A journey of a thousand miles always begins with a single step! Being the first German Founder Astronaut of Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) I’ll fly as co-pilot of the spaceship “The Lynx” (XCOR) to space. But my trip to space has already begun – because preparation is needed. Because of the fact that only 500 people have been in space, I am proud to be a pioneer, a part of world history. As a medical doctor, I am pleased to be able to gather information for scientific purposes, so that space travels can open up new worlds of the future for mankind in terms economically, travel, education, growth and sustainability.
“Open your Mouth, suction tube on, burr march.” The daily business of a dentist, you might think. Quite far from that! Dr. Jos Gal is not only owner of the 20 most beautiful dental offices in Germany, he also would like to be the first space tourist of the Republic. The ticket is already purchased and since 2012 Jos Gal is preparing for the trip into space with simulation flights. “I have no fear. I love projects that are not ordinary. “And it is quite inclined to believe him. Earlier Jos Gal was a magician, as a young dentist he made development aid in the South Seas, in 2001 he won the Physicians Tennis World Cup. Meanwhile GSA Member Gal also offers – beside consulting – to help you as a Golf-Med-Dent-Coach. Without doubt: Dr. Gals Vita could fill books. Let’s have a look what he makes out within 20 minutes!
David is a second-year MBA student in the Krannert School of Management, focusing in the areas of Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Business Strategy and Development. His passion lies with the development of human space exploration into a sustainable business. David has worked in the commercial aviation industry and spent time in Washington, D.C. with a small organization helping to promote the nascent commercial space industry to lawmakers. David is active both on and off campus with student event planning, intramural sports, world traveling, fiction writing, and everything in between.
William Pomerantz is the Vice President for Special Projects at Virgin Galactic. William’s thrilling answer to the question, “Why is it worth it to explore outer space?” leaves every audience member with a zero-gravity buzz! Will is a graduate from Harvard University, the NASA academy, and the International Space University. Some of the ‘Special Projects’ Will has worked on are the LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle and the use of SpaceShipTwo as a research platform, among others. Will is a Trustee of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), the world’s largest student space organization. He is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Operations & Support Technical Committee. From 2005 – 2011, he worked at the X Prize Foundation, the world-leading incentive prize organization. As Senior Director of Space Prizes, he served as the primary author and manager of the $30 million Google Lunar Prize and the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X CHALLENGE. Will has also worked at Harvard and Brown Universities, the Futron Corporation, and the United Nations. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)