Jane Poynter | Rapid Fire Episode | Future Car Podcast

By Drew Wilson

Welcome to another Rapid Fire Episode presented by your host, Ed Bernardon. 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jane Poynter, the founder and Co-CEO of Space Perspective, a company that aims to make space travel available to everyone. They have designed a spaceship called Neptune, which is the most accessible, most sustainable, and safest way to launch from Earth. You can hear more about their amazing project in my previous conversation with Jane. 

As usual, I ended our chat with some quick questions for Jane, from her favorite astronaut to her vision of the future of space travel. She gave some fantastic answers that you don’t want to miss! 

What was the first car you ever bought or owned?

A Mini.

Tell me your best speeding ticket story. Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?

Oh, no, no, no. So, here’s what you have to know is that I used to race motorbikes. So, I am not telling you any of my stories about speeding tickets, Ed.

In three words, how would you describe what space travel in the future will be like? What will it look like?

 It’s for everyone.

What is your ultimate adventure that you still hope to take some day?

Space. I haven’t been to space yet. That is what I’m hoping to do as soon as next year.

Jane Poynter | Co-Founder of Space Perspective

Jane Poynter | Co-Founder of Space Perspective

Jane is co-founder of Space Perspective and is charged with ensuring all Space Explorers have the most meaningful and memorable journey possible. As a member of the Biosphere 2 design team and original crew who lived for two years inside the sealed, self-sustaining habitat, the first prototype space base built and operated. She then co-founded and was President of Paragon Space Development that today has technologies on almost every human spacecraft in operation in the U.S. In partnership with the World Bank and United Nations. She holds a patent for the world’s first self-sustaining habitat used in multiple space programs and bred the first animals to complete multiple life cycles in space.

Ed Bernardon, Vice President Strategic Automotive Initiatives – Host

Ed Bernardon, Vice President Strategic Automotive Initiatives – Host

Ed is currently VP Strategic Automotive Initiatives at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Responsibilities include strategic planning and business development in areas of design of autonomous/connected vehicles, lightweight automotive structures and interiors. He is also responsible for Future Car thought leadership which includes hosting the Future Car Podcast and development of cross divisional projects. Previously he was a founding member of VISTAGY that developed light-weight structure and automotive interior design software acquired by Siemens in 2011, he previously directed the Automation and Design Technology Group at MIT Draper Laboratory.  Ed holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT, B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue, and MBA from Butler.

The Future Car Podcast Podcast

The Future Car Podcast

Transportation plays a big part in our everyday life and with autonomous and electric cars, micro-mobility and air taxis to name a few, mobility is changing at a rate never before seen. On the Siemens Future Car Podcast we interview industry leaders creating our transportation future to inform our listeners in an entertaining way about the evolving mobility landscape and the people that are helping us realize it. Guests range from C-Level OEM executives, mobility startup founders/CEO’s, pioneers in AI law, Formula 1 drivers and engineers, Smart Cities architects, government regulators and many more. Tune in to learn what will be in your mobility future.

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