Nov 15, 2009

Andrew Barton

Dr Andrew Barton (LinkedIn profile) is the chairman of the White Label Space Foundation and signatory of the Master Team Agreement with the X Prize Foundation. He was a founding member of the White Label Space team and is motivated by the technical challenges of expanding the frontiers of humanity.

He previously worked at the European Space Agency (ESA) as a structures and configuration engineer, providing technical support to projects including planetary landers, scientific missions and launch vehicles. While at ESA he also participated in over twenty Pre-Phase A design studies in ESA's Concurrent Design Centre (CDF), and managed technology development contracts and standardization activities in the European space industry related to spacecraft and launcher structures.

Prior to joining ESA, Andrew completed a Masters of Science degree in Space Studies at the International Space University and a Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sydney, specializing on the practical applications of structural optimization techniques. He also undertook six months of graduate research at the University of Tokyo and five months of postdoctoral research at the University of New South Wales.

He is a member of the Australian Space Research Institute (ASRI), the National Space Society of Australia (NSSA) and the Lunar Explorers Society.

In his own words, "I want to a play a key role in humanity's next steps into space. I dream about a future in which humans live happily in Earth orbit, in moon bases, at asteroid mining sites and on Mars. I also dream that the colonization of space will bring enormous benefits back to those of us living on Earth such as power, resources, technologies, communications, expanding our imagination, exciting holiday destinations, and many others."

"I'm drawn to the Google Lunar X PRIZE by its audacity, and the same time by confidence that I know and have worked with many of the people who can make it happen. Furthermore, I see a lot of long-term benefits from the competition"

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