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Space: New Industries, Applications, and Opportunities

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT


This is a hybrid event streamed live to Zoom from the Austin Central Library.
Space exploration and space travel have long fascinated humans, and we can all recount memories of historic NASA launches and missions during our lifetimes. We have witnessed six decades of occasional unmanned research exploration probes, manned missions to the moon and to orbiting labs, and numerous operational launches to place telecommunications, mapping, and observing satellites in orbit. However, in recent years, we have seen the rapid emergence of a vibrant industry comprising a massive number of launches of telecommunications and mapping/observing satellites and an increased number of launches by private sector companies deploying many of these satellites. These companies are even transporting mission critical payloads and shuttling astronauts in cooperation with NASA, exploring potential ’space tourism,’ and more.

Tom Markusic is the CEO of Firefly Aerospace, and is one of the leaders of this rapidly growing space industry. Tom will share his perspectives on the technologies, motivations, and opportunities for space agencies and companies to work together to accelerate the exploration, applications, and opportunities of a space sector. What does all this mean for you individually? For government? Even for your company? Come hear Tom’s insights



August 3, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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