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Friday October 17

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6:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

Civilian Space Exploration: Personalizing Your Access to Space!

Thomas Atchison, founder of Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, is helping ignite the next space race among the general public. Through the creation of space exploration STEM education and professional development programs and research projects, Mavericks is helping students of all ages discover a passion for space exploration and create the new technologies that will lower costs and increase availability for the next generation. Learn about the history of space exploration, Mavericks’ current programs, research projects and flight missions and be inspired to build and launch your own rocket or space mission in your community, with your friends and family.

After more than 25 years as a senior executive and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, Tom got the civilian space bug from a lunch discussion with a number of founders of Xircomm, including Dirk Gates, and has never looked back. Having successfully started and run four high technology ventures, he returned to his roots in 2002. Tom had worked for the NASA-Ames chemical research projects office in 1980. He decided it was time to pursue his passion for space exploration again, by joining the civilian space race full time, designing and building his own rockets.

Tom founded the Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to facilitating civilian space research, STEM education and competition as an enabler of civilian space explorers. Tom is a TRA L-3 certified flyer with a passion and drive for developing new experimental propulsion technologies that will reduce the cost and increase the accessibility of civilian space exploration.

Tom holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.S. in Radiochemistry, and has completed graduate studies in Engineering Management at Santa Clara University.



  • Members: $23
  • Guests: $26 (includes general admission)
  • At the door: $30 (no discounts, subject to availability)