Founder & CEO at Mars One
Bas Lansdorp is the co-founder and CEO of Mars One. Started in 2011, Mars One is organizing a permanent settlement mission to the planet Mars. Lansdorp received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Twente University in 2003. 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. Lansdorp sold the majority of his shares in Ampyx in 2011 in order to launch Mars One, Lansdorp’s dream for many years.
Mars One aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Mars is the only planet we know of that can currently feasibly support human life and will be humankind’s first step to become a multiplanetary species. Before carefully selected and trained crews will depart to Mars, several unmanned missions will be completed, establishing a habitable settlement waiting for the first astronauts to arrive. The Mars One crews will go to Mars not to simply visit, but to live, explore, and create a second home for humanity. The first men and women to go to Mars are going there to stay.
Funding and implementing this plan will not be easy. The challenges are great, but as Mars One moves the mission forward, hurdles will be overcome step by step, with the help of Mars One’s advisers and with established aerospace companies.
Mars One consists of two entities: the Dutch not-for-profit Stichting Mars One (Mars One Foundation) and Swiss publicly trading Mars One Ventures AG [FRA: KCC], ISIN: CH0132106482 (Mars One Ventures). The Mars One Foundation implements and manages the mission and owns the mission hardware. It also selects and trains the crews, and is building an ever growing community of experts and fans that follow the progress of the mission and contribute to it. Mars One Ventures holds the exclusive monetization rights around the mission, from merchandise, ads on video content, broadcasting rights, Intellectual Property, and many more.