Please see below for a taste of some of the programming being prepared for NewSpace 2014:

Paradigm Shift Panel

We at the Space Frontier Foundation have pursued the vision of space settlement and anticipated that space access and development will shift from becoming a rarity to a commodity. But, for this paradigm shift to be realized, the public perception also needs to evolve from one that is agnostic or skeptical to one that expects this future. Can this paradigm be shifted consciously? The panelists will discuss some of the historical analogs such as from the IT and PC industries, identify the current obstacles in the space industry, and develop strategies to overcome them.

Changing Faces of Space's Audience

Excitement over space has been rising. Private companies proposing exciting projects are gathering capital through crowdfunding, and spaceflight is becoming a true possibility for normal people. Non-space companies are finding space as cool, again... But who are these people who are giving their own money for space, and who are companies marketing to? Panelists will discuss the new demographics of space enthusiasts, its trends, and its implications to the future of the industry.

Space Prizes Panel

DARPA, XPRIZE, and NASA have all created and launched prize projects to engage private companies and the public to reward their efforts for reaching to the stars. What role do prize incentives have in encouraging commercial space entrepreneurship and what effects does this have on increasing the publics’ awareness of space? We welcome key personnel from these incredible programs to explore these issues and determine what results they are producing.

Small Scale Exploration

While space exploration is no longer limited to government agencies and behemoth contractors, there are exploration projects that are still too expensive to be managed by the average citizen explorer. Companies and organizations in the private industry have grown to foster such efforts for exploration on a smaller scale. They have created the technological and corporate infrastructure to make it possible for others to perform their own experiments in outer space without excessive overhead and expense. They are successfully utilizing modern methods to fund and promote these projects, like Kickstarter. How are they enabling researchers to explore in ways never before possible? What challenges do they face in forming a bridge between government regulations and the commercial sector? What are the difficulties of creating a platform affordable to researchers as well as the company itself?

Orbital Debris

The U.S. Space Surveillance Network estimates a total of 750,000 objects greater than 0.4 inch in size orbiting our planet. This “space junk” is the result of half a century of space flight -- remnants of decommissioned satellites, rocket bodies and byproducts, abandoned waste, and other refuse. As the threat orbital debris poses to our satellites and spacecraft continues to grow, the need for on-orbit insurance and debris-removal efforts also grows. The panelists will discuss current and future opportunities for marketizing insurance against and removal of orbital debris.

DIY Space Movement

The commercialization of the space industry combined with advancements in embedded technology and the Internet have ushered in a new era of space exploration: the DIY space movement. The “smallsat” class of satellites has provided a cost-effective, accessible, and fruitful platform for anyone who is interested to build and launch a satellite. 3D printers are being used on Earth and on the International Space Station to produce tools, prototypes, or even food. Open source platforms like Arduino have made it possible for individuals to design their own payloads with little cost. High altitude balloons are gaining traction as a low-cost means to fly experiments in the stratosphere. The panelists will discuss how these DIY technologies are democratizing space exploration and how this movement will develop in the near future to both empower the citizen explorer and escalate humankind's presence in space.

Other Explorers

Debate abounds about which is the "Final Frontier," the sea or space, but in many cases we can view ocean exploration as the older sibling of space exploration. Humans have been exploring the ocean since pre-human times. The technologies required to explore these very different frontiers are in many cases very similar, such as the suits used for space and ocean exploration, and the spinoffs between the two are countless. We have learned to live and work in space by living and working in the ocean. In this panel we will hear about exploration of frontiers other than space, the ocean and the arctic, to understand a common theme of adventure in exploration of the unknown. We will learn about the technological challenges of creating a market based on exploration and why adventure expeditions are a worthwhile venture.

Space Data

The amount of data available from space through the Internet is vast, and its applications infinite. Full color images from Hubble and other satellites have enthralled people all over the world with their beauty and and extraterrestrial wonder. Science is no longer just for scientists -- anyone with an Internet connection can study our planet and other members of the universe to influence their own decisions and discoveries. This panel will explore how and why organizations who collect this data make it available to their users as well as how the users apply the data from space to make discoveries and solve problems on Earth.

NewSpace Awards Gala