Space Economy and Exploration Forum

August 24, 2014; Updated Sept. 29, 2014.

The Chicago Society for Space Studies (CSSS) is proud to be an official supporting organization for the Deep Space Alliance’s  Economy and Exploration: Why Deep Space is Vital to Advancing U.S. Leadership Speaker Forum to be held October 7 2014 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.  The Deep Space Alliance Economy and Exploration forum consists of two panel discussions with each exploring different aspects of a future space economy.  CSSS President Jim Plaxco is a panelist on the Deep Space Jobs: What the U.S. Must Do to Win Market Share in the New Space Economy panel  and CSSS Executive Vice President Larry Boyle is a panelist on the Investing for Growth in the Deep Space Market: Leaders and Laggards panel.

The two panels will explore the impact of space exploration on the U.S. economy with a specific focus on deep space exploration – that is exploration beyond the Moon. Among the questions that will be addressed by the two panels are:

  • What impact would a U.S. Mars landing have on our economy?
  • What would be the implications of a humans-to-Mars program on our leadership position in the global market?
  • What must the U.S. do to grow and win market share in the NewSpace economy?
  • What should companies consider when investing in deep space ventures?

Following is a detailed agenda for the forum along with the list of moderators and panelists as of September 29, 2014.

7:45- 8:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
8:30-8:40 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Rich Phillips, President, Phillips & Company

8:40-9:25 a.m. Panel Discussion 1: Deep Space Jobs: What the U.S. Must Do to Win Market Share in the New Space Economy

Emcee:John Elbon, Vice President and General Manager, Space Exploration, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Moderator:Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager, Space Launch Division, ATK Aerospace Group


Dr. Keith Bowman, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Chair, Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. David Carroll, President, CU Aerospace

Alex MacDonald, Executive Staff Specialist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jim Plaxco, President, Chicago Society for Space Studies

Federico Sciammarella, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University

9:25-9:50 a.m. Break / Presentation from the Space Foundation
9:50-10:00 a.m. Re-Assembly and Introduction

Rich Phillips, President, Phillips & Company

10:00-10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion 2: “Investing for Growth in the Deep Space Market

Emcee:Julie Van Kleeck, Vice President, Advanced Space and Launch Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne

Moderator:Jim Crocker, Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company


Larry Boyle, Executive Vice President, Chicago Society for Space Studies

Charlotte Kiang, National Contact, Space Generation Advisory Council USA

Dr. Matthew Shapiro, Associate Professor of Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology

Micah Walter-Range, Director of Research & Analysis, Space Foundation

10:45-11:20 a.m. Concluding Remarks and Networking

Rich Phillips, President, Phillips & Company

This event provides the public with a rare opportunity to attend an open forum dealing with the future space economy and to ask questions of the participants. In addition, CSSS will have an information table at which visitors can see samples of lunar and martian simulants as well as a specimen of an iron-rich meteorite in conjunction with terrestrial basalts from a volcanic eruption. Lunar and martian simulants, along with meteoritic samples, are of particular importance in testing mining and refining techniques that would be used for in-situ resource utilization.

Economy and Exploration Forum Summary

Date: October 7,2014
Time: 8:30 AM to 11:20 AM
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60637
Click here for directions to the museum.

Register to Attend

Admission to this event is FREE and open to the public. Also note that admission to the museum is free on this day. Though not required, in order to insure access to seating it is highly recommended that you register in advance.

For CSSS members and Spacewatch subscribers: when registering, feel free to list your Company/Organization as Chicago Society for Space Studies.

Register Now for the Forum

About the Deep Space Alliance

The Deep Space Alliance (DSA) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit membership organization representing a coalition of government, private sector and non-profit leaders committed to human and robotic exploration beyond the Moon. For more information, visit

For additional information about the forum, visit the United States Leadership Space Exploration Speaker Forum web site.