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Going transplanetary
Erika Ilves, co-founder, Transplanetary
Strategy summit, stavanger, Jan 29, 2015
Credit: Bryan Verste...
Something incredible
just happened At the edge of the Milky Way.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt
humans.
So much potential. So little time.
"Now is the watershed of Cosmic history… 

Behind us yawn the chasms of the primordial past, when this
universe was a dead...
We know what we must do.
"In the long run, a single-planet species will not survive.”
Michael Griffin, NASA administrator
2006
“Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be
endangered by impacts from space, every surviving
civilizati...
“The long-term survival of humanity, and of the plant and
animal life that we cherish on Earth, can best be assured by
bui...
"Remember this: once the human race is established 
on more than one planet and especially, in more than one
solar system,...
“This is the goal: To make available for life every place where
life is possible. To make inhabitable all worlds as yet
un...
"Man must at all costs overcome the Earth's gravity and
have, in reserve, the space at least of the Solar System. All
kind...
"Perchance, coming generations will not abide the dissolution
of the globe, but, availing themselves of future inventions ...
so what have we done in a hundred years?
As of Jan 23, 2015
people in space 547
man years in space123
currently in space 6
Source: worldspaceflight.com
As of Jan 23, 2015
Source: worldspaceflight.com
18orbited
12walked
0
529100-450 km
"The regret on our side is,
they used to say years ago,
we are reading about you in
science class. Now they say,
we are re...
Why so little progress?
It’s hard.
It’s expensive.
apollo
$164 Billion
iss
$150 Billion
SLS
$30 Billion
We don’t care about our extinction
All That much.
Availability bias
“The last time I checked,
Humans have not gone extinct”
We do seem to care
about prestige & military dominance.
Image: Kerbal Space Program
We care about science…
…unless we need the money for something else.
We care about doing more and more
With less and less.
On Earth.
A path that pays for itself
is the path that will happen.
Enter commercial space.
Aka “new space.”
1,200satellites
$200 billion market
92launches in 2014
$6 billion market
SPACE internet Real time eyes on earth
High altitude joy rides Anywhere in under 4 hours
It’s all wonderful.
But none of this calls for people to live in space
or go beyond the geostationary orbit.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt
A question of galactic significance:
What creates value on earth,
requires humans in the loop and/or
Pushes us beyond the geostationary orbit?
…and a handful of space-based business models.
Space tourism Micro-g research Re-fueling stations
Space mining Space-based solar power Manufacturing in space
Space & market potential maybe infinite…
…But investor understanding & attention is finite.
These business cases make real sense
if funded together.
Space tourism Micro-g
research
Re-fueling stations
Space mining Space-based
solar power
Manufacturing
in space
We need to be less like space cowboys
And more like space musketeers.
An ecosystem problem
can only be solved by going meta.
How to make an ecosystem of
These Space-based business models investible?
For starters, just bloody explain
this whole space thing better.
Meta idea #1:
Space sector visualization and analytics platform
VITAL’s SIBLING for Space was conceived over lunch.
We named him spock*.
*Space program on ontologically computed knowledge
It takes time to train your AI
•  Space jargon
•  2,000 space entities
•  900,000 people
•  All space related patents
•  H...
Meta idea #1: version 2.0
Mission control for humanity’s expansion off Earth,
Manned by spock
ABOUT BLOG
Explore past,
present & future
space
missions
Explore 
space
industry
Check out
space
companies

Invest in
spac...
July 2015
Ecosystem-level solutionS
3 meta ideas

MISSION CONTROL
Web intelligence platform for
space investors, analysts and
enthus...
We will pivot
but will not let go of the bone.
Space settlement
Find a WAY to go transplanetary
That pays for itself.
Sweet dreams are made of these:
Credit: NASA
Credit: Bryan Versteeg, spacehabs.com
Credit: ESA
So that one day…
"When you look at the stars
and the galaxy, you feel you
are not just from any
particular piece of land, 
but from the sol...
“Because of us, landscapes of radiation blasted waste, will be
miraculously transmuted: Slag will become soil, grass will
...
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt
transplanetary.com
@transplanetary
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
Making space investible: Show me the Markets!
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Take a Sillicon Valley tech startup, collaborate with venture capital firm Deep Knowledge Ventures out of Hong Kong, mix in some of the world’s most advanced AI – artificial intelligence software. The result: Transplanetary, a wildly ambitious and transformative company on a blazing mission to make create an eco-system of business models for newspace.

Erika Ilves, Co-Founder, Transplanetary and Chief Strategy Officer, Shackleton Energy
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Making space investible: Show me the Markets!

