Bringing you the highlights from SpaceCom 2018!

SpaceCom 2018 brought more than 2,200 NASA, industry and aerospace professionals from around the world to Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. Along with 130 industry leader speakers, attendees explored new space commerce opportunities and best practices for cross-industry collaboration.  The program featured technology convergence panels that focused on how AI, cybersecurity, and data analytics used by space-based assets can provide critical services to industries on Earth. See below for SpaceCom’s exciting show highlights and to view the 2018 video and photo gallery. 

George T. Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galatic & The Spaceship Company, delivering his keynote address. 

SpaceCom 2018 Highlights

  • The Global Spaceport Alliance’s (GSA) Commercial Spaceport Summit was held on November 26 and saw participation from 19 spaceports from around the world. Newly appointed GSA Chair, Dr. George Nield, former head of FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, led the meeting and discussions on common challenges and brainstormed initiatives for a broad range of revenue opportunities.
  • SpaceCom’s visionary keynote speakers showed the international influence on the market with the CEO of India’s Antrix Corporation, the Deputy Head of Australia’s new Space Agency and a Unit Head of Italy’s Space Agency. The roster also included commercial space gurus, such as George T. Whitesides from Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company and Tory Bruno of United Launch Alliance.
  • NASA Administrator Bridenstine wrote a letter to SpaceCom attendees that discussed the impact SpaceCom can have on the commercial space industry in light of recent policy directives from the White House and Congress.
  • The National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group held a feedback listening session that allowed attendees to express their views and ask questions on a range of space policy issues.
  • The NASA Center Theater offered a unique opportunity for all the NASA Centers to spotlight their priorities to attendees right on the show floor and included a panel of NASA Chiefs, who came together to discuss issues impacting the agency and the commercial space industry in light of recent policy directives from the White House and Congress.
  • The SpaceCom Entrepreneur Summit (SES) was held over the course of the two days, that focused on helping start-ups refine their business plan and pitch while providing insights for identifying investment sources. A new element of the Summit was the opportunity for the start-ups to showcase their new technology and ideas in the SpaceCom Exhibit Hall. More than 20 companies participated in the pavilion and more than 50 were involved in SES.
  • Lazarus 3Dwas selected as the winner of the SpaceCom Entrepreneur Summit along with$100,000 in Google Cloud credits.

Save the Date: SpaceCom 2019!

Stay up-to-date on everything SpaceCom!  To take part in next year’s event, please join our 2019 mailing list or contact Rich Hodge at rhodge@spacecomexpo to learn more about your variety of exhibit and sponsor opportunities. See you in Houston!

Thank you to our generous 2018 Sponsors & Supporting Organizations!

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