Rick Tumlinson has been called one of the world’s top space “Visionaries” and is credited with helping create the NewSpace commercial space industry, whose players include Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Paul Allen of MicroSoft. In 2015 he won the World Technology Award along with Craig Venter of the Human Genome project. He co-Founded the Space Frontier Foundation, led the team that took over the Mir Space Station for a year as the world’s first commercial space facility, signed up the first “space tourist” Dennis Tito, and has spoken as an expert witness before the US Congress 6 times on space policy. He worked with the founders of the International Space University, helped kick start the Lunar Prospector Project and helped or founded several other Frontier Enabling projects and organizations.
He edited the book Return to the Moon, is a regular writer for the Huffington Post and Space News and has been quoted around the world from the New York Times to China’s People’s Daily. A founding Board Member of the XPrize, he founded the Texas Space Alliance and Foundation, a commercial space suit company Orbital Outfitters and Silicon Valley based Deep Space Industries – an asteroid mining firm.
Currently, his New Worlds organization is focused on developing the people and technology to open the frontier. New Worlds held a major US space policy summit in Washington DC in 2015, and will be putting on its fourth New Worlds Conference Nov. 9-11 in Austin.