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Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law – Panel I: Disruptive Industry Initiatives

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This year’s Galloway Symposium is being held under Chatham House Rules, so blog posts will only give general overviews of the content.

The first panel of the day was on Disruptive Industry Initiatives. It was moderated by Dr. Michael Mineiro, Research Staff Member, Science and Technology Policy Institute. The panelists included:

• Vern Fotheringham, CEO, Kymeta Corporation
• Peter Marquez, V.P. Global Engagement, Planetary Resources
• Mike Gold, General Counsel, Bigelow Aerospace
• Caryn Schenewerk, Counsel and Director, SPACEX

This panel discussed the range of new technologies that are causing changes within the space industry. These technologies include telecommunications technologies, space exploration and mining, space habitations, and emerging launch technologies. Each panelist emphasized the role that their company played in advancing space technology as well as benefits of space technology for society at large. They also emphasized the role of law in both enabling their respective companies to gain entry to the space technology market and in creating challenges for access to the market (such as ITAR).