An Evening with Scott “Kidd” Poteet. Commercial Astronaut, Mission Pilot, Polaris Dawn

Scott “Kidd” Poteet describes the Polaris Program, Polaris Dawn, and how life experiences and inspiration led to his place on the mission.

Polaris Dawn is a commercial crewed spaceflight mission with on a SpaceX Dragon capsule taking place towards the end of 2022. The mission will feature a number of firsts including the first commercial spacewalk. Polaris Dawn is the first in a series of commercial crewed missions which will culminate in the first crewed flight of a SpaceX Starship heavy lift launch vehicle.

The Speaker: Scott “Kidd” Poteet, POLARIS DAWN, Mission Pilot

Scott “Kidd” Poteet is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who served 20 years in various roles that include Commander of the 64th Aggressor Squadron, USAF Thunderbird #4 Demonstration Pilot, USAF Weapons School Graduate, Operational Test & Evaluation Pilot, and Flight Examiner. Kidd is a command pilot with over 3,200 flying hours in the F-16, A-4, T-38, T-37, T-3, and Alpha Jet. Kidd has logged over 400 hours of combat time during Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Joint Guardian, Freedom’s Sentinel, and Resolute Support.

Following his Air Force career, Kidd served in various roles to include Director of Business Development at Draken International and VP of Strategy at Shift4 (NYSE: FOUR). He most recently served as the Mission Director of Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to space that helped raise over $240 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in an effort to help eradicate childhood cancer. Kidd is also an accomplished collegiate runner and triathlete, competing in 15 Ironman triathlons since 200, which includes four Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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