Joel Sercel is a proven space technology pioneer and team leader with technical expertise spans space mission design, space propulsion, satellite design, architectural design, and systems engineering. He runs an agile company where young engineers are inspired and empowered to build, test, break, and bust through technical limits and mature innovations at breakneck speed. He is a six-time winner of the prestigious NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program and has multiple patents issued and pending in the area of space resources and in space transportation technology.
His expertise and leadership have been sought out by world class organizations including NASA, Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, the US intelligence community, and the US Air Force. He also speaks extensively on the topics of ethical space settlement. Joel’s PhD is from Caltech in plasma physics and space propulsion. He spent 14 years at NASA JPL where he served in nearly all of the technical roles and conceived the first ion propulsion system used in deep space missions to a comet and asteroids Ceres and Vesta. Sercel served as the founding CTO of Momentus Space before returning to Trans Astra to fulfill his lifelong dream of working to establish a thriving in-space economy that will offer unbound potential for future generations.