The Vail Valley's Only Young Professional Organization

The Vail Valley Young Professionals Association hosts and sponsors an array of events including – networking events, happy hours, meet and greet sessions with major Vail Valley and Colorado decision-makers and community focused events. The VVYPA is an ideal place for young professionals to develop themselves professionally, socially, and civically.

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The Present and Future of Space Exploration

September 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Space may be the final frontier, but the possibilities for exploration are as vast and infinite as outer space itself. This program brings together experts from different facets of the space industry to share with our audience fascinating plans for the future of space exploration, mind-blowing breakthroughs in space technology and to explain the relationship between private business and NASA, and discuss how this relationship is expected to evolve in the future.

Phil Larson is assistant dean for strategy, planning and communications at the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. He was previously senior advisor for space and innovation at the White House, from 2009 to 2014. Most recently, Larson was part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX team, supporting communications efforts as well as managing corporate projects. Larson will moderate this discussion.

Bobak Ferdowski is a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who became an instant celebrity in 2012 when people saw his hair – President Barack Obama dubbed him the “Mohawk Guy” – on NASA’s live feed of the Curiosity landing. Ferdowski served on the Cassini-Huygens mission in addition to the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission and is currently working as a mission planner for NASA’s planned Europa mission.

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September 14, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Grand View, Lionshead Parking Structure
395 South Frontage Road West
Vail, CO 81657 United States
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