Staff

Mike Killian : Managing Editor

Mike Killian

Managing Editor

mike7268@gmail.com

Killian is a California-native who's always had a passion for spaceflight, writing and photography, so it was only natural that he combined it all upon moving to Florida in 2008. His work as an aerospace photojournalist has flourished in his coverage of America's space program since, featured on ABC World News Tonight, National Geographic, NBC and other news organizations, as well as the Air Force, NASA, ULA, SpaceX, Boeing, Breitling and many others.

His assignments have brought him onboard NASA's space shuttles multiple times, front row to launches of spacecraft to worlds such as Mars and Jupiter, in clean rooms with many spacecraft, and on flights with the Air Force, Navy Blue Angels, Breitling Jet Team and various civilian air show & race pilots. Killian is one of very few photojournalists in the history of American spaceflight to fly with the Air Force Reservist 920th Rescue Wing on operational range support missions covering launches as well. 

Outside of space the father of two works quite a bit with many aviators on photography and/or producing a story for news organizations, particularly with air show performers and show organizers across the U.S., and also volunteers as a team photographer for 'Precious Metal' and 'Hot Stuff' Reno Air Racing teams.

Ben Evans : Senior Writer

Ben Evans

Senior Writer

ben@americaspace.com

Ben Evans gained a bachelor's degree in ancient history and archaeology from the University of Birmingham, England, in 1999 and a postgraduate certification in education, also from the University of Birmingham, in 2001. Fascinated by space since childhood, he published his first article in the British Interplanetary Society's magazine, Spaceflight, in 1992. He was also written extensively for the magazines Countdown and Astronomy Now.

Evans has written nine books for Springer-Praxis: NASA's Voyager Missions (2003), Space Shuttle Columbia (2005), Space Shuttle Challenger (2006) and a six-volume series to commemorate the first 50 years of human space exploration. These were Escaping the Bonds of Earth (2009), Foothold in the Heavens (2010), At Home in Space (2011), Tragedy and Triumph in Orbit (2012), Partnership in Space (2013) and The Twenty-First Century in Space (due for publication later in 2014). The first volume of this series, Escaping the Bonds of Earth, was nominated by the American Astronomical Society for its annual Emme Award in Astronautical Literature in 2010.

Alan Walters : Senior Photographer & Videographer / Production Support

Alan Walters

Senior Photographer & Videographer / Production Support

alan@americaspace.com

Alan Walters has been a photographer for about a decade. In the beginning he shot primarily pictures of wildlife. Living close to Kennedy Space Center and the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station brought a different type of flying creature to Alan’s attention – rockets. For some time he would coordinate with his friends that worked at the space center so he could get close – but he still wanted to get closer, to record the history he saw taking place along Florida's Space Coast.

His opportunity came when he began working with a media outlet that covers space. This allowed him to be accredited for access to KSC. Alan has been photographing space-related events for the past five years and has begun working for AmericaSpace in a similar fashion. Alan works as a computer programmer in his day job, he writes automatic vehicle tracking software (GPS-based systems) – primarily for EMS first responders. www.awaltersphoto.com

Mike Barrett : Videographer & Video Editing / Live Launch Coverage / Production Lead

Mike Barrett

Videographer & Video Editing / Live Launch Coverage / Production Lead

mike@americaspace.com

Mike was raised on a diet of Star Trek and Lost in Space, and graduated to the works of Isaac Asimov shortly after learning to read. He was glued to his old black and white TV during the 1960s for the Apollo missions watching history unfold from 6,000 miles away.

Space journalism for him started back in 2007 when he covered a Delta II GPS launch for www.PocketGPSWorld.com. Since that time he has been a frequent visitor to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where he visited all the historic launch pads and covered a number of missions from the end of the Shuttle Era to the latest ventures into our Solar System for www.Wired4Space.com.

In 2012, Wired4Space became an affiliate of AmericaSpace with the two groups working to help one another to better tell the space flight story.

Craig Covault : Writer / Dept. of Defense & Military Space

Craig Covault

Writer / Dept. of Defense & Military Space

cpcovault@gmail.com

Craig is a veteran aerospace photojournalist who began his space writing career in 1969–70 with grants from Readers Digest magazine to write about Apollo lunar mission simulations with astronauts at NASA's Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers. For 20 years in Washington he reported on civil robotic and human space programs including Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, Apollo Soyuz and the International Space Station, as well as international military space programs.  Hundreds of his articles were devoted to Shuttle development, training and flight operations.  Craig has provided extensive coverage of space policy debates in the Congress and the White House during this time as well, and he pioneered detailed ongoing coverage of the Soviet space program. He's also covered Chinese space programs from the 1970s forward, including having made 6 trips to China in doing so.

