DECEMBER 5–7, 2017  GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER
SPACE APPLICATIONS FUELING BUSINESS INNOVATION

Show Floor Features

SpaceCom’s show floor is packed with content, products and premium engagement opportunities that are guaranteed to drive traffic and position your company for success in the global business of space.

Show Floor

Applications in Actions Theater

Add a stop at SpaceCom’s Applications in Action Theater (booth 645) to your schedule for case-study presentations from industry leaders across the agribusiness, advanced manufacturing, energy, maritime and medical sectors that showcase how space applications are already fueling growth and profitability in the real-world. Plus, engage these leaders directly to glean lessons learned and best practices to accelerate innovation across your business!

Industry Centers/Meet & Greets

SpaceCom’s Industry Centers on the expo floor give you the chance to extract additional insights and expertise from conference speakers and market innovators. Don’t miss the opportunity to follow up on session presentations, ask questions, gain new perspectives and/or just meet an industry visionary.

  • Advanced Manufacturing/Energy Industry Center – Booth 543
  • Maritime/Agribusiness Industry Center – Booth 529
  • Medical Industry Center – Booth 744

Innovation Theater

Visit SpaceCom’s Innovation Theater (booth 152) for interactive presentations about cutting-edge products, service innovations and research fueling space commercialization and business innovation.

JSC’s Hyperwall

NASA’s hyperwall is a video wall located at the front of the exhibit hall that is capable of displaying multiple high-definition data visualizations and/or images simultaneously across an arrangement of screens. Functioning as a key component at many NASA exhibits, the hyperwall is used to help explain phenomena, ideas, or examples of world change.  NASA satellite, telescope, and model data are used to highlight particular themes in Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science. Many of the existing hyperwall stories reveal change across space and time, while others display large-scale still-images accompanied by descriptive, story-telling captions.

Mission Control Center Console

The Mission Control Center has undergone a significant revolution into the 21st century with a total architecture upgrade; this modernization effort was referred to as the MCC-21 Project.  This state of the art console provides capabilities for telemetry monitoring, trajectory management, and command and control of space vehicles.  Stop by the MCCC21st at the front of the exhibit hall and hear live audio from about the International Space Station!

NASA Challenges and Solutions at the Space Nation Pavilion

Stop by the new NASA Challenges and Solutions at the Space Nation Pavilion in booth 112 where NASA technical experts will share with the community the key technology challenges that they are facing in support of their goal of MARS exploration.

Robotics Pavilion

Come meet students from FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition in booth 635 who will be performing demonstrations with robots they’ve designed and built for FIRST® competitions. Hear from students about their experiences with FIRST and how being involved in the program has changed their lives. Attendees can also learn about the FIRST Championship Houston coming in April 2017.

Show Floor Tours

Attend a guided, industry-specific show floor tours at SpaceCom on Wednesday, November 16 at 11:45 am – 12:45 pm. Tour categories include oceans/climate, natural resources, materials, remote medicine, infrastructure and access to space. Sign up for a tour when registering or stop by the the designated areas at the start time to participate. Additional participants will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Access to Space tour – departing from the General Meeting Center in Booth 619
  • Oceans and Climate tour – departing from the Maritime/Agribusiness Industry Center in Booth 529
  • Natural Resources tour – departing from the Maritime/Agribusiness Industry Center in Booth 529
  • Materials tour – departing from the Advanced Manufacturing/Energy Industry Center  in Booth 543
  • Infrastructure tour – departing from the Advanced Manufacturing/Energy Industry Center in Booth 543
  • Remote Medicine tour – departing from the Medical Industry Center in Booth 744

SpaceVR Experience

Experience space travel like never before with virtual reality headsets in booth 738.

 

NASA Booth #235 Featured Items:

