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For decades, the space economy has been largely dominated by government activity and was composed of more traditional market segments, such as satellites, launch providers, and human spaceflight. Over time, however, it has evolved into a complex ecosystem of multiple participants, high tech innovation, and dynamic growth, spanning all aspects of the public and private sectors. As the space ecosystem has grown more complex and more ambitious, ways of making the space infrastructure more efficient, capable and competitive using on-orbit servicing (OOS), which includes manufacturing and assembly, are not only being seriously considered but actively pursued with both private investment and government funds.
This session will bring together leading edge government leaders and space industry executives deeply committed to on-orbit servicing – becoming generally more frequently referred to as “space logistics” – for a conversation about how the overall space economy can be moved forward. This area has come a long way over the last 20 years. Today there are at least two commercial offerors of on-orbit servicing and two funded government programs. Robotic and other space technologies continue to dramatically advance, stimulated by ever dropping launch costs, new ideas for in-space assembly of functional infrastructure and in-space manufacturing. These technologies are advancing and being considered business-case by business-case. There are of course still numerous hurdles to clear in order to extend this “space logistics” activity to Earth orbit and beyond. All of this and more will be discussed in this panel session.
|Trudy Kortes (Moderator)Program Executive, Technology Demonstration Missions, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters|
|Carolyn BelleSenior Analyst, Northern Sky Research|
|Ian ChristensenDirector, Private Sector Programs, Secure World Foundation |
|Frank DeMauro Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Programs Division, Space Systems Group, Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems|
|Erica RodgersScience and Technology Partnerships Lead, Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA|
|Alfred TadrosVice President, Space Infrastructure and Civil Space, SSL|