NASA to host commercial space industry symposium

The space agency is set to host a virtual symposium aimed at exploring the rise of the commercial space sector.

NASA to host commercial space industry symposium
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A virtual conference hosted by NASA will be held from Wednesday, 17 March, to Thursday, 25 March, to explore the meteoric rise of commercial space operations in recent years.

The conference — NASA and the Rise of Commercial Space: A Symposium Examining the Definition(s) and Context(s) of Commercial Space — aims to inform the relationship between government and industry for future programs.

Topics addressed during the symposium include legal and entrepreneurial frameworks, advancements during the space shuttle era, and new trajectories.


The conference is also expected to examine the historical context surrounding questions relating to the human exploration of the moon and Mars, and the definition of commercial space.

The program will kick-off with a keynote talk by Eric Berger, senior space editor at Ars Technica, on the early days of SpaceX. This will be followed by two days of panel discussions featuring keynote talks by Ken Davidian of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation and NASA chief economist Alexander MacDonald, author of The Long Space Age: The Economic Origins of Space Exploration from Colonial America to the Cold War.

The final session will be a collaboration between NASA, the International Space Station US National Laboratory, and the University of Alabama Huntsville, featuring a keynote talk by Steve Lee of Astrosat. 

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Cyber, Momentum Media


Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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