    • CSalT: The Coastal Salinity and Temperature Monitoring System (CSalT) collects and integrates numerical model data from multiple sources to provide up-to-date information for coastal environments along the Gulf of Mexico.  The data includes water temperature, salinity and oyster lease locations.  This information is provided in a Google Maps based interface with custom controls for navigation and analysis.  Check out this new web app that provides valuable information to scientists, fishermen, boaters and the general public on water conditions at the NASA booth.
    • DNA Sequencing in Space: Sequencing DNA in space enables astronauts to diagnose an illness and identify microbes growing in their spacecraft to protect their health during long duration missions such as on the journey to Mars.  And, future explorers could also potentially use the technology to identify DNA-based life forms beyond Earth.  Come here about how first time ever, DNA was successfully sequenced in microgravity as part of the Biomolecule Sequencer experiment performed by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins aboard the International Space Station.
    • Extravehicular Mobility Unit: The Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) allows an astronaut to work outside a spacecraft for up to 7 hours.  The EMU is a system of variously sized parts that can be combined to size the suit for any astronaut.  A “snoopy cap” holds microphones and headphones; a full-body liquid-cooling garment has tubes carrying cool water to remove heat from the astronaut’s skin.  And of course, under the cooling garment, the astronaut wears a maximum absorbency garment, or adult diaper, to contain wastes.  Interested?  Come see this iconic spacesuit and more, and hear about the challenges NASA faces in technology development in this area to put its boots in red dirt on Mars!
    • HIAD: NASA has been working on a lightweight, inflatable spacecraft heat shield entry, descent and landing (EDL) technology known as Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, or HIAD, because of its versatility and scalability for NASA missions.  There are two main components to the technology – the inflatable structure, which is a series of giant, high tech, uninflated inner tubes that can be packed into a rocket, then inflated to form a heat shield or aeroshell.  The second component is the thermal protective system, a type of layered thermal blanket designed to withstand the extreme heat and drag of atmospheric entry.  Scientists and engineers working on EDL technologies create materials and systems for higher temperatures and stress loads that will benefit many areas, particularly the return of commercial assets from space.  Learn more at Booth 235.
    • HUNCH Glovebox: Come see the demonstration model of the Microgravity Gravity Science Glovebox that was built by high school students in the HUNCH program.  High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) is an educational initiative providing valuable experience for career tech students to study, design, and construct hardware for NASA.
    • Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV): This fully electric vehicle is well-suited for busy urban environments, industrial complexes, or large resort areas. The MRV combines a number of innovative technologies that are available for licensing as a whole system or individually as components.  The MRV has no mechanical connections to the propulsion, steering, or brake actuators– instead the driver relies on control inputs being converted to electrical signals and transmitted by wire to the motors within the vehicle. The MRV has a fully redundant, fail-operational architecture that is paramount to the safe operation of a by-wire system.  The MRV is driven by four independent wheel modules, called e-corners. Each e-corner can be rotated /- 180 degrees about its steering axis.  Imagine being able to parallel park by simply driving sideways into a tight spot with ease.  With the new MRV technology, this dream is now a reality – see for yourself on the Expo floor!
    • Multifunctional Spacecraft Shielding: NASA develops shielding concepts to protect spacecraft from small particles traveling at such high speeds that their collision with a spacecraft could impair or terminate a mission.  Investigating multifunctional shielding that goes beyond stopping particle penetration to also locating the impact following a particle collision and reducing radiation exposure to protect astronauts and extend the life of spacecraft could benefit other industries where equipment is also exposed to a harsh environment yet has limited accessibility.  Come hear more.
    • Oxygen Systems: The compatibility of materials and components used in oxygen service or oxygen-enriched environments is a critical issue in space, aircraft, medical, underwater diving, and industrial applications. Our experts can help you with oxygen compatibility assessments and material and components compatibility, as well as provide oxygen system training courses for designers, operators, and maintainers of oxygen systems.
    • Payload Investigator Interface Demonstration: Stop by the NASA booth and see how easy it is to interact with your science on-board the International Space Station (ISS).  With near-real-time, use your cell phone to capture a picture of yourself on a laptop floating on-board the ISS!
    • Planetary Sustainability: Do you share an interest in advancing humankind and accelerating sustainable solutions for Earth and space?  Stop by NASA’s exhibit to learn more public-private partnerships and how you can get involved.
    • Robonaut 2 (R2): Get up close and personal with NASA’s state-of-the-art, highly dexterous, humanoid robot. R2 has been on board the International Space Station since February 2011.  It is the first humanoid robot in space.  R2 was recently upgraded with robotic legs, more powerful computing capabilities, and a vastly improved software control and safety system.  The new mobility package will allow R2 to move around and, after further upgrades and testing, eventually work outside in the vacuum of space.  This will help NASA understand robotic capabilities for future deep space missions.  Come by and meet R2!
    • SCaN PufferSphere: The PufferSphere is a 360 degree multi-touch interactive system that can display video, photos, motion graphics, text and other visual resources.  NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program sponsors the two-foot sphere exhibit to communicate the message of “Connecting the Universe” in a new, interactive way. Content includes optical communications, ISS, climate and SCaN’s involvement in the Journey to Mars sections: Earth Independent, Proving Ground, Deep Space and more!