Robert Zubrin

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Bob Zubrin
Birth Name Robert Zubrin
Occupation Engineer, Author
Nationality United States of America
Notable Works On to Mars, On To Mars 2, The Case for Mars: How We Shall Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must, Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization, Mars on Earth

Robert Zubrin is the founder and President of the Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. He is also President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado. Formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of over 200 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, and was a member of Lockheed Martin's "scenario development team" charged with developing broad new strategies for space exploration. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing the "Mars Direct" mission plan, a strategy which by using Martian resources, allows a human Mars exploration program to be conducted at a cost 1/8th that previously estimated by NASA. Zubrin is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today, and he and his work have been subject of much favorable press coverage in The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the London Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Newsweek, Air and Space Smithsonian, Popular Science, Space News, and many other publications. He is the holder of two US Patents, and has two more pending.

Since founding Pioneer Astronautics in January 1996, Dr. Zubrin has served as the Principal Investigator of numerous research and development efforts in areas including spacecraft and launch vehicle propulsion systems, Mars and Lunar in-situ resource utilization technology, EVA life support and propulsion, and robotic exploration systems.

Prior to that, for 7 years, Dr. Zubrin was employed as a Senior, and then Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin (formerly Martin Marietta) Astronautics in Denver, working on the design of advanced space transportation and propulsion concepts. He won two Inventors awards from Martin Marietta for his design of a nuclear rocket engine that could use CO 2 as propellant, allowing a vehicle so powered to have unlimited mobility on Mars, and for his design of the "Mars Direct" mission architecture. While at Lockheed Martin, Zubrin also worked on many other projects ranging from small ICBM and missile defense systems to robotic Mars balloon missions, space nuclear power, and the design of aerial-refueled rocketplanes.

In addition to his many technical publications, Dr. Zubrin is the author of five books, including "The Case for Mars: How We Shall Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must," published by Simon and Schuster's Free Press Division in Oct. 1996, "Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization," published by Tarcher Putnam in Aug. 1999, and "Mars on Earth" published by Tarcher Penguin in Sept. 2003.