Space Security, Safety, & Sustainability Fellow | Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability
Idris Motiwala is Corporate Counsel for Firefly Aerospace, an Austin-based developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small-to-medium satellite market. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and joined Firefly after a few years at a litigation boutique. He focuses on general corporate compliance, contracting, intellectual property rights, export compliance, industrial security rules and regulations, and launch service industry transactional work. His academic work focuses on the intersection of space regulatory policy and commercial interests, with a forthcoming paper on utilizing corporate-nonprofit partnerships to increase non-traditional educational opportunities for students looking to gain experience in the NewSpace industry. He is further researching how intellectual property law applies to the private exploration of outer space. He currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife and son.