Co-founder & CEO of Mars One
Bas Lansdorp is a born entrepreneur with a passion for ambitious projects. He is co-founder & CEO of Mars One, the Dutch foundation that aims to land the first humans on Mars in 2032, expected to never return to earth. Mars One has a renowned advisory board including a former NASA Chief Technologist, an astronaut, and a physics Nobel prize laureate, and since the launch of the foundation in 2011, US$ 1 million has been raised. From the first selection round, up to 24 astronaut candidates will soon start their training. Major parts of the selection process, training and mission will be televised to fund the venture. Previously, Lansdorp worked on his PhD in mechanical engineering before starting a successful wind energy company and finally moving onto space exploration.
SESSIONS AT NEXTM
“Land the first humans on Mars in 2032, expected to never return to earth”
In his talk, Bas Lansdorp will discuss the why of Mars exploration and the how: Mars One’s mission is feasible because it is a mission of permanent settlement, there is no return trip. He will also explain the business model for a manned mission to Mars and the complexities of finding a crew of four that can actually leave their friends, family and planet behind for their ultimate dream: settling on Mars.