Jim Plaxco, NSS Space Ambassador

Portrait of NSS Space Ambassador Jim Plaxco

Jim Plaxco, a former Vice President of the National Space Society and former NSS Director of Information Systems, is President of the Chicago Society for Space Studies and serves as the NSS Space Ambassadors Economics Subject Matter Expert. Jim also serves a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Jim has previously served as President of the Northern Illinois Space Advocacy; as Vice President of the Planetary Studies Foundation; as manager of the Enterprise in Space Orbiter Design Contest; and as a board member for the National Space Society, Planetary Studies Foundation, Harper College Center for Meteorite and Planetary Studies; and Enterprise in Space. He was also a recipient of the Planetary Studies Foundation Outstanding Service Award and the National Space Society’s Award for Excellence. As a digital artist, Jim has chaired and judged numerous space art contests for NASA, NSS, EIS, and the IAA. Jim has a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Quoting Jim: “Early in my speaking career my focus was on planetary science, the history of space exploration, and the longer term future of space settlement. In recent years my focus has changed to address the economic challenges associated with space industrialization and space settlement with a greater emphasis on the many near term challenges.”

Areas of Presentation Specialization

  • Commercial Space
  • CisLunar Development
  • Mars Exploration and Settlement
  • NewSpace
  • Space Art
  • Space Economics
  • Space Policy
  • Space Settlement


  • The NewSpace Frontier
  • Space Settlement: The Moon, Mars, and Beyond
  • Planet Earth as Art: The View from Space
  • Factors Impacting the Sustainability of a Lunar Economy
  • Space Settlement: Robots versus Humans
  • Solar Power from Space for Earth
  • How To Design A Martian Civilization Of One Million People
  • How Not To Design A Martian Economy
  • The NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement
  • Art and the Exploration of Space
  • The Art of Astronomy
  • Using Art to Promote Space Settlement
  • The Economic Challenges of Space Settlement
  • The Future of Human Space Exploration
  • The Globalization of the Solar System
  • A History of Lunar Art and Map Making
  • The Impact of Space Policy on the Future of Space Settlement
  • The Universe According to Monty Python

Location: Schaumburg IL, USA
Available for Virtual Presentations: Yes
Available for In-Person Presentations: Yes, with travel compensation.

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