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The Space Economy

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

George Sowers

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

United Launch Alliance
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

Different questions about the space economy will be addressed.  Why is space so expensive?  What can be done to lower the cost of space activity? And most importantly, how can we create a self sustaining space economy?  A self sustaining space economy is the key to affordable space and to bring the vast resources of space into the economic purview of humankind.

Dr. George F. Sowers is vice president of Advanced Concepts and Technologies for United Launch Alliance (ULA) headquartered in Denver, Colorado. In this role, Sowers is responsible for assessing product offerings, technology roadmaps, operations concepts, and business models that meet various potential customerfuture space architecture needs and buying approaches. The overall goal of Sowers’ team is to enable the design of the products, processes and infrastructure to meet our customers’ future requirements. Prior to this position, Sowers was the vice president of Human Launch Services.
Before joining ULA, Sowers was director of Business Development for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
Sowers previously served as director of Mission Integration for the Atlas program and Chief Systems Engineer and director of the Systems Engineering and Integration Team (SEIT) for Atlas V development.
Sowers began his career with Martin Marietta in 1981 as a flight design engineer on the Titan program.
Sowers received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Georgia Tech in 1980 and his PhD in physics from the
University of Colorado in 1988.