Austin Hall 100 (North), 1515 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Open-to-all, the first edition of Space Night at Harvard shined light on the dynamic and multidisciplinary Harvard and MIT space community. The event began with two 20-minute state-of-the-art talks on Mars, Moxie and MIT by Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman and on 20 Years with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, From First Light to Virtual Reality by Professor Kim Kowal. Event's program
Talks were followed by three panels of lightning talks dedicated to Harvard and MIT's exciting new space curriculum and space student groups, as well as a panel on career paths in the private space sector. Each panelist had 180 seconds to convey the core of their role, followed by a 10-minute Q&A panel. An hour meet-and-greet followed, allowing the public and speakers to interact and celebrate Harvard’s first Space Night.
Matt Weinzierl, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, answers thought-provoking questions about the emerging space economy: centralized model, decentralized model? Public sector, private sector? Listen to episode
"It seems increasingly feasible to build things in space from resources in space that will be useful in space... So for instance, resource mining – going up and pulling things out of asteroids for use in space – is not a very good business model if there's nobody in space to use them. Similarly, having a gas station in space doesn't make any sense if nobody can provide you with the fuel from the asteroids to refuel people in space."
The 2018 Space Genetics Symposium focused on the Human Experience in Space. Matt Weinzierl, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, was an invited speaker. He presented his research on the changing business and economics of space.
As part of an HBS Digital Initiative feature on the business and economics of space, Professor Matt Weinzierl applies a well-known idea from game theory to identity a key role for market-based substitutes in spurring innovation in the sector. Read article
"As commercial space reaches ever higher, new economic, political, and management challenges and opportunities arise. Scholars of these disciplines have started to take notice, and they are eager to bring their expertise to bear. But to help you most – to uncover and share insights into what drives success in space – these researchers need your help to identify which problems to tackle, which stories to study, and which questions to ask."
The 2017 Working Group was designed to spur scholarship on commercial space and create a focal point for research-driven discussions of commercial space and policy toward it. It also seeks to open the space sector to a broader range of young talent, including business school students.To those ends, it brings together a small group of leading thinkers on space to engage intellectually with developments in the sector and inspire new and high-impact research. (November 3-4, 2017)
Industry is looking to the stars for a new commercial frontier. NASA is looking to industry to help broaden the scope of space exploration. And Professor Matt Weinzierl is looking at what this interplay means for the future of the New Space sector. Listen to episode
"... in our modern system, there’s a strange inversion because our government is so driven by short-term election cycles and fundraising. It makes doing visionary things very difficult. In some ways, NASA offloading some of the shorter-term development to companies like Blue, and reclaiming it’s longer-term pursuits, is a reversion to what the model is supposed to be when the politics are working.”