Smart space technologies and governance

Prof. Lucas Kello, Sumara Thompson-King, Luc Piguet, Sebastian Moranta
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Oxford Smart Space Series

The skies and the stars have fascinated humankind for millennia, captured in the telling 20th-century idea of ‘The Endless Frontier.’

In recent decades, dramatic shifts in the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of space exploration along with the ‘who’ and the ‘what’ are evidence of the rise of space commerce and entrepreneurial activity around the globe.

This Oxford Smart Space Series explores these developments with a suite of panels that convene experts in science, commerce, and policy to share their insights and questions.

Join us for the inaugural episode of the Oxford Smart Space virtual series event of 2021: Smart Space Technologies and Governance. This episode of the ‘Oxford Smart Space Seminars’ explores the idea of Smart Space, a term that points to three important developments in the emerging space sector in Europe and the UK. First ‘smart’ connotes the presence and prominence of cutting-edge technologies in the artificial intelligences for every aspect of space operations, commerce, and governance.

Second, it points to the central roles played by both commercial actors, the legacy government agencies and funders, and the broad set of intermediaries emerging in the space sector. And, third, it underscores the competitive challenge to integrate both emerging technologies and the new forms of cross-sector enterprise and policy.

The premise of ‘Smart Space’ challenges now common Space Industry parlance and policy that distinguishes 'Old Space' from 'New Space.' Old Space tends to denote the government-defined agenda, funding, and capacity for exploration and discovery, from Sputnik to the Moon landings and the exploits of the Mars Rover in recent years. New Space refers to the rise of entrepreneurial ventures pioneering space-based solutions for terrestrial application, venture capital and new business models, and de facto the primacy of commercial activity.

In this episode we explore the growing interdependence of the two realms, which we capture through the concept of Smart Space and explore the following questions:

  • What is the role of the private sector in developing and integrating new technologies into space systems?
  • What are the main obstacles to closer cooperation between private industry and national space agencies?
  • What regulatory and governance reforms could facilitate cooperation?

Hosted by:

Lucas Kello, Associate Professor of International Relations, Oxford University

Guests speakers:

Sumara Thompson-King, General Counsel, NASA

Luc Piguet, CEO, Clearspace SA

Sebastian Moranta, Director of Studies, European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)

This is a free event, and booking is not required.

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