The Time is Now for Spacecom
The Space Commerce Conference & Exposition
Overcoming the challenges of traveling, living, and working in space has been a powerful innovation driver for more than 50 years, translating into profound advances in technologies, industries, and commerce that change the way we live our lives on Earth. SpaceCom—the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition—is a unique platform for the growing wave of cross-industry collaboration focused on accelerating and diversifying the impact and benefits of the new space age in space and on Earth.
SpaceCom is purposefully designed to shed light on the promising intersections between space technology and major industries that are fueling business, education, and global competitiveness. The conference and expo will feature leading entrepreneurs and business thought leaders who are pushing this wave of innovation for the future of crucial industries like advanced manufacturing, medical, energy, communications, and transportation/maritime.
Convening in Houston on November 17–19, 2015, SpaceCom will be a catalyst for innovation and growth in the commercial development of space. This dynamic, three-day event is specifically engineered to explore ways to utilize space technologies and innovations to enhance growth and profitability. It will also showcase examples of how businesses can capitalize on space and suborbital environments. All of this can become tangible through close collaboration, partnerships, and co-development on an international scale. SpaceCom will help businesses navigate all of this, providing insight into raising money for new ventures, providing access to new customers, and ultimately accelerating commercial usage of the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory.
Efforts are underway to accelerate expansion of a new ecosystem—the application of space technology to fuel business innovation and new market opportunities. Several factors are already in play, advancing this exciting, new opportunity:
- • Worldwide Internet access using light satellite technology is being pursued by both Google/SpaceX and Virgin Galactic/Qualcomm/OneWeb
- • Reduction in cost of launching payloads to orbit makes it more economically feasible for companies to access space.
- • Rapidly increasing development of international spaceports changes global business models for travel, point-to-point shipping, space tourism, low G experimentation, and orbital launch capabilities
- • Changing NASA purchasing policies are leveraging free-market forces that are stimulating innovation and cost savings
- • Venture capital investment in commercial space companies is at an all-time high and projected to increase rapidly in the near future
Power Behind the Vision
The SpaceCom conference is being developed in conjunction with an Advisory Board made up of industry, academic, and government leaders, chaired by NASA JSC Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa.
Throughout the interactive, three-day program, SpaceCom will connect forward-thinking, non-space companies with existing space companies to increase sales and market share for both sides. By educating global business executives on space applications, business innovation, and new global commercial markets can be derived. As the benefit of using in-space capabilities (orbital and suborbital) is demonstrated, executives will realize how this can drive non-space industry productivity and profitability. The benefits will be tremendous as partnerships between NASA and industry allow humankind to expand beyond low Earth orbit in a meaningful and cost-effective way.
Applications for Advanced Manufacturing
SpaceCom provides a unique platform for the growing wave of cross-industry collaboration focused on accelerating and diversifying the impact and benefits of the new space age—in space, and on Earth. For instance, NASA is using additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, to create a diverse portfolio of products, from small satellites to rocket engine parts. A strong example of this is its use of selective laser melting to create complex parts for the J-2X and RS-25 rocket engines without welding. Selective laser melting saves time and greatly reduces the cost of creating component parts.
NASA is also adopting cutting-edge industrial techniques in space where the ISS has a 3D printer that produced the first part in space in November 2014, potentially ushering in a new age of off-Earth manufacturing in low-gravity environments.
When it comes to exploration, NASA is looking at 3D printing of space habitats using materials found on other heavenly bodies.
As we explore deeper in space, transporting all the material and parts needed to build habitats would be very expensive. This type of 3D printing would allow astronauts to literally “live off the land.”
NASA technology also supports American manufacturing in many ways, and is helping revitalize the nation’s manufacturing sector, according to a Tauri Group study. Specifically, the study found that NASA contributed $5 billion to the U.S. manufacturing industry in 2012. The development of NASA’s Space Launch System alone contributed about $930 million to the chemical, machinery, transportation equipment, fabricated metal, and computer and electronic product manufacturing sectors.
“SpaceCom is focused on extending that deep knowledge base to the broader advanced manufacturing industry,”said James Causey, executive director of SpaceCom.
“While many solutions to space-related problems have had a direct impact on Earth, the extent of technology transfer is yet to be fully exploited. SpaceCom will address this potential.”
The SpaceCom conference program will include an advanced manufacturing track and advanced manufacturing round table where participants will analyze case studies to apply to their business. The conference will also include an expo with a dynamic show floor demonstrating the latest technologies. Organizations exhibiting at SpaceCom are focused on the economic development of space and the application of space technologies across these target industry sectors.
The full conference program and exhibitor details can be found at: www.spacecomexpo.com.
The Space Commerce Conference and Exposition
On November 17–19, 2015, SpaceCom — the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition — will present a powerful three-day event engineered to fuel business innovation across the aerospace, medical, energy, transportation, maritime, communications and advanced manufacturing industries.
SpaceCom distinctly unites public and private stakeholders involved in domestic and international space commerce with a new group of global business executives looking for competitive advantage through the application of space technology to their industries.
Space Applications Fueling Business Innovation
SpaceCom will be a catalyst for innovation and growth in the commercial development of space. Its dynamic, three-day event is specifically engineered to:
- Highlight ways space technologies cut across five target industries (medical, energy, transportation, communications and advanced manufacturing)
- • Showcase examples of how business can capitalize on space and suborbital environments
- • Accelerate the commercial usage of the International Space Station National Laboratory
- • Demonstrate why fostering close collaboration, partnerships and codevelopment on an international scale is so crucial
- • Offer insights into the who and how to raise money for new venture
- • Provide existing space companies access to new customers
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