Naveen Jain, Fiona Harrison, and Will Pomerantz discuss exploring and commercializing space.
Fiona Harrison, California Institute of Technology astrophysicist; principal investigator for NASA's NuStar Mission
Naveen Jain, Co-Founder and Chairman, Moon Express; Founder, inome and InfoSpace
Will Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects at Virgin Galactic
Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Fiona A. Harrison is a professor of physics and astronomy in the Space Radiation Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Harrison's primary research interests are in experimental and observational high-energy astrophysics. She is developing optics and detectors for future balloon- and satellite-borne x-ray and gamma-ray missions. In addition, she has an active observational program in gamma-ray, x-ray, and optical observations of gamma-ray bursts, active galaxies, and neutron stars. Dr. Harrison was a member of the NRC Committee on the Physics of the Universe. She currently serves on the Committee on NASA's Beyond Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation.
Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and a technology pioneer. He is founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, Intelius and InfoSpace. Jain is trustee of the board at X Prize Foundation and Singularity University. He is a member of Pacific Council on International Policy and Explorer Club. Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the Albert Einstein Technology Medal for pioneers in technology, Top 20 Entrepreneurs and Life Time Achievement Award for Contribution to Technology and Entrepreneurship by Red Herring, Light of India Award for Business Leadership by The Times Group, Most Admired Serial Entrepreneur by Silicon India, and Six People Who Will Change the Internet by Information Week.
Will is the Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, the world's first spaceline. Virgin Galactic is building on the legacy of the award-winning SpaceShipOne, bringing a fleet of commercial spacecraft into service for private, civil, and scientific passengers.
Will is a graduate of Harvard University, the NASA Academy, and the International Space University. From 2005 - 2011, he worked at the X PRIZE Foundation, the world-leading incentive prize organization. As Senior Director of Space Prizes, he served as the primary author and manager of the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE and the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X CHALLENGE. He has also worked at Harvard and Brown Universities, the Futron Corporation, and the United Nations, and was the co-founder and Editor in Chief of SpaceAlumni.com. Will proudly served on a Federal Advisory Committee, producing a report called “Meeting the Workforce Needs for the National Vision for Space Exploration." He is the author of a chapter in the textbook Space Commerce and of numerous articles for publications ranging from Ad Astra to VentureBeat.