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Richard Merrill Westfall Levi

December 17,1956 – Birth

March 17, 1956 - Conception

      Theoretician and Laboratory Specialist in Chemistry, Physics, Nuclear, & Electronics Disciplines

      Information, Computer Hardware & Network Technology Specialist

499 Scott Blvd. #105

Castle Rock, CO 80104-7578

720-854-8718 - Personal website – Galactic Mining Industries, Inc. – My Blackberry - temporarily offline


I currently have contracts with ULA (Lockheed and Boeing) and the US Air Force and other Govt. to design new Radioisotope Nuclear Power Supplies.

I currently am designing hybrid CANDU – Generation IV Nuclear Reactor designs – My work involves the integration of both Heavy Water Moderated and Fast Neutron Breeder Reactor designs into a single implementation which will burn ALL FUELS and be able to degrade all nuclear wastes and completely consume all actinides within such fuels. Spent fuel elements from all other fission reactors are able to be burned in my advanced reactor design. This is THE MOST ADVANCED REACTOR DESIGN UNDER CONSIDERATION ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

Galactic Mining Industries, Incorporated

03/89 – PRESENT.

Investigations of space applications of Chemical Vapor Deposition of Iron/Steel and Nickel. Identified and promoted the Near Earth Object (NEO) 2004 GU9 as a commercial In-Situ Resource Utilization opportunity.

CEL Systems Corporation

02/82 – PRESENT.

CEL Systems Corporation was formed to develop photovoltaic and other solid state device technologies. Patents on the growth of crystalline metals, semiconductors, and alloys were successfully applied for. Crystalline free-standing materials and crystalline coatings were produced and the technologies for such production specified.

University of Colorado - Boulder Physics Department, Boulder, CO

03/95 – 12/07.

Employed under Dr. Allen Hermann for 13 years at the Superconductivity Lab of the University of Colorado Physics Department, and I have frequently been involved in Photovoltaic research. Photovoltaics (Solar Cells which produce electricity) were first investigated in 1977 at CU Denver, with follow up research at CU Boulder. As a component of the CU photovoltaic research with Dr. Hermann, I was employed at Lockheed Martin.

I characterized photovoltaic device substrates using surface morphology analysis with the Atomic Force Microscope in the Keck Lab of the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.

Photovoltaics research included the disciplines of Solid State Chemistry and Solid State Device Design. One of the semiconductors of choice was copper indium gallium selenide. I also was involved with theoretical work function analysis and hands-on research into contacting photovoltaic devices.

Other work at CU included vacuum system maintenance and upgrade, electrolytic deposition of semiconductors and contacts, and x-ray diffraction measurements.

We also performed battery research at CU Boulder, successfully producing Metal Hydride Batteries. Nickel Metal Hydride Rechargeable Batteries research involved the disciplines of Alloy-Metallurgy, Electrochemistry , Electrode Construction and Hermetic Packaging.

Texas Medical Instruments, Schertz, TX

03/86 – 09/87.

Infrared Detector manufacturing process development was performed for Texas Medical Instruments in Schertz, TX (near San Antonio). Work was performed under a US Army contract for the White Sands Missile Range. Indium Gallium Arsenide and Mercury Cadmium Telluride were the materials used in the manufacture of linear photoresistive detector arrays for night vision systems on military vehicles. These photoresistive arrays were used in Forward Looking Infrared Night Vision systems. Work included materials characterization, single and multilayer photoresists, device delineation, contact application, and other tasks. Polymeric imaging devices using poly-vinyl-carbazole doped with thioindigo dopant were also developed.

Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), now NREL National Renewable Energy Lab, Golden CO

03/79 – 07/80.

I worked in the Photovoltaics research branch of SERI for the US Department of Energy under the direction of Dr. Sigurd Wagner. II-VI compounds such as CdS and CdTe were the focus of the work at SERI. Contacts to silicon photovoltaic devices were also researched.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, CO

03/78 – 12/79.

My work for NOAA involved the observation of atmospheric phenomena, and computer modeling of the atmosphere.


I have over 25 years of laboratory experience including a position at SERI when it first opened. I have worked on photovoltaics, semiconductor device fabrication, metal-hydride batteries, scientific equipment, computer equipment, and many other technologies. I have extensive experience in Solid-State Physics and Chemistry. I understand the operation of Photovoltaic devices in great detail. I understand and know band theory of solid-state devices in great detail. At CU, I worked on Photovoltaic device development and many other research topics. I have experience in printing contacts, screen printing ink chemistry and active materials using screen printing.

