The Dawn of Private Space Symposium is a two day conference held at Columbia University in New York City. In an exclusive environment, the event connects key players in the private space industry, space policy, and science to encourage collaboration on scientific research objectives in space.
Our MissionSpace is a minefield of scientific discovery. Research conducted in space has helped us gain a deeper understanding of topics relevant to life on Earth such as microbial populations, organic material behavior, fundamental physics and agricultural practices. Historically, government backed space exploration has been the vehicle of scientific research. However opportunities are limited, funding is scarce, and the process prohibitive.
But it’s not the only way to space.
The growing private space industry now has cutting edge resources on par with NASA. While its primary focus has been on tourism and commercial activity, there is a lucrative opportunity for commerce to champion science. The DPSS Symposium opens the conversation between scientists and the private space industry to discuss topics of research in biomedical, material, physical, plant sciences, and more. These discussions will create new opportunities for scientific experimentation in partnership with the private sector, and build a community dedicated to the pursuit of space science. This is the dawn of private space science.
The Challenges of the Past
Three main obstacles hinder scientific research in space:
The millions of dollars necessary to place a payload on NASA expeditions, plus the billions of dollars in operating costs utilized for the ISS each year, hinders plans for deep space exploration for many scientists. Due to the high costs of government backed experiments, scientists are forced to spend more time fundraising than doing research. Space-bound research plans sit in the form of dissertations and saved files, instead of advancing to experiments that will shape our future.
It can take years to prepare and carry out a government-backed space experiment. CubeSat missions alone tend to have 3-5 year development schedules. On the ISS, due to aging technology a large portion of crew time goes to operations and maintenance rather than conducting experiments. By the time the necessary procedures and testing have been completed, the research may be obsolete as other advancements have occurred during that timeframe. These experiments become redundant or must be revised or scrapped, rendering it a thing of the past and the scientists’ time and effort futile.
The Solutions of the Future
DPSS17 is opening the doors to pioneers who are championing advancement of research in space. Recognizing that government backed experimentation is not the only option, the symposium cultivates research opportunities by connecting the private space industry with scientists.
Up and coming commercial space stations will provide a new platform for research in space, freeing up NASA’s budget for deep space exploration. In addition, private companies have the technology to bear small scale experiments and early tests to precede larger and more costly endeavors, ensuring efficient use of resources. By testing experiments, risks and financial burden are reduced.
New commercial space stations will eliminate the need for excessive repairs, allowing more time for research in space. Freed from the exhaustive procedures and policies of government-funded projects, scientists can focus on relevant scientific advancements. They can carry out their research in a timely manner and expedite innovation in agriculture, medical treatment, pharmaceuticals, evolutionary studies, and more.
The team behind DPSS.
Dr. Sandya Narayanswami
Treasurer, Science Partnership FundFormer Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Caltech. Dr. Narayanswami provides consulting services to scientific institutions of higher education on Corporate & Foundation Relations.
Dr. Mark G. Jackson
Secretary, Science Partnership FundDr. Jackson’s expertise in physics and enthusiasm for conveying science to the general public led him to create Fiat Physica and Science Partnership Fund to facilitate support of scientific advancement.
Dr. Szabolcs Marka
Board Member, Science Partnership FundProfessor of Physics, Columbia University, Director of the Columbia Experimental Gravity Group, Former Chair of the Education and Public Outreach Committee, LIGO.