Kaplan Astronautics, LLC Space Consulting

Mike Elsperman

Director of Space Science and Advanced Space Utilization, Advanced Space Exploration, The Boeing Company

"Michael was instrumental in developing the strategies and tactics needed to compete in the highly competitive Space Science Market. Michael used his extensive experience and expertise in NASA Planetary Science to develop product offerings that meet or exceed customer expectations. Michael is positive, enthusiastic, and technically strong. He brings real passion to all of his work and can either lead or follow depending on the task and circumstances. Mike is personable and strives to make any team he is on more effective and capable. He is very innovative and doesn't limit himself to traditional approaches or concepts when solving problems. My team is much stronger due to Michael's contributions during his time with Boeing. Thanx Michael!!"

David Smith

Project Manager at The Boeing Company and former Mars Program Architect and Section Manager of the MIssion Design Section, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

"Michael is a very intelligent and knowlegable engineer. i enjoyed problem solving with Michael since it was always a creative experience."

Paul Eckert

Manager, Strategic Planning, Federal Aviation Administration

"Michael is intellectually adept and well-informed regarding major technical issues in the space field, especially with regard to robotic space exploration and satellite architecture. He would add a dimension of expertise and energetic strategic direction to any professional role."

Al Tadros

VP, Civil and DoD Business, Space Systems Loral

"Hugely enthusiastic and experienced space visionary.  Understands the unique politics as well as the technologies around space exploration and science missions."

Dr. John Mather

Senior Astrophysicist and Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics

"Michael is a very energetic and creative person and is a pleasure to work with. He was one of the forces behind the creation of the James Webb Space Telescope in the late 1990's. This telescope is now an international project, under construction to extend the Hubble science far beyond what Hubble can do."

Enabling aerospace project success

Bernie Bienstock

Capture Lead/Proposal Manager at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

"I worked with Michael for several years while were both employed by the Boeing Company. I found Michael to be well qualified in the field of business development. He possesses a quick mind and an infectious, creative spirit that is quite effective in selling products and services to potential customers. I enjoyed working with Michael and learned much about business development in working with him."

Dr. Matthew Greenhouse

Astrophysicist and Science Instrument Payload Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

"I have known Michael since the late 1990s when he served at NASA Headquarters. Michael has made important contributions to astronomy through his work on very difficult NASA programmatics and a complex prime contractor solicitation for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Michael's work and leadership were key to realization of this difficult mission which has just begun its operations phase."