Kelvin F. Long is an Aerospace Engineer, physicist, author and business entrepreneur. He has been working on the problem of interstellar spaceflight since around 2007 and seeks to bring about this hypothetical future as a self-fulfilling prophecy. He has been involved with the founding of numerous projects, initiatives and companies which have interstellar spaceflight as a primary goal.
He was the originator and co-founder of the fusion starship study Project Icarus, and the co-founder to the laser sail Starship study Project Dragonfly. He was the Vice President and co-founder of the U.S non-profit Icarus Interstellar, and currently serves as the co-founder and Executive Director for the U.K not-for-profit the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. He is also a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, has served on its governing council and was the Assistant Editor and Chief Editor of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS). He is also a member of the Mars Society, the Planetary Society, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Physics. He is an Associate Member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists and a member of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Society.
He is also the founder and Managing Director of the aerospace consultancy company Stellar Engines Ltd. He is also the Managing Director of the property and investment company Terra Altair Ltd. He was also one of the co-founders of the company Nebula Sciences Ltd, which conducts high altitude balloon launches to bring down the cost of access to near space for all, and he serves as the technical science lead director. He enjoyed a long career working as a physicist for the UK Ministry of Defence on ballistic missile technology. He has also been a College teacher of Engineering Design for two years and a University Lecturer of Space Science for three years at Reading University. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the International Space University. He also serves on the Breakthrough Initiative Project Starshot Advisory Committee.
He has published numerous technical and popular articles associated with interstellar flight and has also been involved with the production of numerous books. He also enjoys reading and writing science fiction and has published several short stories. He is currently working on his first science fiction novel and has interests in ancient studies, theoretical physics and astronomy and the welfare and rights of animals.