Made In Space

What is your corporation most trying to accomplish with its new innovation?

We're trying to make a fundamental impact on the world. For myself, and everyone at Made In Space, what gets us up in the morning is the idea that we're changing what our species is capable of. This is demonstrated by the 3D printer we built for NASA and just launched to the International Space Station. This printer will build the first tool in space. For thousands of years, we've built tools on Earth. Now we'll be able to do that in space. This will be a elemental shift for everything we do in space.

What do you think sets your corporation’s work apart from the work of others in your field?

Essentially, there's several bottlenecks regarding why humans aren't permanently settled on the moon or Mars. What we're focusing on is the key bottleneck to make this happen. Of course we need rockets, just like the pilgrims needed ships, but the pilgrims had a way to live off the land, once they arrived on the New World. Right now, we don't have that capability in space. The 3D printer will allow us to do this – build what we need, where we need it. No one else has done this before. This is not just a fundamental milestone for Made In Space or NASA, but also a fundamental milestone for humanity.

What or who inspired your corporation to come up with this innovation?

There have been so many mentors and people who have inspired me [Aaron Kemmer, CEO of Made In Space], both in and outside of the field. These people have really shaped who I am and where I'm at today. For me, the key was a driving goal – wanting to help humans leave planet Earth permanently. Going out there and finding the right people to make this happen was critical.The support of people like Peter Diamindis, founder and chairman of Xprize, have been invaluable. Singularity University, where I met my co-founders: Jason Dunn, Mike Chen and Mike Snyder, and all of the other amazing people I've met and brainstormed with there have really inspired and assisted us. This includes people like Chris Lewicki, president of Planetary Resources, and Scott Summit, one of the founding fathers of 3D printing, just to name a couple. Dan Barry, three-time astronaut and founding partner, realized first-hand why 3D printers in space would be beneficial and his support, advice and encouragement continue to be critical. The list goes on and on. There have been so many people who have inspired and supported me and the entire team at Made In Space.

What role has serendipity played in the turning points in your corporation’s mission?

Serendipity has played a role in my career, from the beginning – being lucky enough to be born in America, and specifically in Florida, where I grew up watching space shuttle launches, which sparked my love for space. I was lucky enough that my earlier entrepreneurial endeavors were successful enough to allow me to pursue my true passion and focus on my goals. It was definitely serendipitous that I met my other co-founders, Jason Dunn, Mike Chen and Mike Snyder. However, although beneficial happenstance played a role in getting us where we are today, I truly believe the best way to make luck happen is to work really hard until you get luckier.

What have been the greatest challenges that your corporation has encountered in developing your innovation?

The greatest challenge has been space. Space is a huge challenge, and is one of the reasons I'm working in this industry. We are continually running up against walls, again and again. Even getting a payload into space is an extremely hard endeavor. Space is a slow business. It's taken us four years to get to this point. Tackling the space challenge is one of the biggest challenges of any space entrepreneur, including me. However, this is what we're trying to change in the industry. Instead of having to wait for years, we want to enable same day delivery of items via e-mail.

Do you believe leaders and innovators have certain qualities that they all share? If so, what?

I think there is a broad range of leaders and innovator that lead to a company's success. Some may have a more technical background. Some are more business oriented. Others are experts in logistics. While still others have expertise in operational management. Just look at Steve Jobs (a technical innovator) and Tim Cook (an operational guru) – two very different leaders able to successfully lead the same company. However, the one trait I believe all leaders have is a very goal-focused and oriented approach to success. They don't give up on their goal until it is hit. Correct target the goal and push forward, and you'll be successful.

How would your corporation most like to change the world through its work?

My primary life mission, as well as everyone at Made In Space, is to help humans become multi-planetary. I'm not just talking about going to the moon or Mars, but other planetary bodies in the solar system as well. We want to take care of one of the largest roadblocks to make that happen.

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