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Sunday, September 3 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Citizen Astronauts

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In the past year, humanity has witnessed Elon Musk’s declaration of SpaceX’s ambition to initiate full-scale settlement of Mars by the 2030s. Humanity has also witnessed:
  • Jeff Bezos setting up Blue Origin to become the “Union Pacific Railroad” for the Moon
  • Goldman Sachs substantiating the economic viability of mining asteroids
  • Luxembourg beginning what is starting to sound like the “Luxembourg Space Trading Co.”
  • Potential China and Europe collaboration on a Moon Village in the 2020s
This all sounds like a much-anticipated prequel to SyFy’s series “The Expanse”. But in all seriousness, human expansion into the Solar System is slowly, but steadily, becoming a reality within our lifetimes.
So when can we, regular citizens, go up there to live out our dreams of human Space exploration, tourism, or even settlement?
This panel will introduce and explore two innovative organizations and how they are embarking on two unique journeys to bring about a bold and synergistic vision: democratized access to Space for regular citizens - Citizen Astronauts.
Space For Humanity is a non-profit organization that will select a Citizen Astronaut to travel to the edge of space at the end of 2018. Their longer-term vision is to send selected groups into Low Earth Orbit by 2022, the moon by 2027 and deep space by 2030. The Space For Humanity mantra: Granting the Gift of Perspective, so that Citizen Astronauts can become the ambassadors to inspire the current and future generations towards our progressive expansion into the solar system and beyond.
SpaceVault (parent company Finsophy Inc.) is a for-profit corporation that will offer citizens the ability to open a dedicated savings account for future personal Space travel, earn financial rewards, and in the meanwhile financially support the emerging commercial Space industry with their underlying bank deposits. SpaceVault’s mantra: Savings Account with a Purpose, reflects their aspiration to empower non-1% citizens around the world to finance their Citizen Astronaut aspirations while helping appropriate more capital in support of the burgeoning commercial Space industry.

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Michael Bear

Technical Director, BAE Systems
Michael Bear is a Technical Director at BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He over 30 years of experience in the electronics from advanced device reliability and ASIC design through systems architecture. He has served on both the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and National Academy... Read More →

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Jason Aspiotis

CEO, Founder, Finsophy Inc.
I am the Founder & CEO of Finsophy Inc - a marketplace for socially responsible retail banking products. Looking for potential bank partners, seed investors, Banking-as-a-Platform companies, and loan marketplace providers.
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Rebecca Schaeffer

Executive Director, Space for Humanity
I am the Executive Director for Space for Humanity, a non-profit focused on growing the commercial space industry by providing public access to space beginning 2018 | Seeking diverse applicants for an all-expenses paid journey on the Worldview Space vehicle.

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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
3 - North (250)