Executive Team

Professor Dante Lauretta
Chief Science Advisor
Dante Lauretta brings decades of experience in unmanned space flight, and is a Professor at the University of Arizona. Professor Lauretta serves as the Principal Investigator for the OSIRIS-REx mission, managing the science program, mission cost, and development schedule. He holds a Ph.D in Earth and Planetary Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Arizona.
Michael Lyon
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Lyon brings over thirty years of business development, fundraising, strategic counseling, and legal services experience. Mr. Lyon served as VP and General Counsel of Space Adventures and played a leading role in the $20 million flights of Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth to the International Space Station. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude (1984), and a B.A. in History from Brandeis University.

Ian Zang

Senior Game Designer

Ian works with XTRONAUT to create and develop great games. He has worked on games such as Rayguns and Rocketships, Ashes, AssassinCon, and Seafall, with many more to come! He is the lead designer on Xtronaut’s upcoming game Constellations.


Benjamin Shulman

Senior Graphic Designer

Ben is a game graphic designer and space science junkie. Along with his work with XTRONAUT, he has contributed his game design talents to Gamelyn Games’s Tiny Epic Series, Mayday Games, and Pencil First Games.

Ashley Kenawell

Ashley Kenawell

Graphic Designer

Ashley has a passion educational games and interactive storybooks, which has led her to be involved in indie game development on titles like Biota and Wandering Tales.  Ashley loves combining traditional drawing, digital painting, and 3D illustration to create engaging worlds and characters in all forms of media. She is currently using these illustration skills to help bring Xtronaut’s upcoming game Constellations to life.

Extended Team

University of Arizona

XTRONAUT® works closely with the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, and has a license agreement with the University.

Planetary Resources

The leading private firm in asteroid mining and space exploration.

Gallagher and Associates.

Global leader in museum and exhibit design.

Cox Communications

Cox has been a strong supporter of Xtronaut’s education programs.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Phoenix

Supporter of Xtronaut’s education programs.

Sahuarita Unified School District

Southern Arizona school district that works with XTRONAUT® on education programs.

The Newmark School

A private not-for-profit school in New Jersey serving children living with autism and other learning challenges.