- Rocket scientist and 20-year space programme veteran
- Associate professor and Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Airspace Experience Technologies
- Lead NASAs development team for the 2018 International Space Station’s Cold Atom Laboratory & Virgin’s ground-based travel Hyperloop project
- Keynote speaker and world-renowned science communicator focusing on the future of cars and humans on Mars
Anita Sengupta is an Associate Professor of Astronautics and Space technology at the University of Southern California. Her area of specialisation is interplanetary entry system design and architecting the future human exploration of Mars. She is also the Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Airspace Experience Technologies.
A twenty-year veteran in the space industry, Anita Sengupta is a rocket scientist, aerospace engineer, and pilot who has spent her life developing various spacecraft technologies. Her work has been of vital importance for the exploration of Mars, various Asteroids, and deep space. With a 16-year career at NASA, she has taken part in various engineering projects. This period also saw her attain her Ph.D. Her research led to the development of the ion propulsion system for the Dawn Mission. This aerodynamic decelerator was of vital importance to the success of various space missions and their executions. Amongst its applications are included the Curiosity rover on Mars, the Venus lander, a Mars ascent, human earth re-entry systems, as well as the Cold Atom Laboratory. The latter is an atom physics facility that is currently on board the International Space Station.
Upon leaving NASA, Anita Sengupta, as Virgin Hyperloop’s senior vice president of engineering systems, led the development of the Hyperloop. This technology enables ground-based travel exceeding that of aircraft speed.
Anita Sengupta is also an entrepreneur. In this capacity, she is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Airspace Experience Technologies. This is a private sector venture focusing on urban aerial mobility technology. A pilot and experienced engineering expert, she is at the forefront of the mobility solutions sector for smart cities focusing on the elimination of traffic congestion while at the same time reducing the carbon footprint left by air travel.
With regards to her spare time activities, Anita Sengupta, an avid pilot, is also a snowboarder, hiker, long-distance runner, motorcyclist, and scuba diver.
Anita Sengupta – Speaker
An accomplished speaker of note, Anita Sengupta focusses on topics relating to the exploration of Mars and future mobility solutions.
Anita Sengupta lives in the USA and presents in English.
- The Human Exploration of Mars: Mars is the next destination for humans to explore and colonize in our journey through the solar system and beyond. For the past thirty years, the space programs of many nations have been sending robotic landed platforms of increasing complexity, revealing the Red Planet’s ancient past. One of the most challenging aspects of sending humans to Mars is the safe landing on the surface, from an initial entry speed of 30,000 miles per hour to a soft touchdown. During the descent to the surface, humans must be protected from extreme temperatures and G-forces by complex engineered systems. On the surface, future explorers must be able to survive surface radiation and low pressures, with only the limited resources they can bring with them. This talk will discuss the motivation for Mars exploration and how engineering challenges are tackled with cutting-edge technologies, in situ resource utilization, and out-of-the-box thinking. Engineering the Red Planet is the key to our future and understanding our past.
- From Flying Cars to Humans on Mars – The Future of Transportation: In the global marketplace that transfers knowledge at the speed of light, we have a massive time delay that is modern transportation methods. We each spend up to 30% of our lives commuting on congested freeways, airports, and train stations. We put greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and change our climate with global consequences to health, habitat loss, and our economic future. On the cargo front, this results in lost revenue, productivity, with no clear path to address the growing demands of the global market place. What if we could disrupt transportation, an aging and non-agile industry which has not seen a new mode in over 100 years. By introducing game-changing technologies we can increase capacity, enhance energy efficiency, and shrink our carbon footprint. Dr. Sengupta will discuss how space-age tech coupled to the VC funded innovation environment is enabling the revolution in green transportation. She will share her real-world engineering projects from her work developing the world’s first Hyperloop in Las Vegas Nevada to autonomous VTOL air taxis her new company is designing in Detroit Michigan, to her research on entry systems that will land the first humans on Mars.