• 16th Space Generation Congress

SGAC Workshop at the 68th IAC in Adelaide, Australia

SGAC Workshop on Human Space Settlement

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Room:  Adelaide Convention Centre, Meeting Room L 1 a

Schedule: 10:00-17:30

Participants: 30 people

Splinter Group Tutors: tbd

Relator: tbd

Delivery: tbd



This is a workshop proposal for the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2017, to be held immediately prior to the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), in Adelaide, Australia. This workshop structure is based on the successful "Emerging Space Industry Leaders" (ESIL) workshop series, conducted nine times over the past six years, through the Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE CST), sponsored by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST).



In the influential game theory book, "Co-opetition" (Brandenburger and Nalebuff, 1996), the "game" of market interactions is described by the proposed PARTS model (which stands for the following model components: Players, Added value, Rules of the game, Tactics to manage perceptions, and Scope).  The subject of this workshop will be focused on recent human settlement plans proposed by both the global public and private sectors. The output of the workshop will be recommendations for presentation to the U.N. COPUOS derived from the study's results and conclusions.



The PARTS analysis workshop is designed for approximately 15-25 SGC participants. The leaders of this workshop are Mr. Ken Davidian and Mr. Brad Cheetham. Mr. Davidian is the Director of Research at the U.S. FAA AST, the Program Manager of the FAA COE CST, and the Chairman of the International Astronautical Federation's Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee. Mr. Cheetham is the CEO of Advanced Space, LLC and an instructor of commercial spaceflight operations at the University of Colorado Boulder. This workshop will benefit from the participation of many subject matter experts (SMEs), representing world-wide diversity. SMEs that have verbally expressed interest and ability in participating include (in alphabetical order by last name) Ms. Marie Botha (CSIR, South Africa), Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar (Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, U.S.), Dr. Dmitry Payson (United Rocket and Space Corporation, Russia), and Mr. Bruce Pittman (NASA Ames Research Center, U.S.). Additional SMEs from Europe, Asia, and Africa, will be sought and added to this list in the coming weeks. Brief biographies for each of the identified SMEs are given below. The SMEs will rotate among the workshop subgroups to ensure that multiple perspectives are presented and considered by the participants.

After introductions of all the participants and SMEs, this workshop will be conducted in four phases:

  • Phase I: An overview of the PARTS model will be presented to the entire working group and the focus of the analysis will be presented. The overall schedule of the project will be discussed. Participants will be assigned to subgroups for Phases II and III of the project.

  • Phase II: During the first half of this phase, subgroups will be tasked to identify specific actors within each of the four Player categories (buyers, suppliers, competitors, complementors). All the participants will discuss and refine the overall list during the second half of this phase.

  • Phase III: Participant subgroups will address the remaining four PARTS model components, the "ARTS."

  • Phase IV: All the participants will assemble a presentation of the results of the PARTS model analysis. Final analysis conclusions and recommendations will be identified for presentation to the U.N. COPUOS at a future date.

  • Depending upon the willingness and motivation of individual workshop participants, a fifth optional phase may be executed:

  • Phase V (optional): During the subsequent 12 months, results from the workshop could be written as a report and presented at the 2018 International Astronautical Congress.

The first PARTS model study of a space industry sector won the SGAC "$pace is Business" paper-writing competition and was presented at the 2012 IAC (Najam, 2012). Three-day workshops conducted for SGC and the COE CST have produced high-quality papers in the past (Bandla, et al., 2014; Henwood, et al., 2013). As a sample of what the report from this workshop might look like is attached to this proposal.

Prior to the workshop, the participants are encouraged to read the book in which the PARTS model is fully described, "Co-opetition."

Prior to the workshop, the following are required reading and viewing by all participants:
Jeff Bezos thinks we need to build industrial zones in space in order to save Earth
Elon Musk unveils plan to colonise Mars (2016.9.27 - Presentation at IAC 2016)



  • What are the rules that exist that help make  (or could prevent) human settlement in space?
  • What are the key levers that could make human settlement in space viable or not?
  • Technical paper that can be delivered at the 2018 IAC. Samples of papers written based on previous ESIL PARTS Workshops include:
    • Najam, A. (2014). Basic PARTS of the Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle Research Market “Game.” New Space, 2(1), 51–57.

    • Henwood, B. L., Wong, N., Stark, J., Davidian, K. J., Cheetham, B. W., Raimalwala, K., … Crowell, J. (2013). The “game” of training humans for commercial suborbital spaceflight. In Proceedings of the 2013 International Astronautical Congress, IAC.

    • Bandla, S., Cheetham, B. W., Hakeem, R., & Zea, L. (2014). Applying insights of game theory to the microgravity utilization market. In Proceedings of the 2014 IAF International Astronautical Congress.



Please note this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

To be added soon!


Call for Participants



*Once your application is accepted, you will receive an invitation through EventBrite to proceed with your payment and secure your place.

This workshop is open to young professionals from 18 to 35 years old. All participants should attend for the whole duration of the workshop.

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