Mars Shot: India Reshaping the Global Space Landscape

Mars Shot: India Reshaping the Global Space Landscape
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:30pm
Hewlett 201
Susmita Mohanty (CEO, Earth2Orbit)
Abstract / Description: 

US-ATMC 25th Anniversary Series of Public Seminars: Theme for 2017is  "The Rise of Commercial Space Businesses in Asia"
Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:50 pm
October 5 – December 7, 2017

Distinguished guest speakers present new trends among firms from Asia or targeting Asia with businesses related to outer space, including telecommunications, space debris removal, payload launch services, space medicine, etc.


SUSMITA MOHANTY is a spaceship designer and serial space entrepreneur. She is the cofounder and CEO of EARTH2ORBIT, India's first private space start-up. She has cofounded and led two other companies, MOONFRONT in San Francisco [2001-2007] and LIQUIFER in Vienna [2004-ongoing].

Before turning entrepreneur, Susmita worked in business development for the International Space Station program at Boeing in California. She also worked on Shuttle-Mir missions at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Since 1998, Susmita has worked with the Americans, Japanese, Europeans, Russians and Indians in various capacities, as employee, consultant, contractor, entrepreneur and advisor.

In 2005, Susmita was honored on Capitol Hill [Washington DC] with the International Achievement Award for promoting international cooperation through entrepreneurial space ventures. In 2012, she was voted into Financial Times' list of "25 Indians to Watch". In 2016, she was nominated to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council for Space Technologies.

Educated in India, France, and Sweden, Susmita holds multiple degrees including a PhD.