Motivating the Next Generation at the ICAO/UNOOSA 2015 AeroSPACE Symposium
15 April, 2015
submitted by Lewis Groswald
Everyone knows that the aerospace industry is changing, with new space activities emerging around the world. New business opportunities abound, and the preponderance of growth in the field is in the private sector, not government spending. As the industry continues to churn and develop, there are more entities today—both companies and nations—engaging in space activities than ever before, and the international legal and regulatory regimes for this arena are over a generation behind the times. In particular, the growth of companies promising to provide commercial space tourism flights and perhaps, one day, suborbital point-to-point transportation, is creating concern about how to integrate such transportation services into already congested and complex national and international air transportation systems. This quandary led the two primary international organisations for aviation and aerospace, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), to convene a symposium to address the issues raised by emerging space activities: the 2015 AeroSPACE Symposium, held March 18-20, 2015 at ICAO’s headquarters in Montréal, Canada.
Day 2: Mission Accomplished as Fusion Forum Comes to a Close
13 April, 2015
Yuri's Night was a spirited celebration enjoyed by all, but delegates arrived at the Broadmoor's Cheyenne Lodge primed for a second full day of discourse and thought provoking sessions. Losing no time, Dr. Mike Gazarik of Ball Aerospace introduced the second delegate panel: Kellie Gerardi, Martin Losekamm, Christopher Nie, Jan Svoboda, and Brooke Mosely. Addressing the topic Public Private Partnerships, panelists shared their experiences from a mélange of university, commercial enterprises, industry associations, and government agencies. Stepping deeper into the multifaceted nature of government programs and commercial industry operations, panelists explored potential for usage of the International Space Station and the role of regulations in government funded projects. Delegates from the audience raised the questions of leveraging full international cooperation to advance capabilities, trust between government/commercial partners, and which areas of space remain ripe for these partnerships, transitioning the discussion to the group at large.
Day 1: Fusion Forum 2015 Launches on the Right Trajectory
12 April, 2015
The 4th annual Space Generation Fusion Forum successfully launched today at the Broadmoor’s Cheyenne Lodge in Colorado Springs. Organised by the Space Generation Advisory Council through an international team of volunteers, the Fusion Forum convenes young professionals from a mix of industry, government agencies, and academia to discuss emerging matters in the space industry. The 2015 theme is “Inspiring Investment in Space” – an idea that attracted 61 delegates from 15 countries worldwide.