NEWSPACE 2019: THE NEWSPACE REVOLUTION

THE REVOLUTION HAS BEEN WON. Commercial space companies are beginning to thrive as 2019 brings us to an inflection point in the global space industry, and the evolution of the space ecosystem is leading to many changes going forward. Strategic thinking about space programs is changing, as are the industry’s biggest names. Private investment is soaring, as are revenue outlooks, though others are still skeptical of how big the next killer apps in space will be and what it will cost. At NewSpace 2019, we bring executives, thinkers, and makers representing industry, government, finance, and academia, from both domestic and international organizations, to specifically examine evolution within the industry, the market, and the world.

Day 1: Evolution of the Industry

With the NewSpace revolution won, changes are afoot both in industry as well as government to lower the cost to access space and provide timelier services. Changes in regulations as well as new activities will also change the space ecosystem from within. On the first day of NewSpace 2019, we start by examining how government views have changed on their views of commercial space and how they are accommodating the needs of faster-paced companies before moving into the cascading impacts of space traffic management before closing with a look at orbital infrastructure required for future activities in space.

 

Day 2: Evolution of the Market

As industry changes, so do the markets that govern them. Venture capital investments and startups in commercial space are growing globally, as are the number of services, competitors, and innovators looking to gain an edge on the competition. On the second day of the conference, we start with the Business Plan Competition before discussing perspectives in space investment, examining the global market for space products, new players in the small launch industry, and new downstream revenue-generating activities that come with growing space activity.

 

Day 3: Evolution of the World

The world has also changed in response to the growing commercial space industry. Not only have sovereign nations and international partners gotten involved, the number of people worldwide benefiting from space services continues to grow. Where we as a species go from here will depend on these global interactions and how we can deliver the most benefit to the most people. On the final day of the conference, we start by examining space activities around the world, from both sovereign and commercial perspectives, before looking at the broader effects on the entire world with humanitarian applications of space, and finally concluding with a critical discussion of space settlement and the steps needs to make it a reality.