Craig joined U.S. astronauts many times for space shuttle launch, reentry and manipulator arm simulations, and was the first journalist to fly onboard both day and night Gulfstream II STA Shuttle Training Aircraft steep landing approaches to the KSC runway. He is the only journalist to have practiced spacewalk/EVA tasks wearing a spacesuit underwater to demonstrate zero-g ISS assembly and Hubble Space Telescope servicing tasks. He has covered NASA's Mars robotic missions extensively over the years, but has written most extensively on European space developments across the continent and NATO air operations during the Bosnian war, as well as space from Russia, China and Japan when stationed as Bureau Chief in Paris, France.

 

John Studwell : Staff Photographer

John Studwell

Staff Photographer

John is no stranger to aerospace or photography; he was shooting photos, processing film and making prints in his own bedroom closet with an Ansco Developing Kit at age ten. A former U.S. Air Force aircraft mechanic, John has logged countless hours in various aircraft such as the C-130, C-97, B-47, KC-135, B-52 and FB-111 (among others). He's even logged some time backseat with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Flight Demonstration Squadron.

After his stint in the military John joined the New York State Police, but photography was his passion, and it wasn't until visiting a younger brother and seeing his beautiful photography work in print that he realized his calling and retired from the force to return to school, where he earned a BA in Art Photography and opened his own upscale photography studio in upstate New York.

Eventually he decided to sell his business and retire to sunny Florida, but it didn't take long for that to become boring. He landed jobs with both Grumman Aircraft and Boeing, but photography still called to him, and eventually he landed a position as Chief Photographer for the St Augustine Record. John also served as NFL Team Photographer for the Jacksonville Jaguars for ten years. His assignments have brought him from Aircraft Carriers to Air Force flights to photographically remap South Florida after Hurricane Andrew, and of course to Kennedy Space Center and NASA's space shuttle program. That is where Studwell discovered his second photographic passion after nature, space launches, and the rest, they say, is history.

 

Emily Carney : Writer

Emily Carney

Writer

emily@americaspace.com

Emily Carney's passion for space began when she was a young child, watching shuttle launches from her Florida home in the early- to mid-1980s. The excitement of the space program never left her and she parlayed her interest into her blog, This Space Available, which she started near the end of the shuttle program in late 2010. She is a three-time NASA Social veteran and a tireless advocate of space outreach.

Carney is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served from 1997 to 2003; during that time, she graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, and learned the shipboard ropes aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73), which at the time was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Following her time in the military, she earned an A.A. and a B.S. in education from St. Petersburg College. Following a brief stint as a classroom teacher, she pursued her favorite activity, writing; she has written for Popshifter, Kittysneezes and La Gaceta newspaper in Tampa, Florida, along with her own spaceflight blog. For fun, she enjoys visiting air shows and, of course, seeing launches and space sights in her native Florida. She is particularly interested in spaceflight history and education outreach. Emily runs her own blog as well: This Space Available

Leonidas Papadopoulos : Writer / Planetary Science & Astronomy

Leonidas Papadopoulos

Writer / Planetary Science & Astronomy

leon.pap.1979@gmail.com

Although he completed associate degree studies on computer science, it was science fiction that captivated Leonidas' imagination at a very early age and made him fall in love with space exploration. This life-long fascination with the Universe, which started while watching 'Marooned' on a hot summer night at the age of 8, Leonidas was further nurtured by enthusiastically reading the works of authors like Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov, and by religiously watching TV science fiction shows like Space:1999 and Star Trek.

After a multi-year career in the banking and sales sectors, he decided to listen to his 'inner calling' and follow his love for space and the need for creative expression, and eventually brought his talent as a writer to the AmericSpace team in reporting on news concerning astronomy, planetary science and space exploration.

In his free time Leonidas loves to communicate the wonders of the Universe to the general public, while  participating at star parties and other amateur astronomy gatherings. Other more down to Earth interests include a passion for artistic expression, through playing music and practising ballroom and latin dances and participating in a number of dance theater performances - with great success - in consecutive years.

