Webcast Series

Explore the impact of ideas moving in the other direction; bringing Earth’s innovation and creativity into space. 


The Future Space Economy is a monthly interactive webcast series with the goal of educating various industries on the benefits space can provide them. This forum serves as a dialog between global industries, commercial space industry leaders, governments, and educators about building the infrastructure we need to bring people, businesses, heavy industry, and our larger global economy into space.

Each webcast gives visionaries from innovative space companies and thought leaders from outside of the industry an opportunity to learn from each other – to explore potential use cases for space-based infrastructure and technologies and to identify solutions to critical challenges facing humanity. 

How does the future space economy impact you? Globally, space commerce has exploded. Now a $469bn-a-year industry, the future of space cuts across industry. Throughout the world, companies are looking upwards for new opportunities. The next step is taking processes/businesses to space, such as manufacturing and heavy industries, to create an almost limitless opportunity.

Over the next decade, transformative shifts in the development, adoption, and adaption of new and emerging technologies will provide immense benefits – from creating new jobs, companies, and opportunities to uncovering medical breakthroughs and new ways to live sustainably beyond Earth.

The future space economy will be far-reaching, impacting the following industries:


Climate and environmental protection


Construction, repair, and engineering

Extractive industries (mining)

Tourism, culture, and entertainment

Defense, security, and safety

Finance and commerce

Health, medicine, and pharmaceuticals



Science, research, and education



Explore the ways existing companies can work together, how you can better understand new opportunities in space, how those opportunities apply to you and how you can get involved in the space economy – don't miss the Future Space Economy webcast series.

How far we have come already? Since the first satellite launched in 1957 to the beginnings of the International Space Station in 1998, we've been pushing the boundaries of space and technology for nearly 65 years. Now, in 2023, the following events took place last year year:

Jan. 6, the first space mission of 2022, SpaceX sent 49 Starlink satellites into Earth’s orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

Jan. 24, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reached its final destination, the second Lagrange point.

Feb. 18, NASA celebrates the one-year anniversary of its Mars rover, Perseverance.

Apr. 8, Axiom-1 sends the first private crew to the International Space Station (ISS).

Apr. 27, SpaceX’s Crew-4 launches, taking an all-private crew to the ISS.

May 19, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft successfully docks with the ISS.

Jun. 28, Rocket Lab launched NASA’s Capstone mission, a step towards NASA returning to the moon.

In total, there were 75 rocket launches during the first six moths of 2022, matching the number of launches in 1967 when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were racing to the moon, according to the Space Foundation.

These trips and technological milestones are being fueled by commercial activity. Public and private sectors alike are breaking down space industry barriers, increasing global access to space.



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The global space industry is poised to make a leap forward in the next few decades, offering innovative products and services that improve life on Earth as well as in space.

According to the Space Foundation, the global space economy rose by 9% in 2021 – to $469B – and is expected to top $634 billion by 2026. Revenues generated from human spaceflight were seven times the revenue in 2020 and commercial R&D has risen annually by 22% since 2010. Space funding is shifting, with lunar and beyond initiatives becoming the new frontier. By 2040, the space economy market could reach $1 trillion, according to Morgan Stanley.

A new age of space exploration, technology innovation, development and investment is here. Get in on the ground floor and join a community to drive space business forward. “The Future Space Economy” webcast series will explore the impact of ideas moving in the other direction – bringing Earth’s innovation and creativity into space. 

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Space is the final frontier, and it's about to become much more accessible.

Investment in the space economy is at a record high as government agencies welcome and partner with private sector businesses to develop the commercial potential of space. As the space economy readies itself for take off, what's driving this surge in growth?

Join us each month to explore the possibilities presented by space, how businesses are already making money in space, what kind of infrastructure is needed for them to thrive, and how you can get involved.

Preview the topics of The Future Space Economy webcast series over the next twelve months.

Space and Environmental Sustainability: How can we create a responsible, sustainable green economy in space that includes space debris tracking and removal, reusability, and efficiency?

Manufacturing in Space: Focuses on the role of robotics and 3D printing in building space infrastructure, giving listeners an opportunity to learn how these technologies function in the harsh space environment and how they cut costs by reducing the burden on Earth-based manufacturing.

Cislunar Communications Networks: All modern-day infrastructure systems require robust, high-performance communication networks. This episode explains how all the devices and technologies of space-based infrastructure systems speak to each other and potentially relay critical data between worlds.

