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CMA Presents "Entrepreneurial Space: An Insider's Observations"

Thursday, September 29, 2005
4:45pm to 6:00pm
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JPL, von Karman Auditorium
Rex Ridenoure (MS '79), CEO, Ecliptic Enterprise Corporation,

What are the attributes of "entrepreneurial space" and what can be inferred from current events and trends in this area? Join us as Rex Ridenoure shares some insider experiences and lessons gleaned from his years in "entrepreneurial space" and reveals what is happening in this emerging space market sector, the causes and influences, and what observers should look for next.

Rex will also share some fascinating RocketCam imagery from several recent space projects, including Delta and Atlas rocket launches, last year's SpaceShipOne X Prize suborbital flights, and the recent launch of Discovery.

Since 1980, Rex has been a champion of the emerging market sector of private and commercial space missions to the Moon and beyond, and since 1985 has been an active member of the small satellite community. For the first 20 years of his career at Hughes, Lockheed Martin, and JPL, Rex worked on more than a dozen pioneering space projects and studies. In the late 1990s, he moved into the entrepreneurial space arena, making notable contributions while at Microcosm, SpaceDev, BlastOff! and Ecliptic. Rex earned his M.S. degree in aeronautics from Caltech and B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University.

Admission is free. All JPL and campus personnel and retirees are welcome.

For more information, please contact Michael Eastwood by phone at (818) 354-9273 or by email at [email protected].