  1. 1. Going transplanetary Erika Ilves, co-founder, Transplanetary Strategy summit, stavanger, Jan 29, 2015 Credit: Bryan Versteeg, spacehabs.com
  2. 2. Something incredible just happened At the edge of the Milky Way.
  3. 3. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt
  4. 4. humans. So much potential. So little time.
  5. 5. "Now is the watershed of Cosmic history… Behind us yawn the chasms of the primordial past, when this universe was a dead and silent place; before us rise the broad sunlit uplands of a living cosmos. In the next few galactic seconds, the fate of the universe will be decided. Life — the ultimate experiment — will either explode into space and engulf the star-clouds in a fire storm of children, trees, and butterfly wings; or Life will fail, fizzle, and gutter out, leaving the universe shrouded forever in impenetrable blankness, devoid of hope." Marshall T. Savage The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps, 1994
  6. 6. We know what we must do.
  7. 7. "In the long run, a single-planet species will not survive.” Michael Griffin, NASA administrator 2006
  8. 8. “Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring—not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive... If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds.” Carl Sagan 1994
  9. 9. “The long-term survival of humanity, and of the plant and animal life that we cherish on Earth, can best be assured by building colonies dispersed throughout our solar system and beyond.” Gerard o’neill 1976
  10. 10. "Remember this: once the human race is established on more than one planet and especially, in more than one solar system, there is no way now imaginable to kill off the human race.” Robert A. Heinlein 1961
  11. 11. “This is the goal: To make available for life every place where life is possible. To make inhabitable all worlds as yet uninhabitable, and all life purposeful.” Hermann oberth 1957
  12. 12. "Man must at all costs overcome the Earth's gravity and have, in reserve, the space at least of the Solar System. All kinds of danger wait for him on the Earth. . . . We have said a great deal about the advantages of migration into space, but not all can be said or even imagined.” Konstantin tsiolkovsky 1929
  13. 13. "Perchance, coming generations will not abide the dissolution of the globe, but, availing themselves of future inventions in aerial locomotion, and the navigation of space, the entire race may migrate from the earth, to settle some vacant and more western planet.... It took but little art, a simple application of natural laws, a canoe, a paddle, and a sail of matting, to people the isles of the Pacific, and a little more will people the shining isles of space. ” Henry david thoreau 1843
  14. 14. so what have we done in a hundred years?
  15. 15. As of Jan 23, 2015 people in space 547 man years in space123 currently in space 6 Source: worldspaceflight.com
  16. 16. As of Jan 23, 2015 Source: worldspaceflight.com 18orbited 12walked 0 529100-450 km
  17. 17. "The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class." Neil armstrong, july 1999
  18. 18. Why so little progress?
  19. 19. It’s hard.
  20. 20. It’s expensive.
  21. 21. apollo $164 Billion iss $150 Billion SLS $30 Billion
  22. 22. We don’t care about our extinction All That much.
  23. 23. Availability bias “The last time I checked, Humans have not gone extinct”
  24. 24. We do seem to care about prestige & military dominance.
  25. 25. Image: Kerbal Space Program
  26. 26. We care about science… …unless we need the money for something else.
  27. 27. We care about doing more and more With less and less. On Earth.
  28. 28. A path that pays for itself is the path that will happen.
  29. 29. Enter commercial space. Aka “new space.”
  30. 30. 1,200satellites $200 billion market 92launches in 2014 $6 billion market
  31. 31. SPACE internet Real time eyes on earth High altitude joy rides Anywhere in under 4 hours
  32. 32. It’s all wonderful.
  33. 33. But none of this calls for people to live in space or go beyond the geostationary orbit.
  34. 34. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt A question of galactic significance:
  35. 35. What creates value on earth, requires humans in the loop and/or Pushes us beyond the geostationary orbit?
  36. 36. …and a handful of space-based business models.
  37. 37. Space tourism Micro-g research Re-fueling stations Space mining Space-based solar power Manufacturing in space
  38. 38. Space & market potential maybe infinite…
  39. 39. …But investor understanding & attention is finite.
  40. 40. These business cases make real sense if funded together.
  41. 41. Space tourism Micro-g research Re-fueling stations Space mining Space-based solar power Manufacturing in space
  42. 42. We need to be less like space cowboys And more like space musketeers.
  43. 43. An ecosystem problem can only be solved by going meta.
  44. 44. How to make an ecosystem of These Space-based business models investible?
  45. 45. For starters, just bloody explain this whole space thing better.
  46. 46. Meta idea #1: Space sector visualization and analytics platform
  47. 47. VITAL’s SIBLING for Space was conceived over lunch. We named him spock*. *Space program on ontologically computed knowledge
  48. 48. It takes time to train your AI •  Space jargon •  2,000 space entities •  900,000 people •  All space related patents •  Hundreds of sources •  Asking the right questions •  Predictive algorithms
  49. 49. Meta idea #1: version 2.0 Mission control for humanity’s expansion off Earth, Manned by spock
  50. 50. ABOUT BLOG Explore past, present & future space missions Explore space industry Check out space companies Invest in space Volunteer, crowdfund or work in space Greetings, I am SPOCK. I man this Mission Control for human civilization’s expansion into space. What do you want to do?
  51. 51. July 2015
  52. 52. Ecosystem-level solutionS 3 meta ideas MISSION CONTROL Web intelligence platform for space investors, analysts and enthusiasts giving a real-time overview of the global space ecosystem, incl. predictions of future space milestones, visualization of future markets and investment recommendations. MARKETPLACE 3rd party B2B global marketplace for space systems, sub-systems and components (“Amazon 3rd party marketplace for space”). Could evolve into a platform for sharing and manufacturing high- volume aerospace components and sub-systems (“Amazon 3D printing shop for space”) SPACE DEVELOPMENT BANK A global facility designed to fund the currently unfundable space infrastructure projects. Modelled on the concept of development banking but applied to the sector, not developing world nations. (“EBRD for space”) Visualize space markets Create new funding mechanismsDrive out costs
  53. 53. We will pivot but will not let go of the bone.
  54. 54. Space settlement
  55. 55. Find a WAY to go transplanetary That pays for itself.
  56. 56. Sweet dreams are made of these:
  57. 57. Credit: NASA
  58. 58. Credit: Bryan Versteeg, spacehabs.com
  59. 59. Credit: ESA
  60. 60. So that one day…
  61. 61. "When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system." Laurel clark
  62. 62. “Because of us, landscapes of radiation blasted waste, will be miraculously transmuted: Slag will become soil, grass will sprout, flowers will bloom, and forests will spring up in once sterile places. Ice, hard as iron, will melt and trickle into pools where starfish, anemones, and seashells dwell—a whole frozen universe will thaw and transmogrify, from howling desolation to blossoming paradise.” Marshall T. Savage The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps, 1994
  63. 63. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt
  64. 64. transplanetary.com @transplanetary

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