GSA Webinar Series – April 2024

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Economic Impact of Spaceports:

Market Analysts View




Deloittes paper: Spaceport of the Future

BryceTech reports: CLICK HERE 


Market analysts are beginning to track and evaluate the economic impact of spaceports in the U.S. and around the world. Collectively, spaceports represent important focal points for emerging commercial space activities in the regions they serve. In the webinar, representatives from Deloitte and BryceTech will share recent findings about spaceports and discuss their potential future impact on the emerging space economy. Joining the discussion is Mike Kuchler, who co-authored a recent Deloitte paper, “Spaceport of the Future.” Also on the panel is Phil Smith of BryceTech who maintains the most comprehensive map of launch sites around the world.


  • Dr. George Nield, Chairman, GSA (moderator)
  • Mike Kuchler, Senior Manager, Launch and Range Services, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Phil Smith, Program Manager and Senior Analyst, BryceTech


Dr. George Nield

Dr. George Nield

Global Spaceport Alliance (Moderator)

Mike Kuchler

Senior Manager, Launch and Range Services, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Mike Kuchler has 15 years of experience in federal consulting and global emerging markets, focusing on finance, strategic planning, program management, business model transformation, legislative policy in the Aerospace and Defense sectors.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington and Masters of Business Administration focusing on supply chain and logistics from William & Mary.
Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Space Industry Analyst and Artist
Phil has worked as a space industry analyst for nearly 25 years, building on a decade of technical training, graduate-level education, and military experience. Phil’s background includes space industry analysis and market forecasting, aerospace history, astroculture, astrofuturism, nuclear weapons technology, industrial hygiene, clinical laboratory studies, and policy analysis.
In addition to conducting research, analyzing the results, and drafting written materials, Phil translates this work into high-quality documents, briefings, wall charts, and infographics using various publishing tools, bringing a mix of analytical skills and artistic talent to provide customers with a diversity of approaches in problem solving, from conceptualization to final delivery.
Clients include NASA Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS); NASA Chief Economist; several NASA centers (Stennis Space Center, Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory); USAF Office of Commercial and Economic Analysis; FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation; major original equipment manufacturers; international space agencies (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, German Space Agency, and UK Space Agency); and venture companies.
Phil has also been a tour guide for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum since 2003.