Project Blue is led by a consortium of premier space, science, and research institutions. Our core team, in partnership with industry, has ample experience planning and developing space hardware, streamlining data processing and accessibility, and conducting impactful scientific observations from space. Our consortium will grow in the near-future as we complete our negotiations with several organizations.
The BoldlyGo Institute
The BoldlyGo Institute is based in New York and was founded to address highly compelling scientific questions through new approaches to developing space science missions while engaging the global community in the quest. The organization is led by a highly qualified and reputable Board of Directors, comprising space scientists, engineers and explorers. Board members have decades of combined space involvement, including more than a decade of recent senior leadership experience across NASA developing space hardware and flying in space.
The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach. The Institute's mission is to explore, understand, and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe, and to apply the knowledge gained to inspire and guide present and future generations. The Institute comprises three centers, the Center for Education, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the Center for Public Outreach. Founded in November 1984, the SETI Institute began operations on February 1, 1985. Today it employs over 130 scientists, educators and support staff.
University of Massachusetts Lowell
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an urban public research university in Lowell, Massachusetts (USA). Project Blue's partner Dr. Supriya Chakrabarti leads a research group based at UMass-Lowell since 2012 that develops instrumentation for direct imaging of exoplanets, among others. The group also conducts scientific studies of galaxies and upper atmospheres. Dr. Chakrabarti, professor of physics at UMass-Lowell is the 2016 recipient of the SPIE George W. Goddard Award, in recognition of exceptional achievement in optical or photonic instrumentation for aerospace, atmospheric science, or astronomy.
Mission Centaur is a nonprofit organization that fosters public and private collaboration through Project Blue, an initiative seeking to find and capture the first image of an Earth-like planet in neighboring star system Alpha Centauri. Mission Centaur was founded by a group of philanthropists, scientists, and engineers to pursue one of humanity’s most ambitious and transformational space exploration missions.