Over 140 Roundtable members and guests attended the Oklahoma Business Roundtable’s fall membership meeting on October 2nd at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
Keynote speaker and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine provided a glimpse into America’s future in space. “We are leading an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners targeted to three unique destinations: low-Earth orbit (International Space Station), the Moon, and Mars.” he said.
Bridenstine said the manufacturing capability in space is significant and a game-changer and will benefit many industry sectors including advanced materials and bioscience. He said “Industrialization builds nations, and if we want to build space, we need to industrialize.”
He continued, “We have a mandate to commercialize low Earth orbit, to industrialize low Earth orbit, to the point where NASA becomes a customer rather than the owner and operator.”
Dubbed Project Artemis, NASA is committed to landing American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. Artemis is the name of the Greek mythological goddess of the Moon and twin sister to Apollo, namesake of the program that sent 12 American astronauts to the Moon between 1969 and 1972.
Bridenstine added, “The Moon will provide a proving ground to test our technologies and resources that will take us to Mars and beyond, including building a sustainable, reusable architecture.”
Roundtable Chairman Brenda Rolls, President and CEO Ann Ackerman, Governor Kevin Stitt and Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell provided business and economic development updates for the group. In addition, the Roundtable Board of Directors met to review the external audit and operational activities.