Space 2050: Boldly Going Into the Future

Day: Monday 19 September
Time: 10:15 - 11:05 CEST
Location: Room N01, Level 3, Hall 7, Paris Convention Centre

What will space exploration and activities look like in the future? The fourth industrial revolution is currently underway, with machine learning and artificial-intelligence (AI) technologies making significant advancements and changing industries. The next thirty years will revolutionize our efforts in space and on Earth. We envision fully autonomous deep space exploration, where spacecraft, rovers, and landers decide what to do based on commander's intent. Cooperative robotics will enable life-saving operations on Earth, such as autonomous robotic surgery and fire-fighting assistance, and enable lunar surface activities, such as autonomous mining and outpost construction with raw materials. There will be cognitive AI assistants to help crew with situational awareness, troubleshooting, and decision making. Advances in propulsion will provide faster travel. Furthermore, smart cities will become a reality. Advances in power and infrastructure management will enable better living conditions on Earth, the Moon, and Mars. We will discuss the current developments at Lockheed Martin, the major challenges, and what this innovation path looks like towards making these science fiction scenarios a reality in Space 2050.

This session is organized by:


Timothy CICHAN

Space Exploration Architect, Lockheed Martin Corporation

United States

Sapna RAO

Systems Engineer, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Corporation

United States


Director of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, Lockheed Martin Corporation

United States