Dr. Kare is a leading physicist, aerospace engineer and one of the industry’s top experts on laser propulsion and laser power beaming. A recipient of a NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) grant to study a near-term form of laser launch using arrays of relatively low powered lasers, Dr. Kare has been involved in the development of laser and space technology for more than 20 years. As a Systems Physicist in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Special Projects group, he was the project leader for Mockingbird, a conceptual design for an extremely small reusable launch vehicle, and mission planner and science team liaison for the Clementine lunar mapping mission. Prior to founding LaserMotive, Dr. Kare spent 10 years as an independent consultant to the aerospace industry and government agencies, developing and analyzing new concepts for remote sensing, space systems, and energy technology.
Dr. Kare co-founded LaserMotive in 2006, and led the overall system design and the laser transmitter design efforts leading to Team LaserMotive’s success in the 2009 NASA Centennial Challenge competition for Power Beaming. While currently engaged in other ventures, he remains actively involved with LaserMotive on a consulting basis.
Dr. Kare holds dual B.S. degrees, in Electrical Engineering and Physics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.