Contributor Profile

Bill Stone

Job TitleCEO

Company NameStone Aerospace


During the past 32 years Dr. Stone has founded 6 startup companies, holds 16 patents and 7 patents-pending, and serves on the board of directors for 4 corporations. He led the design, development, and manufacture of numerous scientific and exploratory inventions including seven generations of closed-cycle life support systems (Cis-Lunar Mk1-5, Poseidon Mk6 and Se7eN); a portable variable-depth underwater decompression habitat; a geo-registered imaging system for 3D mapping of submarine tunnels; and, at NIST, an autonomous LADAR-based mobile 3D mapping system for construction sites. Since 2003 he was PI or Co-I of the NASA field robotics systems: ARTEMIS (first AUV to undertake long distance exploration under the McMurdo Ice Shelf in Antarctica, 2015);  ENDURANCE (first sub-glacial lake exploration robot, 2008); VALKYRIE (first laser powered cryobot, 2014); DEPTHX (autonomously explored the world’s deepest hydrothermal spring and discovered  4 new bacterial phyla, 2007).  He is the chief architect of the Stone Aerospace inspection and exploration vehicle SUNFISH (first person-portable 6 degree of freedom hovering AUV, 2014).  Dr. Stone  was PI or Co-I on eight NASA field campaigns. All of those field campaigns were conducted with very novel robotic systems in harsh, demanding, unexplored settings.  All were conducted with zero accidents and the teams all returned safely, as did all of the vehicles. During the past 2 years Dr. Stone has successfully directed the SPINDLE project for the NASA Ocean Worlds program. The above NASA-funded work has been extraordinarily creative and has seen no less than ten significant inventions affecting both cryobot design and subglacial AUV autonomy:  developments that directly advance NASA’s ability to move towards sub-ice flight missions to ocean worlds.  The following is a list of issued patents and patents-pending as filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Seven of these have resulted from the VALKYRIE project since 2010. Two have been filed so far in 2016, resulting from project SPINDLE, for cryobot and AUV autonomous rendezvous and docking technology and a third, relating to high voltage direct heating of melt water at the cryobot will be filed shortly.  These represent bonafide hardware and software breakthroughs.

Conference Sessions

  • Catch the Next Wave

    Thursday09:00 - 17:0016 Feb 2017

    Conference Room 28A&B

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