Amersfoort, 24th March 2014 - Mars One is pleased to welcome former co-founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals, NASA contractor and capsule designer expert Kristian von Bengtson as Outpost and Capsule Project Manager.
Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and General Director or Mars One states, "Mars One is now entering phases were hardware must be produced to begin training of our selected astronauts and Kristian von Bengtson is a person we are confident can help us doing that. We are happy to have such a dedicated and experienced person joining us, in our goal of creating a permanent settlement on Mars."
Kristian von Bengtson, M.Sc., M.Arch., Denmark is an Aerospace Architect with over 15 years of experience in the field of capsule and outpost design with a special focus on man-machine integration and prototype production. Von Bengtson has worked capsule and interior space design independently and for NASA and ESA before he co-founded Copenhagen Suborbitals in 2008, where he was leading the suborbital capsule development and mission planning. He has received a series of awards for his work, latest the Breitling Milestone Award in 2013 as well as over 15 grants supporting his work with manned spaceflight.
Kristian von Bengtson has specialized in taking those critical steps from theory to actually producing prototype hardware for manned space missions which are important, in any project, if you want to make your dream become a reality. The last three years Von Bengtson has been a science writer for WIRED magazine providing a unique and transparent insight in the production of capsule and subsystems and often appears on TV and radio debating the importance of human exploration and science.
Kristian von Bengtson: “Mars One is a unique and very important project which will keep mankind on the path of curiosity, science and exploration. I am very happy to have become a part of this project and the challenges are so interesting and tough that I feel right at home. I will do my best, as a Mars One team member, to bring humans all the way to Mars for a permanent settlement.”
About Mars One
Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish permanent human life on Mars. Human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. Mars One’s mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon will captivate and inspire generations. It is this public interest that will help finance this human mission to Mars.