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Matt Bille is an author living in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He is also a naturalist, historian, science writer, and defense consultant.  A former Air Force officer, he is the author of over 20 technical publications and articles on space- and zoology-related topics. He is the lead author of the NASA-published history The First Space Race: Launching the World’s First Satellites (2004), a groundbreaking account of the early Space Age. He wrote two books on the world’s rarest and least-known animals, Rumors of Existence (1995) and Shadows of Existence (2006), and will soon bring out Books and Beasts: A Cryptozoologist’s Library. He has been a freelance contributor to reference books including Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia and the Nature Yearbook of Science & Technology. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society for Marine Mammology and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He appeared on two television programs on mystery animals and blogs on the latest science and technology news at Matt's Sci/Tech Blog. His interests in one animal in particular, the extinct predator Dunkleosteus terrelli, have produced an article in Prehistoric Times and his FaceBook community at, with over 2,000 likes.

Selected Articles and Publications
Appearance on The Space Show discussing satellite tracking of whales
Article, “What If Sputnik Had Failed?” QUEST magazine


Paper, “Microsats and Moby Dick: Microsatellite Support to Whale Science and Conservation,” Conference on Small Satellites,


Article, Dunkleosteus: First King of the Ocean,” Prehistoric Times, Issue 126, Summer.

Article, “Saving Whales with Satellites,” Blue Ocean Network


Farming on Mars,” (with Shannon Bohle, et. al., Astronomy & Geophysics, 

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Interview on The Dolmen with web site Cryptomundo


Paper, "From Disaggregation to Dematerialization: Toward the Second Space Age," AIAA SpaceOps 2014 Conference, 



Article, “The Unknown Soldiers: Military Microsatellites 1960-2000,” QUEST magazine


Article, “Bring Back Project Pilot,” Space News


Appearance on The Space Show discussing microsatellites

Matt's article on the most puzzling “sea serpent” report of all time

Lake Iliamna – Matt’s article on Alaska's “Big Fish” Legend, Alaska Science Outreach

Distant Horizons: Small Satellite Evolution in the Mid-to-Far Term


7 articles in Space Exploration and Humanity: A Historical Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio)

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