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Accelerating Pathways to Space

REPLAY | Presented 15 June 2021, 1000 – 1330 ET USA
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We’re talkin’ “eat-my-cosmic-dust” orders of magnitude fast.

Strap in with ASCEND and guest experts from Axiom, NASA, and the Fusion Industry Association for a three-hour crash course in how fundamental systems are being transformed fast to help humans adapt to life in space.

Learn the latest about laser-accelerated data communications, the soon-to-be reality of infinitely renewable clean energy, and the engineering of machines and methods to capitalize on these revolutionary advances and rapidly scale up the LEO infrastructure needed to supply and sustain our off-world future.

Whether you were able to participate in the live event or not, as a member of the ASCEND “classrooms through careers” community, you are welcome to access on-demand replays of the summit sessions and workshop. Follow this time code guide to find the beginning of each session on the replay:


This three-hour program included two webinars and a panel discussion.


Session 1: Begins at Time Code 00:00:00

Building Blocks for Cities in Space: Infrastructure for Successful Markets in LEO

The bedrock of any successful city on Earth is a functional and effective infrastructure layer that sustains economies built for and around its human citizens. As the United States and other countries face a growing crisis of aging infrastructure, it has never been a more relevant time to properly invest in the next human frontier in space. This discussion with space city planners will explore the core infrastructure and services required in low Earth orbit to build and sustain diverse markets supporting a growing human population off the planet.

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Session 2: Begins at Time Code 01:21:00

New Opportunities in Fusion for Space Power and Propulsion

On April 28, the Members of the Fusion Industry Association (FIA) presented fusion concepts for space power and propulsion at a Tri-Agency Compact Fusion Workshop. FIA researchers gave updates on their technical progress and the types of NASA and DoD applications that could be enabled. This Summit presentation will feature a panel discussion summarizing those talks.



Session 3: Begins at Time Code 02:24:00

Laser Communications: Advancing Technology for NASA & Industry

Since the dawn of space exploration, NASA missions have relied on radio frequency communications for the transfer of information. This session will preview the upcoming launch of NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD), showcasing laser communications, a revolutionary way of communicating data from space.



Meet Our Summit Speakers

Experts from Axiom, NASA, and the Fusion Industry Association.

Michael Abad-Santos

Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, BridgeComm

Mary Lynne Dittmar

Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, Axiom Space

Mike Gold

Executive VP Civil Space and External Affairs, Redwire Space

Glenn Jackson

LCRD Project Manager

David Kingham

Executive Vice Chairman, Tokamak Energy

Stephen Kitay

Senior Director of Azure Space, Microsoft

Clare Martin

Executive Vice President, Astroscale U.S. Inc.

Peter A. McGrath II

Vice President, Business Development, Intuitive Machines

Julie Reiss

Commercial Program Development Manager, The Aerospace Corporation

James Reuter

Associate Administrator, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate

Stephanie Thomas

Princeton Satellite Systems

Jade Wang

Assistant Group Leader, Optical and Quantum Communication Technology Group, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Doug Witherspoon

NearStar Fusion

Setthivoine You

Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, Helicity Space

Who should watch?

ASCEND is building on-ramps to space for everyone. No matter where you’re headed in the off-world future, this ASCENDxSummit will get you there faster.

How does it work?

The Summit is a three-and-a-half hour program presented entirely online.

What will you learn?

How extraordinary advances in energy, data and infrastructure engineering will enable humans to build, work and live in space.

What does it cost?

This ASCENDxWebinar is FREE to watch.

We welcome the entire space community and those passionate about learning more about space exploration to the ASCENDx events.

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