William Pomerantz
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Will Pomerantz is the Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. In that role, Will helps extend Virgin Galactic’s efforts beyond space tourism, developing efforts such as the LauncherOne orbital launch vehicle for small satellites as well as suborbital research campaigns on board SpaceShipTwo. Will also serves as a Trustee and the Chair of the Board of Advisers for the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), the world's largest student space organization. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the NASA Academy, and the International Space University. Prior to joining Virgin Galactic, he worked at the XPRIZE Foundation, where he served as the primary author and manager of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE and the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander XCHALLENGE. Additionally, Will has worked at Brown University, the Futron Corporation, and the United Nations, and he was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of SpaceAlumni.com, an early social network for space professionals.

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Seeing the Future of Space Clearly

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 2:25 PM

Even as a young boy, I loved space. Space images decorated my walls and formed the subject matter of my earliest homework assignments (like the one pictured here produced when I was seven). Dreams of space encouraged me to read, to learn, and to understand. I had a strong desire...

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Building a More Open Government, One Idea at a Time

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 11:47 AM

During the months leading up the 2008 election, President Obama repeatedly and vocally campaigned on the concept of a new era of open, transparent government. On his first day in office, he began acting on those campaign promises, issuing a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government that called on...

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Horse Races with Rocket Engines

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 1:17 PM

Everything is better with a little competition: sports, free markets, and now, rocketry.

No, we're not talking about a new space race between China and the USA. Instead, we're talking about a new era wherein entrepreneurs try their hands at building rockets large and small, pitting their best ideas against...

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NASA's Exploration Overhaul

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 5:41 PM

NASA released the President's FY2010 NASA Budget Request late last week, complete with a live webcast and a flurry of tweets from the agency's many official Twitter accounts. Always a topic of interest among space enthusiasts, this year's budget request is being observed particularly closely by a broadening audience of...

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Coat-Tail Riding for Experts

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2007 | 5:54 PM

People often use the phrase "riding on someone's coat-tails" in a negative sense. Our society tends to look down on those who simply tag along with another's success, whether they be celebrity hangers-on or anything else. So, perhaps it's a bit strange that I take a great deal of pride...

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