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


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More sessions and details to be added soon!


Previous Webinars

Download free webinars by Space Tech Expo USA and Space Tech Expo Europe on metal additive manufacturing, electric propulsion, alternative spacecraft propellants and satellite production.

Exploring the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence for Future Spacecraft: from Data Processing to Efficient Constellation Control

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology with great potential for various segments in the space industry, including satellite systems, both small and large, and other spacecraft. The impending arrival of low-Earth orbit (LEO) constellations brings specific challenges, such as operational management of large swarms, Earth observation imaging analysis, and dealing with a more congested space environment. For large satellites, especially those that are software defined, AI can help with anomaly detection and data processing. Both these qualities will provide useful information to satellite operators as well as future satellite servicing missions.

In this webinar, AI experts in the satellite and other spacecraft manufacturing industry explain how this new technology is transforming the way we operate, use, and analyze spacecraft and the information they produce. This webinar will highlight the following topics:

  • The potentials of AI to optimize operations efficiency
  • How this technology can be used to improve how we process and exploit data
  • How AI can enable future spacecraft architectures

Speaking organizations include: Satcoms Innovation Group, NASA Ames Research Center, Ball Aerospace


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Creating New Market Opportunities for Future Spacecraft with Next-Gen Electric Propulsion Systems

Electric propulsion (EP) is a technology which has gained a lot of interest from major space industry players over the last five years due to technical advancements but also thanks to a renewed competition in the launch vehicles market. This webinar brings together commercial and agency representatives, to discuss the following topics:

  • Technology research and development on Hall Effect Thrusters, Gridded Ion Engines and Highly Efficient Multistage Plasma Thrusters
  • A market view on the benefits of these types of propulsion
  • The expected technology trends for electric propulsion
  • How market trends impact on power electronics

Speaking organizations include: European Space Agency, Eutelsat, Airbus Space Equipment Division.


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Ready to Pick Up the Pace? How to Meet Future Demand by Reducing Your Satellite Production Time

Manufacturers are considering automation of specific manufacturing processes and standardization components; for example, by introducing or redefining the use of robotics and software. This webinar discusses the following topics:

  • How can automation technologies be applied across the satellite manufacturing industry and how will they challenge and change the way we manufacture customized spacecraft?
  • Which innovative tools have shown that they enhance a faster manufacturing cycle process?
  • How will in-space manufacturing change the approach to spacecraft design and manufacturing?

 Speaking organizations include: RUAG Space; Boeing Defense, Space & Security; and Tempo Automation.


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