Helen Tung is a Legal Futurist, Co-Founder and General Counsel of Hypernova Space Technologies. As Co-Founder, Helen sees the potential of the growth of smallsat constellations and the need for more sustainable ways of empowering current and future smallsats through refueling, de-orbit, space recycling and eventually space mining. Hypernova Space Technologies is an engineering start-up focused on developing innovative space technologies and our first product line is propulsion systems for micro and nan-satellites.
As a litigator, advisor and consultant to international clients, Helen has seen the challenges of emerging technologies particularly when legislation is lacking. Since working as a consultant examining regulations of unmanned systems (air, land and sea) and attending Singularity University at NASA Research park, Helen is interested in contributing to the discussions of international regulation and standards of smallsats. She is a Committee member of the Law and Space Committee and YGNSS of the Space Generation Advisory Council and contributes to the American Bar Association and International Bar Association Air and Space law committees. Helen is also a Vice-President of the Aviation committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.
She is passionate about the impact and developments of future technologies on earth and in space and has spoken widely on topics including AI and robotics, Law and Ethics, IoT, Unmanned systems (air, land and sea), autonomy, decision making and data protection.