 

Paul Scott Anderson : Writer / Planetary Science & Astronomy

Paul Scott Anderson

Writer / Planetary Science & Astronomy

paul@americaspace.com

Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. His interest began in childhood, when he saw Carl Sagan's Cosmos for the first time on TV. In elementary school, he would sometimes give astronomy presentations in class and did a space "book" and calendar as class projects.

After focusing on art and design through high school and college, and then following related pursuits, he decided to "return to his roots" and started his blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which is a chronicle of planetary exploration. While interested in all aspects of space exploration, his primary passion is planetary science. In 2011, he started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now also currently writes for AmericaSpace and Examiner.com. He has also done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet. You can see more of Paul's work here: www.themeridianijournal.com

Michael Galindo : Photographer / JSC Correspondent / Live Launch Coverage / Video Production

Michael Galindo

Photographer / JSC Correspondent / Live Launch Coverage / Video Production

michaelwfsn@gmail.com

Michael Galindo was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and has been interested in astronomy and spaceflight (specifically spaceflight history and the early American space programs) since childhood. Over the years he's visited JSC and KSC/CCAFS many times.

In 2001 Galindo picked up photography and videography as a hobby, and in 2005 he started volunteering as a camera operator at Pasadena Channel. In 2012 Galindo photographed his first solar eclipse, as well as space shuttle Endeavour's final visit to Houston. In 2013 he attend his first NASA Social and covered the transfer ceremony for the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). In 2014 he covered the transfer of the SCA from Ellington Field to its new home at Space Center Houston, as well as other events at Michoud and Stennis Space Centers.

After having seen Galindo's dedication and talent behind the lens AmericaSpace offered him the opportunity to be our JSC Correspondent later that year, and he has covered all JSC Media events taking place at JSC ever since, as well as events at space centers across the southern U.S., including the Dec. 2014 launch of NASA's Orion on EFT-1. Galindo also regularly assists with our social media efforts and live launch coverage.

Robert C. Fisher : Photographer / NASA JPL & Vandenberg AFB Correspondent

Robert C. Fisher

Photographer / NASA JPL & Vandenberg AFB Correspondent

bob@americaspace.com

Robert C. Fisher became interested in photography at a young age and has worked as a photographer, news film photographer, and commercial cinematographer for the past 35 years. He has also worked in feature films on both the East Coast and in Hollywood as a lighting technician and cinematographer. Robert has also had the pleasure to participate on the Science and Technical Awards Committee for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for several years and currently is an Associate Member of the Society of Camera Operators as well as a Member of the International VR Photographers Association, IVRPA.

Working now as visual artist in photography, 360º Panoramic Photography, and cinematography to produce a variety of work including interactive presentations for commercial clients, museums, and internet clients which can encompass many different forms of media to tell the story. Recent Projects include The Last Shuttle Project, interactive panoramas for the World War II Museum in New Orleans, historical interactive panoramas for Playboy.com and documentary footage and interviews for the Lifetime Achievement Awards for the Society of Camera Operators. Robert is humbled by the opportunity to join AmericaSpace to help document the continuing space program covering the West Coast and Vandenberg AFB.

Chris Howell : Writer & Photographer / JPL & Vandenberg AFB Correspondent

Chris Howell

Writer & Photographer / JPL & Vandenberg AFB Correspondent

Chris Howell came to AmericaSpace through his coverage of the NASA Orion EFT-1 launch in Dec. 2014 at KSC in Florida, and will be primarily contributing content from events out of Vandenberg AFB and NASA's JPL. He writes and produces editorial, documentary and still life photography. Recent work covering NASA/JPL’s Earth Science spacecraft Aquarius for The Catalina Marine Society Magazine, was picked up by NASA for the Aquarius Overview page. A partial client list includes Los Angeles Magazine, KPMG, McDonnell Douglas, Banker’s Trust, Gensler & Associates, Skidmore Owings and Merril, Santa Fe Pacific Realty, The San Francisco Multimedia Development Group, Western Public Radio, Bay Cable Advertising, Salomon Brothers, Kilroy Industries, Pacifica Foundation, Transamerica and The San Francisco Jazz Festival.

