Avascent Analytics at SATELLITE 2016
By: Alix Davie & Taylor Capps
Avascent’s aerospace consultants and analysts assembled last week for SATELLITE 2016 at Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. SATELLITE 2016 is a premier satellite communications conference that attracts more than 12,500 attendees and 300 speakers each year. Avascent experts lent their professional and academic expertise on multiple panels.
Avascent had three participants in the panel discussions throughout the week. Among these, Stephen Ganote led the “Shifting Sands of Demand” panel on the investment and marketing decisions of some of the industry’s key leaders. Andrew Penn moderated the discussion on “Satellite, M2M, and the Internet of Things (IoT)” as part of the Mobility Forum. And David Belcher spoke on the “Space Debris and Space Situational Awareness” panel. Dave discussed the current and future ramifications of space debris legislation and passive mitigation versus active removal of space objects. He emphasized differentiating between space debris and space objects and the legal ramifications it would have on the industry and steps moving forward to remove both. He also stressed the lack of market incentives for companies to begin debris removal and the nearly impossible feat of rallying countries like China and Russia to agree to global standards to better space debris conditions.
In addition to the panels, the Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) luncheon featured speaker Greg Wyler, Founder of O3B and OneWeb, presiding over an impressive silent auction to benefit space and STEM education in Washington, DC-area schools.
Avascent’s experience at SATELLITE 2016 provided some important insights into current and long-term industry trends, and we’re excited to use these insights to improve our products and client experience.