Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson

Founding Partner at SpaceFund

Named one of the world’s top “Space Visionaries” and one the top one hundred most influential people in the space field by Space News, Rick is credited with helping start what is called the “NewSpace” revolution – which has led to commercial space projects such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff…

Named one of the world’s top “Space Visionaries” and one the top one hundred most influential people in the space field by Space News, Rick is credited with helping start what is called the “NewSpace” revolution – which has led to commercial space projects such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origins rocket firms. The Founder of Deep Space Industries (a space resources company) he co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation, called “pound for pound the most effective space organization on Earth”, was a founding board member of the X-Prize, and founded the New Worlds Institute and EarthLight Foundation.

He is considered one of the best public speakers in the space field, and his writings and quotes show up around the world, from the New York Times to the People’s Daily.

Rick signed up Dennis Tito – the world’s first space “tourist” (citizen space explorer) to fly to the International Space Station, and led the team which took over the Russian Mir Space Station as the world’s first commercial space facility (as featured in the film “Orphans of Apollo”). He’s been a lead witness in Congress 6 times on space and has helped start numerous space projects, including the first mission to discover water on the Moon. While dedicated to the expansion of life and humanity into the universe, Rick is known for his pragmatic approach, and down to Earth style.

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