Fusion Forum Panels 2013
Note: Description of the panels may be slightly modified to taylor the scope of the discussions; however the main topics will remain the same.
Long Term Sustainability of Space
The use of space has grown exponentially during the last decades. International cooperation, discussion, and agreements designed to ensure that outer space is safe, secure and peaceful are required to ensure that all humanity can continue to use outer space for peaceful purposes and socio-economic benefit . Panelists will discuss the main issues that potentially may threaten the long term sustainability of the space industry, as well as come up with some recommendations as to how to address them.
Regional Space Programmes: Benefits and Risks
The era of national competitiveness my be waning with a shift towards the focus of regional space programmes. In particular, emerging countries in regions where the space sector is rather new (Asia-Pacific, for example) are becoming more influential. This panel will discuss the benefits and risks of having regional vs national space programmes, the need of new international space policies and laws, and the ways competitiveness vs collaboration can influence the future of the concept of global space activities.
Operational Data Exchange and Sharing of Space Assets
GEO and LEO are becoming highly congested orbits due to the growth of the space satellite business, specially for telecommunications and Earth observation. This panel will discuss potential threats to the development of this sector of economy, as well as ways of encouraging the collaboration between governments and industries to exchange and validate their data, or even to share space assets. The panel will analyse the current ways of data gathering, spectrum allocation issues, as well as the need to and benefits from a common base for data exchange.
Innovative Space Exploration Strategies*
Commercialisation of the space sector is now a reality, and current and emerging players are now moving towards getting more involved in exploration programmes for profit (example, asteroid mining and colonisation of Mars). This panel will discuss the social, technological and economic benefits of commercisalising space exploration, as well as the market development and its economic growth. This panel may also discuss ethical implications of the commercialisation of space exploration.
*Note: Former title of thi panel was "Commercialisation of Space Exploration"