Profits in the Final Frontier
Panel Discussion on Entrepreneurial Pursuits in Space
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
8:00PM to 9:00PM
Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill Building (Building 17)
No registration required
The past few years we have seen the emergence of several space startups - private companies with the ability to make a profit while operating extraterrestrially. These companies can be divided into three categories: Earth-based companies developing products for space, space-based companies providing services back on earth, and companies that operate entirely off-world. All face challenges associated with operating in space, but each has unique difficulties when it comes to securing funding and developing a business plan. Tethers Unlimited, Planet Labs, and Planetary Resources, who represent the entire spectrum of space startups, will join Professor Sergio Pellegrino to discuss what is needed to succeed as a space company. Topics to explore include risks and rewards within each category, how to work with minimal existing infrastructure, and how to secure funding when the average return on investment timeline is much longer than for a typical startup More....
Please join us for this informal discussion on these and other issues most concerning you. Priority given to students and postdocs.