Dr Susmita Mohanty

The ‘Space Woman’ who started India's first space start-up and got featured in BBC's list of annual 100 most influential women


Susmita is an Indian spaceship designer, serial space entrepreneur and a climate action advocate who is well known for her research on space related topics. An ardent traveller and explorer, she is probably the only person in the world to have visited the Arctic and Antarctica, on invitation.

She co-founded India's first private space start-up ‘Earth2Orbit’ in 2009 and she is the only space entrepreneur in the world to have started companies in three different continents in Europe, Asia and North America. 

She completed her masters in space studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg and later co-founded ‘Moonfront’, an aerospace consulting firm based in San Francisco in 2001, which marked her entry into space entrepreneurship. 

She has also served as one of the prominent members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Architecture for over a period of ten years while she was residing in California.

Dr Mohanty has also been a political appointee and has also served as the chairperson of ‘Mo School’ in the rank of a Minister of State. During her tenure, Mo School created history in the world of alumni philanthropy in India by raising nearly US$ 4.25 million in just ten months.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Susmita was also conferred with the ‘International Achievement Award’ for promoting international cooperation in 2005.

Sushmita was included in the elite list of ‘25 Indians to Watch By’ the Financial Times magazine in 2012 and also featured on the front cover page of Fortune magazine in 2017. 

The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Space Technologies nominated Sushmita for three consecutive years. 

Why Dr Susmita Mohanty ?

Susmita has been widely featured in the press worldwide and over the past two decades, she has been invited as a celebrity speaker, thought leader, innovator, interdisciplinary expert, space entrepreneur and renaissance woman. As a  knowledgeable individual, she covers topics such as space exploration, architecture, design and entrepreneurship, she is suitable for a range of different sectors and industries.

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