Spring Webinar Series

Welcome to our Spring webinar series where we will be joined by a variety of expert speakers to discuss the hot topics currently facing the space industry. All webinars can be registered for and will be available to watch on-demand below.

Striking a balance between commercial-off-the-shelf and custom-made space grade components

Tuesday March 23, 2021 // 9:00AM PST / 12:00PM EST / 4:00PM GMT

Military and civil missions are expected to use more commercial hardware in the near future. As the space industry in general is becoming more commercialized, testing and verification processes of spacecraft components continue to be reduced and streamlined to perform safely and cost-effectively. The integration of commercial-off-the-shelf components (COTS) has put pressure on custom-made components and parts that traditionally are more expensive and take longer to produce.
In this session, integrators and component manufacturers will come together to discuss the following topics, questions and challenges in relation to future component development:
  • How to implement faster development and delivery times to meet schedules for commercial, civil and military customers?
  • How to find consensus between (COTS) component performance vs manufacturing cost?
  • How to reduce the lead time of parts and what role does smart manufacturing take in this process?
  • How to best source lower-cost rapid prototyping solutions for creating spacecraft design models and for test-models of spacecraft components and subassembly parts?


  • Moderator: Robert (Sam) Wilson - Space and Nuclear Policy Analyst, Center for Space Policy & Strategy, Aerospace Corporation
  • Chris Winslett - Program Director, SDA Transport Layer, Lockheed Martin
  • Jack Mawson - US Sales Director, Sensonor


Watch on-demand