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World Space Summit will take place during the Airspace Integration Week in Madrid from 25th till 28th September 2023 promoted by Expodrónica. A modern and integrative summit looking to connect most related stakeholders, from governmental agencies to industrial organizations and professionals actively involved in developing solutions for space exploitation and
exploration, or willing to do it.


Inner and outer space operation have been progressively increasing their relevance in the last decades for all humankind. Security, communications, surveillance, sustainability, transportation, trade and even tourism; space provide a wide range of potential applications for both commercial and defense purposes.

Ensuring its free and safe employment in all its extent, including inner and outer space, and its effective integration with the lower conventional airspace it is becoming paramount for present and future operations.

WHAT: Content

World Space Summit will provide an unbeatable working environment to get both government and companies together to collaborate on space surveillance and exploration, business development and of course investigating new ways of to make our planet a better place for living.

Both in IFEMA and in Cuatro Vientos, the WOSS Theatre will host high-level keynote presentations and round-table discussions by experts in different areas related to space. Among others:

Space activities have direct and indirect benefits. Directs benefits may be generating scientific knowledge and innovation, creating new markets and agreements between nations involved in space exploration, and inspiring people around the world. Indirect benefits include tangible enhancements to quality of life as economic prosperity, health, environmental sustainability, safety, transportation and security; and also intangible ones as a better understanding of humankind place in the universe.

Nowadays there are a lot of commercial space activities and initiatives going on, including not only low-earth orbit but cis-lunar space and beyond. On the defense perspective, the ongoing war in Ukraine is demonstrating the relevance of the space environment and generating quite instability that seems to head towards a new “cold war” (both on Earth and Space). Several sessions will give an insight both from commercial and military point of views.


Today’s airspace is getting more complex and congested, since commercial traffic at higher altitudes is increasing exponentially. Sessions will explore the seam between controlled airspace and space, in terms of monitoring and control, and what can we expect in the future

As sophistication of space vehicles increase, so does the challenges for ANSPs to manage airspace around launch and re-entry points. These operations drive essential domestic and international collaborative decision-making requirements in order to ensure safety throughout the whole process and trajectory. Sessions will explore this and various additional considerations including timelines, operational constraints, risks, regulations and requirements when preparing for space launch and re-entry operations.

Launch and range operations refer to a variety of essential support functions to space operations, related to mission planning, logistics, ground-movement, payload, launch and operational risk management. We will explore how to develop and modernize launch and range activities as part of a larger goal of envisioning an advanced spaceport.

Organizations involved in space activities operate high risk-technical systems and may face frequently “organizational-technical system failures”; so from the perspective of risk management they may be considered High Reliability Organizations (HROs), requiring a slightly different approach to maximize safety.

There are good examples of successful multinational collaborations like the ISS (International Space Station). The next stage of space exploration will be more global, providing many opportunities both for public and private partnerships. Sessions will explore these opportunities, from the small ones as component manufacturing or scientific data share, to the larger ones as space launches, shared space services and international cooperation agreements.

Space Situational Awareness (SSA) is an essential element of all gubernamental space programs, including surveillance and tracking of artificial objects (including not only satellites and spacecrafts but space debris) that may impact other space assets or the earth surface, and space weather monitoring and forecast. It includes several analysis like Collision Avoidance (CA), Re-entry (RE) of artificial space objects into the atmosphere and Fragmentation (FG).

Just as it was paramount to acquire and maintain Air Superiority in Joint Air Operations, now this concept has to extend to Space, in order to allow conduct own operations at a certain time and place without interference of space threats. We will explore how SSA and other key elements integrate and play an important role on joint military operations.

By 2050 several emerging economic sectors will likely have developed to make space influence and travel a much bigger part of everyday life on earth. By describing that predicted state in less for the next close decades, we will explore those new commercial opportunities that are now opening in different sectors all over the world.