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Engineer, Investor and Founder of Moonshot

The sky is not the limit.

Troy McCann has been passionate about space and the future of humanity since seeing the moon in detail through a telescope as a small child.

However, growing up in Australia with no space industry, he had resigned to the idea that this career would never be an option. This changed later in life while completing a degree in electrical engineering at the University of Melbourne when he learned of CubeSats, which led him to found the Melbourne Space Program, a volunteer body concerned with the Australian space industry's development.

Current Work:

Troy combined his passions for technology and entrepreneurship in multiple businesses that he started during and after graduating from university.

Following university, Troy founded MoonshotX: an organisation dedicated to the cultivation of space innovation ecosystems worldwide. Moonshot searches for solutions to complex problems that will lead to a more resource-abundant future for humanity.

Today, Moonshot is a global catalyst for humanity to enrich and expand our world inward and outward. It grows and invests in technology businesses that leverage and integrate frontier locations into our world.

Troy was ranked the 13th most influential global new space business leader of the NewSpace People Global Ranking Report for 2020.

Talking Points

The Humanity of Space

A lot of the time-space is spoken about in the extreme. It's either so grand and philosophical that it might be an inspiration but feels irrelevant to our lives today, or it's about technologies that are so functional that it's become boring. I like to help the two converge again. Let's talk about space and why it's so critical to humanity and our place in the universe, keeping the magic, while talking about why it's important and a part of everyone's daily lives today.

Space Technology and Industry

For more focussed audiences I'm able to discuss the functional aspects of the space sector. Whether it be the role of venture capital to an audience of wealthy family offices, or a discussion about the innovative technology being developed to help us access space and their technical and commercial challenges, from tunneling machines to space ships.

Space Force

I get a lot of questions that usually stem back to the concepts of space law, international law, what it means for the US to be building a new Space Force within their military, how we're going to manage space junk, can we turn material mined n the moon into private property and how are we going to settle arguments with other nations, etc.
Troy McCann has been a long-time advocate of Australia's space capability whose efforts together with other champions of the sector saw the establishment of the Australian Space Agency on 1 July 2018. Troy brings great knowledge and insights to the public arena to inform and educate all Australians about the possibilities of space and the role of industry in forging new technologies and generating economic benefits. Troy is a natural communicator respected by his peers and decision-makers alike. The Hon. Peter McGauran, Consul-General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Houston
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