January 9, 2012 - Monday

Spaceport Colorado

Space Port Colorado Preview from Deb Frey on Vimeo.

Colorado has announced plans for constructing a commercial spaceport for launching future space flights.

With it's already mushrooming aerospace industry, and available base of talent and resources, Colorado becomes the logical center of activities for the next space race.

For this reason we have invited three industry experts to help us understand the true potential for the State and the industry. Join us as we probe to answer questions such as:

EVENT: Night with a Futurist
DATE: January 9, 2012 - Monday
TIME: 6:30pm-8:30pm
WEBSITE: http://www.davinciinstitute.com/events/683/night-with-a-futurist-monday-january-13-2014

LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions

COST: $0, Members: Free, SuperMembers: Free

PHONE: 303-666-4133

TOPIC: Spaceport Colorado
SPEAKERS: Andrew Aldrin, Dennis Heap, Edgar Johansson, Jonathan Goff, Scott Tibbitts, Thomas Frey

SPEAKER: Andrew Aldrin

Director, Business Development at United Launch Alliance

Dr. Andrew Aldrin is the director of Business Development and Advanced Programs for United Launch Alliance (ULA). Before that, Dr. Aldrin served in various positions in Business Development and Strategy at the Boeing Company, including vice president and director of Boeing Launch Services and director of Business Development for Boeing NASA Systems. Andrew is the son of Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut who in 1969 was the second man to walk on the moon.

Dr. Aldrin’s previous career included leading U.S. policy research institutes, including the RAND Corporation and the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at International Space University and has also served as an adjunct professor at California State University at Long Beach and the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

He holds a PhD. in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles, writing his dissertation on the creation of the Soviet space program, a Masters of Business Administration from Trium, a Master’s degree in science, technology and public policy from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from University of California at Santa Barbara.

Dr. Aldrin is a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and has written on a range of issues related to international security and space exploration.

SPEAKER: Dennis Heap

Executive Director Front Range Airport

Dennis Heap began his career in 1971 with Rocky Mountain Airways, a Colorado airline that created market dominance by using leading-edge technology. He was the only officer that stayed with the company when it was sold to Texas Air and become the Western Region of Continental Express in 1990. His responsibilities included scheduling, pricing, marketing and stations operations. In 1994 Dennis joined the Front Range Airport with the goal of developing infrastructure necessary for large scope projects. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Technology from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1970, earning his Commercial Pilot License, instrument and multi-engine ratings.


  • Member, Metro Denver Aviation Coalition
  • Member, Colorado Space Coalition
  • Board of Directors, Adams County Economic Development
  • Past Member of the Colorado Aeronautical Board
  • Past President, Colorado Airport Operators Association (CAOA)

SPEAKER: Edgar Johansson

Chairman of the Board for the Colorado Space Business Roundtable

Edgar is the current Chairman of the Board for the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) and sits on the board of the Colorado Space Coalition as well as the Mile High Chapter of NDIA. Edgar works for Red Canyon Engineering & Software as the Director of Business Development in this capacity he is responsible for the development of new business for Red Canyon in Colorado and across the nation. He is also the founder of Johansson & Associates LLC which supplies services that fills two specific needs on contract, business development as well as state and federal relations.

From 2004 through 2008 Edgar had an appointment as a Professional Research Assistant for the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Edgar’s responsibilities at LASP included Risk Manager on the TIM instrument for NASA Mission Glory as well as Risk Manager for TSIS on NPOESS.

Prior to Edgar’s experience at LASP he spent four years as the Director-Asia for the State of Colorado organizing eleven trade missions to the Far East representing over eighty Colorado companies that covering nine different Asian markets. During the same four years Edgar was also the Space Liaison to the Office of Economic Development & International Trade, the Governor’s Office, & the Office of Innovation & Technology. Edgar assumed these additional responsibilities in April of 2001 and implemented many new and dynamic programs that have added to the strength of Colorado’s economy and Colorado’s status in the global space and aerospace market.

Edgar is a graduate of the “Leadership Program of the Rockies” as well as the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder’s “50 for Colorado” program. Edgar was the recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Colorado, Denver where he holds a degree in Communication (focus on international business and Asian studies). Edgar has studied the Japanese language, culture and history in the United States at Metro State College, the University of Colorado and at the Japan Center for Michigan University in Hikone, Japan.

SPEAKER: Jonathan Goff

President and CEO of Altius Space Machines

Jonathan Goff  is President and CEO of Altius Space Machines. He is an entrepreneur, inventor, and space technologist, with a track record in envisioning the future and working to make it reality. At Altius, Jonathan has led space robotics development efforts including systems for capturing and eliminating space debris, servicing and assembling spacecraft, and simplifying space logistics. Jonathan is currently leading a space robotics project for NASA to investigate a system for retrieving a large boulder off of an asteroid in support of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission. Prior to founding Altius, Jonathan was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, where he participated in building that company into one of the leading competitors in the suborbital RLV industry, and as their Lead Propulsion Engineer, he played an important role in Masten's victory in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. Jonathan is also a published space technologist, with papers on space technology development, orbital propellant depots, and space architectures, as well as being proprietor of the Selenian Boondocks space technology and policy blog. Jon's educational background includes a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and a MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007), both from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.

SPEAKER: Scott Tibbitts

Founder and former CEO Starsys Research Corporation, Vice Chairman eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship

Scott Tibbitts: "It was fourteen years ago, and I remember it well. It seemed that the right hand didn't know what the left was doing. It was crazy. Starsys was only eight people, and deadlines were being missed because someone didn't know what someone else needed. How could a handful of people be this disconnected? Maybe a daily meeting would help.

Little did I know that we were initiating a process that would last for two decades. The idea was simple: a short all-hands meeting once a day to maintain the week's actions item list. Not too tough a challenge with eight folks, but quite a challenge as we grew to a 140-person company". More here.

Starsys Research was founded in 1986 as Maus Technologies, a product development firm specializing in non-electronic thermal control systems. A specific control system development program led to the invention of the High Output Paraffin (HOP) thermal actuator. This patented technology was adapted to the stringent quality and performance requirements of the aerospace industry with the development of the internally heated IH-5055 HOP actuator. The firm was reorganized and Starsys research was formed, chartered with developing and fabricating innovative aerospace actuators and mechanisms

HOST: Thomas Frey

Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute

Thomas Frey is Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute as well as Google top rated futurist speaker.

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come.  His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.

Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, Tom has been referred to as the modern "Father of Invention" and the "Dean of Futurists."  Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer.