DeLonge is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band Angels & Airwaves and former guitarist and vocalist of the band Blink-182. DeLonge manages multiple business ventures including Atticus Clothing, Macbeth Footwear, and Modlife. In 2015, he founded To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences (TTSA), a scientific research, aerospace, and media company which incorporates Angels & Airwaves and a number of his books, including the Sekret Machines series.
The TTSA website states it “has mobilized a team of the most experienced, connected and passionately curious minds from the US intelligence community, including the CIA and Department of Defense, that have been operating under the shadows of top-secrecy for decades. The team members all share a common thread of frustration and determination to disrupt the status quo, wanting to use their expertise and credibility to bring transformative science and engineering out of the shadows and collaborate with global citizens to apply that knowledge in a way that benefits humanity.“
DeLonge’s passion for ufology has been long documented, although his credibility as a researcher and knowledge on the subject has undergone significant criticism. Since forming the TTSA he has also become less forthcoming regarding specific aspects of his sources and information, as best seen in his 2017 Joe Rogan interview.
DeLonge has partnered with many distinguished figures for the TTSA, including Chris Mellon (former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense of Intelligence), Jim Semivan (former Senior Intelligence Office, CIA), Steve Justice (former Advanced Systems Director for Lockheed Martin’s “Skunk Works”), Luis Elizondo (former Director of programs to investigate unidentified aerial threats, USG), among others.
The TTSA is structured as a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), enabling regulation A+ crowdfunding and investments from the general public. The company’s offering circular indicates the various funding milestones and restructuring of projects and scopes depending on the level of investments. The TTSA listed the amount of funding raised at approximately $2.5 million from 3,000 investors, but the total amount as of April 2018 has since been removed from the website. As the initial funding reaches a close at this amount, the offering circular indicates the likely result:
“If the offering size were to be less than $5 million and above the $1 million minimum, TTS AAS would adjust its use of proceeds by reducing planned growth of employee headcount, reducing operational costs, and slowing down projects or not making investment in projects. The company is also required under the loan to Our Two Dogs, Inc. to repay 10% of the net proceeds from funds raised in this offering, up to $400,000 in this scenario.”
Our Two Dogs, Inc. is another of DeLonge’s companies, although it’s exact nature is unclear. Regardless, the future of the TTSA is unclear at this level and it is difficult to know what to expect from it’s science and research arms in the future, if anything, as well as it’s media ventures.