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Charting a Course for Advancing Cislunar Depots

Tuesday, 9 August 2022
1300–1430 hrs ET USA

Join space leaders from government, industry, and academia to collaborate on charting a course for developing depots to support the future cislunar ecosystem.

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DISCOVER how cislunar space operations hinge on the development of foundational infrastructure, including communications, navigation, and surveillance, among other layers.

EXPLORE how servicing, assembly, and manufacturing capabilities can transform cislunar space missions by enabling a robust, evolvable ecosystem of agile, resilient spacecraft beyond the limits of a single launch vehicle.

LEARN how the Charrette collaborative process can inform actions to advance depots and other related needs for cislunar development.

IDENTIFY how a depot-based fuel supply could support the space ecosystem .

Powered by AIAA, ASCEND, which stands for Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration, and New Discovery, is the world’s premier collaborative, outcomes-driven, interdisciplinary community designed to accelerate the building of our off-world future.

Throughout the year, the ASCENDx Series accelerates momentum toward the fall ASCEND apex event. ASCENDxCislunar is an open summit bringing together a broad community of stakeholders from industry, academia, government, and other stakeholders to help build connections into partnerships, and engage in continuous discussions related to strategy building, development, and implementation of cislunar space operations. This webinar and a companion workshop in August will feed results into a follow-on session on cislunar depots at 2022 ASCEND in Las Vegas, 24–26 October.

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1300 – 1305 ET

Welcome and Introduction

Julie Van Kleeck
Space Domain Lead and ASCEND Executive Producer, AIAA

Kathleen Howell
Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue

1305 – 1330 ET

Cislunar Ecosystem: 2040 Foresighting

Kara Cunzeman
Lead Futurist for Strategic Foresight, Center for Space Policy and Strategy, The Aerospace Corporation

1330 – 1400 ET

Depotization in Cislunar Space – Research and Investment Roadmap

Blake Rogers
Engineering Specialist, Vehicle Design and Innovation Department, The Aerospace Corporation

John Reed
Chief Rocket Scientist, United Launch Alliance

Kathy Laurini
Human Space Exploration Strategy, Dynetics

1400 – 1410 ET

Solution Primer: Charrette Process

Paul Frakes
Systems Engineer and Foresight Practitioner, Strategic Foresight Team, The Aerospace Corporation

1410 – 1425 ET

Discussion and Q&A

1425 – 1430 ET

Closing Remarks

Julie Van Kleeck
Space Domain Lead and ASCEND Executive Producer, AIAA

Kathleen Howell
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University

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