The International Institute of Space Commerce is the world’s leading nonpartisan think-tank dedicated to the study of the business, economics, and commerce of space.
Our goal is to transform the global discussion on space commerce working to solve the issues it faces today and tomorrow by driving forward the conversation with a marketplace of new ideas by providing this home for the exchange, discussion, and creation of new ideas in space commerce.
Being international in its reach and a non partisan ‘Think Tank’ drawing upon new ideas and solutions to existing and future problems the space industry faces by drawing together experts from academia, government, the media, business, international and non-governmental organizations, most notably those from the ISU and its extended network of people and resources.
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Our members are drawn from around the world from private citizens to policy makers, from academics and students to industry leaders. All are contributing to the growing conversation and ideas about space commerce today and its future for all tomorrow.
Every nation in the world, every economic sector, and near every human being today depends upon the products and services of the space industry.
Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the global space industry has grown enormously to encompass the annual $300 billion satellite communications industry, itself supporting the $4.3 trillion a year telecommunications industry, on through to the provision of weather satellites and global positioning systems changing the way the world feeds itself through to the revolution in remote sensing changing the way we see our lives and further to the cutting edge frontier of the commercialization of human spaceflight with space tourism, the International Space Station, Asteroid mining, and so much more.
How is all of this evolving and growing in this age of exponential technology, of industry disruption, this second renaissance, this digital renaissance? Help us in answering these and other questions. Join the conversation?
The Institute publishes papers, holds workshops and events, and supports conferences around the world.
To date, the Institute has published over 40 papers from industry and academic leaders which have been delivered by invitation at venues ranging from the US National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC to the International Space University in Strasbourg, to the International Astronomical Congress in Toronto and Jerusalem, covering topics as diverse as the commercial use of the International Space Station on through to the use of private capital for the provision of public science missions.
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The Institute was founded in 2007 as a Not for Profit Isle of Man Company and is been located at the Nunnery in Douglas on the Isle of Man, drawing from the Isle of Man’s growing role and importance in the world’s space industry.
Rob Alexander assumed the role of Executive Director in June of 2017. Mr. Alexander has worked in various human space flight for the last 20 years, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs in various capacities with United Space Alliance (a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin), McDonald Dettwiler (the Canadian space robotics company), and Science Applications International Corporation (an international engineering and science contractor). He was in the private space sector for several years as a member of the NanoRacks team in Houston, Texas. Most recently, he has been involved with the secondary payload cubesat deployment system on the Space Launch System as an employee of Bastion Technologies at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. Mr. Alexander has a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Space Studies degree from the International Space University.
A Note From Rob
The last decade has seen an amazing transformation in the space industry. While governments have continue to take on the role of space exploration, it is the private companies and institutions that are getting the most attention as our market expands. I have been blessed to be a first hand witness to this, and, in some cases, a willing participant. My own experiences in cubesats and private research have made for a career in space with a lot of excitement, as well as many struggles. This is par for the course.
We're seeing more space startups at any time than any other time in history, and, as a result, more innovation. As our leaders see the success that these companies are achieving, they are starting to take note. We at the International Institute of Space Commerce would like to spurn this on.
When I was given the opportunity to take on the Directorship of the IISC, I jumped at the chance. The chance to be an integral part of one of the world's leading space think tank was a unique opportunity that I couldn't pass up.
As I got into the role, and interfaced with some of the players in the industry, I came to realize that there was a need in the market for a facilitator for these emerging space companies. As a result, I have decided to expand the scope of the IISC organization to include a role as a "Chamber of Commerce to the Cosmos." We will be providing networking opportunities, marketing support, and customer outreach to our member companies and individuals. We will still be taking on our original role as a Think Tank, but doing that much more.
As such, I have taken steps to increase the IISC's "footprint" around the globe. I am in the process of assembling an Executive Team that is dedicated to bringing this vision to reality. Our flagship effort, the State of the Industry Report, brings headlines and viewpoints to your inbox every week in an easy to digest format. We have also begun the 35 Under 35 effort, during which we are recognizing 35 individuals in the space industry around the worl who are under the age of 35. We will be recognizing commercial space efforts with the Pournelle Awards - coming soon!
This is the most exciting time in the history of commercial space, and the IISC is at the center of it. As a member of the IISC, you will be too! I look forward to an exciting future.
Mr. Rob Alexander
IISC Exective Director
Business Development and Safety Engineering, Bastion Technologies
Vice-President, Foundation for International Space Education