Space Stations as Economic/Scientific Hubs: Attendees will learn about why public and private investment if flowing to privately owned space stations designed for a wide range of purposes and applications – from research to operational hubs.

Building a Space Energy Grid: Covers solar energy capture/harvesting for both space- and Earth-based activity, in-space fueling, fuel storage and delivery (what an upstream/downstream infrastructure looks like in space).

Cargo and Materials Delivery: Building infrastructure in space requires an abundance of raw materials. This episode explores the technology and innovation needed to send these raw building materials to orbit.

Off-World Heavy Industries: Covers the value of minerals and materials in space, and the environmental/operational benefits of establishing mining operations on the moon.

The ROI of Public, Private, and Partnerships Investments: A discussion on the need for global, diverse, multi-layered, long-term investment in the space ecosystem to advance human civilization.

Tourism and Leisure: We’ve already dipped our toes into human spaceflight; as we near the possibility of space being a frequent destination, explore broadening access to space-based tourism and how infrastructure could create enhanced experiences beyond the trip itself.

Can People Work and Live in Space: A discussion on how to support the essential needs of a long-term workforce in space – including healthcare, education, and public safety.

Law and Policy in Space: Explores the concepts of ownership, governance, and accountability in space as well as the need for new global space treaties.


Next Webcast | April 3 at 1:00 PM ET

Computing Power in Space: Extending our Complex Data Infrastructure Beyond Earth

Today’s modern global economy runs on data, and the world’s most successful industries and organizations are defined by the speed and efficiency in which they access that data. Defining success in space will be no different – a vibrant, diverse, and productive economy in space will require massive amounts of data that can easily be accessed by facilities on Earth and shared between satellites, vehicles, and space stations in orbit. This data-sharing infrastructure will require everything in space to be software-defined, and a massive amount of computing power operating in the most physically challenging environment known to humankind.

In this episode, we’ll hear from speakers working on space computing platforms for the future space economy. We’ll learn how they are building to support advanced applications and automation in the space environment, and how virtualized networks will work to transfer data from space to Earth. The panel will also discuss efforts to protect this data and eliminate risks to critical operations. Organizations interested in controlling remote assets or operations in space will learn how their data will be collected, processed, transmitted, and protected in the future space economy.

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The Future Space Economy webcast series provides sponsoring organizations with the opportunity to get in on the ground floor and be seen as a true thought leader among those doing business in space and those interested in learning why they should consider investing in space. Sponsors will be part of an elite group involved in building a community which is greatly needed, however doesn’t exist yet.

As a sponsor, your organization will have a seat on our Advisory Board with other key industry influencers and help shape the direction, content and speakers of the webcasts.

The Future Space Economy Webcast Sponsor.

  • This is an all-inclusive sponsorship for the entire webcast series spanning 12 months Includes: Company branding on the website and in all webcast episodes.
  • Dedicated video spot during one webcast to play your company’s video.
  • Opportunity to craft the “Big Question” that starts the webcast episode.
  • One seat on an advisory board to help drive the direction of content and speakers.
  • Opportunity to provide a speaker for one webcast episode.
  • Inclusion in extensive marketing campaigns: email, social, and industry publications.

Contact Joe Milroy, Publisher of the Satellite Group, at [email protected] or +1-215-439-1708 to discuss flexible pricing options.

Find out how you can get involved from the ground up.

The Future Space Economy Advisory Board

Ian Christensen

Director of Private Sector Programs, Secure World Foundation

Carol Craig

Founder & CEO, Sidus Space

Deborah Donnelly

Airline Pilot, Researcher, Aeronautical Professor, Harvard University

Lucy Edge

COO, Satellite Applications, Catapult

Maher Ezzeddine

CEO, Ideanco

Dr. Gregory Falco

Assistant Professor, Space Technology & Security, The Johns Hopkins University

Matthew Harris

Space Focus Area Lead, Avantus Federal

Emma Louden

PhD Student, Astrophysics, Yale University

Mina Mitry

Co-Founder & CEO, Kepler

John Moberly

Senior VP, Space, SpiderOak

Sita Sonty

Partner & Associate Director, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Vince Walisko

COO, Optimal Satcom


Learn how you can get involved with The Future Space Economy webcast series.

Contact Joe Milroy, Publisher of the Satellite Group, at [email protected] or +1-215-439-1708.

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