NewSpace 09: Isle of Man

Bob Richards of Odyssey Moon gave a short presentation about the Isle of Man, which is seeking to become the “Switzerland of Space” by providing a business-friendly environment. Richards stood in for space entrepreneur Chris Stott, who was to have represented the island’s space effort.

Richards’ company is located in the small nation in the Irish Sea. He said that Odyssey Moon has had a “great experience” there. The International Space University – which Richards co-founded – set up its International Institute of Space Commerce on the island. Richards said that a number of tech companies have taken advantage of the nation’s pro-business policies.

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