OGC Geo in Space Workshop

Event details

Date & time:

July 25, 2023 9:00 am — July 26, 2023 5:00 pm


Alexandria, VA

Event supported by Amazon Web Services

As we move into the commercialization of space and consider federated constellations of satellites, along with integration of entity communications, a need for architectures and open standards arise. While the government and military have been working with industry to create communication architectures there are still gaps and missing standards especially in certain arenas such as Federated constellations, and international participation and acceptance of new standards.

OGC, as the leader in Geospatial tech, standards, and innovation and the largest formal consortium of expert organizations in geospatial, is perfectly positioned to bring our collective expertise in geospatial to accelerate the development of interoperable technologies and open standards for space. In this workshop, OGC, supported by AWS Space and Satellite Solutions division, is bringing space and geospatial stakeholders together to understand current status, gaps and disparities, and interoperability requirements. The outcomes of this workshop help incorporate existing and emerging geospatial computing into standards, tools, and pilots impacting space domain awareness and space traffic management, tracking, and optimization of space resources.

Questions to be considered while attending the workshop

What capabilities exist, and are needed to enable Mapping, Charting, and Geodesy for the Moon and Mars at the same level of accuracy and fidelity as we provide for the Earth?

How can we support the planning, construction, maintenance, and decommissioning of manned infrastructure on the Moon and Mars? Are there additional capabilities to enable accurate navigation across the surface of the Moon and Mars that should be considered?

What tools does the space community need to better enable Space Situational Awareness using Space-based assets?

Are there capabilities needed to calculate the current, past, and future locations of a Space object based on gravitational fields, Space weather, and object velocity?

Are there additional capabilities needs to support accurate interplanetary navigation?

What laws should be considered when governing Space activities?

Does the space community wish to implement an AIS-like system?

Do organizations require capabilities to enable the identification, tracking, and rendezvous of one Space object by another.

Are non-Terrestrial communications desired?

Workshop themes and key areas

The status of space architecture 

  • Space, Ground, Terminal Segments
  • Traditional and Non-traditional User Communities
  • Hybrid Architectures – Government and Commercial integration when required.

Federated system geospatial data needs

  • Data transport across multiple networks

Commercialization of Space Needs

  • Variable trust protocols

Open Standards Needs

  • Fuse data from multiple sources
  • Develop Analytics Tools
  • Artificial Intelligence

Additional considerations

  • Integration Gaps
  • Architecture Gaps
  • Communication Gaps
  • Current Status
  • Federated Systems
  • Commercialization of Space Needs
  • Open Standards Needs
  • Integration Gaps
  • Architecture Gaps
  • Communication Gaps

Event Agenda

Tuesday, 25 July

Start End Organization Speaker – Title
8:30 AM 9:00 AM Coffee  
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Welcome  
9:00 AM 9:10 AM OGC Marge Cole
9:10 AM 9:20 AM NGA Jackie Carr
9:20 AM 9:30 AM AWS Mark Korver
9:30 AM 10:00 AM Objectives & Testbed-18 Outcomes  
9:30 AM 9:45 AM Objectives Marge Cole
9:45 AM 10:00 AM Testbed-18 Outcomes Chuck Heazel
10:00 AM 10:15 AM Break  
10:15 AM 12:00 PM Non-Terrestrial Communications  
10:15 AM 10:45 AM NASA, AIST, JPL Ben Smith – New Observing Strateigies Program
10:45 AM 11:00 AM NASA JPL Thomas Huang – Open Source Software Applications and Usage
11:00 AM 11:15 AM NASA JPL Nga Chung – Apache Science Data Analytics Platform (SDAP) technology
11:15 AM 11:45 AM SpaceRake Jordan Wachs – Streamlining data from space laser comms
11:45 AM 12:00 PM Q&A  
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch  
1:00 PM 2:30 PM Accurate Interplanetary Navigation and On-Orbit Compute and Use Case Support  
1:00 PM 1:30 PM AWS Aerospace & Satellite Solutions Mark Korver – On-Orbit Compute and Use Case Support
1:30 PM 2:00 PM EOI Space Ben Tuttle – On-Orbit Smart Tasking and Technology
2:00 PM 2:30 PM HawkEye 360 Tim Pavlick – Small Sat Ecosystem Analysis / Enterprise Use of AI
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Break  
3:00 PM 5:00 PM Mapping, Charting, and Geodesy for the Moon and Mars  
3:00 PM 3:30 PM USGS Jay Laura – Planetary Spatial Data Infrastructure
3:30 PM 4:00 PM NGA Nick Makley – Lunar Geodetic System Overview
4:00 PM 4:30 PM USGS Sarah Black, Marc Hunter – Live Mapping and GIS – Planetary
4:30 PM 5:00 PM Q&A  


5:00PM – 7:00PM: Reception

Wednesday, 26 July

Start End Organization Speaker – Title
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Coffee  
9:30 AM 10:30 AM Enterprise Use of AI
9:30AM 10:00AM SmallSat Alliance Steve Nixon – SmallSats
10:00 AM 10:30 AM HawkEye 360 Tim Pavlick – Enterprise Use of AI
10:30 AM 12:00 PM Space Activities and the Law  
10:30 AM 11:00 AM Womble, Bond, Dickinson, LLP David Vance Lucas –
11:00 AM 11:30 AM Williams Mullen Kevin Pomfret –  Technology ventures and equity transactions
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Q&A  
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch  
1:00 PM 3:00 PM Open Discussions Marge Cole
    What needs can an OGC have the most positive impact on?  
    What are the priorities?  

Event Location

The Westin Alexandria Old Town
400 Courthouse Square Alexandria, Virginia 22314-5700.

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