Policy Forum on Space Settlement

An Examination of Policy Options

 

A Pre-Conference Event of

International Space Development Conference 2019

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel

Arlington, VA

 

June 5, 2019

9:00 AM – 5:15 PM

 

 

This Forum is Included with Full ISDC Registration.

(If you have already registered or plan on registering for the full ISDC conference, you do not need to fill out this form)

 

“We have resources to build room for a trillion humans [to live] in the solar system. And when we have a trillion humans, we’ll have a thousand Einsteins and a thousand Mozarts; it’ll be a way more interesting place to live.”

– Jeff Bezos

Founder, Blue Origin

The Policy Forum on Space Settlement is a one-day paper conference held as a pre-conference event during the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference.  The Forum organizers have invited papers that explore the legislative and legal landscape, both US domestic and international, that are directly related to the development of space settlement architecture and technologies and what policy options might be pursued to enable such development. The intention is look beyond so-called ‘frontier enabling’ policy objectives, such as reducing launch cost, returning to the Moon, or asteroid mining. The Forum will focus on policies that enable the physical construction of large-scale space habitats that can sustainably support a substantial human population.  Speakers include legislators, academics, government and private sector policy experts.

The settlement of space is closer than many believe; therefore, it is not too early to have a sober discussion about policies that could support and possibly stimulate space settlement development.

Topic Categories Include:

  • How Current Space Law Encourages and Inhibits Space Settlement Development
  • Potential Government Incentives for Private Funding of Space Settlements
  • Changes to International Law to Enable Space Settlement Development
  • Proper Role of Government in Space Settlement Development: Leading the Way or Being a Cheer Leader?

“If we have linear improvement in technology, as opposed to logarithmic, then we should have a significant base on Mars, perhaps with thousands or tens of thousands of people.” 

– Elon Musk

Founder, SpaceX

What is a Space Settlement?

For the purposes of this conference, the definition of space settlement is taken from the draft legislation titled the Space Development and Settlement Act (SDSA):

The term ‘space settlement’ means a community in space or on a celestial body where inhabitants live on a permanent basis.  Inhabitants engage in personal and commercial activity that enables growth over time, with the goal of becoming economically and biologically self-sustaining as a part of a larger network of space settlements.

Post Event Proceedings Document to be Published

The papers presented at the Forum, along with related space settlement policy recommendations, will be published in a proceedings document after the event.

 

All inquiries about the event program should be sent to Forum Chair Steve Wolfe at [email protected].

Forum Chair:

Steve Wolfe

Deputy Executive Director, SpaceCom

Forum Chair:

Steve Wolfe

Deputy Executive Director, SpaceCom

Schedule

(schedule is subject to change)

Wednesday, June 5 from 9:00 AM to 5:15 PM, Including a Keynote Luncheon.

More Information on the Policy Forum for Space Settlement:

Keynote Speakers

Kevin O’Connell

Director of the Office of Space Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce

Robert Walker

Chief Executive Officer, MoonWalker Associates
Member of Congress 1977-1997

Kevin O’Connell

Director of the Office of Space Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce

Robert Walker

Chief Executive Officer, MoonWalker Associates
Member of Congress 1977-1997

Speakers

Michelle L.D. Hanlon

Associate Director of the Air and Space Law Program
University of Mississippi

Glenn Reynolds

Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law
University of Tennessee College of Law

Rick Tumlinson

Founding Partner
SpaceFund

Sagi Kfir

Chair of the Space Law Committee
American Bar Association

Frank White

Author
The Overview Effect
The Cosma Hypothesis

Michelle L.D. Hanlon

Associate Director of the Air and Space Law Program
University of Mississippi

Glenn Reynolds

Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law
University of Tennessee College of Law

Rick Tumlinson

Founding Partner
SpaceFund

Sagi Kfir

Chair of the Space Law Committee
American Bar Association

Frank White

Author
The Overview Effect
The Cosma Hypothesis

Al Globus

Director
Alliance for Space Development

Jim Keravala

CEO
OffWorld

Laura Montgomery

Proprietor
Ground Based Space Matters, LLC

Dale Skran

Executive Vice President
National Space Society Board of Directors

James Muncy

Principal
PoliSpace

Al Globus

Director
Alliance for Space Development

Jim Keravala

CEO
OffWorld

Laura Montgomery

Proprietor
Ground Based Space Matters, LLC

Dale Skran

Executive Vice President
National Space Society Board of Directors

James Muncy

Principal
PoliSpace

Hoyt Davidson

CEO
Near Earth LLC

Aaron Oesterle

Acting Executive Director
Space Frontier Foundation

Jim Crisafulli

Chair
Aerospace States Association Space Committee
Chair
National Space Society Lunar Affairs Subcommittee

Greg Autry

Director
Southern California Commercial Spaceflight Initiative

James Dunstan

General Counsel
TechFreedom

Hoyt Davidson

CEO
Near Earth LLC

Aaron Oesterle

Acting Executive Director
Space Frontier Foundation

Jim Crisafulli

Chair
Aerospace States Association Space Committee
Chair
National Space Society Lunar Affairs Subcommittee

Greg Autry

Assist. Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship
Marshall School of Business, Univ. of Southern California

James Dunstan

General Counsel
TechFreedom

Tony DeTora

Former Senior Professional Staff
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Rand Simberg

Consultant
Space technology, Business, Regulation and Policy

James Wolff

Vice President,
Orbital Assembly Corp.

Dr. Alanna Krolikowski

 Assistant Professor of Political Science
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Martin Elvis

Astrophysicist

Tony DeTora

Former Senior Professional Staff
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Rand Simberg

Consultant
Space technology, Business, Regulation and Policy

James Wolff

Vice President,
Orbital Assembly Corp.

Dr. Alanna Krolikowski

 Assistant Professor of Political Science
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Martin Elvis

Astrophysicist

Dr. Tony Milligan

Faculty
Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London

Chris Hearsey

Founder & CEO
OSA Consulting, LLC

Sean Hadley

Associate Director, New Jersey Education Association
Associate Faculty, Rutgers University

Jason Aspiotis

CEO
Finsophy

Robert Aillon

CEO
Leviathan Space Industries

Dr. Tony Milligan

Faculty
Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London

Chris Hearsey

Founder & CEO
OSA Consulting, LLC

Sean Hadley

Associate Director, New Jersey Education Association
Associate Faculty, Rutgers University

Jason Aspiotis

CEO
Finsophy

Robert Aillon

CEO
Leviathan Space Industries

Nathaniel Snyder

JD Candidate 2020
The University of Mississippi School of Law

Sam Ximenes

CEO
WEX Foundation and Exploration Architecture Corp

Nathaniel Snyder

JD Candidate 2020
The University of Mississippi School of Law

Sam Ximenes

CEO
WEX Foundation and Exploration Architecture Corp