Interplanetary Infrastructure

Infrastructure is the Backbone of Civilization

Interplanetary Infrastructure Location


Session Date and Time
Thursday, May 23 @ 10 am - 12 noon

Infrastructure is the backbone of civilization. A multi-planetary civilization needs interplanetary infrastructure to support its expansion, facilitate trade, and keep its citizens and their societies connected. The Interplanetary Infrastructure session considers whether investments in infrastructure, especially two-way transportation infrastructure, can address some of the most pressing problems associated with humanity’s initial efforts to expand into the solar system. Historically, infrastructure has facilitated human expansion. It increased accessibility and reduced the personal sacrifices that adventurous settlers and their families had to make. Infrastructure projects tend to be somewhat conservative in nature. They generally use technologies and materials that have been applied in other industries and that are already well-understood and well-characterized by engineers. Successful infrastructure projects are economically viable because their long-term benefit to society exceeds their upfront cost, even when the upfront cost is significant. The speakers presenting concepts in this session adhere to these fundamental principles and can demonstrate that their proposals do indeed pencil out.

Interplanetary Infrastructure  Session Chair Info

Director of Infrastructure, The Atlantis Project
Presentation Title: Inertially Supported Launch Infrastructure

Phil Swan has a track record of developing successful innovations while working on advanced multi-disciplinary projects including Starlink, Hololens, and Xbox. He has been granted 38 US patents, including, most recently, a patent for the Tethered Ring. He is the recipient of three corporate recognition awards.

Interplanetary Infrastructure Presentation Speakers

Founder and CEO, Reloquence

Megan Eskey has defined the syntax for the first planetary address framework to include a system of roads. Her company, Reloquence, is charting maps with FiOR Innovations as an attempt to lay the groundwork for a new innovation strategy for sustained human presence on the Moon and Mars. She is the first to define a field of study called “space roadbotics,” and has written an executive report that puts her framework into the context of real-world use cases such as traversing caves and canyons on Mars, and the Apollo 15 mission, which included the first manned rover on the Moon.

Research Expert & Manager, Center for Mathematical Plasma Astrophysics at KU Leuven
Presentation Title: Towards a New Era of Magnetically Shielded Space Exploration Missions

Dr. Andrea Lani is a research/team manager at KU Leuven’s Center for Mathematical Plasma Astrophysics, an AIAA member, a co-author of 100+ scientific papers, and was previously a senior researcher at Von Karman Institute, and postdoc at NASA/Stanford CTR and NATO STO technical member. For 20+ years he has led the development of models/software to simulate hypersonic flows around spacecrafts and space weather as a co-designer of the COOLFluiD and ESA VSWMC platforms. He is the PI of MEESST, a large EU project (10 organizations) developing the first magnetic shielding demonstrator for space re-entry.

Visionary, Orbital Yacht Club
Presentation Title: Orbital Yacht Club

As a space station designer and futurist visionary, Jim has been shaping the future of space exploration since 1978. Throughout his career, he has remained committed to pushing the boundaries of possibility in space architecture and design. His journey with the National Space Society (NSS) began in 1986, with original membership in the National Space Institute. Over the years, Jim has contributed to the society’s mission, advocating for innovation and progress in the field of space exploration. Jim holds an AA Eng Sci degree from St. Louis Community College and a BSEE degree from Washington University – St. Louis.

Other Sessions at ISDC 2025

Preserving Aerospace Heritage
Infrastructure is the Backbone of Civilization
Space Ventures Stride Toward Lucrative Horizons
Newest and Most Exciting Ideas
Growing Life Beyond Earth: Innovating for Sustainable Space Habitats
...Some More Traveled Than Others
A Martian Renaissance is at Hand
How Will We Best Explore, Prospect, and Settle Our Natural Satellite?
Discuss Comprehensive Solutions Planetary Defense
Learn More About the History of Tomorrow
Educating and Enlightening People
Exciting Technology that will Revolutionize Access to Space
Global Collaboration for Outer Space
Medical Capabilities to Travel Into Deep Space
Who Owns the Vast Riches of Space?
Making Humanity a Space Faring Species
Core Interest of the NSS Since the 1970s
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