The FastForward Project is a diverse, ad-hoc industry study group focused on common issues related to future global, high-speed point-to-point transportation (including passenger travel and fast package delivery). The all-volunteer group is broadly supported across the aerospace industry, with key members from flight system providers (both entrepreneurial and traditional aerospace hardware companies), future operators, government agencies, commercial aerospaceports, academic organizations, and specialist consultants. Members have backgrounds ranging from traditional aviation to space applications.
The FastForward Study Project is focused on examining pre-competitive issues and questions key to understanding the technical and economic viability of future high-speed global transportation services based on either atmospheric or exo-atmospheric flight. These two emerging markets are related, and both share the goal of drastically reducing point-to-point travel times between distance points on the globe to a matter of hours.
LeadershipOscar S. Garcia, MBA, ATP Chairman 2014-2015
Oscar Garcia, since 1992, is the Chairman and CEO of InterFlight Global Corporation, a world leading air and space transportation consultancy headquartered in Miami, Florida, USA.
Oscar’s commercial space transportation career spans well over a decade and is primarily focused on the high speed aerospace Point to Point (P2P) global transportation industry. His education as an Aerospace Engineer at San Diego State University, is complemented by a Graduate MBA degree in Aerospace Business from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
He also is an accomplished ex-airline pilot with two global international carriers, research and safety analyst professional, air and space transportation professional standards leader and a strategic, economic, financial and business development consultant.
John R. Olds, Ph.D., P.E. Founder and Immediate Past Chairman 2008-2013
Dr. John Olds is the founder of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) and currently serves as the corporation's Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Dr. Olds is responsible for the strategic growth and overall management of the company as well as establishing an integrating vision for the company's various operating divisions and technical activities. He also has ongoing technical roles within the company and holds a joint title as one of the firm's Principal Engineers.
Dr. Olds has over 25 years of experience in the aerospace sector, including positions in private consulting, large aerospace industry, academia, and small business. From 1995 – 2006, Dr. Olds served as a professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech and a director of the school's Space Systems Design Lab. Prior to that, he was employed as an aerospace engineer with General Dynamics' Space Systems Division and later served as a Visiting Assistant Professor with N. C. State University's Mars Mission Research Center.
Edward Ellegood, FF Group Manager
Edward has a diverse background in the aerospace industry, having specialized in spaceports and space transportation policy since serving as an economist in Florida's Department of Commerce. He moved from Tallahassee to the Space Coast to start up the Spaceport Florida Authority, the nation's first space transportation authority and a precursor to today's Space Florida. He served as the Director of Policy and Program Development at the Authority and at the Florida Space Research Institute. He joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2006 and served as that institution's Director of Aerospace Development, and Space Policy Analyst, until 2014. He currently works as a Project Manager at InterFlight Global and as the Director of Business Development at Starfighters Aerospace.