Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder
of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Moon Express, Inc.
a lunar resources company competing in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob
chairs the space commerce committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is a member of the International Institute
of Space Law. As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company's technology into orbit in
2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow.
Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto;
and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. Bob is an evangelist of the "NewSpace"
movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal
(Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA , 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri
Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of "Blueprint for Space"
(Smithsonian Institution 1992); "Return to the Moon" (Apogee Books 2005) and "The Farthest Shore"
(ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space
University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”
"The health of our home planet and the survival of our species will only be secured through the use of
space resources and the expansion of Earth's economic sphere to the Moon and beyond. Creating an off-Earth economy and multi-planet
civilization will safeguard the long term prospects of humanity."
Robert D. Richards, Co-Founder & CEO, Moon Express, Inc. and Founder & Trustee, International Space University
“Human society is nearing
the precipice of a technological rollercoaster that we aren’t ready to ride. The Singularity University will help educate
and prepare humanity’s future leaders for a world of accelerating technological change and the profound challenges it
will bring to our social, legal and moral precepts.”
- Dr. Robert D. Richards,
Co-Founder & CEO, Moon Express, Inc. and Founding Trustee, Singularity University