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M.Sc. , Co­Founder & CEO Mars One

Lecture about the incredible project Mars One

Bas Lansdorp received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Twente University in 2003. As a born entrepreneur, Lansdorp sees potential and opportunity in the unthinkable. 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. Despite the success of Ampyx Power, he decided to sell his majority stake when someone gave him the incentive for pursuing his dream: financing a human mission to Mars, involving the whole world as audience and possible participants

Since Mars One’s launch in March 2011 and the announcement of the plan in May 2012, he has

experienced a major increase of support from scientists, engineers, businessmen and ­woman

and aerospace companies from all over the world.

Gifted with a realistic and intelligent vision on the first human mission to Mars, he inspires many

people in pursuing this groundbreaking venture.

We recommend that you watch this introduction video below:


Bas Lansdorp is a born entrepreneur with a passion for ambitious projects. He is co-founder and CEO of Mars One, the dutch foundation that aims to land the first humans on Mars in 2025.

Lansdorp received his masters of science degree in mechanical engineering from Twente University in 2003. At Delft University of Technology he worked for five years on his PhD research in wind energy. He abandoned his research to start his first company, Ampyx Power. Ampyx Power develops a novel, cheaper than coal, method of wind energy generation.

Lansdorp sold part of his shares in Ampyx Power to finance the start of Mars One. Now, only three years later, Mars One is one of the established names in the world of space exploration. Mars One aims to send its first unmanned demonstration mission to Mars in 2018 and recently announced a contract with aerospace titan Lockheed Martin for this mission.

One of the reasons for the success of Mars One is Lansdorp's enthusiasm, which he transfers to any audience in a contagious way.



"In February 2014 we were honored to have Bas attend and keynote our pan-European Product Innovation project in Berlin. Our keynotes are reserved for revolutionary speakers and outside of the box thinkers, and Bas ticked both boxes instantly with his forward-thinking approach and fantastically awesome project. Pre-, during and post- event, Bas was personable, prompt and efficient. It was clear that he was keen to fully understand the event concept and audience and made every effort to tailor a presentation that would match their interests and passions. And he delivered; based on a large percentage of our audience's feedback, Bas was ranked one of our top 5 speakers (out of 60) with an average score of 8/10. To mention but a few comments, the presentation and speaking style were described as 'inspiring', 'motivating' and 'exciting' and one of my particular favourites read, 'Good to see dreamers still dreaming!'. I am more than impressed by Bas' conduct, professionalism and vision and would recommend him very highly for any such engagement. If you want to be inspired, Bas is your man!less " - Michael Ratcliffe - Head of Production at MarketKey

"On a C-level conference organized by Marsh in 2013 we have asked Bas Lansdorp to be our keynote speaker during the diner.  His keynote speech about Mars One was very well received by the audience. Bas is able to give a speech which immediately makes the Mars One project very imaginable. After the presentation the entire audience was very enthusiastic and the number of questions was overwhelming. Bas is really able to give an excellent keynote speech at any event and contributes to create a very inspiring atmosphere. " - Erwin Smit - Broking Director at Marsh Netherlands

Below is a reference video showing Bas Lansdorp's key note speech at ISDC Conference in San Diego


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