July 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California

Speaker

Carissa Christensen

Carissa Bryce Christensen is a founder and Managing Partner of The Tauri Group, an analytic consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. For 25 years, Ms. Christensen has been a recognized expert in commercial space, and has engaged the leading edge of the space industry with innovative analysis of space systems, industry economics, advanced technologies, unique regulatory requirements, and underlying demand. Ms. Christensen has led the industry by conceiving and originating data resources that remain industry standards. Those include: • The first industry-wide, demand-based market forecast for commercial space services, which became a benchmark in better understanding industry dynamics • The first comprehensive economic measurement of the commercial satellite industry through the development of the Satellite Industry Association’s (SIA) annual indicators • A ground-breaking re-definition of the segments of the space industry generally in the inaugural Space Report published by the Space Foundation. • An industry model, and measures of revenue, investment, and employment, of the emerging commercial human spaceflight industry for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) These resources (developed for senior executives in organizations including major aerospace firms, start-up ventures, NASA, FAA, and the US military) reflect consistent commitment to an objective viewpoint, rigorous analysis, and realistic characterization of trends. Her on-going work with government agencies, industry organizations, launch firms, and satellite manufacturers and operators helps decision makers better understand market positioning, future demand for space services, and competitive dynamics. For example, recent projects led by Ms. Christensen have estimated employment impacts of changes to NASA’s budget, and defined and analyzed segments of the suborbital launch market. She is currently the external space industry expert for the sector-by-sector tier-by-tier industrial base analysis being conducted by the DoD Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) Ms. Christensen’s extensive publications include contributions to peer-reviewed journals, industry publications, books, and conference proceedings. She is often quoted in trade and popular media. Ms. Christensen holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in science and technology policy. She also completed a General Course in Government from the London School of Economics and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University.
Carissa Christensen
Managing Partner, The Tauri Group