Space Business Panel Set for Next Week at Stanford

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Space Exploration: Not Just for Billionaires Anymore

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Networking and Refreshments
7:00pm – 8:30pm – Panel Discussion and Q&A

Stanford Graduate School of Business, Cemex Auditorium
655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305-7298

Event Description:

Advances in payload and transport technology have made it easier than ever for entrepreneurs to launch into space – some for less than even $1M in capital. Entrepreneurs are now exploring opportunities with new rocket launchers, novel uses of affordable small satellites, space tourism, and even space-based power generation and extraterrestrial mining. The space market is already a $280B business.

Come discover companies disrupting the science and business of space travel and taking advantage of this new low cost paradigm in space exploration. Key questions to be explored by a panel of industry leading CEOs and founders include:

  • How can entrepreneurs successfully launch new ventures in the space industry?
  • Is cooperation from NASA a must have?
  • Can you really bootstrap your way into space?
  • What is the role of data and analytics in space?
  • How much capital does it really take to be successful?
  • What business models are most effective?
  • How can a software entrepreneur take advantage of this new ecosystem?

Space has always been a breeding ground for new technologies that later integrate into our everyday lives. Discover the latest developments and learn how private investors and businesses are providing new solutions for the Earth-bound.

•Amaresh Kollipara, Managing Partner of Earth2Orbit, LLC and Strategic Consultant

•William Pomerantz, Vice President, Special Projects, Virgin Galactic
•Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director, NanoRacks
•Bob Richards, Co-founder and CEO, Moon Express
•Al Tadros, Vice President, Civil and DoD Business, Space Systems/Loral

Amaresh Kollipara, Managing Partner of Earth2Orbit, LLC and Strategic Consultant

Amaresh is a Founder and Managing Partner of Earth2Orbit, LLC, which is a global provider of satellite launch services. Earth2Orbit is working with the Indian Space Research Organization to provide commercial launch services to a variety of satellite clients. Amaresh is fascinated by the science of space exploration and believes that involvement from the entrepreneurial sector, via emerging applications such as nano satellite based services, is an essential enabler for continued exploration.

William Pomerantz, Vice President, Special Projects, Virgin Galactic

An explorer with a lifelong dedication to opening the space frontier. Will is the Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the world’s first space line. Virgin Galactic is building on the legacy of the award-winning SpaceShipOne, bringing a fleet of commercial spacecraft into service for private, civil, and scientific passengers. Will is a Trustee of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), the world’s largest student space organization. Will and Diana both occasionally serve as coaches for ZERO-G, which operates weightless parabolic flights. To date, Will has logged more than 45 minutes of weightlessness.

Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director, NanoRacks

Jeffrey has three decades of experience in bringing innovative space projects to the marketplace, both in the manned and unmanned space exploration and utilization. NanoRacks provides quality hardware and services for the U.S. National Laboratory onboard the International Space Station. Jeffrey’s experience includes working as an adviser to the chairman of PanAmSat, the first privately owned international satellite venture, as the company raised its first outside rounds of financing.

Dr. Robert Richards, Co-founder and CEO, Moon Express

Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and he currently serves as CEO of Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx), a privately funded lunar transportation and data services company. Bob is an evangelist of the “NewSpace” movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”

Al Tadros, Vice President, Civil and DoD Business, Space Systems/Loral

Al Tadros is Vice President of Civil and DoD Business at Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). In this role he is responsible for applying SS/L’s best value solutions to U.S. Government mission needs, developing and maintaining relationships with U.S. Government agencies and managing sales and marketing activities. Mr. Tadros has worked at SS/L for more than 20 years in increasingly responsible positions and has most recently helped to draw attention to the value commercial satellite technologies and system solutions bring to government missions.

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