Greg Matloff

Greg Matloff is a leading expert in possibilities for interstellar propulsion, especially near-Sun solar sail trajectories that might enable stellar travel. He is a professor with the Physics Department of New York City College of Technology, CUNY, a consultant with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, a Hayden Associate of the American Museum of Natural History, and a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He co-authored with Les Johnson of NASA and C Bangs, Paradise Regained (2009), Living of the Land in Space (2007), Deep-Space Probes (Edition 1: 2000 and Edition 2: 2005), More Telescope Power (2002), Telescope Power (1993), The Urban Astronomer (1991), he co-authored with Eugene Mallove, The Starflight Handbook (1989). Greg coauthored with Italian researcher Giovanni Vulpetti and Les Johnson, Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel, Springer (2008, 2015). Greg’s most recent books, co-authored with C Bangs, are Starlight, Starbright: Are Stars Conscious (2015) and Star Bright? (2015).

His papers on interstellar travel, the search for extraterrestrial artifacts, observational panpsychism and methods of protecting Earth from asteroid impacts have been published in Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Acta Astronautica, Spaceflight, Space Technology, Journal of Astronautical Sciences, Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research, EdgeScience and Mercury. Popular articles have appeared in many publications, including INVERSE, Analog and IEEE Spectrum. In 1998, he won a $5000 prize in the international essay contest on ETI sponsored by the National Institute for Discovery Science. Serving in 2007 on a November 2007 panel organized by Seed magazine to brief Congressional staff on the possibilities of a sustainable, meaningful space program.

Greg Matloff is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, has chaired many technical sessions, and is listed in numerous volumes of Who’s Who. In 2008 he was honored as Scholar on Campus at New York City College of Technology. In addition to his interstellar travel research, he has contributed to SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), modeling studies of human effects on Earth’s atmosphere, interplanetary exploration concept analysis, alternative energy, consciousness physics, in-space navigation, and the search for extrasolar planets.

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  1. […] Greg Matloff began his career as a rocket scientist. He teaches in the astronomy department at New York City College of Technology and frequently collaborates in multi-disciplinary projects. Together with his partner, C Bangs, Matloff collaborated on a book titled Starlight Starbright: Are Stars Conscious. Matloff has authored many peer-reviewed papers and given lectures on the topic of panpsychism, the notion that consciousness is pervasive across the universe. The definitions of consciousness are vast and varied, but as applied to stars generally refer to the concept of volition, according to Matloff. That is, stars may possess some organizational abilities that allow them to perform acts of volition. Matloff is presently awaiting a decision from the European observatory Gaia as to whether he can pursue his findings using their advanced technology. Also together with C Bangs as well as Les Johnson, Matloff is working on a book examining alien megastructures using data from Kepler and other interstellar satellites. While Matloff began his career as a rocket scientist, he made the shift to sail technology and is a leading expert in interstellar propulsion such as near-sun solar sail technology that may make interstellar travel possible. On the subject of alien life elsewhere in the universe, Matloff points to two well-known reference points. The Fermi Paradox goes back to the scientist Enrico Fermi who famously asked of the possibility of alien life, “where is everybody.” Matloff also brings up the lack of definitive evidence produced by SETI for the existence of alien lifeforms. He says there are many possible reasons that alien cultures may choose not to reach out, should they in fact exist. […]