For the last few years I have provided computer and website support and maintenance services to businesses and individuals. Repairs, upgrades, software training and website design have been performed. Services are provided for both PC and Macintosh computers. My specialty is the PC, where I provide support for Windows 95, 98, NT, Windows 2000, XP, and Windows 2000 Server and 2003 Server. As a component of this business, I also install Point Of Sale (POS) computer network systems using barcode readers for sales and inventory control. I also have experience in running my own internet website servers and their construction.


North High School, Denver, CO – 1972 to 1975

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO – 1977 to 1980 – Math, Chemistry, Physics


I am the recipient of 3 United States Patents in the field of electrolytic crystal production for use in semiconductor device manufacture and other technologies:

      Electrolytic preparation of tin, other metals, alloys and compounds U.S. Patent 5,215,631 June 1, 1993 Westfall

      Electrolytic production of tin and other metals U.S. Patent 4,826,579 May 1989 Westfall

      Electrolytic preparation of tin U.S. Patent 4,632,736 December 1986 Westfall

I have also presented many papers at various conferences and conventions. I have also been a co-author on various technical publications.

Low Temperature Steel Production Using Iron Found In Space - SBIR Proposal # X9.01-8721
ISRU Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) as a low-energy, high-performance metals extraction and fabrication substitute for Heavy Industries in support of Manned Exploration.

Space Station With Gravity – An article on manned space operations and the importance of a rotating artificial gravity environment for long duration mission profiles.

Beneficiation of Asteroidal Materials In Space – A paper presented to the Space Resources Roundtable at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.

Steel Production Utilizing Iron Extracted from Lunar Ores and Soils by Westfall, R. and Jenkin, W. C., 2004 Space Resources Roundtable presentation.

Galactic Mining Industries Inc. – Business Plan Development – Market Definition and Revenue Streams
Presentation  2006 Space Resources Roundtable

At the University of Colorado, Boulder, from 1995 I was co-author on multiple papers on Metal Hydride Batteries, Photovoltaics, and assorted other solid state physics and chemistry topics. The specific papers are available from the University.

19910016744 NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, USA

Near-Earth asteroids: Metals occurrence, extraction, and fabrication

Westfall, Richard; Arizona Univ., Resources of Near-Earth Space: Abstracts; JAN 1, 1991; In English; No Copyright; Avail: Other Sources

Near-earth asteroids occur in three principle types of orbits: Amor, Apollo, and Aten. Amor asteroids make relatively close (within 0.3 AU) approaches to the earth’s orbit, but do not actually overlap it. Apollo asteroids spend most of their time outside the earth’s orbital path, but at some point of close approach to the sun, they cross the orbit of the earth. Aten asteroids are those whose orbits remain inside the earth’s path for the majority of their time, with semi-major axes less than 0.1 AU. Near-earth orbit asteroids include: stones, stony-irons, irons, carbonaceous, and super-carbonaceous. Metals within these asteroids include: iron, nickel, cobalt, the platinum group, aluminum, titanium, and others. Focus is on the extraction of ferrous and platinum group metals from the stony-iron asteroids, and the iron asteroids. Extraction of the metal fraction can be accomplished through the use of tunnel-boring-machines (TBM) in the case of the stony-irons. The metals within the story-iron asteroids occur as dispersed granules, which can be separated from the stony fraction through magnetic and gaseous digestion separation techniques. The metal asteroids are processes by drilling and gaseous digestion or by gaseous digestion alone. Manufacturing of structures, housings, framing networks, pressure vessels, mirrors, and other products is accomplished through the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of metal coating on advanced composites and on the inside of contour-defining inflatables (CDI). Metal coatings on advanced composites provide: resistance to degradation in the hostile environments of space; superior optical properties; superior heat dissipation; service as wear coatings; and service as evidential coatings. Metal coatings on the inside of CDI produce metal load-bearing products. Fibers such as graphite, kevlar, glass, ceramic, metal, etc., can be incorporated in the metal coatings on the inside of CDI producing metal matrix products which exhibit high strength and resist crack propagation. CASI

Asteroids; Extraction; Extraterrestrial Resources; Iron Compounds; Materials Recovery; Metals; Platinum Compounds

When you want the most sophisticated Nuclear Science, Physics, Chemistry design and management – I have no equal in todays world.

I also have Nuclear Weapons Design sophistication – No Proliferation work will be considered. Be damn ready to provide to me documentation and certification that this work is for the United States Government.