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Dr. Pandya to Participate on IAC Panel

Orbital Assembly Medical Research Strategic Advisor Dr. Shawna Pandya to Participate on IAC Panel “The Value Of Low Earth Orbit In The Next Decades

PARIS, Sept. 19, 2022 — Orbital Assembly Corp. Medical Research Strategic Advisor, Shawna Pandya M.D., has been selected to participate on a plenary session at the 73rd International Aeronautical Conference entitled “The Value Of Low Earth Orbit In The Next Decade” on Monday, September 19.

This plenary will discuss how LEO will be used differently in the next eight years – given the more recent international capabilities and new objectives – and what a human presence in LEO across multiple international and commercial efforts will look like. It will highlight potential business markets and the business cases for commercial companies. A key focus for this plenary is on diversity and the “G’s of the IAF”: Gender, Geography and Generation in research, tourism, manufacturing, and space development, and from government agency and company perspectives.   

Dr. Shawna Pandya

Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, aquanaut, pilot-in-training, and scientist-astronaut candidate with the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences, the first and only crewed suborbital research program. In addition to her role as director of medical research at OAC, she is vice president of immersive medicine for Luxsonic Technologies, as well as a medical advisor to Astreas.”

“We’re pleased to have Shawna representing OAC at the IAC, one of the industry’s most important global events,” says Rhonda Stevenson, CEO of Orbital Assembly. “We expect there to be a lot of interest in our business model to provide artificial gravity in our LEO Pioneer Station business park to industrial, manufacturing, research government and tourism industries. “

Other speakers scheduled to participate include:

Iwao Igarashi – VP &GM Business Development, Space Systems, Integrated Defense & Space Systems, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)

Olivia Gamez Holzhaus – CEO, Rhodium Scientific 

Robyn Gatens – Director of the International Space Station, (NASA) 

Dan Dumbacher – Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Mary Lynne Dittmar – Chief Government and External Relations Officer, Axiom Space, LLC

Location: Room Paris South, Level 3, Hall 7, Paris Convention Centre.

Time: 9:00 AM – 10 AM Paris Time

Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC) OAC is a recognized leader in designing, constructing, and operating large-scale, sustained, habitable structures with gravity on-orbit, in cislunar space, and throughout the solar system. OAC’s Pioneer-class stations, the first of which is scheduled to be operational in as little as several years, will be the first on-orbit business park with variable artificial gravity (up to ~0.5g) to support the greater health of its occupants, as well as enable novel research and manufacturing processes possible neither in a microgravity facility nor on Earth. OAC plans to lease space on Pioneer-class stations to a mix of private, academic, commercial, government and industrial customers, and offer them a wide range of on-orbit capabilities including manufacturing parts on demand from aluminum, steel, plastics, and possibly other materials. The company will also provide opportunities for space tourism. For more information about Orbital Assembly Corporation, please visit

Andrew Lavin

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