Space: Open For Business

Deborah E. Barnhart, President, U.S. Space & Rocket Center; Christian Davenport, Staff Writer, The Washington Post. Moderated by Michelle B. Larson.

Space: Open for Business

Once a theater of Cold War rivalry, space has today become the venue for a new competition between nations, corporations, and trailblazing billionaires. As the US government’s budget for space exploration has decreased, so has ended its monopoly on access to space, paving the way for commercial operators to launch satellites and supply research missions. In the years ahead these private endeavors are likely to push the envelope further, sending tourists into orbit, mining asteroids, and, perhaps one day, colonizing the cosmos. Will the costs and risks of commercial space initiatives produce astronomical rewards? Or will technical challenges and legal obstacles bring these private space pioneers back down to earth?

Copies of Christian Davenport’s new book Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.

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5:45 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A

7:00 p.m.
Book signing and networking reception

7:30 p.m.

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