Entrepreneur and expert in space systems, Jim Cantrell has 30 years of experience in the aerospace and high technology industries. He was part of the SpaceX founding team and served as the company’s first Vice President of Business Development.


Jim then founded two other successful aerospace and automotive engineering companies and has held CEO positions in aerospace and biometric software companies. Jim also played key roles in the development of Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella) and has had developmental roles in numerous venture funded space efforts including Rocket Lab, Planet, Black Sky and Spaceflight.

In this Slush talk, he outlines the growing influence of private initiatives on space exploration and the rapid progress in space launch technology over the last few years, making space launch less costly and more accessible.