The TAMER Team includes highly experienced individuals covering systems, technical, scientific, quality and creative skills across both Terrestrial Resources and Aerospace industries. Our mixture of skills is unique, and our focus is practical.
" Great Discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds."
Alexander Graham Bell
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Matt Madsen has over 25 years of terrestrial resources experience. This includes project management of major capital construction projects in excess of $1b in the mining and oil & gas industries globally. He has worked extensively in operations management across resources sectors as well as industrial manufacturing of construction materials.
After beginning his career in the field of education and training, Matt was formally trained in project management, including LEAN, TQM and Six Sigma, by Motorola while working at their R&D center in Sendai, Japan. These two early aspects have been fundamental in shaping his career.
First, being an educator has provided him a valuable understanding of the importance of good communication including both observation and listening. Second, the project management practices he learned are readily transferable to a wide variety of situations where problem solving, teamwork and leadership are required. Together, his realization that project management success is amplified by effective communication has led him to integrating a combination of these soft and technical skills into his approach to work ever since.
Matt has a passion for entrepreneurship, having successfully started and managed two companies prior to founding Tamer Space. Following his entry into the mining industry, first as a project manager then as a general manager of a contract mining company in Latin America, he started a mining equipment sales and consulting business in southern Africa. That business he built on his own from the ground up was Crushers International which represented well known North American brands of equipment such as Terex, FLSmidth, Lippmann, and Mack Trucks. In addition to selling and servicing those brands, the business also provided technical consulting on plant and mine design, process design, and production cost rationalization. Matt’s ability to effectively interface and onboard new technology into the mining industry first commenced through this experience.
The second business that Matt started and managed was a boutique project management and supply chain management consultancy based in Australia. He and his business partner ran this business for ten years focusing on providing strategic inputs to Tier 1 corporations in mining, oil & gas, engineering, industrial manufacturing, power generation, and power/water distribution.
Through servicing customers with a wide range of challenges, Matt has become adept at identifying opportunities for cross-leveraging technology and, importantly, figuring out how to apply and implement these technologies to result in sustainable cost and safety improvements.
Now with Tamer Space, Matt is leveraging this background knowledge and experience into building a unique brand that bridges aerospace and terrestrial resources through identifying and developing technology transfer opportunities for the betterment of terrestrial industry and mankind’s future in space.
Robert Moses is an engineer, aeronautics and astronautics scientist, and published author with recognized expertise in aircraft and spacecraft design, destination systems for human exploration, planetary surface resource usage and marine & civil engineering, as well as holding a Building License.
Since joining NASA in 1989, Robert has contributed to flight test teams developing hardware for Shuttle missions starting with Atlantis, STS-37 in 1991, the design of the F-22 and F-35 aircraft, Mars ARES Airplane, Constellation Program activities including the Ares I-X Flight Vehicle Development, and a multitude of other related projects.
Robert is a Subject Matter Expert in Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL), In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU), In-Space Assembly (ISA), and Surface Construction on the Moon and Mars utilizing indigenous resources. He has led or contributed to Creativity & Innovation (C&I), Center Innovation Fund (CIF), and mission architecture studies on these topics.
Robert also serves as LaRC’s Lead on STMD’s Systems Capabilities Leadership Team in ISRU and for Surface Construction and ISRU activities. He participates in the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC) Focus Groups on Excavation & Construction and ISRU and currently is Principal Investigator (PI) for the “Lunar Safe Haven Study” funded by the Game Changing Development Program. He serves as a Session Chair on “Infrastructure to Stay – Moon”, ASCEND Conference, Las Vegas, 2020 & 2021 for enabling a sustainable presence and cislunar economy.
He is a topic lead to NASA’s NSTGRO Fellowship Programs for Human Exploration Destination Systems and a NIAC Fellow serving as PI for the Phase 1 Study of “Advanced Aerocapture System for Enabling Faster-Larger Planetary Science & Human Exploration Missions.”
Robert holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering (NCSU), a MS degree in Systems Engineering (VPI), a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering (Stanford), and PhD in Aeronautics & Astronautics (Stanford).
He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a member of ASCE and a licensed residential and commercial builder in Virginia, USA. Prior to joining NASA, Robert worked at Newport News Shipbuilding Company contributing to the design and construction of numerous submarines and surface ships and a former member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
He holds a number of patents on a variety of aerospace systems and was awarded a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and two International Group Achievement Awards by the Pentagon (Subcommittee on Non-Atomic Military Research & Development).
Much of his work is published, and he is a contributing author and section editor of the pending Handbook of Lunar Base Design & Development, Aldrin & Eckart (Executive Editors).
View Robert's Publications history here.
Kirby Ikin has been involved in the space industry for more than 30 years and has done so as a space businessman, as a space entrepreneur, as an advocate for the space industry, and as a public advocate for space settlement and development.
He is Chairman of the Board of the National Space Society (headquartered in Washington DC) where he succeeded Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He was the Founder and Chairman of the Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce (now known as the Space Industry Association of Australia).
He has worked in various space businesses from attempts to establish a spaceport on the Australian territory of Christmas Island through to businesses developing satellite life extension capabilities. In 2012 he was one of the Co-Founders of Deep Space Industries, one of the original pioneering companies planning to harvest asteroid material for use in space.
For ten years he also ran one of the ten largest space insurance underwriting businesses in the world (GIO Space) – a business he took from a $2m per year line of business and built into a $175m per year standalone business.