In space engineering, Bradley C. Edwards is the president and founder of Carbon Designs Inc. which specializes in producing a safer and cheaper way of transporting explorers into space. He received funding from NIAC from 2001 to 2003 to write a paper proposing a way in which one could be built. He also wrote two books on the subject.
In these documents and a 2005 interview with Space.com, Edwards estimated that price per pound of launching into low-earth orbit could be reduced to 100th the cost of Shuttle missions. Edwards, now Director of Research for the Institute for Scientific Research (ISR), based in Fairmont, West Virginia, was always interested in the space program. As a child, he dreamt of becoming an astronaut and pursued physics in both his undergraduate and graduate studies. However, rejected by the astronaut program due to asthma, he went on to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, researching advanced space technologies for 11 years.