Travis Taylor


Author, STEM

Travis Taylor is Alabama born and bred.

He has worked with the Department of Defense & NASA for the past 25 years and has top secret clearance with the US Government.

His oddest job was working in a chicken house.

Travis has earned six degrees (in optical science, engineering, physics, aerospace engineering, astronomy and electrical engineering) and recently completed a second Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Alabama.

Travis built his first rocket at age six and has been a space geek ever since.

He is currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, high-energy lasers, and next generation space launch concepts.

Travis has written more than twenty five technical papers, fourteen science fiction novels and two textbooks. He has appeared in multiple television documentaries including National Geographic Channel's highly-rated special "When Aliens Attack", the History Channel's production of "The Universe" and "Life After People."

Travis has briefed the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) staff, Undersecretaries of Defense, the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, staff and/or directors of the following: DDCIs, DDNROs, ONI, SOLIC, SOCOM, DIA, CIA, DDR&E, NSA, NGA, AFRL, DARPA, NOAA, NASA.

Travis is also a black belt martial artist, private pilot, scuba diver, mountain bike racer, triathlon competitor, and has been the lead singer & rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands.

In the summer of 2011, the National Geographic Channel announced a new series named Rocket City Rednecks which features Travis Taylor.

Travis is the ringleader of Rocket City Rednecks. Rocket City Rednecks is about five backwoods guys from the city of Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville is home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the birthplace of the U.S. space program. The cast loves to shoot stuff, drink beer, and solve real world problems by combining redneck ingenuity with advanced engineering and physics.

Driven by patriotic moral imperatives, Dr. Taylor is constantly seeking new and future science, engineering, and technology to support the real superheroes in uniform, our soldiers.

He is the "poster boy" of creativity, innovation and out of the box thinking.

Travis Taylor is a true Renaissance thinker, thinking light years out of the box!

Travis follows the Yoda/Jedi philosophy on life that "there is no try, only do or do not" and he clearly does.

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