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Connecting the Cosmos with Gas Stations

Orbit Fab envisions a thriving in-space market for products and services that support both existing space businesses (communications and Earth observation) and new industries like space tourism, manufacturing, and mining. We offer a ubiquitous supply of satellite propellant in Earth Orbit, expanding the operational potential of new and existing space assets and enabling unprecedented business model flexibility for satellite owners. The future for satellites is no longer restricted to the fuel they are launched with. We provide the fuel that satellites need, where and when they need it, to achieve things never before thought possible.

Co-Founders Daniel Faber, CEO, and Jeremy Schiel, CMO, are working to establish the first Gas Stations in Space™ for satellite refueling. With the first successful launch within a year of founding the company behind them, the two are one step closer to making their vision a reality.

A Clean Industrial Revolution Happening in Space

Developing the first ever fully-reusable satellite to harness the benefits of the space environment to produce materials impossible to manufacture on Earth. Back on Earth our technologies are driving the clean industrial revolution with increased performance and significantly lower CO2 emissions.

Next Level 3D Printing for SPACE

Roboze is re-shaping the manufacturing industry and revolutionizing the world of 3D Printing with the most precise technology, capable of processing super polymers and composite materials for the realization of finished functional parts to be used in the most extreme conditions and sectors.

The Roboze high technical ecosystem includes a complete range of advanced 3D printers for high temperature and high strength super plastics, developed with the collaboration of the best global players. It guarantees a real optimization of costs and time along the entire supply chain, while bringing Additive Manufacturing closer to the standards of traditional manufacturing.

Moreover, Roboze offers the chance to produce custom finished parts On Demand and Just-in-Time through its manufacturing as a service global network, Roboze 3D Parts, that allows companies to reduce cost and time by shortening the steps in their supply chain and digitalizing their inventory.

Space Economy Show Best of 2020

The Space industry’s brightest minds and leading edge thinkers join our Chief Space Economists for a provocative discussion about our future in space, and incredible opportunities right around the corner

Professor Sean O’Keefe on the Emerging Orbital Web

As space becomes increasingly congested with growing numbers of domestic and foreign commercial companies, researchers, universities, and military/intelligence agencies launching orbital assets, the risk of orbital collisions has grown astronomically.

National Academy of Public Administration Panel
Releases Report on Space Traffic Management
Panel Recommends Office of Space Commerce Leads Collaborative Federal Efforts; Urges Swift Action from Congress to Enact Appropriations and Authorizations

WASHINGTON, DC – A panel of the National Academy of Public Administration today released a Congressionally requested report for the U.S. Department of Commerce on commercial space traffic management (STM). The Panel recommends that the Department’s Office of Space Commerce (OSC) continue to lead collaborative federal efforts to improve the safety and sustainability of the space domain and bolster American leadership in space. The report also recommends that Congress act swiftly to enact appropriations and authorizations for OSC’s work, underscoring the urgent nature of the issue.

“The issue of space traffic management has become an urgent concern — one that the government must address in order to ensure orbital safety, as well as enhance U.S. commercial and research advances in this critical domain.”

Congress requested that the Academy provide an independent review of which civilian government agency would be best suited to lead and coordinate STM efforts to advance commercial and research uses of space outside of the national security sphere. The Academy panel report, Space Traffic Management: Assessment of the Feasibility, Expected Effectiveness, and Funding Implications of a Transfer of Space Traffic Management Functions, shows that four agency candidates were considered and that the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commerce was found to be the best suited to continue to lead a collaborative effort.

“Our Panel report identifies the federal organization best suited for this critical mission and calls for urgent action by Congress to authorize and appropriate adequate funding to it to accomplish the STM function,” said Terry Gerton, President and CEO of the Academy. “In addition, there is a clear emphasis throughout the report that the Office of

Space Commerce and the other agencies should work collaboratively and creatively across government and non-government sectors, both domestic and international, to shape effective strategies that will mitigate risks across the space ecosystem and achieve a safer space domain.”

