Payload Specialist and Bioastronautics Researcher, International Institute for Astronautical Sciences, Astronaut, Virgin Galactic
Kellie Gerardi leads Mission Operations for Palantir Technologies, having joined the company in 2015 after previous work with Masten Space Systems, DARPA, and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. In addition to her role at Palantir, Kellie is a bioastronautics researcher flying to space as a payload specialist on a dedicated science mission with Virgin Galactic, during which she'll operate healthcare and fluid experiments in space on behalf of the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS). Kellie’s selection by IIAS marked a world first in civilian research on a commercial spacecraft and her Mission will build on research and knowledge gained from multiple years of reduced gravity flight campaigns here on Earth, including with the National Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Space Agency. Kellie is a Member and former Board Member of The Explorers Club, whose esteemed flag she carried during a crew rotation at the Mars Desert Research Station. She is also the author of Not Necessarily Rocket Science and the children’s picture book series Luna Muna, which was flown to the International Space Station in 2023 and read from space by Axiom-2 Commander Peggy Whitson as part of the crew's STEM outreach activities. Kellie’s work as a popular science communicator has attracted nearly one million fans across social media platforms. She lives in Jupiter, Florida with her husband Steven and their daughter Delta V.
15 November 2023 | 14:25 - 14:45 | Space Dialogues: A day in space
16 November 2023 | 12:55 - 13:25 | Space Innovatisation: An Interactive Session about Commercialisation and Education for Space Ecosystems
17 November 2023 | 11:25 - 11:45 | Space Dialogue : From Earth to Orbit: Astronauts' Insights on the Future of Aerospace
Journey beyond the atmosphere with the astronaut who has been to space and returned to share her tales. This 15-minute session delves into the unparalleled experiences of space, illuminating the challenges, wonders, and future prospects of space exploration. Bridging the gap between dreams and reality, she will offer wisdom for those pursuing a career in aerospace, especially in the context of rapidly evolving technologies.