The Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) – the independent global trade association fostering the satellite servicing industry – hosted a webinar presented by Dr. Michael C. Mineiro, Senior Counsel; Steven A. Rowings, Partner; Chase Hamilton, Associate; and Sharanya Sriram, Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP entitled “On-Orbit Activities: The Future of Space Innovation and Regulation” on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 1300 ET.

Program Description: The space industry is rapidly innovating and accelerating its ability to conduct economic activity in space. Part of this effort involves companies investing in on-orbit capabilities, which include activities like satellite refueling, orbital relocation, removing orbital debris, and performing spacecraft inspections and repairs. The changing industry landscape naturally lends itself to novel regulation in space. The Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are all federal agencies leading the regulatory scheme. This presentation highlights the various regulatory pathways for licensing and operating on-orbit activities, with an emphasis on where regulation is heading in the years to come.

Click here to view a video recording of the webinar.