Registration is now open for a November conference that aims to help bring space technologies down to Earth.
People can now register to attend the first-ever SpaceCom (short for the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition), which runs from Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 in Houston.
"We want to accelerate the understanding of the applications of space technology that have been learned by NASA and its partners to Earth-bound industries — like advanced manufacturing, energy, the maritime industry, agriculture, et cetera," SpaceCom executive director James Causey told Space.com. (Note: Space.com is a media partner for the conference.)
"NASA has been doing this; other companies have been doing this for some time," Causey added. "We're just sort of wanting to accelerate it, so that, over the next three to five years, we can really build a sustainable commercial market."
The conference should help attendees learn how to raise money for new ventures, put them into contact with new customers and show how businesses can better exploit suborbital space and low-Earth orbit, especially the International Space Station National Laboratory, organizers said.
A number of big names in the fields of spaceflight, exploration and space technology have signed on to speak at SpaceCom, among them NASA chief Charles Bolden, Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides and George Nield, associate administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
But the conference will also feature a number of speakers from outside the aerospace field, including Yuri Sebregts, chief technology officer at the oil and gas company Shell; and Nissan Research Center director Maarten Sierhuis, who will discuss the company's work on autonomous automobiles.
"It's a very good list of speakers," Causey said. "We're very, very pleased with where we are."
To learn more about SpaceCom, including how to register, visit the conference website here: http://www.spacecomexpo.com/Content/Welcome
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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with Space.com and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.