PLENARY 3: Space Transportation Capabilities and Future Directions to enable Commercial, Scientific, and Human expansion into space

Tuesday 13, 08:30 – 09:30
Location: Ussishkin Auditorium

This plenary session is dedicated to a comprehensive discussion of the current state and future directions of launch systems. We are in the midst of substantial change in the paradigms of how humans and hardware get to space – from technical, programmatic, and commercial perspectives. In the technical realm, for example, we are now seeing the first-attempts to re-land booster rockets gently for re-use of all or large parts of the hardware. In programmatic areas, we are seeing NASA rely on commercial contracts to deliver crew and cargo, and ESA moving forward with the Ariane-6. While telecommunications satellites for GEO still offer commercial opportunities for launch vehicle companies, one important trend has been in the direction of smaller satellites – microsats and nanosats – and hosted payloads, which may influence the direction, size, and frequency of future launches. This plenary will provide a window into how many of the major actors in the Space Transportation arena are adjusting to – or creating – many of these changes which are coming rapidly, and are fundamentally changing our access to LEO and beyond.

Moderator

Geir HOVMORK

Deputy Director General, Norwegian Space Agency

Norway

Panelists

John ELBON

Vice president and general manager, The Boeing Company

United States of America

Tsutomu FUKATSU

Director, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Japan

Robert HAUSER

Business Development Director, United Launch Alliance LLC

United States of America

Stéphane ISRAEL

CEO, Arianespace

France

Yuriy MAKAROV

Director of Strategy Planning Department, ROSCOSMOS

Russia

Lee ROSEN

Vice President, SpaceX

United States of America

Lin SHEN

Deputy Chief Researcher, China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT)

China

Gaele WINTERS

Director of Launchers, European Space Agency (ESA)

Netherlands (Holland, Europe)

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