OffWorld, Inc. • CEO

Jim co-founder and chief executive of OffWorld (www.offworld.ai) and is leading the deployment of a machine learning industrial robotic workforce to undertake mining, manufacturing and construction on planetary surfaces and in space. Our generation is facing the greatest challenges in the history of human civilization. Our economic, environmental, demographic and social burdens are becoming more significant each year. The pace of technology development and economic growth is perpetuating a resource imbalance across our species. We must cherish this one habitable zone world that we have and reach out to the resources of space to take industrialization off world and reach for the stars with purpose and urgency.

To meet this objective, OffWorld’s industrial robotic workforce forms the foundation of a solar system platform that will enable the construction of fuel depots, space based solar power stations, infrastructure and entire settlements in space.

He brings 30 years of experience and visionary leadership in innovation in multidisciplinary areas such as aerospace engineering, space systems, robotics and machine intelligence, manufacturing and construction, computer science, synthetic biology and molecularly precise control systems. Jim is a prolific technologist and an accomplished entrepreneur able to constantly identify new acceleration ramps in the technological landscape.

Jim started his career in the space launch industry managing launch programs overseeing over a dozen successful orbital launches on Russian, European and US launch vehicles. Modular satellite design, integration engineering and program management were part of this process.

Jim also architected major space programs including new space agencies and launches at Surrey Satellite Technology and as cofounder of Shackleton Energy, space propellant depots utilizing requiring lunar mining and a continuous supply of fuel in space. Jim studied aerospace engineering, spacecraft engineering and physics at University of London, Surrey University, Aachen Technical University and International Space University, was previously faculty at Singularity University and is on advisory boards and Board of Directors of a number of space institutes including Board Member of the National Space Society, The International Moonbase Alliance and the Moon Village Association.


International Astronautical Congress 2019

21-25 October 2019

Washington, United States


International Astronautical Congress 2018

1–5 October 2018

Bremen, Germany