Bob Richards

Bob Richards

Bob Richards

CEO
Moon Express

Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He co-founded the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation, and Moon Express, Inc., a lunar resources company competing in the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE. He is   president and CEO of Moon Express, Inc. Richards 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, he 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. Richards 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. Richards is an evangelist of the "NewSpace" movement and is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal, the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation, and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel. He holds 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.”