The New Economics of Space Access Panel

Date(s) - June 18, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Join experts in space travel as they explore current and planned efforts to expedite getting payloads to orbit in a more streamlined and affordable way. Providing commercial opportunities to fly payloads into space in an affordable way will open doors for many scientists, engineers, and researchers to get their experiments and flight hardware into orbit.

Innovative means of space access will be discussed, including hosted payloads on commercial spacecraft, used most often by government agencies to get capability on orbit without the fuss of building and launching a dedicated satellite, and ride share programs leveraging residual up mass allocations.

The panel will also discuss a number of science missions and technology demonstrations both proposed and in work at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center which are being developed using streamlined requirements and processes to expedite development and reduce costs, and a more lean and agile process being used at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to relax many requirements associated with flying payloads on the ISS to expeditiously provide experimental flight hardware.

The panelists will explain how systems are conceived and selected through cost and technical evaluation processes, how class C/D payload requirements are being tailored so support lean and agile project execution, as well as how commercial companies are integrating into and capitalizing on these processes to optimize flight opportunities.

Attendees are invited to engage the panelists throughout the session through posing questions and adding their comments and thoughts to the conversation.


  • Debra Emmons (The Aerospace Corporation)
  • Bob Bitten (The Aerospace Corporation)
  • Tom Adang (The Aerospace Corporation)
  • Jeff Hanley (The Aerospace Corporation)
  • Mary Murphy (NanoRacks LLC)

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