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STARS Speaker Series: Astrobotic CEO John Thornton

by STARS (Students at Tepper for Astronautics Rockets & Space)

Professional

Fri, 08 Dec 2017

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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TPR 153

5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, Penn 15213, United States

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Astrobotic Technology flies hardware systems into space for companies, governments, and universities. By accommodating multiple customers on a single flight, Astrobotic offers unprecedented flexibility at an industry-defining low price.

Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 by William “Red” Whittaker, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh's Strip District.

John Thornton, CEO, has grown Astrobotic's business of delivering affordable space robotics technology and planetary missions by attracting technology contracts, equity investment, and payload customers. Thornton is coordinating the team and alliance for Peregrine's development and the first mission. At Carnegie Mellon, Thornton led the build of Scarab, a NASA concept robot for lunar drilling, and the first robot to carry a prototype of NASA's RESOLVE payload. He founded Carnegie Mellon's Advanced Composites Lab, a research, training, design, and manufacturing lab specializing in high performance, lightweight composites for robotics.

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TPR 153

5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, Penn 15213, United States

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STARS (Students at Tepper for Astronautics Rockets & Space)
Co-hosted with: MBA Communications

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