The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' Center for Enterprise, Exploration, and Defense in Space (CEEDS) held a seminar titled "The Next Space Industry: Low Earth Orbit Commercialization" on June 21, 2019. To kick off the event Michael Beavin provided brief comments about the benefits of working with commercial and international partners and how the economy can enable sustained exploration from LEO, to the moon, and then Mars – like bricks used to build a cathedral. Following his remarks, there was a panel discussion exploring topics such as regulations and barriers for the commercialization of LEO, private-public partnerships, the ISS, launch providers, orbital debris, profitability of space activity, ensuring continuity of interest and support, national security concerns, and envisioning the future of research in LEO in 10-15 years.
Panelists for this event included Doug Comstock (Commercial LEO Liaison, HEOMD, NASA), Michael Beavin (Director of Commercial Space Policy, National Space Council, The White House), Jeffrey Manber (CEO, NanoRacks), and Kerry Timmons (LEO Commercialization Program Management Lead, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Group). Dr. Jennifer Buss (President, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) made opening remarks and the panel was moderated by MajGen Charles F. Bolden Jr. (a former NASA Administrator and member of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies).