Welcome to Kepler Energy & Space Engineering LLC
To advance Earth/ Space Engineering/ Science for the purpose of conducting research/ development of space and Earth resources.
About KESE LLC
To advance Earth/Space Engineering/Science for the purpose of advancing research/development of space and Earth resources.
Space Development to include: enhanced launch capabilities; SBSP; asteroid mining; planet mining; robotics; space debris cleanup; and human space colonization.
Our Automated Mining System Mission (dubbed "Cornucopia" for the mythical "Horn of Plenty" - See http://www.cornucopiamission.us) is currently in design-phase, and will return several metric tons of asteroid regolith to Low Earth Orbit for manufacturing space vehicles and habitats in space for space using space materials, free from the exacting weight, design and robustness constraints of current rocket-launches.
This Project will provide a continuous stream of raw materials from asteroids to LEO, which will enable the manufacturing of all the "futuristic designs" that are now only in science fiction. And this can be done NOW, not 10-20 years from now, using TODAY's TECHNOLOGIES from space-proven hardware and designs.
Our AMS will be equipped with several different camera systems and a star observation system, and the feed from these systems will be made available on line via the Internet to the People of the World.
KESE LLC Earth Alternative Energy development to include: solar power; space-based solar power (SBSP); deep well geo-thermal; biomass; wave power generation; wind power generation; and development of hydrogen power.
Dr. Robert Frantz, PhD: President and CFO.
Twenty years Marine Corp pilot, seventeen years United Airline Captain. Dr. Frantz brings his extensive aerospace experience to his current position as President and CFO of KESE. His skills and discipline are an invaluable asset that enable him to assist his associates in positioning KESE at the fore-front of the Asteroid Mining Industry by setting it up as a solid Earth-based business that can provide near-immediate Return On Investment (ROI) as well as the capability to fund the KESE efforts from the revenues produced from our Earth-based businesses.
Michael Buet, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) & VP of Engineering.
Michael graduated from UNC-C EE/ME - LEAN/Six-Sigma Black Belt & SCRUM Master, with over thirty years of broad Aerospace Industry experience. Michael started his career at AT&T-Bell Labs, and worked with LORAL Electronics, DeCrane Aerospace, Harvard Custom Manufacturing, Global Aeronautica (Boeing/Alenia 787 Dreamliner joint-venture) and Star Technology and Research, Inc. – Authored Paper on Asteroid Mining (see above), which he presented as KESE at the 2013 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in San Diego, and will be presenting again at ISDC 2014 in Los Angeles (http://isdc.nss.org/2014/)
We are currently working to formalize our cooperation with NASA/JPL Technology Transfer Office.
OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS:
Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut & Moon-walker(GoogleMoon coordinates: 3°39'06.00" S 17°29'41.96" W), Ret'd NASA.
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell was the Lunar Exploration Module(LEM)Pilot of Apollo 14, the third human lunar landing, which touched down in the Fra Mauro highlands on February 5, 1971, the sixth man to walk the Moon. Over the course of two EVAs, Astronauts Alan Shephard and Edgar Mitchell spent almost nine hours exploring the lunar highlands. Use GoogleEarth to explore the highlands terrain surrounding the descent stage of the lunar module Antares. (http://edmitchellapollo14.com).
Mr. Jerome Pearson, ret'd NASA Aerospace Engineer & inventor of the Space Elevator and President of Star Technology and Research.
Currently building the Electro-Dynamic Debris Eliminator (EDDE), a self-powering tethered satellite system designed to capture and manage all orbiting debris, under NASA Contract (www.star-tech-inc.com). Formerly Chief of Structural Dynamics, Air Force Research Laboratory, WPAFB OH. Over 100 technical publications and patents; Associate Fellow, AIAA; Member, International Academy of Astronautics. Selected publications:
Co-author with Michael Buet of “KESE-LLC Cornucopia Mission Paper”: Robotic Mining System for Rapid Return of Asteroid Resources, with DS Bennett (Georgia Tech), and Professor N. Komerath (Georgia Tech), May 2013;
High-Altitude Morphing Aircraft (HAMAC) Flight Models, with Gerald Gregorek, Harry Wykes, Charles Hall, Jr., John Oldson, and Cliff Whitfield, Air Force Research Laboratory Technical Report AFRL-RB-WP-TR-2010-3005, March 2010;
Multi-Winglets for Improved Aircraft Performance, with G. Gregorek, N. Komerath, and M. Smith, Air Force Technical Report AFRL-VA-WP-TR-2004-3074, Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio, July 2004.
