Team

Tad W. Theno Co Founder of MKF Interests & Atlas Ocean Systems

Tad ThenoMr. Theno has many years of experience in advance aerospace conceptual design and technology development. Mr. Theno’s experience includes advanced concepts at Paragon SDC where he lead over a dozen proposal efforts per year and proposed an equal number of new, innovative technologies. At Northrop Grumman Aerospace Mr. Theno performed multi-disciplinary design activities on aircraft and reusable space systems including studies on the Altair Lunar Lander, AFRL Reusable Booster System, the LEMV airship, and multiple other programs and technology development efforts. At Rocketplane Kistler Mr. Theno conducted design studies on advanced concepts and proposal efforts including the Rocketplane XP suborbital spaceplane and the Kistler K-1 winning COTS bid. Prior to Rocketplane, Mr. Theno created multiple successful space education programs, was acting PI on multiple ISS and STS payloads and participated in Lunar and Martian studies and data reduction. Mr. Theno has studied and conceptualized new renewable energy systems and companies, bringing this enthusiasm to MKF and its companies including Atlas Ocean Systems.

Francis James Macdonald Farley FRS

FarleyMr. Farley is a British scientist, Fellow of the Royal Society, and of the Institute of Physics and an honorary fellow of Trinity College Dublin. During WWII he designed and made the first X-band microwave radar with 100 ns pulse and a one degree beam which directed the 15″ guns at Dover and identified shells splashing around the target. He invented clutter reference Doppler radar which could see vehicles on land and was used in Italy. As a senior lecturer in Auckland University he was a NZ delegate to the 1955 UN conference in Geneva on “Atomic energy for peaceful purposes”. During a year at Harwell in1955 he measured the neutron yield from plutonium fission as a function of the incident neutron epithermal energy. From 1957 at CERN he measured the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon in three successive experiments, inventing the muon storage ring. Accurate tests of special relativity at CERN. He participated in the follow up measurement at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Farley won the 1980 Hughes Medal of the Royal Society “for his ultra-precise measurements of the muon magnetic moment, a severe test of quantum electrodynamics and of the nature of the muon”. 1967-82 he was the academic head of the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham GB. He has been visiting professor at Yale, Reading University (of engineering), University of New South Wales (of theoretical physics) and currently at Southampton. Dr. Farley moved to Nice, France in 1986 to help the cancer hospital Centre Antoine Lacassagne install a 65 MeV cyclotron for proton therapy. He designed the beam transport which brings the beam to the patient. The system has operated unmodified for 23 years and has treated over 3000 patients for ocular melanoma with a cure rate of 95%.

Dr. Farley has worked on wave energy since 1976 and has filed 14 patents in this area. He has invented or co-invented various machines, notably the Triplate, the Buckling Resonant raft and the Anaconda (bulging rubber tube). In 2010 he organized a residential discussion meeting on wave energy for the UK Royal Society with the papers published here. As well as having authored numerable papers over decades of valuable contributions to many areas of science and engineering; in 2012 he wrote a romantic novel, Catalysed Fusion, which illustrates life around the accelerators at CERN and in Geneva.

Maxim de Jong, Project Manager / Senior Research Engineer at TRLA

MaximMr. de Jong is a specialist in the design, engineering and manufacture of ultra-high performance flexible-deployable structures. He has directed all Thin Red Line programs including the Bigelow Genesis inflatable spacecraft pressure hulls. His current NASA program efforts focus on habitation, planetary Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL), and radiation shielding. Prior to the last dozen years dedicated primarily to space exploration projects, Mr. de Jong’s design, testing, and field integration of critical use/inclement environment aviation, tactical and ground support soft goods reaches back to 1985 with activities in fifteen countries and application of extensive personal background in extreme condition survivability.

Brian Aiken, Senior Aerospace Engineer at TRLA

Mr. Aiken has over forty years’ flight hardware development experience—largely at TRW in the military satellite arena. He provides invaluable insight into space environments and spacecraft systems engineering. Before joining TRLA in 2006, Mr. Aiken was Chief Engineer and Program Manager for the Bigelow Aerospace inflatable space habitat project from 2000 to 2006, leading to successful launch and deployment of Genesis I and II. Mr. Aiken has supported NASA’s Chandra X-ray, EOS-Terra, and Compton Gamma Ray Observatories, as well as the TOMS satellite for which he received NASA’s Special Recognition Award. Mr. Aiken provides support for all of TRLA’s current R&D programs.

Gary A. Lantz Co Founder of MKF Interests & Atlas Ocean Systems

Mr. Lantz is an experienced Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer, Systems Engineer, Program Manager, Capture Manager, and recognized for his leadership. Mr. Lantz has had a positive lasting impact at multiple aerospace companies. Mr. Lantz’s experience include critical role in the development of Cessna Citations and flight test procedures, Systems Engineer and Integration Manager at Rocketplane Kistler, Safety and Mission Assurance Officer on the NASA Constellation Program, and the Orbital Sciences CYGNUS/Taurus II launch vehicle at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Systems Engineer on the Altair Lunar Lander at Northrop Grumman, and Capture Manager at Paragon SDC where his efforts lead to significant work for Paragon on the Inspiration Mars program, StratEx record breaking stratospheric sky dive, and helped maintain an R&D and engineering services capture rate of over 50%. Mr. Lantz is an active member of the community. He is a Boy Scout leader and is on the board of directors for the Foundation for International Space Education (FISE), a 501c3 organization that brings students from all over the world to Houston to participate in a fast-paced STEM based educational experience centered around Human Spaceflight.