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UW Space Dialogue with Starfish Space
WhenMonday, Mar 2, 2020, 4 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationElectrical and Computer Engineering Building (ECE)
Campus room303
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Description

“Who owns space junk? A startup’s view of international space debris policy.”

Starfish Space is a space startup company based out of Kent, Washington. Starfish aims to turn over $40 billion of "space junk" in to the materials that build our future. Our initial product will be a space tug for end-of-life satellite servicing. An on-demand in-space transportation service will be the infrastructure that enables not just recycling but also mining, manufacturing, and other unforeseen opportunities

Trevor Bennett, Co-Founder
Passion - Developing the human presence in space through autonomy
Education - B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M, PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from University of Colorado Boulder.
Previous Work - Guidance and Control at Blue Origin, focused on BE-3U and New Glenn
Additional Details - Trevor received the AIAA Foundation's 2016 Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award, and was selected for Aerospace Week's Twenty 20's award. As an NSTRF Fellow, his PhD thesis discussed guidance, navigation, and control approaches to debris management rendezvous. His PhD work and expertise on a geostationary spacecraft tug moving targets with an electrostatic tractor beam forms a foundation for Starfish Space's technology.
Personal - In his free-time he enjoys teaching swim lessons to community children and backpacking the Pacific Northwest.
Secret Skill - Trevor has a killer Australian accent, ask him about it!

Austin Link, Co-Founder
Passion - Efficient engineering and systems through Moneyball style analytics and statistics
Education - B.S. in Physics from Stanford, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue.
Previous Work - Data Scientist at TeamRankings.com, System Analyst at Lockheed Martin on THAAD, Simulation Engineer and System Analyst at Blue Origin on New Shepard, BE-4, and New Glenn
Additional Details - Austin started work in sports statistics where his rankings system placed 1st out of 65 against the NFL spread in ThePredictionTracker.com's 2011 contest. He also wrote and consulted for ESPN while at TeamRankings.com. At Lockheed Martin he was THAAD employee of the month for identifying a bug deep in a supplier's FORTRAN code. At Blue Origin Austin worked across a variety of programs, including leading engine simulation development, and was in-house expert on uncertainty and statistics.
Personal - In his free-time Austin coaches basketball at Kentridge High School, has mentored students at Raisbeck Aviation High School, and plays a variety of pick-up sports.
Secret Skill - Austin once won 30 consecutive games of Connect Four!

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