Space For Kentucky Roundtable

Space for Kentucky

Come join the

Next Roundtable held on

June 8, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Eastern

ONLINE ONLY for this meeting

Theme for the evening is

Industries for the Moon – Going back to stay


Space For Kentucky Roundtable is an opportunity for companies and individuals to come together to bring a slice of the space economy to Kentucky. Enjoy speakers, networking, and other events.  

The space industry is exploding at an unprecedented rate. It is estimated to be close to a trillion-dollar industry by the end of the decade. As cost-for-entry continues to decline, more opportunities are opened for companies to venture beyond the atmosphere!

The Space for Kentucky Roundtable is a monthly meeting about bringing the space industry to Kentucky. It is about networking, education, and social support for those that are reaching for the stars. 

ONLINE ONLY on Zoom. Click HERE to go to the Eventbrite for Zoom RSVP.

There is no cost.


6:00 -7:00


Christopher Culbert

Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS)
Manager, CLPS Project Office

Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS Program)

“NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative allows rapid acquisition of lunar delivery services from American companies for payloads that advance capabilities for science, exploration or commercial development of the Moon. Investigations and demonstrations launched on commercial Moon flights will help the agency study Earth’s nearest neighbor under the Artemis approach.”

Kirby Runyon

NASA-funded planetary geologist and CEO of PlaneX

Dr. Kirby Runyon loves experiential space exploration and works as a NASA-funded planetary geologist, space tour guide, and inspirational speaker. He coaches flyers in weightlessness with the Zero Gravity Corporation and takes commercial Future Astronauts through educational geology hikes, explaining the science behind the view they’ll have from space. In 2022 he started his company Planex – Planetary Experience Consulting LLC.

Melissa Roth

Co-Owner and Lead Researcher at Off Planet Research 

Melissa Roth is a Co-Owner and Lead Researcher at Off Planet Research providing mission assurance for space-based technology through the use of representative simulants, hardware development and testing, and consulting. They have received several NASA SBIR grants to develop dust-tolerant technologies. With her background in mechanical engineering, Melissa works with clients to ensure researchers and engineers get the best simulant for their testing to help them learn to survive and thrive in some of the harshest environments in our solar system.  She is a member of the LEAG Commercial Advisory Board and the lead for LSIC’s Extreme Environment Regolith and Surface Interface subgroup.