The SETI Institute

Institute: The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand, and explain the origin, nature, and prevalence of life in the universe. The SETI Institute is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research, education, and public outreach.

UN Education Science Cultural Health Advancement Foundation

of China provides educational outreach through Chinese and international agencies, including the UNESCO's China Sustainable Education Development Program which covers over 3000 schools in China nationwide. UNESCHAF also provides China with global promotion and fundraising assistance through partnerships with a number of agencies, including the United Nations.

Nichelle Nichols

As Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura, Nichols was the “Bridge Communications Officer” aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek TV series and starred in six Star Trek motion pictures. Regarded as “the voice of interstellar travel,” Nichols worked with NASA to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency. She flew aboard NASA's C-141 Astronomy Observatory and attended the christening of the first Space Shuttle, Enterprise.

Morehouse College

Morehouse College's motto “Global Leadership through Service” is well suited for its position as a 100YSS University Partner and provides its faculty resources in the development of space science curricula, opportunities for college students, and ongoing educational enrichment events.

Da Vinci Institute for Technical Management

in South Africa works extensively with the South African government on technology programs and partners with 100YSS to assist in Technology and Innovation Management. Da Vinci will also provide its services as a resource base and communication platform in Southern Africa.

The Greater Houston Partnership

is the primary advocate of Houston's business community and is dedicated to building regional economic prosperity. GHP is a member-driven organization that includes representatives of small and mid-sized businesses and Fortune 500companies.

Springboard Enterprises

is a venture-catalyst platform where entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts meet to build great women-led businesses. Springboard educates, sources, coaches, showcases, and supports high-growth companies seeking equity capital for expansion.

Change the Equation

is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of more than 100 CEO's who are committed to bringing high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning to every U.S. child, with a particular focus on girls and students of color, the latter of whom have long been underrepresented in STEM fields.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region's leading resource for informal education seeking over 1.5 million visitors a year. Space Science is one of their core competencies, and through partnership with 100 Year Starship, the Museum sees an innovative way to enrich the educational experience of their visitors.

Professor David Alexander and Rice University

are University Partners and collaborate on various conferences and other educational and research programming with the 100YSS.

Metro State University of Denver

enrolls the highest number of students of color of all four-year institutions in Colorado. Their Aviation and Aerospace Science Department is one of the most advanced in the country. Students have the opportunity to combine studies in aerospace science, physics, and engineering to seek new opportunities in the aerospace industry. A partnership with 100YSS will offer students the opportunity for ongoing research and applications in Aviation and Space Sciences.


is a non-profit public radio station reaching over 245,900 listeners weekly. KTSU offers one of the most diverse musical formats of any public radio station in the nation along with programming from Public Radio International and National Public Radio. KTSU is devoted to providing an enhanced teaching environment and quality programming.

Texas Southern University

is one of the nation's largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities and participates as a member of the 100YSS Education Consortium Program. TSU's NASA Research Center for Bionanotechnology and Environmental Research (C-BER) addresses important human health concerns related to human exploration of space. Programs such as TSU's NASA C-BER and participation in The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Preparation Program (LSAMP) support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty development while helping to increase the number of US citizens receiving degrees in (STEM) fields.

Colorado Space Business Roundtable

Roundtable provides a forum to promote the growth of space and space-related industry in Colorado, with particular focus on connecting small and medium space businesses. Primarily a networking organization, CSBR draws its membership from a broad cross-section of the Colorado space community including industry, government, and academia. CSBR's diverse make-up affords its members chances to form relationships and share opportunities, ideas and mutual concerns that touch all facets the Colorado space industry.

Centauri Dreams & the Tau Zero Foundation

Tau Zero is an international network of researchers, educators, writers, and artists who are collaborating to solve the challenges of star flight and improve life on Earth in the process. They share this progress via the "Centauri Dreams" News Forum <>. Coverage includes topics on what's out there, technical advances for getting there, research into advanced propulsion topics, and societal implications. With roots dating back to the 1993 "Interstellar Propulsion Society," Tau Zero is the oldest exclusively interstellar network. The Foundation seeks out and directs support to those who can make credible progress toward the goal of star flight, including leading research pioneers and promising graduate-level students. The Foundation also strives to engage and educate the public during every step of this journey of discovery. Rather than advocating specific solutions or missions, Tau Zero follows this process: 1) Understanding the challenges & opportunities, 2) Solving the next-step problems in affordable increments, 3) Accruing cycles of next-step solutions, and 4) ultimately opening the final frontier.
Accordingly the motto of the foundation is, "ad astra incrementis" - to the stars in ever-increasing steps.

100YSS Advisory Council

The Advisory Council assists 100 Year Starship by providing an international network of individual experts to provide meaningful support in the areas of research direction, resource development, organizational design, project management, education and public outreach.

  • Gwen R. Artis, Convener

    President and Founder GDR Consulting

  • James Benford, PhD

    President, Microwave Sciences

  • Scott Brown

    Chairman and CEO at Spaceport Enterprises

  • LeVar Burton

    Actor, Director, Education Advocate

  • Vinton Cerf, PhD

    Computer Scientist

  • Don Delves, PhD

    Founder and President, The Delves Group

  • Robert Franklin, Ph.D.

    Special Advisor to the Provost,
    Emory University

  • Paul Gilster

    Author, Centauri Dreams Website,
    Interstellar Space and Technology

  • Amy Millman

    President, Springboard Enterprises

  • Joe Ritter

    Laboratory Director, University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy Technology Research Center
    Founding Director, Global Space Alliance
    CEO, Neoteric Physics

  • Jill Tartar, PhD

    SETI Institute

  • David Tweedy

    New York/New Jersey Port Authority

  • Richard Wainerdi, PhD

    Former President and CEO, Texas Medical Center

  • Jennie Yeung

    Founder, UN Education Science Cultural
    Health Advancement Foundation

*Images courtesy of NASA