Marc G. Millis

Marc Millis is a leading international authority on the search for breakthrough spaceflight – the kind of breakthroughs that would make interstellar voyages practical. Marc recently retired from NASA where he once led the Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project. He has also forged a collaboration of over 3-dozen scientists, engineers, writers, and educators to create the Tau Zero Foundation – a nonprofit organization devoted to accelerating progress and providing public education toward practical interstellar flight. Millis earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Georgia Tech (1982), a Masters of Science in Physics Entrepreneurship from Case Western Reserve University (2006), and is an alumnus of the International Space University Summer Session (1998). He has produced over 40 technical and management papers, and recently completed – as lead editor and a contributing author – the book, Frontiers of Propulsion Science (AIAA, 2009). This is the first scholarly book covering such edgy topics as gravity-control space drives and faster-than-light travel. Also to his credit is an award-winning website ("Warp Drive, When?"), and the chapter: "Making the jump to light-speed" in the National Geographic book: Star Wars - Where Science Meets Imagination (2005). This chapter illustrates how genuine scientific questions can be extracted by playing with science fiction. His breakthrough-seeking work gets wide public attention, being cited in Newsweek, Wired, Popular Science (May 2001 cover), New York Times and in the books Centauri Dreams (Gilster 2004) and in I'm Working On That (Shatner & Walter 2002). His visionary work also earned Millis a nomination for a 2004 World Technology Award. In addition to propulsion physics, Millis has designed ion thrusters, electronics for rocket monitoring, cryogenic propellant equipment, and even a cockpit display to guide free-fall aircraft flights. In his free time, Millis enjoys craftsmanship; building award-winning scale models, Halloween costumes, and other mischief. With specialties in science fiction models built from scrap plastic and 1960's slot cars, he occasionally publishes how-to articles and photographs. Amidst all of this, Millis enjoys time as a husband and father.

Broadcast 2379 (Special Edition)

Guest: Marc Millis. Topics: Advanced propulsion, interstellar flight & advanced physics leading to interstellar flight. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 2368 (Special Edition)

Guests: John Batchelor, Marc Millis, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The movie Interstellar, wormholes & faster than light travel. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.

Broadcast 1346 (Special Edition)

Guest: Marc Millis. Topics: Breakthrough propulsion, fusion energy, incomplete physics, far out theories and research. Marc Millis returned to the program to discuss breakthrough and far out propulsion ideas. Find out more about his work and his organization Tau Zero Foundation by visiting In our first segment, Mr. Millis told us about the cancellation of the NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project which he once headed. This is a fascinating story, don't miss it.


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