International Astronautical Congress – Today’s Live Stream

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Today’s Live Stream from the International Astronautical Congress, Courtesy of NASA TV, Is Called “Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space – Advancing Space Economy”

As we reported yesterday, Washington, D.C. is hosting the International Astronautical Congress this week. NASA kicked things off yesterday by live-streaming the opening ceremonies. In the morning, Mike Pence made a speech amid protests against him even being there. Further, Jim Bridenstine also made a presentation. The annual event hosts leaders in space exploration from government agencies, tech companies, and academic institutions around the globe.  Of course, we wouldn’t let you miss it. Below is a live stream of NASA TV.

Today’s IAC broadcast began at 8:30 am EDT, so you’ll have to rewind the video back that many hours from when you watch.

International Astronautical Congress Highlights

Attendees of the panel included representatives from private corporations, other members of the International Relations committee, and attendees of the conference. Dr. Robie Samanta Roy began the panel. To begin, his stated goals were to discuss “the long term sustainability of outer space, advancing the space economy, and sustaining space industry through the space security aspects.” 

Today’s main event for the International Astronautical Congress, The plenary panel spoke to our rising dependence on space-related services such as satellite networks and other commercial assets. The security of these networks, claimed the panel, is paramount because we depend on these networks so much. We use space-based assets in commercial ventures dealing with broadcasting, communications, navigation, timing, and even weather forecasting. Accordingly, the loss of any of those systems seriously threatens modern human life.

Further, many countries, are testing anti-satellite missiles. India, in fact, was successful earlier this year. However, risks to those networks include more than just military or hostile threats. There are entirely too many pieces of space junk in low-earth orbit. And each has the potential to cripple a satellite or even a whole network. There are also natural threats such as asteroids, solar wind, electromagnetic interference, to consider. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

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