ASU and Lockheed Martin have extensive experience in the robotic exploration of space.

ASU’s relationship with NASA stretches back to the 1970s and extends to the ongoing robotic exploration of the solar system today. Lockheed Martin has supported every NASA mission to Mars and has contributed technology to numerous other robotic missions that have explored the solar system. This combined legacy of experience translates into achievements supporting MILO Institute objectives.

Our team


Jim Bell
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist
Jim is a professor in ASU’s School of Earth & Space Exploration and the director of ASU’s Space Technology and Science (“NewSpace”) Initiative.

David Thomas
Executive Director
David has 20+ years building sustainable science and technology organizations for the defense industry and academic institutions.


Scott Smas
ASU NewSpace
Scott is the program manager for ASU’s Space Technology and Science (“New Space”) Initiative. He manages outreach programs and member engagement.