Beyond the Cradle 2019: Envisioning a new space age


Dave Silverman

Dave Silverman for Space Exploration Initiative

March 14, 2019

Space will be hackable. Space will be playful. Space grows ever more accessible to the space enthusiast—through the reach of DIY instruments, experiments, sensors and satellites, and soon through a new age of space tourism and exploration. 

This opportunity to design our interplanetary lives beckons to us. Join us at the MIT Media Lab on March 14, 2019 for our third annual Beyond the Cradle as we envision, design, hack, and fab our space future! We'll hear from industry leaders in "New Space," titans of the great satellite and probe missions, innovation engineers at NASA, ESA, JAXA, and India's SRO, sci-fi's greatest minds, Hollywood Imagineers, and of course...astronauts!

This year’s event will be part of MIT Space Week (March 13-15), including a celebration of the Apollo Moon Landing 50th anniversary year and MIT ’s New Space Age conference. Stay tuned on how to register for all three!

*Note: Attendance at this private event is by invitation only, but the full program will be publicly livestreamed.

Link to our 2018 event. Link to the Space Exploration Initiative.  

Check back regularly for agenda updates!
Speakers to be announced in January 2019. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

8:00am | Breakfast and registration

9:00am | Welcome and kickoff: Houston we are GO for launch

9:15am | Morning Keynote

9:45am | Plenary Address and Panel: Our Sci-Fi Space Future

10:30am | Break

10:45am | Session 1 | Please choose one track.

(A) Space Industry Talk

(B) Democratizing "Open Space" Panel

11:15am | Session 2 | Please choose one track.

(A) Space Industry Talk

(B) Space and the Arts Panel

11:45am | Session 3 | Please choose one track.

(A) Space Industry & Research Talk

(B) Frontiers for Life in Space Panel

12:30pm | Lunch

1:30pm | Session 4 | Please choose one track.

(A) Space Industry Talk

(B) The Future of Space Exploration Panel

2:00pm | Afternoon Keynote

2:45pm | Workshops

4:00pm | Break

4:15pm | Event Finale

4:15 - Plenary Panel: Astronaut Augury

Featuring astronauts and spaceflight explorers from around the planet.

5:00 - Plenary Panel: The New Space Age
Hear from leaders at the vanguard of the private space industry on their vision for the future of space exploration.

5:45pm | Closing Remarks

6:00pm | Cocktail Reception

Accessibility Note: This event will have open captioning (English) at the event and on the webcast. Archival video will also include English-language closed captions.

Contact beyondthecradle@media.mit.edu with general questions.  
Contact events@media.mit.edu with accessibility questions.

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