International Lawyer & Scientist-Astronaut Candidate
Ms Kim Gina Ellis is an International Lawyer & Space Research professional with a background in metals, mining and mineral processing in addition to expertise in Space Research, Technology & Law. The Chief Executive Officer and founder of International Earth & Space Technology, a private Australian company, Kim’s team delivers a range of specialist consultancy services for Universities, Corporate business and Professional Education providers in Europe, the USA and Australia. Kim is a specialist in designing and delivering Lunar, Interplanetary, Space Resource Utilisation, Innovation & International Space Law workshops in collaboration with NASA & ESA and STEM activities for students in the USA & Australia and online technical education programs.
The Discipline co-ordinator for Space Technology at Swinburne University, Kim works at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing and is also an Adjunct Faculty member of the International Space University. Her thought leadership in academic research related to Space Governance, Law and Space Applications led her to being selected by the World Economic Forum, ESA and MIT to contribute to creating the model for a new Space Sustainability Rating system designed to encourage sustainable behaviour in space and reduce new orbital debris creation. An elected member of the International Institute for Space Law, Kim is an official observer at the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space UNCOPUOS, Legal Subcommittee in Vienna, Austria.
Ms Ellis serves on a number of advisory boards, review panels and executive committee's related to Aerospace & Technology in Australia, Europe and the United States. These include the American Bar Association Forum of Air and Space Law committee & International Defense & Aerospace Industries group, Universities Space Research Association, NASA Postdoctoral Program and the Monash University Aerospace Industry Advisory Group. As an official observer to the United Nations Hague Space Resource Governance Working Group she contributed to the development of the first Building Blocks for the development of an International Framework on Space Resource Activities. The recipient of an Australian Government Endeavour Executive Fellowship for International Space collaboration and engagement, Kim is regularly invited by International Space Agencies, Australian government and Commercial Space Businesses to speak at conferences and space industry events.
Passionate about STEM education and outreach for children and teenagers, Kim is a long term volunteer for the CSIRO STEM professionals in schools program and delivers volunteer workshops building Mars ATV's and Lunar Landers for YMCA summer camps. Selected to train as a Scientist-Astronaut during September 2020 in Florida, Kim will be qualified to fly missions for NASA 501(c) (3) astronautics research and education program which studies our upper-atmosphere and its role in our changing global climate. On completion of her training, Kim will be a Suborbital Flight crew member accredited for spaceflight to a level which exceeds the minimum US CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS § 460.5(b) Crew qualifications and training for Human Space Flight.