Chris Howell New Media began in 1992 with the United Nations Association, Pasadena Chapter. Programs such as “Barriers and Bridges,” “Women and the Environmental Crisis, A Global Perspective,” “UNESCO,” “A Meeting With Sis Levin,” "Folk Tales and Crafts,” and “Coming of Age at 50, Mapping a vision of the Future of the United Nations Association” were digitally recorded and made available to the public.

His coverage of the United Nations Conference on Sustainability and Development, The Earth Summit held in Rio De Janeiro, was shown at Cal Tech and USC and led to an educational offering with letters of endorsement from UNESCO, The Smithsonian Institution, Project Eco-School, Equipe Cousteau, The World Affairs Council, The GeoSphere Project, The Voyager Company, and Vice President Al Gore.

Dave Parrish : Photographer / Wallops VA

Dave Parrish

Photographer / Wallops VA

When NASA's Wallops Flight Facility needs to launch rockets our man Dave Parrish is there to cover it, working with AmericaSpace as our Wallops correspondent. Based in Richmond,Va, Dave has been a huge fan of the space program since the Skylab days, and has been thrilled to have the opportunity to cover the launches out of Wallops Island. Although yes, Dave loves to shoot rockets, his love of photography knows now bounds and he shoots every genre imaginable.

Check out his website www.DaveParrishPhoto.com, and don't forget to LIKE Dave Parrish Photography on Facebook to follow his work!

Elliot Severn : Writer & Photographer / Wallops Correspondent

Elliot Severn

Writer & Photographer / Wallops Correspondent

elliotsevern@gmail.com
Elliot Severn is a photographer and space journalist from Stratford, Connecticut. He became an amateur astronomer at an early age, which sparked his passion for space exploration and photography. Attending launches at the end of the space shuttle program led to him professionally covering Antares launches from Wallops Island, Virginia. Since then, Elliot has covered every Antares launch, along with several others out of Cape Canaveral, such as Orion EFT-1 and the Air Force AFSPC-5 mission with the X-37B Spaceplane and Planetary Society's Lightsail spacecraft.
His work has been featured by several prominent organizations and news outlets including The Planetary Society, StarTalk Radio, The Explorers Club, Forbes, CBS News, NBC News, Business Insider, and of course - AmericaSpace.
Elliot graduated from Alfred University in 2013 with a BA in Environmental Science and is a freelance photographer by trade. You can see more of his work at www.spaceflightphotography.com
Sherry Valare : Writer / Photographer

Sherry Valare

Writer / Photographer

Sherry is extremely passionate about promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, especially for young girls. She enjoys helping students feel empowered and confident in themselves. She is the Center Director for an education company and her fascination with space started when she was a kid. She loves getting children, and anyone willing to listen, excited about it through her writing and photography. Valare currently writes for RocketSTEM Magazine as well as AmericaSpace, and she is currently in the process of writing a children’s book that she hopes will be successful enough to eventually expand into a series.

Hap Griffin : Photographer & Videographer

Hap Griffin

Photographer & Videographer

hap@sc.rr.com

Hap Griffin lives in South Carolina and is an avid astrophotographer, owning his own observatory and a small business modifying cameras for better atrophotography and infra-red performance. He has had a number of his astronomical photographs published in books and magazines and has spoken at numerous conferences across the country on the subject of astrophotography.

His love for the space program and all things space travel related goes back to his days following the Mercury and Gemini programs as a child. Hap began covering events at Kennedy Space Center at the end of the shuttle era with STS-135 for the South Carolina Educational Television Network, where he spent a 34-year career in broadcast engineering. He retired in March 2012 after serving the network for 16 years as its Vice-President and Chief Engineer.

Hap has been covering launches at KSC and Cape Canaveral for the major astronomy magazine Sky and Telescope for several years, and will now be contributing his work & talents to the imagery team here at AmericaSpace as well. Griffin holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and is a practicing accredited Professional Engineer in South Carolina.  His hobbies include ham radio, building electronic projects, and playing guitar in a classic oldies band.

Jim Hillhouse : Founder & Editor-In-Chief

Jim Hillhouse

Founder & Editor-In-Chief

jim@americaspace.com

Jim Hillhouse earned a BA in History and a BSE and MSE in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, with his Master's work focused on mission planning and orbital mechanics. For fun, Jim writes iOS apps, is a pilot (single-engine, land) and flies a Cirrus SR-20 GTS.