Namesake of Ansari X Prize to discuss space commercialization

Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer, will present "Space Commercialization and its Future" at the 2012 Arthur H. Waynick Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in 22 Deike Building on the University Park campus.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Earth and Mineral Science Museum and Art Gallery in the Deike Building.

In 2006, Ansari became the first female private space explorer, the fourth private space explorer, and first space explorer of Iranian decent. Also an entrepreneur, Ansari co-founded Prodea Systems, Inc., a company that designs innovative technology to simplify consumer’s digital lifestyles.

She is the title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize, an award meant to aid in driving the commercialization of the space industry. The $10 million cash prize was awarded to the SpaceShipOne team in 2004, which was the first to launch a reusable and manned spacecraft into space twice in a two-week span.

The lecture is presented by the Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering. It is co-sponsored by the Norbert and Audrey Gaelen Entrepreneurial Speaker Series, the Penn State Student Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers, the Iranian Student Association and the Penn Stat Lunar Lion Team.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015