Farewell, Richard Speck

We have some sad news to pass along. Two weeks ago, Richard Speck, the founder of Micro-Space--a competitor in every space related X PRIZE competition to date--passed away in his sleep.

Although I'd read about him during the Ansari X PRIZE days, I first came to know Richard personally through the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X CHALLENGE. In all of my dealings with him through that prize and through the Google Lunar X PRIZE, I was always impressed. Richard was a kind man, a man of deep faith and of profound ideas. In a competition full of teams looking to drive the cost of space exploration lower and thereby dramatically increase access, Richard was perhaps the most ambitious, dreaming of how human exploration on the smallest scale could actually allow the grandest things. It's too soon to say whether or not Richard's ideas will come to fruition or what exactly will become of Micro-Space's entry into the Google Lunar X PRIZE, but it is already clear that Richard made important contributions of ideas and practices to a noble cause.

I believe that the best way to honor Richard is through his own words. I encourage you to go back and re-visit some of his blog posts for the Google Lunar X PRIZE, which are available here. We've also compiled a brief video with some archival interview footage:

Richard was honored in a memorial service last Friday. We welcome you to share your own memories and thoughts of Richard here in the comments.

We'll all miss him, and our thoughts are with his wife and loved ones.

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