Dr. N. Komerath, PhD, Georgia Tech - Professor at the Georgia Tech Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering.
Dr. Komerath has 3 US Patents and over 250 publications, and guided 15 PhDs, of whom 3 have won GIT’s Outstanding PhD Thesis (top 1%) Award. He has guided over 120 undergraduates and 50+ MS candidates in research projects, and served as project director for over 100 externally sponsored projects. He has served as Fellow of the NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts, Boeing A.D. Welliver Faculty Fellow, Sam Nunn Senior Security Fellow and Hesburgh Teaching Fellow, and as 2008-09 Chair of the Aerospace Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. He is a member of the AIAA Economics Technical Committee, the American Helicopter Society’s Aerodynamics Technical Committee, and the ASEE’s Aerospace Engineering and Energy Conservation and Conversion Division executive committees.
Mr. AJ Burke AEA Lab Manager/Industrial and Facilities Engineering Advisor.
AJ Burke is a retired US Army officer with over 22 years of service and a highly accomplished engineering and technology manager and consultant. He has worked at Lockheed-Martin, ITT, Hasco, NTT Data and Eaton on a variety of technical projects in aerospace, automotive, biotech, defense, electronics, energy, healthcare and plastics. In his most recent consulting roles he has been a corporate test laboratory manager and laboratory project manager and he will head up the lab, industrial and facilities engineering effort for the Alternative Energy and Aerospace Research Center (AEA) development as well as advising with the larger commercial project in alternative energy and facilities engineering issues at Jasper’s Crossing.
Mr. Kim Peart, Director, Space Pioneers.
D.Jennifer Bolton, PhD, Science Officer, Space Pioneers.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Dr. R. Frantz PhD, KESE LLC Co-founder, President & Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Mr. M. Buet EE/ME - LEAN/Six Sigma Black Belt, KESE LLC Co-founder, Chairman of the Board, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) &
"Capturing space abundance for the benefit of all mankind and promoting good stewardship of our Earth resources."
Asteroid Earth AMS in Space
Asteroid Earth AMS in SpaceRead more
KESE is closely allied with Star Technology and Research, Inc., a company dedicated to remove ALL dangerous left-overs from over 50 years of rocket launches now threatening our very access to space. Space debris, also known as orbital debris, space junk, and space waste, is the collection of objects in orbit around Earth that were created by humans but no longer serve any useful purpose. These objects consist of everything from spent rocket stages and defunct satellites to erosion, explosion and collision fragments. As the orbits of these objects often overlap the trajectories of newer objects, debris is a potential collision risk to operational spacecraft.
The vast majority of the estimated tens of millions of pieces of space debris are small particles, less than 1 centimetre... Read more
Apollo 14 Edgar Mitchell Joins KESE' Board of Advisors
On January 20th, Apollo 4 Astronaut EdgarMitchell joined KESE's Board of Advisers. We are deeply honored to welcome him on our Team.
From his Apollo 14 mission in 1971 as Lunar Module Pilot and sixth man to walk on the moon, Edgar Dean Mitchell retired from the U.S. Navy in 1972 to redirect his focus from “outer space” to “inner space.” He founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in 1973 to explore the mysterious workings of consciousness, a reality we all know exists, yet that eludes adequate mainstream scientific definition. His intent was not only to establish scientific methods of research to uncover underlying principles, but also to find methods to apply appropriate efforts toward the sustainability of our fragile “... Read more
NASA: 100-foot asteroid will fly by Earth today 3/5/2014 closer than the Moon
At 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT), the Slooh online observatory will webcast its own coverage of asteroid 2014 DX110 using the company's remote-controlled telescopes. Slooh's Paul Cox will host the observing event.
From NASA: "This asteroid, 2014 DX110, is estimated to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across. Its closest approach to Earth will be at about 217,000 miles (about 350,000 kilometers) from Earth at about 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) [2100 GMT] on March 5. The average distance between Earth and its moon is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers)."
The asteroid 2014 DX110 will zip by Earth at 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT) today, just days after its discovery on Feb. 28. NASA officials say it poses no threat to the Earth.
The first asteroid 2014 DX110... Read more
KESE Meets with NASA RESOLVE Team at Kennedy Space Center
On January 22nd, KESE CTO & VP of Engineering, Michael Buet, and KESE President & CFO, Dr. Robert Frantz met with key members of the NASA Regolith & Environment Science and Oxigen & Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) Team. That NASA Project is currently developing rover-borne robotic system to excavate and analyze Moon and Mars sub-surface regolith, and has agreed to cooperate with KESE via the NASA Technology Transfer Program.