Leik MyraboLeik Myrabo

Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

For three decades, Leik Myrabo has been working to create and demonstrate the non-chemical propulsion of space vehicles based on beamed energy propulsion rather than oil. An aerospace engineering professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Myrabo first had the idea for laser-propelled lightcraft—a vehicle which uses an external source of laser or maser energy to provide power for producing thrust—a decade ago, while working on Star Wars anti-missile technology.