World Space Summit

3,2,1... Launch!

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.

Space activities

Space activities have direct and indirect benefits.

Directs benefits may be generating scientific knowledge and innovation, creating new markets and agreements between nations involved in space exploration, and inspiring people around the world.

Indirect benefits include tangible enhancements to quality of life as economic prosperity, health, environmental sustainability, safety, transportation and security; and also intangible ones as a better understanding of humankind place in the universe.

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.

On the defense perspective, the ongoing war in Ukraine is demonstrating the relevance of the space environment and generating quite instability that seems to head towards a new “cold war” (both on Earth and Space).

Several sessions will give an insight both from commercial and military points of view.

International space outlook
Future of space traffic management

Today’s airspace is getting more complex and congested, since commercial traffic at higher altitudes is increasing exponentially.

Sessions will explore the seam between controlled airspace and space, in terms of monitoring and control, and what we can expect in the future.

As sophistication of space vehicles increases, so does the challenge 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.

Launch & re-entry operations
Spaceports and range operations

Launch and range operations refer to a variety of essential support functions to space operations, related to mission planning, logistics, ground-movement, payload, launch and operational risk management.

We will explore how to develop and modernize launch and range activities as part of a larger goal of envisioning an advanced spaceport.

Organizations involved in space activities operate high risk-technical systems and may face frequently “organizational-technical system failures”; so from the perspective of risk management they may be considered High Reliability Organizations (HROs), requiring a slightly different approach to maximize safety.

Risk management models for space activities

There are good examples of successful multinational collaborations like the ISS (International Space Station).

The next stage of space exploration will be more global, providing many opportunities both for public and private partnerships.

Sessions will explore these opportunities, from the small ones as component manufacturing or scientific data share, to the larger ones as space launches, shared space services and international cooperation agreements.

Space Situational Awareness (SSA) is an essential element of all governmental space programs, including surveillance and tracking of artificial objects (including not only satellites and spacecrafts but space debris) that may impact other space assets or the earth surface, and space weather monitoring and forecast.

It includes several analysis like Collision Avoidance (CA), Re-entry (RE) of artificial space objects into the atmosphere and Fragmentation (FG).

Awareness in low earth orbit

Just as it was paramount to acquire and maintain Air Superiority in Joint Air Operations, now this concept has to extend to Space, in order to allow conduct own operations at a certain time and place without interference of space threats.

We will explore how SSA and other key elements integrate and play an important role on joint military operations.

By year 2050 our everyday life on earth will be highly influenced by space activities, due to rapid development of emerging economic sectors.

To help predicting that future state for the next decades, we will explore new commercial and non-commercial opportunities that are opening worldwide.