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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. 

Ted Southern is a co-founder of Final Frontier Design, a private design firm that builds and tests spacesuits. Since 2010, Final Frontier Design has built a variety of safety garments for NASA, with the goal of enabling human travel to space. It has also built several generations of launch-and-reentry spacesuits for the commercial spaceflight industry. It is currently building spacesuits for multiple flight opportunities, developing terrestrial extra-vehicular spacesuit architecture and designing spin-off safety gear for use here on Earth. Hear more from Ted Southern about his innovative work crafting garments for the future of space travel.

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.

The date for this program will be announced soon. Please check back for updates.

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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.



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