World Space Summit

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World Space Summit will take place during the Airspace Integration Week in Madrid from 25th till 28th September 2023, promoted by Expodrónica and Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). A modern and integrative summit looking to connect most related stakeholders, from governmental agencies to industrial organizations and professionals actively involved in developing solutions for space exploitation and exploration, or willing to do it.


WhyWorld Space Summit?

Space operations have been progressively increasing their relevance in the last decades for all humankind. Security, communications, surveillance, sustainability, transportation, trade and even tourism; space provide a wide range of potential applications for both commercial and defense purposes. Ensuring free access and safety of space assets, and the effective integration between space operations and the lower conventional airspace has become a priority for the near future.


WOSS will be an integrative summit looking to connect most related stakeholders, from governmental agencies to industrial organizations, Academia and professionals actively involved in developing solutions for space management and surveillance. This two areas contribute directly to space exploration and exploitation for commercial -upstream or downstream-, sustainability, or security and defense purposes. It is also interesting to professionals and organizations not directly involved now in space activities, but willing to do it.  

Both in IFEMA and Cuatro Vientos Airport, the WOSS Theater will host high-level keynote presentations and round-table discussions with experts in different areas related to space.


Today’s airspace is getting more complex and congested, since commercial traffic at higher altitudes and operations to, from and in space are increasing exponentially. Space Traffic Management (STM) is a developing concept that covers means and regulations to ensure that space operations -in all its extent- are performed in a safe, sustainable and secure way. So full integration with other traffic in the low airspace (either conventional or U-Space), mainly for launch and recovery phases, is a must.

Space Situational Awareness (SSA) is an essential element of all governmental or private space programs, including surveillance and tracking of artificial objects -not only satellites and spacecrafts but space debris- that may neutralize other space assets or impact the earth surface, space weather monitoring and forecast, and near-earth objects monitoring. SSA is critical for maintaining the safety and sustainability of space activities and its related infrastructure.


Space Domain Awareness (SDA) relates to the security and defense aspects of space operations, in order to ensure free access to space and protection of own space capabilities. International civil-military cooperation and dual use of certain assets is paramount for that. Working together, countries can address common challenges, mitigate risks, and foster a secure and cooperative space environment for the benefit of all.

Technology innovations have enabled the development of new vehicles and operations for the High Altitude (HA), opening new business opportunities. These so-called new entrants represent a wide range of vehicles and associated operations including unmanned balloons, super and hypersonic aircraft, trans-atmospheric and suborbital vehicles, as well as commercial space operations. The exponential growth of HAO impacts military operations and transits from/to space, requiring higher efforts and new approaches to civil-military cooperation and shared airspace regulations.


As sophistication of space vehicles increase, so does the challenges for ANSPs to manage airspace around launch and re-entry points. These operations drive essential domestic and international collaborative decision-making requirements in order to ensure safety throughout the whole process and trajectory. Sessions will explore this and various additional considerations including timelines, operational constraints, risks, regulations and requirements when preparing for space launch and re-entry operations.

By establishing comprehensive regulations, attribution mechanisms, and international cooperation frameworks, the international community can address the new actors and threats in space. Such measures are crucial for ensuring the peaceful, secure, and sustainable use of outer space for the benefit of all stakeholders.


Emerging state-of-the-art technologies are being implemented in several trends into new satellites developments, like small sizes, very high throughput (VHTS), IoT, higher payload systems, cybersecurity, AI, positioning and navigation services, etc. We will review these new trends, explore how they may impact in airspace management and integration, and how they will change the future of space commercial and non-commercial exploitation, and space exploration.

In order to ensure the safety and sustainability of space operations, Space Debris Management (SDM) has become paramount due to the proliferation of space debris from man-made objects in Space. Being a global challenge and involving its mitigation, tracking and removal, SDM requires regulations, collaboration and coordination among nations and space agencies worldwide.


Nowadays there are a lot of commercial space activities and initiatives going on, including not only low-earth orbit but cis-lunar space and beyond, and scientific research and exploration missions. On the defense perspective, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine is demonstrating the relevance of the space domain, its multiple employments and high impact on the operations. Several sessions will give an insight both from commercial and military point of views.

By 2050 several emerging economic sectors will likely have developed to make space influence and travel a much bigger part of everyday life on earth. By describing that predicted state in less for the next close decades, we will explore those new commercial opportunities that are now opening in different sectors all over the world.