Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Many of the significant advances in industrial and commercial technology in the past 50 years can be traced back to a need and a solution developed in the U.S. space program. Today, the space industry is focused on creating more access to space for more people and for more purposes, opening a new era of opportunity for industries that are critical to the economy and life on Earth.
The first annual SpaceCom (Space Commerce Conference and Exposition) in Houston, Nov. 17-19, will feature hands-on demonstrations, the perspectives of top industry leaders and examples of current technology crossovers to showcase the real, viable links between space technology and some of the major industries in the United States.
NASA research has directly contributed to advances in 3D manufacturing, remote sensing, telemedicine, self-driving cars, fuel cell power systems and countless other applications. With investment into private and commercial space expected to increase rapidly in the near future, the pace of technological advancement in spinoffs of space may become exponential.
The ISS lab extends access to space research and testing to a wide range of private and commercial research and developers. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has the role of facilitating that access, while also advancing public interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
“CASIS drives human advancement by offering researchers, educators and entrepreneurs access to the worlds most specialized research platform,” said Gregory H. Johnson, president and executive director of CASIS. “SpaceCom offers a rich environment to explore some of these possibilities across multiple industries.”
SpaceCom offers a unique opportunity to pair industry leaders with space technology experts to help determine how technology crossover benefits both sectors.
“SpaceCom is designed to educate business leaders on tested space technologies and how to apply them to solve real-life business challenges, dramatically impacting a company’s profitability,” said James Causey, executive director of SpaceCom. “Many companies are already learning about, and adopting, these technologies in areas such as remote medicine, water purification, oil and gas exploration in harsh environments, complex communications systems and weather data reporting. SpaceCom’s unique, interactive conference program and dynamic trade show floor will provide a forum for dialogue, facilitated problem-solving discussions and methods to implement space technology for practical, business application and innovation.”
SpaceCom 2015 will feature conference sessions with experts in the energy, medical, transportation/maritime, communications and advanced manufacturing industries from organizations such as NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). A full conference program is available here. SpaceCom will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Early bird registration is available through Sept. 11, allowing attendees to save up to $300 on the full conference.
The SpaceCom (Space Commerce Conference and Exposition) is a dynamic three-day event engineered to fuel business innovation across the 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.
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