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Astro Café

AstroCafé: The Privatization of Space

Hear talks by innovative entrepreneurs while enjoying drinks aboard the ship. This speaker series highlights cutting-edge tech start-ups that are paving new paths to space—from mega-scale 3D printing and affordable planetary access to new health monitoring solutions for long-term missions to Mars. Select evenings will conclude with stargazing on the flight deck. 

Next up… June 9

Andrew Horchler is the senior research scientist on the Future Missions and Technology Team for Astrobotic. Spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, the company pioneers affordable planetary access for companies, governments and universities. Its work promises to spark a new era of exploration, tourism, resource utilization and mining.

Andrew will discuss Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lander and how his team is building space robotics technology that will enable new kinds of missions to explore difficult-to-access sites—such as Martian caves or the poles of the moon.

Open to adults age 21 and over. Beer will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 6:45pm. Presentation will begin at 7:30pm. Stargazing on the flight deck will follow.

Free, but space is limited. Admission is first come, first served.

Registration will open on May 26 at noon. RSVP for updates.

I verify that all individuals in my party, including myself, are 21 years of age or older. *:




Friday, August 18: Ted Southern - Final Frontier Design

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Ted Southern is a co-founder of Final Frontier Design (FFD), a private design firm that engineers safety garments for use in space and on Earth. Ted participated in NASA’s Astronaut Glove Challenge in 2007 and 2009. In 2009, he and his business partner Nikolay Moiseev won $100,000 by outperforming NASA’s current spacesuit technology. Since 2010, FFD has been awarded many NASA contracts and achievement awards. FFD has also built several generations of launch-and-reentry spacesuits for the commercial space market. It is currently building spacesuits for multiple flight opportunities, developing terrestrial extra-vehicular spacesuit architecture, and pushing design for terrestrial safety gear.


Friday, November 3: Anup Singh - InnaMed

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Anup Singh is the co-founder and chief science officer of InnaMed, a Y Combinator–backed startup that is developing a connected, portable blood-testing device for chronically ill patients. InnaMed was one of the three winners of the 2016 NASA iTech Cycle I competition. Its device is designed to monitor the health of astronauts on multiyear missions, such as expeditions to Mars. Anup has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications in the fields of microfluidics and point-of-care diagnostics and is passionate about developing and commercializing novel healthcare technologies.