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Pioneering New Frontiers

The Space Generation Advisory Council and American Astronautical Society (AAS) presents a one-day next-generation event held in conjunction with the ISS R&D Conference 2018 to bring together perspectives from both leaders and young professionals in the space sector in addressing new ventures, international collaboration, public outreach programs and scientific missions in space.

The NextGen event will provide a forum for young professionals to exchange ideas, present their views and share their experiences under the overarching theme Pioneering New Frontiers. It will provide attendees with new and interesting perspectives to take into the ISS R&D Conference and beyond.

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Breakout Accelerated Discussion Session

NextGen participants attending the event will be assigned breakout groups for the accelerated discussion session. Each group will be discuss a pressing topic related to the overarching theme of the ISS R&D Conference. The groups will be moderated by invited senior industry professionals.

The accelerated discussion session will conclude with a summary presentation from each group. Each breakout group will nominate one participant to report out a summary of their group’s discussions to all participants. These summaries will be compiled into a report for presentation at UN COPUOS.

Cooperation Across Space With space assets multiplying, and exploration projects becoming increasingly complex, the need for international and cross-industry collaboration have  arguably never been greater. What are some of the key areas that would necessitate or be benefitted by additional international collaboration? What learnings, policies, or other mechanisms for positive collaboration from the ISS should we bring to future exploration? What are the core policies in place today that are either facilitating or preventing effective collaboration, are they appropriate, and what are your recommendations on how they should change if at all? What cultural challenges must we address to enable future long term habitation and colonization of space?
Next Generation Space Research: Leveraging the Orbiting Laboratory ISS and beyond – what’s the next technology leap that will affect the future of space research? What are the key changes or developments needed to get there? Do any current national or international policies need to be adapted? In addition, as we extend our research to future orbital platforms (lunar and earth orbiting), are there new opportunities and technologies to leverage that the ISS does not offer?
Human Factors in Space As we begin to not only send more people to space, but have them stay for longer periods of time, what are the challenges we still have to face? Companies are beginning to offer astronaut experiences for short term stays in space. What responsibility do those commercial entities have to the wellbeing of their customers, and what kinds of processes and policies need to be put in space to protect both sides?
Entrepreneurship and Investment What are the main qualities of a company that investors look for in a company? Where are the newest companies coming from (universities, government spin offs, former specialized employees, etc)? What have the current trends been in space investment, and how do current VCs discover and develop their portfolios in the space field? What are key areas that are ripe for investment in the space economy? What kinds of orbital applications could become investment opportunities in the long term (assuming human or technologically developed presence in earth or cis-lunar orbit)?
Space Communications’ Challenges and Technology With increasingly complex exploration programs on the horizon (Moon, Mars, Europa, DSG, etc), what are some of the upcoming challenges that they will face? What are some of the newest civil and commercial communications technologies that can be utilized to either complement or replace existing communications infrastructure? What is the existing ground based infrastructure that supports our science programs, and how will they evolve in coming decades?

What is the role of new and traditional commercial companies in future communications development? Do they have different approaches?

Speed Mentoring Session

Senior professionals will be invited to sit down face-to-face with small groups of New Generation participants for a networking opportunity, and to provide leadership perspective and valuable career advice. The mentors will be rotated from group to group.


Registration Fees

The SGAC/AAS Next Generation event is free!

Please note – lunch is not provided, however, there are a number of restaurants around the area to grab a quick bite to eat.

If you plan on attending the ISS R&D Conference (23-26 July 2018), the following discounts apply:

  • Full Time Students: $250 (with valid student ID)
  • Participants of the NextGen event: $400 (discounted from $925).

A dedicated SGAC registration code will be provided to participants of the SGAC/AAS NextGen Event to utilize the discount.

How to Apply

All students and young professionals are eligible to participate in this event, however space is limited to maximum of 40 people. Participants must be SGAC members, 35 or younger by 23 July 2018.

Application Timeline

Application open 15 May 2018
Application close 15 June 2018 29 June 2018
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