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Forum Aims to Unleash Next Generation of Space Billionaires

Published by Ekkehard on Tue Apr 4, 2006 11:07 am
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Creating a money-making rationale for private space ventures—be they public space travel, orbiting hotels, low-cost rocketry, a space junk collection service, or even a lunar power and light company—such enterprises must be grounded in first-order business basics.

Over the decades, several entrepreneurial space firms have come and gone, their vision getting too far ahead of business reality, but there are encouraging signs that private space ventures are reinvigorating—as well as agitating and disrupting—customary models of space commercialization.

That’s the message to be heard at Space Billionaires: Educating the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs, a Thought Leader Forum being held April 4 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles and organized by the University of Southern California’s (USC) Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization.

Voodoo to mainstream science

“To date the space industry has been focused on engineering and technology. Looking into the future, the industry needs to think more creatively about developing new business models for space,” said Kathleen Allen, Director of the Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization.


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