SGAC Represented by the Executive Director & Board Member at the Compass Summit
8 December, 2011
Ariane Cornell, Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), and Clay Mowry, President of Arianespace, Inc. and SGAC Advisory Board member, represented SGAC on a panel on "Why Space Matters" at the 2011 Compass Summit in Palos Verdes, California. The Compass Summit was an event that examined at what’s possible and what’s important when leaders contemplate solutions to some of the big, global challenges and economic opportunities facing their organisations and our society. The multi-disciplinary forum on global innovation hosted discussions on a broad and varied range of topics such as education, finance, industry, technology and society.
The full video of the panel discussion can be seen here.
Ariane, a member of the Advisory Board of the Compass Summit, was invited to take part in the panel discussion "Why Space Matters", which was moderated by Ira Flatow, the host of the US National Public Radio’s (NPR's) show "Science Friday". Ariane and Clay shared the stage with fellow panelists Douglas Comstock (Director of the Innovative Partnerships Office in the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA) and Mark Sirangelo (Corporate Vice President of Sierra Nevada Corporation).
The panel discussion focused primarily on business and space, but touched on a number of topics such as space travel, the promotion of satellite technologies, the problem of space debris and commercialisation beyond the Earth’s environment.
During the discussion, Ariane described the SGAC as a “forum to bring together young professionals and university students from around the world…to get their ideas and perspectives and then feed them back to today’s space leaders so that we can work together.” Ariane and Clay also spoke to the issue of space debris, which Ariane described as one of the hottest, current topics in the international space community. Clay touched upon the international mitigation efforts to both improve the current situation and prevent the issue of space debris from becoming worse. Clay and Ariane also brought the international perspective to the conversation. In particular, they addressed what sort of satellite technologies countries, both developed and developing, are using to improve the lives of their citizens.