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Commercial Space Flight

Artis, Pat

Scholz, Dieter

In little more than a decade, SpaceX, Blue Origin, and a host of other upstart companies have changed the conversation about commercial space. While the plans and dreams of these pioneers were initially dismissed by nation states and major corporate launch providers, they have emerged as disruptors for the global launch market. This presentation chronicles the evolution of the disruptive commercial industry. Whether it is the billionaires, Bezos and Musk, or small bootstrap providers like Rocket Lab, Sierra Nevada, or Vector Space, these disruptors are rapidly reducing the cost of delivering satellites to orbit. How did we get here? and where are we going? are just two of the questions that are examined in this presentation.

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