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Back to the Moon: New Zealand's Lunar Space Activities -Online Event

Humanity is going back to the Moon to stay, and NZ is playing a pioneering role to make it happen!

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Wed 18 May 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM


Ōtautahi Christchurch


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Back to the Moon: New Zealand's Lunar Space Activities -Online Event

Preparation to return humans to the Moon begins in 2022. NASA's Artemis lunar programme starts with the Capstone mission launched from New Zealand by Rocket Lab. New Zealand is already punching above its weight with Kiwi affiliated companies working on spacecraft, landers and rovers, energy supply, and landing pads to support infrastracture and policies for a sustainable long term presence on the Moon.

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Moderator: Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, SpaceBase
Chelsea Robinson, Open Lunar Foundation

Thomas Gardner, Advanced Space
Udit Shah, Ceres Robotics

Eric Dahlstrom, SpaceBase and NZ Moon Village Association National Coordinator

Peter Toth, Extraterrestrial Power


Chelsea Robinson

Chelsea Robinson

Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff, Open Lunar Foundation

Chelsea Robinson is  a serial impact founder with a background in complex problem solving. She cofounded Generation Zero, a movement of young kiwis aiming to build cross party political support for net zero emissions by 2050.  She is an Edmund Hillary Fellow from New Zealand currently based in San Francisco. Chelsea is the COO of Open Lunar, an organization seeking to catalyse a peaceful, cooperative lunar settlement on the Moon. 

Thomas Gardner

Thomas Gardner

Director of Engineering/Mission Systems Lead, Advanced Space

Thomas Gardner,  Director of Engineering for Advanced Space, a space company supporting the sustainable exploration, development, and settlement of space.

Prior to joining Advanced Space, he had experience as the Chief Engineer/Principal Mission Systems Engineer at Moon Express, as a Senior Principal Space Systems Engineer with the Raytheon Missile Systems  NASA/Space Applications Group, and as a senior engineer at Lockheed Martin. He is an expert in spacecraft systems engineering with over 35 years of experience in the field supporting a wide variety of programs including NASA robotic missions, launch vehicles, and the Space Shuttle. 

 Tom holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and M.E. in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado. 

Udit Shah

Udit Shah

Aerospace Engineer, Ceres Robotics

Udit is an Aerospace Engineer with 9+ years of experience developing hardware for cis-lunar space. He holds a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, is a member of Tau Beta Pi, and an EHF fellow. He leads the technical product development at Ceres, where he has worked extensively on development of their B5 Lunar Lander, CR3 Rover, and other space mechanisms.

Eric Dahlstrom

Eric Dahlstrom

CTO and Co-Founder, SpaceBase and NZ Moon Village Association National Coordinator

Eric Dahlstrom is a co-founder and CTO of SpaceBase, a social enterprise focused on democratizing space for everyone by co-creating space ecosystems in emerging countries, starting with New Zealand. In 2017, he joined the inaugural cohort of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship program in New Zealand. Mr. Eric Dahlstrom is co-founder of International Space Consultants, consulting on projects involving spacecraft design, space science, and space business.


Eric is a space engineer, astronomer, and consultant who has worked on spacecraft design and space science for 35 years, both for NASA and the commercial space industry. He studied physics, astronomy, and space systems engineering and is currently on the faculty of  International Space University, having taught in ten countries.


Mr. Dahlstrom worked on the design of the International Space Station including the Russian interface. He co-authored NASA’s “Lessons Learned from Challenger” report and the risk of Shuttle accidents. Mr. Dahlstrom has supported a dozen entrepreneurial space companies, served as project manager for commercial lunar spacecraft and payloads, and managed team projects at Singularity University. He is a planetary sciences mentor for the NASA Frontier Development Lab, applying artificial intelligence to the hazard of asteroid impact.

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Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom

CEO and Co-Founder, SpaceBase

Emeline is Co-Founder and CEO of ​SpaceBase​, a social enterprise and purpose driven consultancy focused on democratizing space for everyone by catalyzing space ecosystems in developing and emerging countries, starting with New Zealand. Emeline is also on the team of commercial lunar transport company Ceres Robotics, and a Co-Founder of ​International Space Consultants​. She is an Edmund Hillary Fellow and an Institute of Space Commerce Fellow.


She was the former Chief Impact Officer and Executive VP of Operations at ​Singularity University (SU) where she overseed SU’s impact programs, including country and state-wide impact prize competitions. Emeline also served as Space track lead for SU’s Global Solutions Program for four years. She sits on the Board of Trustees for the 10 to the 9th​ Plus Foundation and is a member of the Associate Editorial Board for the journal​ ​New Space.

Emeline has a BS in Physics from the University of the Philippines and a MS in Earth and Space Science from York University, Canada. She attended the ​International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program in Strasbourg, France and subsequently worked for ISU developing it’s Masters of Space Studies program and running its summer space studies program. In commercial space development, she has worked and consulted for several startups including serving as Director of Program Development and Research, and Director of Operations for ​Space Adventures Ltd​, a space tourism company sending private citizens to the International Space Station.

Emeline mentors space start-up companies and engages in space educational outreach activities globally.  She is the host of the SpaceBase Podcast. Emeline is co-author of the book “​Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight​,” University of Nebraska Press (2013), which was selected that year for the US Air Force’s Chief of Staff Reading List.

Peter Toth

Peter Toth

CEO, Extraterrestrial Power

Peter Toth is the Co-founder and CEO of Extraterrestrial Power. Extraterrestrial Power aims to become the renewable energy provider of the solar system, by providing key enabling solar cell technologies for space and lunar power applications. Peter is a self-described space geek, who sees space as the next frontier and works towards a better future, and is also a seasoned software developer and performance tuner.

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