Commercialization and Democratization of Earth Observation

Submit Abstract Deadline: 30 October 2018

The dramatic increase in the supply of Earth observations has implications on new business models, lower costs, and more flexible licensing terms for commercial imagery. There is also an expansion in the utility of satellite data for a broad range of new applications. At the same time, lower technology barriers and costs are encouraging new participants from high-tech professionals to non-experts, thereby creating diversity in the market.

This phenomenon, which is coming to be known as ‘democratization of space’, essentially implies that more people and/or organizations are participating in the industry. This is to say we are on the verge of a new space race where the players, technology, and services are as diverse as they are innovative.

Commercialization and Democratization of Earth Observation is an exclusive panel which will discuss NewSpace revolution – what are the drivers, its impact on business models, policy and legal framework requirement, data accessibility issues and the future outlook.


The Emerging Commercial Space Industry and New Technologies

The state of technology within the space industry is evolving rapidly. On one hand, improvements in launch systems, sensors and other input technologies, and innovations such as the small sat architecture are driving down costs. On the other hand, more sensors and a greater diversity of sensor types mean greater spatial resolution, higher temporal cadence, and richer spectral coverage. This combination of decreased cost and increased capabilities is opening up new use cases, industries, and applications for businesses. Panel will discuss groundbreaking innovations that are making the space industry more relevant to businesses and consumers.

Democratizing Access to Earth Observation Data

Increasing access to Earth observation data will allow organizations to take immediate, informed action on today’s challenges, such as humanitarian efforts, environmental projects, rapid population growth, infrastructure, and security issues. Due to the speed and scale of the problems people face today, the solutions will demand access to new perspectives and information that can be provided by space-based resources. Panel will discuss major challenges in democratizing access to Earth observation data from technical, legal, political and regulatory point of view.

AI-driven Services: Expanding Marketplace beyond Government

Governments started the space imaging boom and even the privatization of space-borne imaging industry. Therefore, it is not a surprise that governments are the biggest market for space imagery. As technology continue to advance, it is predicted that private industry demand for satellite-based products will become as big as the government demand in the next five years. The key to this explosion will be the use of Big Data Analytics and AI to power decision making processes using space imagery, location, in situ sensors and sources of opportunity like social media. Panel will discuss various AI-driven services that is shaping up an exciting future for Earth observation marketplace.


  • Consultants
  • EO data users
  • EO data providers
  • EO-based service providers
  • EO-based startups
  • Government space agencies
  • Investors
  • NGOs
  • Policy-makers
  • Research Institutions
  • Satellite launchers
  • Satellite manufacturers
  • Satellite operators
  • Space technology companies
Submit Abstract Deadline: 30 October 2018