Mars One was founded in 2011 by Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders. In that year, they drafted a technical roadmap and held meetings with established aerospace suppliers. The suppliers’ feedback was used to ensure a feasible mission plan, using only existing technologies. Mars One made its first public announcement in May 2012.
The Mars One team now consists of a small team of professionals with diverse backgrounds in aerospace, engineering, strategy, communications, and design. Mars One aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Before carefully selected and trained crews will depart to Mars, several unmanned missions will be completed, establishing a habitable settlement waiting for the first astronauts to arrive. Read more about the current mission status.
Mars One draws on a network of expert advisers and ambassadors, who are contributing to the planning and development of the mission with their specialized knowledge and experience. Advisers and ambassadors include Mason Peck, professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and former Chief Technologist at NASA, and Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist Prof. Dr. Gerard ’t Hooft. Meet the advisory board and ambassadors.
Mars One consists of two entities: the Dutch not-for-profit Stichting Mars One (Mars One Foundation) and a Swiss publicly trading Mars One Ventures AG (Mars One Ventures). The Mars One Foundation implements, and manages the mission and owns the mission hardware. It also selects and trains the crews, and is building an ever growing community of experts and supporters that follow the progress of the mission and contribute to it. Mars One Ventures holds the exclusive monetization rights around the Mars One mission. There are many revenue possibilities around the mission to Mars: merchandise, ads on video content, broadcasting rights, partnerships, Intellectual Property, events, games, apps, and many more.
In December 2016, British limited company Mars One Ventures PLC was acquired by InFin Innovative Finance AG (InFin), listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. InFin was renamed to "Mars One Ventures AG" and henceforth changed its business purpose accordingly. In this Investor Relations section, relevant investor information can be found on InFin from before the takeover in December 2016.
Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and CEO of Mars One, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Further Members of the Board are Prof. Hunzinger, Mars One Ventures interim CEO of Mars One Ventures, and Suzanne Flinkenflögel, Director of Communications of Mars One. Mars One will be looking for a new CEO for Mars One Ventures with a proven track record in growing start up companies and leading established media content companies.
Bas Lansdorp, M.Sc., Chairman of Mars One Ventures AG (The Netherlands)
Bas Lansdorp, has never been one to let bold ventures intimidate him. A born entrepreneur, he sees potential and opportunity where others shy away. Gifted with an articulate vision and genuine enthusiasm, he moves people with his passion for science and the human mission to Mars.Lansdorp received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Twente University in 2003. For five years Lansdorp worked at Delft University of Technology and in 2008 founded Ampyx Power in order to develop a new, viable method of generating wind energy. Lansdorp sold the majority of his shares in Ampyx in 2011 in order to launch Mars One, Lansdorp's dream for many years, together with co-founder Arno Wielders. “Since we started Mars One in March 2011, we received support from scientists, engineers, businessmen and –women and aeropace companies from all over the world. The announcement of our plan in May 2012 resulted in the engagement of the general public, and the support from sponsors and investors. To see our mission evolve this way feels like my dream is becoming a reality."
Prof. Moritz Hunzinger, interim CEO Mars One Ventures (Germany)
Graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy (USA). Chairman of the advisory board of Brocard Parfums Group since 2003, Professor for PR and Communication at the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University (Kiev) since 2010, Honorary Professor at the Eastern European National University (Lutsk) since 2015. From 1979 to 2004 CEO of Infas Holding AG (formerly Hunzinger Information AG). His name is entered in the "Guinness Book of Records" for the launch of the Swatch watch.
CEO of Cashcloud AG since 2016.
Moritz Hunzinger was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1999), Cross of Honor in Gold of the German Federal Armed Forces, Mérite Européen (2016).
Suzanne Flinkenflögel, M.A. Director of Communications Mars One (The Netherlands)
Suzanne Flinkenflögel received her Master of Arts in Communications & Information Sciences from the Radboud University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands) in 2005. She's joined Mars One in April 2012 as the Director of Communications and is responsible for Mars One's PR and community communications.