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  • How to Make a Spaceship! (without NASA)

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    Julian Guthrie, Journalist; Author, How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

    Mike Melvill, World's First Commercial Astronaut

    Matt Stinemetze, Engineer and Project Manager, Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne

    Erik Lindbergh, Grandson of Aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh; Supporter of Private Race to Space

    Brian Hackney, Electrical Engineer and Meteorologist, KPIX-TV CBS San Francisco—Moderator

    Virgin founder Richard Branson said of Guthrie’s book, “This tells of a turning point in history, when entrepreneurs were offered the chance to do something only governments had done before. Whether you are 9 years old or 99, this inspiring tale will capture your imagination.”

    Come meet the band of renegades who launched the private race to space, and the scrappy engineers and pilots who set out to win the $10 million prize offered to the first team that could build and fly a rocket to the start of space without the government's help. This is the entrepreneurial adventure story of Peter Diamandis, the XPRIZE, SpaceShipOne, and the other teams in the hunt. The winning of the XPRIZE wasn’t just a victory for one team; it was the foundation for a new industry and a new age—SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic. It is about dreamers and doers, and making the impossible possible. Show less
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      George Scalise, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors (Chai...
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      In Conversation with...
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    • The 6th Annual Stephen Schneider Award (Full Program) - Duration: 1 hour, 23 minutes.

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      Sponsored by Bayer Corporation as part of its award-win...
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      Max Stier, Founding President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

      In conversation with Lenny Mendonca, McKinsey & Company Director Emeritus; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors.

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