Houston Hosts Event That Congregates NASA, Aerospace And Technology Professionals

SpaceCom analyzes topics like the impact of the space agency’s inventions on different industries, as well as virtual reality and microgravity.

Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center is hosting the 2018 edition of the "The Space Commerce Conference and Exposition" (SpaceCom), a two-day event attended by professionals from the aerospace and technology sectors, as well as NASA, that offers an inside look into cutting-edge technology related to the commercial space industry.

This year, SpaceCom has exhibits and panels that deal with topics such as how the research conducted at the International Space Station can help develop new products and services and how to use data from space satellites to drive new global commercial markets.

Augmented and virtual reality, microgravity research and the impact of NASA's innovations on the energy, medical and agricultural industries are other topics experts are discussing at the event.

Some of the cutting-edge technology elements that are on display at SpaceCom are NASA's Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV) and the Centaur, an advanced robotic system that combines the sophisticated upper body dexterity of NASA's humanoid, Robonaut, with a rugged and versatile four-wheeled base.

Speakers and participants include both top government officials, such as Michael Beavin, director of Commercial Space Policy for the Trump administration, as well as representatives of the private sector, such as Scott Copeland, senior manager for Research Integration, Specialty, and Systems Engineering at Boeing.

SpaceCom ends on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m.

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