Future in Space Hangouts: PPPs in Space

Status Report From: American Astronautical Society
Posted: Monday, January 10, 2022

Join us on January 20th for the next American Astronautical Society “Future in Space Hangouts” online discussion: Public Private Partnerships in Space. 

When? Thursday, January 20th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern  

Cost? FREE – No registration required!  

Where? Watch here: 

How is humanity enabling space exploration?   
How will public-private sectors further our exploration capabilities?  

Unlike in the Apollo era, the private sector now has considerable space capabilities and in the last five years, tens of billions of dollars have been invested in space programs by companies, individuals, and investment firms. Consequently, NASA is increasingly using public-private partnerships (PPPs) to enable space exploration. This panel will examine when PPPs make sense, what types of PPPs are best for exploration applications and what does the commercial market for exploration hold for the next twenty years. 

Read these supplemental pieces before the Hangout to learn more about the topic and build your questions for our guests: 



Our panel for this discussion will be:  

  • Jamil Castillo, Manager, Space Policy and Digital Communications, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (Moderator)  

  • Tom Colvin, Research Staff Member, IDA Science & Technology Policy Institute 

  • Mary Lynne Dittmar, Executive Vice President, Government Operations & Strategic Communications, Axiom Space 

  • Alex MacDonald, Chief Economist, NASA 

Our Hangouts host, Tony Darnell of Deep Astronomy, will introduce our panel and moderate the Q&A.


More information is available at:  

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