The Apollo 50: The role of intellectual property in space commerce event occurred 2019 July 23 in Alexandria, Virginia and focused on commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The United States Patent & Trademark Office, IEEE Foundation, IEEE History Center, IEEE-USA: The Organization for U.S. IEEE Members, IEEE Technical Activities, IEEE TV, and IEEE Entrepreneurship worked together to make the event possible.
The line seemed to never end for a chance to feel what is would be like to walk on the moon utilizing IEEE”s Virtual MoonWalk. Even the United States Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, took advantage of the unique opportunity
The main highlights included a synopsis of the current administration policy regarding space commerce and exploration, space innovation as a whole, and the technology regarding the transfer from the Apollo missions.
The speakers for the event included:
- “United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
- Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Lancu
- Director of the Office of Space Commerce Kevin O’Connell
- Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura Peter
- Former Associate Director, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office, NASA and National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee Frank Cepollina
- Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan
- Astronaut Paul Richards
- VP and General Manager of Strategic Operations of Ball Aerospace Debra Facktor
- CEO of NanoRacks Jeffrey Manber
- Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Slingshot Aerospace Melanie Stricklan.”
IEEE Entrepreneurship would like to thank ESPTO and our fellow IEEE societies and chapters for their collaboration and the success for the event as a whole!