SC17: Andreas Tziolas

Dr. Andreas Tziolas is a co­founder and the President of Icarus Interstellar. He has served as Project Icarus Leader (fusion based starship study) and is current Project Lead for Project TinTin (interstellar nanosat mission development team) and holds the positions of Chairman for Research and Chairman for Education at Icarus Interstellar.

Andreas completed his Ph.D in Gravitation and Cosmology at Baylor University in 2009. His dissertation “Colliding Branes and Formation of Spacetime Singularities in Superstring Theory” holds remarkable implications for the study of black­holes in extra dimensions. He also holds an MPhys degree in Physics with Space Sciences and Technology, from Leicester University where he worked on the Life Detection Module aboard the Mars Express/Beagle­2 mission to Mars.

Andreas has held a variety of research positions including two summer research fellowships at JPL/NASA where he worked with the Outer Planetary Atmosphere’s Group, supporting the Galileo mission to Jupiter as part of the Hubble Wide Fields and Planetary Camera team. He also served as a Graduate Technologist working on the Large Interferometric Space Antenna (LISA) mission development team at The University of Birmingham in the UK. In Alaska held the position Chief Scientist for Variance Dynamical Corp, developing next generation analog electronic sensors for use in real time spectrometers and high radiation environments.

He is currently a Strategist, Project Manager and Grant Writer at Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation, a tribal corporation out of Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the United States in the High Arctic.

Watch Andreas' Starship Congress 2015 presentation on Starflight Academy: An Education in Interstellar Engineering ...

agLuna: Industrial Hemp as a Lunar Cash Crop


In this talk we explore the agricultural opportunities on the Moon, by examining the business and logistical considerations for Industrial Hemp as compared to corn, wheat, potatoes and other fundamental crops used around the world. We evaluate based on plant usage, robustness, water and fertilizer requirements to arrive at best case scenarios for jump starting a toy model agricultural commodities company servicing the Moon: AgLuna.