Welcome to GOOD Ideas, a web series where we talk with people who are doing cool things to make the world a better place. In the June 28 episode, journalist Maxwell Williams explored our fascination with space and its feasibility as the next frontier. Williams was joined by Buckminster Fuller Institute president David McConville and Chris Lewicki, president and chief engineer of Planetary Resources.
Chris Lewicki is the president and chief engineer of Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company seeking to apply commercial, innovative techniques to explore space. He has been intimately involved with the lifecycle of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander, performing system engineering development and participating in assembly, test and launch operations for both Mars missions. He was Flight Director for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the Surface Mission Manager for Phoenix. The recipient of two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, Lewicki has an asteroid named in his honor: 13609 Lewicki. Chris holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona. At Planetary Resources, Mr. Lewicki leads day-to-day operations and is responsible for the strategic development of the company’s mission and vision, engagement with customers and the scientific community, and serving as technical compass.