Leveraging Science in Space to Solve the Greatest Sustainability Challenges

Leveraging Science in Space to Solve the Greatest Sustainability Challenges Facing Our Planet

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Leveraging Science in Space to Solve the Greatest Sustainability Challenges Facing Our Planet


Join the Technology Collaboration Center, and Cynthia Bouthot and Jonathan Volk, from Space Commerce Matters, to learn about opportunities to collaborate across industries on projects that leverage low earth orbit (LEO) to address some of the greatest challenges facing our planet. In this session, Cynthia and Jonathan will discuss the advantages of experimentation in LEO, and how to get involved in this exciting program that addresses some of the greatest challenges of our time.

Cynthia Bouthot is President of Space Commerce Matters (SCM), a pioneer in Low Earth Orbit Demand Creation. SCM provides a number of services for space agencies and governments, non-traditional commercial customers, aerospace companies, and satellite service providers. Offerings include building demand with end-user customers for LEO activity; studies highlighting gap technologies related to LEO phenomena for R&D and marketing applications; market analysis’ indicating most promising current and future markets; commercialization roadmaps tied to end-user customers and markets; and generation of funding and investment via strategic partnerships. SCM also serves as implementation partner for customers using NASA’s new commercial allocation. Cynthia and her SCM team have been working with end users in the life science, manufacturing, satellite applications, advanced material and technology development sectors and they truly understand market demand as well as end-user requirements. Prior to this, Cynthia was a founding member of CASIS, the manager of the International Space Station National Lab (ISSNL). While there, Cynthia established and developed the demand model for private sector entities, focused on utilization and value creation, which ultimately led to more than half of the research on board the ISSNL being conducted by commercial businesses. Many of these were iconic Fortune 500 companies that have generated over $160M in direct funding, and an additional $34M of third party-funded sponsored programs. Cynthia spent nine years working in innovation and new market creation throughout Europe. Cynthia was the Consul, and head of Trade and Investment for the British Consulate in Boston and Head of Innovation and R&D for the whole of the UK and US, with a special focus on space and life sciences.


Jonathan Volk, Ph.D. is Director of Commercialization Strategies for SCM with a focus on satellite applications and advanced materials. Jonathan has conducted major studies examining the continuum from satellite operators and data collectors through data processors, data product developers, and ultimately to end-user customers. Jonathan also manages the relationship with major ISS platform providers to the ISS using remote sensing applications. Jonathan is responsible for helping create the Keystone Space Collaborative and has brought together the non-space community to focus on new space market creation. Prior to joining SCM, Jonathan spent 6 years as the Commercial Innovation Manager for CASIS focused on physical sciences and part of the advanced material, industrial, energy, or remote sensing sectors. Jonathan has significant experience with developing and managing innovation competitions and programs. Jonathan led the team that recruited the National Science Foundation (NSF) to form a multi-million-dollar sponsored program with CASIS to conduct transport, fluid physics, and combustion studies on the ISS. During his time as the CASIS program manager of this joint NSF initiative, he integrated additional NSF programs to the partnership, resulting in over double the amount of annual funding available to support ISS research. Jonathan also served as program manager of the annual Boeing-CASIS-Mass Challenge Innovation Competition, which supported various start-ups in flying research to the ISS, especially those from non-traditional space users

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Mar 24 2021


11:00 am - 11:30 am

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