The National Space Society invites you to a Space Forum on Thursday, March 31, 202, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EDT
Expanding Frontiers: Astropreneurship in South Texas
With Special Guest Fredrick Jenet, Founder and Executive Director, Expanding Frontiers
Founded by the team that brought the world’s largest radio telescope to the US-Mexico border and convinced SpaceX to make a new home at Boca Chica Beach, Expanding Frontiers creates innovative programs that are inspiring the next generation of space explorers and developers. In this presentation, Dr. Jenet will review several award winning initiatives that are driving the space development ecosystem in South Texas, including the Entrepreneur in Residence Apprenticeship Program that helps aspiring “Astropreneurs” build viable companies around NASA technologies, and the “Space Settlement Design Tournament,” a collaboration with Aerospace Education Competitions, which inspires local high school students to envision themselves as participating in the space industry. Don’t miss this informative presentation that will touch on the innovative ideas that are driving the NewSpace ecosystem.
Fredrick Jenet, PhD, is an MIT/Caltech trained astrophysicist turned space entrepreneur with 25 years of space exploration and development experience. Dr. Jenet has secured over $50 million in funding for space related R&D. His research ranges from deep space exploration to characterizing orbital debris, with 50+ publications in refereed journals and popular articles such as “If Earth falls, will interstellar space travel be our salvation?” He created the “Arecibo Remote Command Center,” enabling students to make astrophysical discoveries with global impact, founded the first Center of Excellence in South Texas for space exploration, and created the UT STARGATE program, in collaboration with SpaceX, having technology development facilities located at the Boca Chica orbital launch facility. In addition, he is the CTO of Lunar Station, an MIT startup delivering intel and insights to lunar mission planners, and an investment advisor to Spaced Ventures, a space startup funding platform.
Register no later than March 31 at 8 pm EDT.