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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.


Our Vision
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 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.

Our Team:

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.


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. (

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.



Dr. R. Frantz PhD, KESE LLC Co-founder, President & Chief Financial Officer (CFO).


Value Statement:
"Capturing space abundance for the benefit of all mankind and promoting good stewardship of our Earth resources."

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