Mel grew up wanting to be an astronaut. It guided him to the AF Academy and to get a physics doctorate from Oxford. He had three wonderful careers in the AF: fighter pilot, physics professor, and classified satellite program commander. After Mel’s military retirement, he ran engineering for DISH. He had completely retired for two years before being found by BETA and now absolutely loves coming to work in Springfield, Ohio, where he sees himself akin to the janitor Kennedy spoke to at NASA: “I’m helping to build aircraft that will change the world!