Bob Richards

http://www.odysseymoon.com
Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is the Founder and CEO of Odyssey Moon Limited, a commercial lunar enterprise based in the Isle of Man and the first official registrant in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE competition. He is also the Director of Space Technology at Optech Incorporated of Canada, where he presided over the first commercial lidar scanner flown in space as well as the first meteorological lidar flown to another planet aboard the NASA Phoenix Mars Lander. Bob 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. A Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, and the Space Generation Foundation, Bob is a strong advocate of the NewSpace movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of four international space awards: the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA , 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of "Blueprint for Space", published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1992, and "Return to the Moon", published by Apogee Books in 2005. In 2005 Bob received 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.”
Bob Richards
CEO, Odyssey Moon; Founder, ISU; Representative, Isle of Man