In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM) capabilities are the foundation for realizing the full potential of a robust space infrastructure. The technologies needed to refuel, upgrade, replace, repair, manufacture, and assemble space assets will enable this infrastructure and usher in a new era of more sustainable, affordable and resilient spaceflight. To make this vision of the future a reality, NASA, the United States Space Force, other government agencies, industry, and academia must collaborate to advance technologies, establish strong partnerships, and identify opportunities for the future. Together, we can develop a space infrastructure that will benefit the civil, private, and defense sectors, bolster the U.S. economy, and advance the future of science and exploration.
NASA hosts an annual technology transfer workshop in order to facilitate the transfer of ISAM technologies to U.S. industry. NASA welcomes domestic companies and academic institutions interested in expanding their knowledge about technologies associated with spacecraft servicing (inspection, refueling, relocation, upgrade, and repair), assembly, space manufacturing, and logistics to the Workshop. Additionally, those interested in other space infrastructure topics including space domain awareness, sustainable space exploration, orbital debris mitigation/remediation, and more, will benefit from attending.
NASA, the U.S. Space Force (USSF), and other participating government agencies will provide information about future opportunities and partnerships with industry and academia. In addition, NASA will provide an overview of the upcoming On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing 1 (OSAM-1) and OSAM-2 missions. Workshop attendees will get access to an updated technology catalog, and information about the latest developments from NASA subject matter experts.
This year’s agenda has been expanded to invite industry and academia to showcase their innovative ISAM technologies and present ideas via 20-minute presentations. The Workshop Committee will evaluate submitted abstracts based on relevance to workshop topics.
Due to current situation regarding COVID, this year’s event will be held in a hybrid format with in person and virtual attendance. Unfortunately, we will not be able to host the on-site facility tours included in the original announcement. The workshop will be held Wednesday, October 27 through Thursday, October 28, with no events on Friday, October 29 as originally scheduled. The deadline to register for the workshop has been extended to Friday, October 1, 2021. The deadline for invited speakers from industry and academia to submit abstracts remains the same.
NASA and the USSF are interested in promoting a robust domestic commercial marketplace for servicing, assembly, and manufacturing that can provide the U.S. government with cost-effective options for meeting future mission needs while also bolstering the domestic economy and engaging the STEM workforce. NASA is proactively transferring ISAM technologies as they are being developed to the commercial sector via workshops, licensing and other agreements. By providing early access and an equal playing field for U.S. companies to participate in technology transfer, NASA is helping to foster domestic expertise in OSAM capability.
NASA technology innovators will present current ISAM developments in satellite servicing, on-orbit assembly, and on-orbit manufacturing. In addition, the current agenda includes an opportunity for invited speakers from industry and academia to present their ISAM-related activities in 20-minute presentations.