Professor Ishmael Palin is the founder and former leader of the Palin Institute, as well as an independent Engineer skilled in the improvement of Thrusters (Grade 5) and Frame Shift Drives (Grade 3). Palin also researches alien technologies such as Unknown Artefacts, and offers Cargo Racks that resist their corrosive effects during transport. His base of operations is the Palin Research Centre on Maia A 3 A.
For most of his career Professor Palin worked for the Federation, but when his research programme was abruptly terminated, he decided to establish an independent team dedicated to studying the Unknown Artefacts, meta-alloys, and all things alien, especially if there is a suggestion it relates to Thargoids. After receiving a generous donation from an anonymous benefactor, he set up a permanent research base in Maia, far outside human space and its regulations, focused on the development of new defence technologies.