We live in very exciting times. Space, for decades the exclusive domain of sovereign nations, is now accessible not only to the billionaire club of few but to the entrepreneurial world of many. Large & very expensive communication satellites in geostationary orbit (GEO) the size of a school bus are being replaced by thousands of small inexpensive satellites in Lower Earth Orbit (LEO) (e.g. Planet, Spire, Starlink ...). A plethora of new launch vehicles is emerging in the marketplace, enabling low-cost access to space for all & single-stage-to-orbit space planes are also in the entrepreneurial pipeline. New infrastructure & additive manufacturing services are streamlining mission design & satellite manufacturing processes using flight-proven methods, design tools, & software services to reduce cost & improve efficiency. Applications are emerging on all fronts enabled by advances in data analytics, artificial intelligence, & machine learning as applied to volumes of data observed from space. Space Tourism in LEO, around the Moon, & on the Moon are within reach.
Large-scale investments in science & technology from NASA & other government agencies continue to enable new technologies that will further pay long-term dividends to humanity. As of today, there are two nuclear-powered rovers on the surface of Mars (Curiosity & Perseverance) as well as orbiters from the US, India, China, & the UAE. And a Kitty Hawk moment with the Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars (4/11/2021) will motivate the world of future young entrepreneurs to dream & explore space for the betterment of humanity. Long-term robotic & human exploration of the Moon is in full development with prospects for in-situ resource utilization & habitation. This keynote is the first in a series of events that will shed light on the emerging space marketplace of opportunities & possibilities for creating a better world for all.
Leon Alkalai - Founder & CEO, AstroLabs