What’s The Next Big Idea?



Frequent technology disruption is the new normal in all aspects of our lives, and the space industry is no exception to the trend. Which technologies will disrupt the status quo? Which technologies or applications will rearrange the space value chain? Klaus Schwab notes in the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” that the space industry revolution is now being driven by ‘spin-in’ benefits from other industries. We kick off SATELLITE 2019 with a group discussion on a range of technologies that may change the space industry status quo, including: cloud computing; new analytics and data fusion; 3D printing; lasers; robotics; block chain; machine learning; IoT; and new propulsion systems. While it is difficult to determine exactly when certain technologies might become “game changers,” this panel will focus on the “trigger points” which could advance the state of play for game changing technologies in space.