NewSpace Hack v0.5

A lot of our fantasies about space living and exploration inspired by science fiction are about to come true. 2017 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet in NewSpace – the movement of enterprises and startups into space! With giants like Elon Musk and Google preparing their own space missions, other entrepreneurs are expected to be inspired to invest in space technology. In 1999, the United Nations declared the week of 4-10 October World Space Week, to spread awareness and get people excited about space exploration. Since then, it has grown into the world’s largest public space event, with the 2015 edition seeing more than 1,800 events across 73 countries!
This year, we were part of World Space Week Singapore, with the NewSpace Hack v0.5, where professionals and university students alike got the opportunity to interact with experienced space entrepreneurs (“astropreneurs”) from Singapore and Silicon Valley. The speakers shared their insights about the path to success and assessments of the future direction of “NewSpace.” They also shared snippets of their own successful journeys in the realm of space..

What’s Next?

We’re planning to organise a full-fledged NewSpace Hackathon in the first quarter of 2017!

If you’re interested in participating, or in coming on board as a partner, please drop us an email.


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Here’s a quick look at the speakers who shared their experiences and insights at the NewSpace Hack v0.5:

Dr Bidushi Bhattacharya, CEO and Founder, Bhattacharya Space Enterprises Emma Lehman, Flight Operations Lead, Google Terra Bella Mark Dembitz, Business Development Lead, Spire Global Marc Hardy, CEO and Co-founder, RunSocial Aitor Villar Zafra, Science Team Member, Center for Quantum Technologies, NUS
Dr Bidushi Bhattacharya, CEO and Founder, Bhattacharya Space Enterprises
Dr. Bhattacharya is a rocket scientist with over two decades experience working for NASA and in higher education administration. She currently serves as CEO of Bhattacharya Space Enterprises, a Singaporean startup dedicated to building the space tech ecosystem in Southeast Asia by offering entrepreneurship and STEM engagement opportunities to students and professionals. Her clients at BSE include students who are developing scientific experiments for the International Space Station, as well as professionals who seek training in space science and technology. Dr. Bhattacharya’s previous experience includes more than a dozen NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Mars Rover Program. In academia, she has lead research development in the sciences for a number of higher education institutions in the US. Dr. Bhattacharya holds B.S. and B.A. degrees in mechanical engineering and physics from Rutgers University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in space physics from UCLA.
Emma Lehman, Flight Operations Lead, Google Terra Bella
Emma Lehman leads the Flight Operations team at Google in Mountain View, California. Google operates the world’s largest commercial fleet of high resolution Earth-Imaging satellites though their organisation Terra Bella (formerly Skybox Imaging). Emma started at Skybox/Terra Bella when it was a startup, and led the design and build of an innovative flight operations system to support autonomous constellation operations. Prior to Skybox, Emma was on the flight operations team at Lockheed Martin’s Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory in Palo Alto, California, where she performed flight operations for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Emma has a degree in Astrophysics from Williams College.
Mark Dembitz, Business Development Lead, Spire Global
Mark joined Spire Global’s Singapore office in August 2015 as the Sales & Business Development Executive for Asia Pacific, where he leads the company’s account management and new business efforts throughout the region. Mark began his career in finance, gaining exposure across investment management and corporate finance before spending over 6 years in the energy and commodities sector, where he focused on strategic business development and project management. Prior to joining Spire Global, Mark set up and managed the Asian operations of a UK-based energy efficiency startup. Mark has been living and working across Asia since 2006. He holds a B.A. (Hons) in East Asian Studies from Brown University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Marc Hardy, CEO and Co-founder, RunSocial
Marc Hardy is co-founder of RunSocial, a Singapore tech company specialised in mixed reality video software. RunSocial is Marc’s second startup with his first focused on a senior citizen platform. Prior to the startup world, Marc pursued a career in investment banking in London and is a graduate of the LSE.
Aitor Villar Zafra, Science Team Member, Center for Quantum Technologies, NUS
Aitor Villar Zafra completed a three-year Bachelor at Universitat de les Illes Balears (Mallorca, Spain) as a Technical Engineer (specialized in Telematics) and Masters degree at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) in Telecom Engineering, with thesis research conducted at Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques (ICFO, Barcelona, Spain), under the supervision of Prof. Valerio Pruneri. Aitor is currently pursuing a PhD at Centre for Quantum Technologies (National University of Singapore) under the supervision of As. Prof. Alexander Ling. As a member of the science team, led by Dr. Kadir Durak, Aitor is contributing to a mission to build an entangled photon source and to demonstrate on a CubeSat platform in space, the violation of CHSH (Clauser, Horne, Shimony and Holt) Bell’s inequality.



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