At this weeks National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, the Hosted Payload Alliance and the Space Foundation held a panel discussion called Hitching a Ride All About Hosted Payloads which focused on hosting government payloads on commercial satellites as well as international experiences and lessons learned. Brian Arnold, vice president of Space Strategy for SAS, participated in the event.
The panel consisted of both U.S. and European guests, including participants from Raytheon, Loral, EDR, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the European Space Agencys Large Platform Program, who openly compared and discussed the challenges and solutions which various government and industry leaders have had to overcome in order to promote the use of commercially hosted payloads. In addition, panelists talked about inventive arrangements that leveraged commercial space systems, capacities, and practices to broaden scientific exploration, civil navigation, and affordable, resilient capabilities for our coalition fighters.
The discussion also showcased international governments who have been successful in using the commercial model to provide benefits to civil and military space, and wrapped up with some recommendations and opportunities on inventive and nontraditional arrangements for acquiring commercial space goods and services that could meet the U.S. Governments requirements.