Jim Keravala is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of OffWorld, Inc. He has undertaken leadership roles in innovation in multidisciplinary areas such as aerospace engineering, space systems, robotics and machine intelligence. OffWorld is the culmination of over a decade of architectural planning and development of autonomous robotic systems operating in extreme space environments for mining, construction, undersea, assembly and transportation services. We have currently deployed our autonomous mining robots and directed energy preconditioning robots in pilot programs in live underground mines and are expanding our species of robots for mining and space programs.
Experience for seven years managing launch programs and space access with Russian and Ukrainian launch vehicles, subsequently joining Surrey Satellite Technology as Launch Manager for six years overseeing over a dozen successful orbital launches on Russian, European and US launch vehicles. Participated in satellite design, integration engineering and program management as part of this process. Jim cofounded Shackleton Energy and developed architectures for mining in space using propellant depots and reusable transport systems utilizing lunar polar water for an assured continuous supply of fuel in space. He also cofounded the OffWorld Consortium building a space based solar power station fleet and seeded by Middle East sovereign funding.
Resulting from a collaboration with NASA Ames, Jim co-founded a synthetic biology program to enable over-expression of enzymes in bioleaching scenarios for terrestrial and space mining. Jim studied aerospace engineering, spacecraft engineering and physics at University of London, Surrey University, Aachen Technical University and International Space University, was previously faculty at Singularity University and is on advisory boards and Board of Directors of a number of space institutes including Board Member of the National Space Society, The International Moonbase Alliance and the Moon Village Association. Jim is an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics, Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and Member of the International Institute of Space Law. He is a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.