups, and the founder of the think tank Nöonaut. With a diverse background spanning from robotics to education leadership, she excels at leading organizations to holistic solutions to complex issues.