SpaceCom, the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition, unveiled Nov. 24 a ground-breaking initiative uniting space and business industry leaders for a new event convening Nov. 17-19, 2015, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
Supported by NASA’s Johnson Space Center and taking a distinct focus on exploring the business of space, SpaceCom is designed to catalyze the economic development of space, creation of new business models in support and application of space technologies across important industry sectors of the global economy.
Led by Dr. Ellen Ochoa, director, NASA Johnson Space Center, the SpaceCom Advisory Board is comprised of senior executives from organizations driving the rapidly-emerging space commerce community, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NanoRacks, XCOR, GE, Shell, Texas Medical Center, Satellite Applications Catapult, NASA Ames Research Center and vital Houston-area stakeholders. Academic advisors from Rice University and the University of Houston are also participating to create a one-of-a-kind industry exchange.
“The impact of space commerce is already being felt across the economy, as businesses in industry sectors such as medical, energy, communications, manufacturing and transportation see bottom-line benefits from new space technologies and exploration—creating unprecedented opportunities to develop new partnerships and business relationships across the aerospace eco-system, and to expand the industry as a whole,” said Ellen Ochoa, NASA’s Johnson Space Center director and SpaceCom advisory board chairman. “I look forward to the ideas and innovations that will emerge from the discussions and presentations shared at the event.”
In 2012, the global space economy grew by nearly 7 percent, with the vast majority of the market fueled by the commercial sector. SpaceCom, a partnership between the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB), Houston First Corporation and National Trade Productions Inc., will address the massive transformation and growth taking place across the aerospace market driven by the rise of privately-funded companies, the development of innovative technologies and business models, new approaches to public-private collaboration and the application of space technologies to industries across the economy.
To offer a rich attendee experience, SpaceCom is a three-day conference program exploring the application, business, technology and collaboration issues related to the commercialization and development of space. The conference will be surrounded by a vibrant technology exposition, featuring interactive demonstrations from leading companies across the emerging space commerce community.
SpaceNews, the leading media organization for the space industry for more than 25 years, has aligned with SpaceCom as the event’s first media partner. SpaceNews will also participate in the conference program as a session moderator.
“No other event facilitates a cross-industry convergence like SpaceCom,” said Robert E. Harar, chairman and CEO, National Trade Productions Inc. “If you’re involved with the latest product innovations, industry research or market advancements in this emerging sector — or you’re interested in getting information and building relationships that can help you implement these ideas into your business for increased growth and profitability — SpaceCom is the place to be.”
For more than 50 years, Houston has demonstrated a deep commitment to space research, development, technology and innovation, making it an ideal host for SpaceCom. Leading area-organizations, including the Greater Houston P artnership (GHP), Houston Airport System (HAS), Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP), and Rice Space Institute (RSI), will also support the development and promotion of the event.
“There is no better host for a conference like this than Houston, and we are thrilled to launch SpaceCom at the George R. Brown Convention Center next November,” said Sonia Garza-Monarchi, chair of the Board, GHCVB. “In the same spirit as Medical World Americas, SpaceCom is the next step in a strategic organizational initiative to develop events that can produce annual economic impact for our region and reflect our strongest industry sectors.”
Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of Houston First, added, “SpaceCom will amplify our region as a center for the aerospace industry, just as other events spotlight the energy and medical industries. Johnson Space Center is vitally important, and we envision SpaceCom as a platform to explore how their discoveries and developments have driven innovation across many industries.”
For more information about SpaceCom, visit www.spacecomexpo.com.