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Join us for Café Scientifique

Interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!

Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together at a scientific hub to discuss today's science issues with experts, and best of all... you can ask your own questions! After a brief talk by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to a question-and-answer session. Plus, enjoy our pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.


3/4/2017 to 7/2/2019

Join us for Café Scientifique on Mon., July 1

Presenter:

John Thornton John Thornton
Chief Executive Officer, Astrobotic Technology, Inc.

Making the Moon accessible to the world

Learn how a Pittsburgh company is making high-capability space missions practical for a broad spectrum of business, scientific, and social applications at Café Sci. On Mon., July 1, join John Thornton, Chief Executive Officer of Astrobotic Technology, Inc., as he discusses how the company’s lunar lander, Peregrine, delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, nonprofits, and individuals for $1.2 million per kilogram.

Most recently, Astrobotic was selected by NASA for a $79.5 million contract to deliver payloads to the Moon in 2021. The company also has more than 30 prior and ongoing NASA and commercial technology contracts, a commercial partnership with Airbus DS, a corporate sponsorship with DHL, and 28 payloads signed on for Peregrine’s first mission to the Moon.

Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 by William “Red” Whittaker, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining.

Thornton has grown Astrobotic’s business by attracting technology contracts, equity investment, and payload customers. At Carnegie Mellon University, he led the build of Scarab, a NASA concept robot for lunar drilling, and the first robot to carry a prototype of NASA’s RESOLVE payload. He also founded Carnegie Mellon’s Advanced Composites Lab – a research, training, design, and manufacturing lab specializing in high performance, lightweight composites for robotics.


Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7–9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6–7:30 pm

Although this event is free, we ask that you register opens in a new window so that we can prepare the room and have enough food available for purchase.

A la carte menu:

  • Pre-made deli sandwiches and salads
  • Chips and cookies
  • Bottled Beverages
  • Beer and wine

Register here for Café Scientifique

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