David Kendall is the quintessential Terranaut (Part 2)

David Kendall speaking at a commercial space workshop during the Canadian SmallSat Symposium in February 2018. Credit: SpaceQ.

This week on the Terranauts podcast we have the second part of our interview with David Kendall who could be described as the quintessential Terranaut.

On Terranauts we often talk about the fact that no gets to space alone. We are fond of saying that space is a team sport, not only for individuals but for countries as well. Over the course of the past season and a half we have certainly talked to our share of Terrantauts with extensive international experience. But I think It’s pretty rare to have one with the pedigree of today’s guest.

Dr. David Kendall has not only been at the forefront of major international collaborations for the last 40 years, he has also been a Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation AND for two years he was the Chair of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

In today’s second part of our interview we talk about Dave’s career managing increasingly larger and more international programs until he ended up as the chair of one of the United Nation’s largest and most active committees. Not bad for a lad from Twickenham.

Listen to part 1 here.

About Terranauts season 2

This year on Terranauts we’re going to offer a mix of interviews with Terranauts, people who go to space all the time without leaving the planet, and we’re also planning regular instalments of the Terranauts Guide to Leaving the Planet where we explore the history of humankind’s adventures off the planet.

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About Iain Christie

Founder and CEO at SideKickSixtyFive Consulting and host of the Terranauts podcast. Iain is a seasoned business executive with deep understanding of the space business and government procurement policy. Iain worked for 22 years at Neptec including as CEO. He was a VP at the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, is a mentor at the Creative Destruction Lab and a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management.

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