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Event ID:  9038
Contact Name:  Space Society of Silicon Valley
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Organization:  Space Society of Silicon Valley
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Dates:  15th October 2015 to 15th October 2015
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Type:  Public
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Country:  United States
State/Province:  California
City:  Mountain View
Event Name:  T-Minus Zero: Why Space Startups Are Taking Off
Event Description:  Join Dan Berkenstock, co-founder of Skybox Imaging (acquired by Google), Peter Platzer, CEO and co-founder of Spire Global, and Barry Matsumori, SVP of Business Development at Virgin Galactic for this exciting event sponsored by the Computer History Museum NextGen Advisory Board. For details and registration, visit and use discount code "S3" for 20% off. ----- 6:00pm - 7:00pm: Hors d'oeuvres, wine, networking, and SpaceVR demos. ----- 7:00pm - 8:00pm: Panel discussion ----- 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Additional networking with panelists ----- Space is the final frontier, but it is time-consuming (decades), expensive (billions of dollars), and risky (explosions). From our first satellite called Sputnik in 1957 to the satellites that bring us Sirius/XM and Dish Network, space brings us great pride and utility but only at tremendous effort. At least that's how the incumbents think. It's against this backdrop that a new wave of space startups, including Skybox Imaging, Spire Global, and Virgin Galactic, have come onto the scene. This new renaissance of space companies is shaking up the industry by building and launching satellites for 1/1000th the cost ($700,000 instead of $700,000,000). They are questioning some core assumptions in the aerospace industry and leveraging best practices from tech startups. Along the way, they've attracted the attention of mainstream tech companies (Google purchased Skybox Imaging for $500M in 2014). ----- Location: Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043; (650) 810-1010;
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