About the GeoTech Center Space Program
The satellite technology industry is rapidly evolving, and, with it, the necessity for new global space governance strategies and standards that encourage humanitarian-focused satellite programs and aim to preserve orbital civility.
The rapid, ongoing evolution of space technology is expanding the capabilities of industrialized nations to contribute to international development efforts. Satellite imagery and data have a diverse set of applications in disaster mitigation, agriculture optimization, clean energy implementation, and broadband accessibility – the full potential, of which, remains largely untapped. Among other barriers, the regions that stand to benefit the most from access to satellite data also tend to lack the capacity and infrastructure to analyze and apply it; equitable outer space is still a work in progress.
Fully leveraging space’s developmental potential will first and foremost require responsible stewardship of Earth’s orbits. Space debris or artificial material orbiting the Earth, poses a severe threat to in-orbit satellites—and is largely avoidable. Whether debris comes from old, decomposing space vehicles or from tactical antisatellite tests, like those recently conducted by Russia and China, any contact with a space vehicle may jeopardize functionality and, therefore, mission objectives. Acknowledging these risks and taking active steps to mitigate production of space debris will promote longevity of in-orbit vehicles and establish an accountability-centered and collaborative international atmosphere for data sharing.
Space related analysis
In-Depth Research & Reports May 25, 2021
Assured space operations for public benefit
By The GeoTech Center
An in depth report produced by the Commission on the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies, making recommendations to maintain economic and national security and new approaches to develop and deploy critical technologies.
In the News Jul 12, 2021
Cybersecurity of Space-Based Assets and Why this is Important
By the GeoTech Center
On a recent joint Georgetown and Atlantic Council masters’ class, GeoTech Director Dr. David Bray shared his insights on the seminar’s question: “Cybersecurity of Space-Based Assets and Why This Is Important.” This masters’ class also featured GeoTech Fellows and experts Dr. William Jeffrey, Chuck Brooks, and Dr. Divya Chander.
Space related events
Event Recap Sep 30, 2020
Event recap | Space economics: Building sustainable space infrastructure
By GeoTech Center
On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center hosted an expert panel to discuss the policy implications of the rapid commercialization of space exploration.
Event Recap Jul 10, 2020
Event recap | Space salon: Making space available for everyone
By Henry Westerman
On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the GeoTech Center and Amazon Web Services (AWS) jointly hosted a public live event, “Space Salon: Making Space Available for Everyone.” In a panel discussion co-moderated by Dr. David Bray, Director of the Geotech Center, and Shayn Hawthorne, Senior Manager at AWS, specialists from across the space industry discussed approaches to making tools and data in space accessible to players of all sizes.
Event Recap Apr 29, 2020
Event recap | The future of data and AI in space
By Corina LJ DuBois
On April 29, 2020, Fredrik Bruhn, Amy Webb, Paul Jurasin, Anthony Scriffignano shared perspectives on “Future of data and AI in space” as part of a live video discussion moderated by David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director, on how commercial space efforts are being changed by advances in data and AI capabilities, to include satellites and other efforts in Earth’s orbit and beyond.
Event Recap Oct 9, 2020
Topic overview | Space: The next frontier for innovation, economics, accessibility, and infrastructure
By Borja Prado
Space is quickly becoming the new frontier to be explored by national governments and private sector actors. In the process, the different parties prepare themselves for an environment that will bring to space the competition and collaboration behaviors that are typical on Earth, that will require new or updated regulations and international norms, and that will unleash new opportunities for multiple industries and technologies – spanning from transportation and satellite communication to data sharing, artificial intelligence or national security.