Staff

Mike Killian : Managing Editor

Mike Killian

Managing Editor

mike7268@gmail.com

Killian is an aerospace photographer and writer, with a primary focus on spaceflight and military and civilian aviation. Over the years his assignments have brought him onboard NASA's space shuttles, in clean rooms with spacecraft destined for other worlds, front row for launches of historic missions and on numerous civilian and military flight assignments.

When not working the California-native enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, storm chasing, producing time-lapses and shooting landscape and night sky imagery.

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.

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.

 

John Kraus : Staff Photographer

John Kraus

Staff Photographer

John Kraus is an up and coming photographer who lives in Satellite Beach, Florida, about 45 minutes south of Cape Canaveral. At just 17, he is one of the youngest credentialed launch photographers to ever cover the subject. Kraus grew up following the space program, and when he picked up a DSLR for the first time a couple years ago, came to AmericaSpace hungry for an opportunity to grow professionally as he looks ahead to a college career in aerospace engineering.

In his short time covering launches off Florida's Space Coast, Kraus' work has been featured on numerous photography and aerospace websites, as well as internationally recognized publications such as National Geographic.

You can follow his work on Instagram, @JohnKrausPhotos

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 & Social Media

Michael Galindo

Photographer / JSC Correspondent / Live Launch Coverage & Social Media

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.

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-1 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
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.

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.