John Spencer

Co-Founder and Chief Designer: Mars World Enterprises, Inc. (MWE)

Co-Founder and President: Red Planet Ventures, Inc. (RPV)

Founder, President, Space Tourism Society (STS)


Outer Space Architecture: Since the late 1970s John has been a pioneer in the field of outer space architecture. He received two awards from NASA for his design work on the “International Space Station” (ISS) assembled in Earth orbit and did the first interior designs/models for the “SpaceHab” Module which flew 15 times in the Space Shuttle cargo bay. In 1982 he started pioneering the space tourism industry, basing it on the cruise line industry, and since the mid-1990s he has been designing his original concept for an orbital super yacht called “Destiny.” He is the author with Karen L. Rugg of the first book on space tourism published in the U.S. called Space Tourism—Do You Want to Go? Apogee Books, 2004 For over 30 years he has worked closely with Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 first Moon landing astronaut on numerous concept and design projects for space development and Mars mission planning and exploration.


Location Based Entertainment: Paralleling his real space work is his design and development work on Earth-based space/future themed real estate ventures, with over $310 million invested in building his original space/future, Sci-Fi concepts to date. He is currently designing a proposed $1.9 billion space/Mars/future themed mixed-use complex called “Mars World” to be built in Las Vegas and Shanghai. Recent design projects include a terminal building for the Mojave Air and Space Port and the “Space World” pavilion interiors at the South Korean Science Center.  It opened to the public in early 2015. His concept and master plan design for the “Space World Japan” theme park opened to the public in 1991.


TV and Movies Advisory Work: He is an advisor on space/future themed movies, TV shows and computer games. He has provided advice to James Cameron on his Mars movie, Steven Spielberg’s company Amblin Entertainment on two TV shows and Disney Junior’s for the animated TV series “Miles From Tomorrowland.”  He recently advised JJ Abrams company, Bad Robot on a space movie and he provided advice to the first director of the movie “Passengers.” Recently he has been working with Zak Penn on a Space TV series. He is a senior space science/futurist advisor for the Science and Entertainment Exchange which is a part of the National Academy of Sciences.

John is a media source for space enterprise and space tourism with over 200 interviews completed in all mediums.  Media list on request.

Broadcast 2233 (Special Edition)

Guests: Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade, John Spencer. Topics: ISDC 2014 Space Conference, speakers, tracks, events, and programs. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 1565 (Special Edition)

Guest: John Spencer. Topics: Space Tourism Society and space tourism development. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.

Broadcast 881 (Special Edition)

Guest: This is a Golden Oldie Program featuring John Spencer of the Space Tourism Society from August 15, 2001, immediately followed by Chuck Lauer from Pioneer Rocketplane (the predecessor to what is now known as Rocketplane Global) and the Oklahoma Spaceport from Christmas, Dec. 25, 2001. Compare and contrast both of these programs with the very recent appearances of each guest on The Space Show. Their most recent appearances were on Dec 30 2007 (John Spencer) and on October 28, 2007 (Chuck Lauer).

Broadcast 862 (Special Edition)

Guest: John Spencer. John Spencer was with us today to talk about space tourism. John, as founder of The Space Tourism Society (, started off our discussion with the big picture for space tourism both here in the United States and globally. We talked about the growth the space tourism industry is undergoing in terms of its early development, the international aspects and interest regarding space tourism and the ability to give people here on Earth a taste of it through simulation and virtual reality.

Broadcast 805 (Special Edition)

This special program is a simulcast of the 62 Mile Club special event, "'s Closer Than You Think" program which was held Oct. 4, 2007 at the Luxe Hotel in Bel Air, California. You will hear all the terrific talks made during this impressive program which promotes the commercial space industry to future customers, investors and the general public. About 140 people attended the event, networking opportunities were awesome for those in attendance, and The Space Show bring all of the excellent speakers and talks to you.

Broadcast 523 (Special Edition)

John Spencer returned to The Space Show to update us on matters concerning space tourism. We began the interview with John summarizing space tourism developments since he was last on the show in August 2005. We spoke about suborbital tourism, the companies involved in the suborbital vehicle programs, and his yacht plans which John is well known for and which he as written about in his book, "Space Tourism - Do You Want To Go?" The book, published in 2004 by Apogee, is still available and is a must read for those of you interested in space tourism.

Broadcast 378 (Special Edition)

John Spencer, architect and designer specializing in space tourism, returned to this edition of The Space Show. We began the interview by discussing how the space tourism industry has changed from the mid-90's to the current time. In the context of this discussion, Mr. Spencer explained space tourism, its evolution, orbital versus suboribtal, the time frame for achieving space tourism and how uniting the field is, noting that space in general, especially space tourism has the potential for bringing people together, not separating them.

Broadcast 273 (Special Edition)

John Spencer, an award winning space architect, was the guest on this program. We discussed his new book, "Space Tourism: Do You Want To Go" and various other issues pertaining to space tourism. John began by explaining the four phases of industrial development, applying it to the space tourism industry. We also talked about the potential market for space tourism and how we know that a market does in fact exist. Mr.

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