Blue Origin and the Four Futures of Human Space Flight
About the Conversation
Most discussions about space futures revolve around exploring planets. A more balanced model identifies four distinct goals of human space flight: Explore, Experience, Exploit, and Expand. While everything starts with exploring, long-standing dreams are about expanding civilization into space. There’s a huge funding and technical gap between the two. The other two futures can bridge this gap by tapping sources of capital outside government budgets. Our conversation will examine the distinctions and connections among the four futures, and describe the many programs Blue Origin is developing now to build the bridge.
About the Speaker
Brent Sherwood is Senior Vice President of Advanced Development Programs for Blue Origin, a private space company building the foundation for millions of people living and working in space. He is responsible for the development of in-space systems and services for human space flight, cargo, and infrastructure that collectively will open space to human expansion.