We Believe in Humanizing Space

The Mission

First we must...

Constellate teams to create a positive and practical path to space and build a framework for the organization of an extraterrestrial society.

Then we can...

Maximize the creative potential of our workforce by building a radical new model for education that gives students the tools and the agency to answer questions we have yet to imagine.
 

And finally we will...

Humanize space, familiarize it, and make it feel more possible. Space will play an integral role in humanity’s future in terms of both research and resources. Therefore, everyone should be able to imagine themselves, or their children, living and working in space.
 

The Lab

The Interplanetary Lab includes both a hardware factory for students and faculty to create space hardware and software, and an ideation studio, to research and promote “exploration learning”, and for workshops and prototyping/testing. By putting the factory and studio together, we are creating a prototype for the future of learning.

Forming Collaborative Teams Will Shape Our Space Future 

Interplanetary Interdisciplinary Teams

Meet the Interplanetary Initiative team

Advisory Board

Lisa B. Callahan
Ms Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Civil Space at Lockheed Martin Space. Whether it’s returning humans to the moon, gathering samples from asteroids, exploring the planets of our solar system or peering back in time with the Hubble telescope, Lisa leads the teams who are building and operating the spacecraft that are unlocking the riddles of our universe. 

 Rejane Cantoni
Ms. Cantoni is based in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds several postgraduate degrees and taught art and technology at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. Her installations use sound, visuals and touch to allow the public to explore unique environments.

Tracy Drain
Tracy is a Flight Systems Engineer working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Over her 20-year career, she has helped to develop, test and operate a variety of robotic spacecraft to explore our Solar System. A life-long learner, she loves encouraging people of all ages to nurture their curiosity and to explore the wonders that science and technology make available to us. 

Tanja Masson-Zwaan
Ms Masson-Zwaan is President Emerita of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). She advises the Dutch Government on space law issues and co-founded the Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group. She served on various Boards, including the European Centre for Space Law, Women in Aerospace-Europe, the Netherlands Space Society and Secure World Foundation. 

Rob Meyerson
Mr. Meyerson is an aerospace executive providing management consulting services to the aerospace, mobility, technology, and financial sectors; specializing in concept development through execution, scaling teams from zero to hundreds, and utilizing extensive government, industry, and university networks to ensure success, as he previously did for NASA, Kistler Aerospace, and as the former President of Blue Origin. 

Amy Salzhauer 
Ms Salzhaur is a Founder and Managing Partner at Good Growth Capital, an early-stage venture fund investing in transformative science and technology.  Amy was previously the CEO of Ignition Ventures, speaks and teaches internationally about entrepreneurship and leadership, holds several patents, and has degrees from Harvard, Cambridge, and MIT. 

Jessy Kate Schingler
Ms. Schingler is a founding board member and chief policy analyst at the Open Lunar Foundation, focused on policy and institution design for near term lunar activity. She is also an affiliate at Harvard’s Berman Klein Center for Internet and Society and French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), looking at the application of new institutional designs to pressing global challenges here on Earth.  

John Thurmond
Mr. Thurmond is currently Principal Advisor for Emerging Technology for Hess and has spent more than twenty years in the energy industry working across the value chain with a focus on innovation. He holds a PhD in Geoscience from the University of Texas at Dallas, and currently resides in Houston, TX. 

Scott Webster
Mr. Webster was a co-founder, executive and director of Orbital Sciences Corporation and a director of its successor, Orbital ATK, as these grew from three to 12,000 employees and zero to $5 billion in sales.  He’s a director of ENSCO, Inc., FreeFall Aerospace and former board chair of ORBCOMM, Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions and MBDA, Inc.