Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance, LLC (Alpha Space) is a woman- and minority-owned commercial space company serving the space research, testing, and material science communities. Alpha Space provides turn-key on-orbit exposure and testing services utilizing its unique, external flight facility, MISSE. Alpha Space makes it easy to get your science or technology to orbit and into the actual space environment, providing confidential testing and data collection for both passive and active tests and experiments for 6-12 months at a time. When the test period is over, Alpha Space returns your experiment to you.
The Alpha Space team has the experience and skills needed to provide its customers with services that include:
The Alpha Space headquarters is conveniently located in Houston, Texas only two miles from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The 5,000 square-foot facility includes a 10k clean room, a fully-functional payload operations control center (POCC) for MISSE command and control, and a thermal vacuum chamber. The in-house thermal vac provides a pressure as low as 10-8 torr, a temperature range of -20°C to +85°C, a sunlight source, and a UV lamp.
Stephanie Murphy is the principal Owner and Board Chairman of Alpha Space. She also currently serves as the Executive Chairman of the Board of MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT), an advanced technology company. She currently serves on the Board of Managers for a biotech aptamer company, AM Biotechnologies, LLC; serves on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership; and is a Founder and Manager on the Board for Diosa Procurement, LLC. Ms. Murphy is also a member of the NASA Johnson Space Center Joint Leadership Team; she is an Ambassador to Leadership Texas, a woman-based professional growth organization; and most recently, she accepted a Council Position for the non-profit GirlStart, whose vision is to inspire girls to transform the world through STEM education.
Ms. Murphy holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University.
Mark Gittleman is the President & CEO of Alpha Space. Prior to joining Alpha Space, Mr. Gittleman was the Executive Vice President of Intuitive Machines, LLC, a product development think tank, and before that a long time executive with Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII). He was the division VP & GM of Oceaneering Space Systems (OSS) and was instrumental in that division’s long-term success, starting with its founding, and he later led OII’s world wide subsea controls business. Mr. Gittleman serves on several advisory boards, including the Subsea Valley Technology Cluster in Oslo, Norway; the University of Houston, Clear Lake College of Engineering and Computer Science; and the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP).
Mr. Gittleman holds a BS in Ocean Engineering, a BA in Political Science, and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.
Edelmiro (Ed) Muñiz was born from humble beginnings in Harlingen, Texas. He is a proud 1967 Texas A&M graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Mr. Muñiz went on to earn his Masters and then served a twenty-year career in the Air Force, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. In 1992, he founded his own advanced technology company known today as MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT). MEIT serves the aerospace, defense, and biotechnology markets worldwide.
He currently serves as MEIT’s Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Muñiz is committed to the community, development of new technologies and continuing our exploration of space.
Mr. Griffin is the former Director of the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. In prior positions at NASA he served as the Deputy Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Hugh F. Dryden Flight Research Center in California. Mr. Griffin also held the posts of Associate Administrator for External Relations and Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC.
During NASA's Apollo Program, Mr. Griffin was a Flight Director in Mission Control and served in this capacity for all of the Apollo manned missions. He was Lead Flight Director for three lunar landing missions: Apollo's 12, 15 and 17.
Mr. Boyd earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Air Force Academy as well as a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Air Force Institute of Technology. During his military career, he accumulated over 3000 flying hours as a fighter pilot and also served as a Flight Instructor and Squadron Commander. Mr. Boyd later served as the Space Technology Development Manager at the US Air Force Headquarters as well as US Air Force Manager of Space Shuttle Operations.
After retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Boyd was Vice President of Loral/Lockheed Martin, Senior Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation, and President of MEI Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Jones has been in the NASA and DoD space business for over fifty years.
Since 1988, Mr. Jones has been a NASA contractor supporting Shuttle and ISS engineering and operations including development of the Shuttle/Station Ops Planning System while with MOD. From 2001 to 2004, he managed MEI Technologies, Inc.’s (MEIT’s) Space Station Program Office Support Contract, followed by managing three consecutive DoD Shuttle and ISS Payload Integration contracts into 2015. A major DOD payload integration effort during that period was the six Materials International Space Station (MISSE) projects. Mr. Jones spearheaded MEIT’s proposal to NASA to build a commercial MISSE Flight Facility and served as Alpha Space’s first MISSE Program Manager before transitioning to consulting activities.
David Kanipe was born in Corpus Christi and attended Texas A&M University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering followed by a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. In November 1972, he suspended work on a Ph.D. to accept a position with NASA at what was then called the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.
David retired from NASA at the end of 2010 after more than 38 years of service to the US Space Program. His career spanned numerous projects and programs, including both crewed and robotic spacecraft. He was also heavily involved in both the Challenger and Columbia investigations.