Didn’t we already go to the Moon? Why are we going back? What did we leave behind? In this episode, The Future Space Economy webcast host Jeffrey Hill speaks with researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and civil space experts about why the world’s leading space-faring nations are racing back to the moon. We’ll discuss the value of lunar materials and resources, research on the “dark side of the moon,” and the economic opportunities created by just getting there (as well as getting there first).

60-minute webinar
Jeffrey Hill
Executive Editor, Via Satellite
Emma Louden
Ph.D. Candidate, Astrophysics, Yale University
Emma Louden is an astrophysicist, strategist, and speaker. Raised in Park City, UT, she spent many nights outside looking up at the Milky Way through the crisp and clear mountain air. After falling in love with the NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity, Emma’s astrophysics pathway took off quickly. Since then, Emma has attended the Summer Science Program, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University, and been selected as a Brooke Owens Fellow and a Quad Fellow. As a fourth-year astrophysics Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, Emma studies the geometry of exoplanetary systems. Emma uses the thinking spurred by this inquiry to help humanity develop a consciousness that puts the Earth in context and advances space exploration for the common good.

Her unique interests lie at the intersection of the space industry and astrophysics. Emma’s objective is to lead the creation of strategic programs, policies, and practices that guarantee that the next stage of astrophysics is grounded in proactive thinking and partnership with industry. This is a core principle that underpins her involvement in the space community and her research. Emma is developing a predictive model of the effects of satellite constellations based on planned launches that focuses on the impact on NASA’s astrophysics goals as well as a ranking metric to evaluate the impact of satellites on astronomical cases based on three key factors: threat level, timescale, and significance to the community.

Emma also is a part-time analyst at BryceTech and a contributor to Metaculus. She co-founded the Ask-A-Brookie Mentorship program and serves on the American Astronomical Society Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy. Emma is deeply committed to sharing her passion for astronomy to spark curiosity and excitement in future scientists, especially minorities in STEM. She serves as a Young Professional Mentor for the Zed Factor Fellowship and a lead for the SSP Connect mentorship program for alumni of the Summer Science Program. Her expertise has been featured in talks at TEDx, Yale Law School, NPR, and the Jasper Dark Sky Festival. She was named one of the STEM Reinventors of the Year for 2021. As a sought-after speaker, Emma travels around the world as a steward of the story of the next phase of space exploration, empowering the next generation of students in STEM and connecting the public to the transformative power of space exploration.
Sita Sonty
Aerospace Executive
David Anderman
Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Stellar Ventures
David Anderman is a seasoned executive with a passion for business strategy and dealmaking in technology, aerospace, and media. David was most recently the General Counsel of SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, where he helped with the first-ever launch of astronauts by a private company, the maiden flight of Starship (SpaceX's Mars colony ship), and the rollout of the Starlink global satellite internet system.

He previously spent 16 years at Lucasfilm Ltd., George Lucas’s entertainment empire, starting as a junior lawyer and rising through the ranks to become General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer. He has held C-level positions at a series of technology startups. He began his career as an intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley.
Mike Lewis
Chief Innovation Officer, Nanoracks
Mike Lewis is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at Nanoracks, a Voyager Space Company, where he is responsible for overseeing the technical, scientific, and engineering direction for the company. He has developed, built, and flown experiment platforms to the International Space Station, and has helped deliver more than 1,300 experiments to space. He and his team designed the NRCSD (the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) system which has deployed over 300 satellites from the ISS, as well as a satellite deployer that has deployed over 30 satellites from the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft. Mike is an inventor of the Nanoracks Bishop Airlock, the first commercial component of the Space Station, which is currently in operation.

Before joining Nanoracks, Mike was the lead engineer for Deep Down, Inc., a Houston-based company that fabricates subsea structures and services deepwater subsea oil operations. Prior to that, Mike comes from a background of Aerospace (Tethers Unlimited, Inc.), Electromechanical Design (ANCO Engineers, Inc.), Structural Engineering (Structural Components, LLC) and as an Adjunct Professor in Space Systems Operation Management (Webster University).

Nanoracks is the leader in providing access to commercial space and Mike continues to find new opportunities for payloads in low Earth orbit, the moon and beyond.
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