Gregg Maryniak

Speech Topics

The Ansari X PRIZE ignited today’s commercial space revolution.  Learn how the Lindbergh saga inspired a small band of revolutionaries to tackle private spaceflight as the first of a series of grand challenges that now include medicine, education and energy.

Can we achieve energy abundance to provide the world’s population with the energy that it needs for prosperity without jeopardizing the environment?    Learn how technologies now at hand can enable both abundance and a cleaner, safer and more prosperous world.

The only thing more amazing than the true story of mankind’s fascination with personal flight is the fact that the dream of personal flying devices is about to become reality.   See which of these technologies you will soon summon to leap tall buildings in a single bound!

Learn about the revolutionary new technologies, new companies and new reasons for exploring space that are transforming spaceflight.   See how space holds the key to the survival of humanity and abundance for civilization.

Is the dream of interstellar flight possible within the limits of known physics?  Find out how the same tools that enable interstellar flight hold the key to the survival of life on Earth.


Gregg Maryniak is the Secretary of the X PRIZE Foundation and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  He co-founded X PRIZE and served as the Foundation’s first Executive Director from 1997 through 2005.  He currently leads the Foundation’s education partnerships.

He is Chairman of the Energy and Environmental Systems Track of Singularity University, hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

He formerly served as  Vice President for Energy and Aerospace of the St. Louis Science Center, Director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, Senior Scientist  of the Futron Corporation, Managing Director of the International Space University and Chief Executive Officer of the Space Studies Institute of Princeton. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation.

Maryniak received the Space Frontier Foundation’s Vision to Reality Award for his role in creating the Lunar Prospector Mission launched in 1998. He was awarded Russia’s Tsiolkovsky Medal for his work on the use of energy and material resources of free space. He is an Associate Fellow of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

A commercial pilot with more than 40 years of flight experience, he has Multiengine, Instrument and Glider ratings.  He served as Flight Director for Erik Lindbergh’s 2002 New Spirit of St. Louis flights from San Diego to Paris.

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