Space Exploration: Not Just for Billionaires Anymore ***Video Available***

Companies are launching in 10, 9, 8, 7...


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


Parking Information:

  • Parking Structure VII, 655 Knight Way off Campus Drive (located under Faculty Building West @ Knight Mgmt Ctr)
  • Street Parking on either Serra Street or Galvez Street
  • Parking Lot located at Bonair Siding Road and Campus Drive.


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.

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  • Rich Pournelle, Senior Vice President of Business Development, NanoRacks
  • William Pomerantz, Vice President, Special Projects, Virgin Galactic
  • 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 Kollipara is a seasoned strategy consultant, financial advisor, and entrepreneur with international expertise. He is a Founder and Managing Partner of Earth2Orbit, a global provider of satellite launch services, and he co-produced the first and second annual Space Venturing Forum, an entrepreneurial event hosted by the National Space Society. He is also a Principal of the Space Angels Network. Within the Strategy group of Accenture he managed key strategy offerings and recommendations for Global 500 clients. He has been influential in multi-million dollar private equity deals and in assisting clients to strategically allocate large-scale investments. Amaresh holds an MBA degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology (Neurobiology) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Rich Pournelle, Senior Vice President of Business Development, NanoRacks

NanoRacks provides quality hardware and services for the U.S. National Laboratory onboard the International Space Station. Rich has been involved in commercial space for over ten years. Prior to NanoRacks, Rich worked for investment bank Near Earth helping aerospace companies raise capital. Rich spent eight years working at Mojave Spaceport as Director of Business Development for XCOR Aerospace. Rich served as Professional Staff for the Committee on House Administration where he helped create the THOMAS legislative information system. Rich holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA.

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.

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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