The report notes that as a next step, “the Panel requests that the Congress enact, without delay, appropriations and any required authorities for OSC to build this critical capability with requisite personnel, office infrastructure, and authorities, as needed, to carry out the task of integrating whole of government capabilities to provide SSA and STM.”

The Academy’s five-member panel consisted of Panel Chair Michael Dominguez, a former senior U.S. Defense Department official who served as Acting Secretary of the Air Force and DoD Executive Agent for Space; Martin Faga, the former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space; Jane Fountain, the Director of the National Center for Digital Government at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Patrick Kennedy, a former senior U.S. State Department official; and Sean O’Keefe, the former Administrator of NASA and former Secretary of the U.S. Navy. All are Fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration.

About the National Academy of Public Administration

Chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan expert advice, the Academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established in 1967 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. Learn more at www.napawash.org

NASA’s Radical Challenge to Light Up the Moon

Monsi C. Roman was appointed Program Manager of the NASA Centennial Challenges Program in June 2015. In this role Roman manages the day-to-day operations of the Agency Flagship Prizes and Competition program that currently includes 4 active challenge competitions and several challenges in formulation for a total Prize Purse of over $12 M. The program supports technology developments under the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C..  

In 2010 she was named the Project Manager for the development of the next generation of life support systems, including sensors, that could be used during a mission to Mars.  In that capacity, she was responsible for leading and coordinating the technology development work of 6 NASA Centers and over 30 NASA civil servants. In 2014  she was assigned to NASA Headquarters for a Professional Development Detail, supporting the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Divisions of Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) and International Space Station where she supported the Agency in the areas related to the Journey to Mars. 

Ms. Roman holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a major in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras and a Master of Science in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Ms. Roman has more than 65 technical publications in the areas of space microbiology, biofilm, microbial monitoring, Internal Active Thermal Control System (ITCS), life support systems, technology development and Project Management.  She was the chair for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Life Science and Systems Technical Committee from 2013 to 2015.  

Through her career, Ms. Roman has been an active participant in mentoring, outreach and many different educational events to increase interest in STEM areas.  She has worked with schools (teachers and students K-12), universities, co-workers and has helped find funding for internships in the life support testing area among other things.  She leverages her success as a NASA scientist and manager to develop partnerships with other government agencies, scientific institutes, industry and academia.  This also gives her the opportunity to promote the support and participation in STEM activities to the general community.

Ms. Roman has been the recipient of numerous NASA awards, including two of the most prestigious: NASA Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award and the NASA Silver Snoopy Award (an astronauts personal award, given to fewer than 1% of the NASA workforce, “for outstanding efforts that contribute to the success of human space flight missions”). In addition, she has received the Space Station Program Office Team Excellence Award, Distinguished Performance Awards and several NASA’s Service awards for technical work and outreach efforts.  She also received a NASA “Innovation Award” for: the implementation of innovative processes leading to the formulation and execution of multiple strategically aligned NASA Centennial Challenges Program competitions.

Ms. Roman lives in Huntsville, Al with her husband of 35 years, Jose Roman.  Mr. Roman is an Aerospace Engineer at NASA working on the Space Launch Services (SLS) program.  They have 3 adult sons.

EXCLUSIVE Interview with Christian Zur on Launching the Space Economy

Christian Zur leads the U.S. Chamber of Commerce policy formulation and advocacy on defense and commercial space programs. His articles have been featured in publications such as Aviation Week, Defense News, Federal Times, Orlando Sentinel, Scientific American, Space News, The Hill, and The Seattle Times. Christian recently served on NASA’s independent review of the operations and management of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Christian spent 12 years working on House and Senate staffs including six years on the House Armed Services Committee. Subsequently, he served as counsel to the chair of the Defense Policy Board as well as the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry.

Copper and COVID-19

It’s an ancient practice, that could save the modern world. How Copper, COVID-19 and the Space Economy are connected.

Urine luck! Pee has value

An exclusive quarantine feed with Samson and George to discuss what Coronavirus would look like if it happened in space. Can you stop the spread, on a Moon? Plus, what you pee is penny wise! The secret ingredient we all pee out that can help us grow in space. 

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