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Jonathan Mitchell

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Why I Want to Build a MoonBase

I want to build a Moon Base because it represents the next "giant leap" in human exploration and development of space, and the natural progression of our technological efforts to understand our solar system and the universe in which we inhabit. Since we now have the capabilities and generating the collective civilizational will to go back to the Moon, I want to be a part of the effort to make it a reality and advance our knowledge, science, and technology to reach this goal for humanity.

I'm Passionate About

I am passionate about space, astronomy, science, human development and exploration of space, and the pursuit of new knowledge and technological frontiers. I am also passionate about sustainability, renewable energy, and inspiring new generations to look to integrate sustainable practices with expanding our planetary horizons as a multi-planetary species.

Professional Biography

Jonathan Mitchell is the manager of corporate development at Parker Ranch Inc. and oversees emerging business development, alternative land use, and renewable energy opportunities.  Prior to joining the Ranch, Jonathan worked at Lockheed Martin, in the Astronautics division, contributing to NASA Discovery Missions (Genesis, Aladdin, Stardust), Apple Inc., where he worked in the iPod Products group on the iPhone and iPad, and Janus Capital Group, where he worked on technology investment and equity research. Originally from Colorado, he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University with a multidisciplinary degree in astronomy, psychology, and systems theory, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. At Cornell University, Mr. Mitchell was part of a NASA HEDS-UP program research team that designed components of communications and heads-up displays for space suits for a future human mission to Mars. He also contributed to the Mars Curiosity Rover science team which designed the Mars Exploration Rover Athena Panoramic Camera (Pancam). His primary research focus was on Radio Astronomy, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), and advancing projects initiated at Cornell by Professor Carl Sagan. Mr. Mitchell currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Committee of the Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference, and is a fellow of the Consortium for Graduate Study of Management, The Toigo Foundation, and Management Leadership for Tomorrow. He and his wife Dr. Janet Mitchell OD, are astronomy and science enthusiasts and enjoy traveling and exploring. With a passion for space exploration and astronomy, Mr. Mitchell is excited to be a part of the efforts to develop a Moon Base.

How I and/or my organization will contribute to building a MoonBase. - 250 Max Characters

I will contribute my knowledge and resources to build a Moon Base. I have past working experience at Lockheed Martin, developing NASA Discovery Missions,  Apple Inc. working on the iPhone, & currently oversee corporate development at Parker Ranch.

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human exploration & development of space

My Areas of Expertise

Business Development, Strategy Development, Public-Private Partnerships, Research and Development, Program Management, Land Use and Development, Renewable Energy, Finance, Management Science, Proposal and Funding Development, Commercialization Strategies, Entrepreneurship, Space Development