The Changing Face of Mobility and Our Future in Space

By Drew Wilson

Space exploration is a fascinating topic for many people. You might have imagined yourself traveling across the stars, visiting different planets, or even settling on a new world. These fantasies and hopes, which have probably been around for centuries, are now more realistic than ever before.

Joined again by Jane Poynter, Ed is inspired to dive into some of the deeper concepts of space travel.

Why space travel could be in your future 🚀

Most people may consider space travel to be an impossible feat, but Jane’s company, Space Perspective, is offering rides to the edge of Earth’s stratosphere in an effort to re-shape what people think is possible!

What is the “overview effect?” 🌌

As explained by Jane, the overview effect is something that happens to people when they are able to look down at our planet. An overwhelming sense of belonging and an urge to take care of Earth is something that is typically felt during space travel.

Ed pushes on this concept questioning whether if more people were able to experience that view of Earth, if people would collectively want to take better care of our planet.

Is life on Mars the future? 🪐

To answer this question, and really answer the question of life anywhere besides Earth, here is Jane’s perspective on it all.

When you think about space travel as the way we’ve mostly thought about it, it’s the right stuff. It’s like, “I’m going to put up with the discomfort.” It’s hero’s stuff. Well, there’s only so many of us that are born to be heroes, let’s just face it. If we’re going to go live there, we have to change the paradigm of that so that it really does feel like home and somewhere we could not just survive but thrive.

Jane Poynter

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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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/podcasts/the-future-car/ed-bernardon/the-changing-face-of-mobility-and-our-future-in-space/