ISSRDC Day 1 Lightning Talk – From Argonaut to Astronaut: What the Gold Rush Can Teach Us About the Commercialization of Space

The events that followed the first discovery of gold in the West changed America and how it thought about California, its newly acquired territory. California and the lives of people worldwide who would go West to participate in the gold rush would be affected by the ripple effects of this discovery for decades to come. Join Dr. Ken Savin, chief scientist at Redwire Space, as he demonstrates why revisiting the gold rush of the late 1840s and early 1850s can help us understand how the commercialization of space might play out, what to expect, and how to best use this opportunity to our advantage.