A.C. Charania is Manager of Advanced Programs with the Strategy and Business Development group at Blue Origin. He was formerly the Senior Director of Strategy and Business Operations at Virgin Galactic. For over four years, he was involved in developing the LauncherOne business plan, maturing Virgin Galactic’s roadmap, company financial modeling, and interfacing with the global space launch insurance community. He helped to negotiate OneWeb’s launch contract with Virgin Galactic. He was a visionary/founder/early employee of three aerospace start-ups (SpaceWorks Enterprises, Generation Orbit and Terminal Velocity Aerospace) and also provided consulting support to Planetary Resources. He was a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) fellow for work related to telecommunication networks on Mars using meteor trails and planetary defense against asteroids using robotic swarms.