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NewSpace Trends - Bob Richards

Now focused on the Moon, Mars and beyond, space exploration has changed dramatically and has shifted from government-driven strategies to partnerships and commerce-driven initiatives.

On Sunday, March 18, The Tech Museum in San Jose hosted a conversation about current trends in humanity's ongoing exploration and discoveries in Space, as well as new research opportunities and the quest to go further. The public lecture, called "New Trends in Space Exploration: Partnerships, Commerce, and Beyond", was moderated by Angie Coiro and featured Dr. Bob Richards, Dr. David Livingston, Kenneth E. Washington, Ph.D, and Sophie-Charlotte Moatti.

This excerpt video is a compilation of commentary by Moon Express co-Founder and CEO Bob Richards detailing his views and thoughts on the various subjects discussed.

The full video of the conversation can be viewed here.

The panellists included:

Angie Coiro (Moderator)
Angie Coiro is an award-winning journalist and interviewer. Her work has aired nationally on Mother Jones Radio on Air America, and on public radio. Locally she's known for her hosting work on Live From the Left Coast/The Angie Coiro Show; KQED's Friday Forum; KGO radio; and for many years of news and traffic reporting around the dial. She has a parallel career as a voiceover talent, with a long and varied resume. Angie is represented by JETalent in San Francisco.

Dr. Bob Richards
Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Google Lunar X PRIZE competitors Odyssey Moon Ltd. and Moon Express, Inc., where he currently serves as CEO. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University.

Dr. David Livingston
Dr. David Livingston is the founder and host of The Space Show®, the nation's only talk radio show focusing on increasing space commerce, developing space tourism, and facilitating our move to a space-faring economy and culture. He earned his BA from the University of Arizona, his MBA and his Doctorate in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.

Kenneth E. Washington, Ph.D.
Dr. Kenneth E. Washington is VP of Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC). In this role Ken is responsible for leading an organization of approximately 600 scientists and engineers performing more than $150M of programs in space science and related R & D in adjacent markets. Ken has a BS, MS, and PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Sophie-Charlotte Moatti
Sophie-Charlotte (SC) Moatti is the founder of Spatial Ventures, a professional network advocating for space-related investment & entrepreneurship. Prior, SC has launched award-winning mobile consumer products used by millions of consumers. She was general manager of a top 1% app at Nokia and before that, a game producer at Electronic Arts. She holds a Stanford MBA and an MS in electrical engineering.


About the Tech Museum Lecture Series
Get in depth perspectives. Participate. Exchange ideas. Topics reflect the rich diversity of our community. Designed to explore, enrich and bring awareness of the many different intersections science and technology make with culture, arts, politics, math.... you get the idea - our entire world. Created to support our mission to inspire the innovator in everyone. The Tech Museum does this through content and programs featuring inspiring people, inventions and mind-set that continues to make this region the leading source of science and technology innovation.

About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.

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