Engineering the Future of Space

Tom Spilker and Tim Alatorre

Dr. Tom Spilker and Architect Tim Alatorre join us in this week’s episode to talk about why we build space stations, designing space stations, artificial gravity, making stations profitable, and engineering the future of space.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Tom Spilker, a co-founder of Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC), leads OAC’s space systems development for several projects, including the near-term Gravity Ring and the Voyager Space Station. Prior to joining OAC, Dr. Spilker consulted on space flight mission architectures and proposals and planetary and solar system science investigations, and provided high-level feasibility assessments and spacecraft system engineering for scientific space flight missions. He served as both a scientist and engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for more than 20 years, including 10 years as a Principal Space Flight Mission Architect. He worked on NASA’s Voyager, Cassini, and Genesis missions, and was a co-Investigator for the microwave instrument on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. Dr. Spilker earned an M.S.E.E and Ph.D.E.E. from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Geophysics and Computer Science from Kansas State University.

Tim Alatorre NCARB, a founder of Orbital Assembly Corporation, brings more than 20 years of experience in business management, engineering, habitat design, and programming to his roles as chief operating officer and chair of the board. Alatorre was previously CEO of Domum, an internationally recognized architecture firm based in California. There, he increased revenue by 240% and grew the startup firm to a multinational organization overseeing more than $320 million in construction projects annually. He has supervised the design and construction of more than 600 structures and more than $1.5 billion in construction projects. Alatorre served as a planning commissioner and member of a municipal Architectural Review Committee for the city of Rocklin, CA, for several years, and worked as a consulting subject matter expert for the state of California for more than a decade. Alatorre earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.


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