TAC Talk: A New Space Age

More than 50 years after American astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon, it’s not just global superpowers boldly going where no man has gone before.

Private enterprise and startups are playing key roles in the growing commercialization of space.

Last year, SpaceX (founded by American billionaire Elon Musk) sent four astronauts, including Japan’s Soichi Noguchi, to the International Space Station aboard a privately developed spacecraft.

And this year saw space tourism ventures Blue Origin, owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic launch flights.

At this special TAC Talk panel discussion, three experts will share their thoughts on private-public partnerships in space projects, the new space race and the increasing need for space governance.

Member Chris Blackerby, COO of Astroscale, a space junk removal startup, will be joined by Garvey McIntosh, NASA’s Asia representative in Tokyo, and Professor Shinsuke Nakasuka, a space technology expert at the University of Tokyo.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions following the moderated discussion.


  • Doors open: 6pm
  • Members: ¥1,650 (online: ¥550)
  • Guests: ¥1,980 (online: ¥660)
  • TAC Talk season pass holders: free
  • In-person price includes welcome drink
  • Online attendees who don’t receive a Microsoft Teams event link on November 29 should check their e-mail spam folder or contact the Library.


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