A graduate of UCLA, Bruce Furst holds both a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor. After spending many years in the music licensing and film industries, Mr. Furst now leads Intergalactic Royalty Operations Corporation (iRoc), a company that specializes in entertainment licensing for locations beyond Earth. A pioneer in this nascent industry, Bruce Furst has been preparing presentations for some of the most important names in space exploration, including Jeff Bezos.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos launched a company called Blue Origin in 2000 to pursue the goal of private space exploration and tourism. In the years since, the company has made history with its development of reusable rockets. Unlike the “one and done” rockets used by space exploration agencies for the past half-century, reusable rockets offer the possibility of affordable, efficient space travel.
Recently, Blue Origin announced the maiden flight of its Crew Capsule 2.0, a vehicle designed to take passengers into space. Powered by New Shepard, one of Blue Origin’s reusable rockets, the Crew Capsule 2.0 is notable for the large windows that will provide space travelers a wide view of the cosmos. The successful test flight reached an altitude of 322,000 feet and marked the seventh flight of New Shepard.
Bruce Furst has been the president of Ashber Corporation in Austin, Texas, since January 2000. While Ashber licenses music content for film productions here on Earth, Bruce Furst is also the chief executive officer of Intergalactic Royalty Operations Corporation (iRoc), which handles copyright licenses for the rest of the galaxy and beyond.
Interplanetary space travel is no longer science fiction since NASA has been studying Mars for years. NASA has scheduled a new exploratory Mars mission to launch in May 2018 called InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport). Unlike previous missions that studied the surface of the red planet and mapped out its mountains and canyons, InSight will endeavor to unlock its geological foundations. In this NASA Discovery Program, they will install one geophysical lander on Mars’s surface that will dig deep below the surface to analyze the composition of the rocks as well as the “pulse” (seismology) and “temperature” (heat flow probe).
To stimulate public interest in the InSight mission, NASA encouraged the public to submit their names to be etched on a microchip that will accompany the lander to Mars. The popularity of the program led to the addition of a second chip with nearly two and a half million names on both.