Tuesday, December 05, 8:30 - 8:45 AM


Tuesday, December 05, 8:45 - 9:00 AM


Tuesday, December 05, 9:00 - 9:30 AM


Tuesday, December 05, 10:00 - 10:30 AM

    This statistics rich presentation will give the status of the commercial space sector from both a business to government and business to business perspective. Data will include launch forecasts, satellite deployments for Earth Observation and communications, space tourism, cislunar and deep space commercial activities, private investments in space, and much more. Specific attention will be given to the size and characteristics of the emerging Earth observation market for terrestrial industry buyers and the related businessRead More
    Speaker(s)
    Keynote
    Carissa Christensen
    Chief Executive Officer
    Bryce Space and Technology

      Tuesday, December 05, 10:30 - 12:00 PM

        Senior executives from diverse industries including aerospace, maritime, energy, medical, advanced manufacturing and agriculture will explore how their technologies and capabilities can be applied across multiple industry sectors. Discussion will tease out how our economy is rapidly being overtaken by the AI and robotics revolutions and how savvy companies are applying the powerful Earth observation data sets to solve business problems. Are you missing out?
        Speaker(s)
        Moderator
        Robert Bell
        Executive Director
        Society of Satellite Professionals International
        Panelist
        Dr. Robert Satcher
        Former NASA Astronaut and Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Oncology, Division of Surgery
        The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
        Speaker
        Scott Killian
        Aerospace Account Manager
        EOS of North America, Inc.
        Panelist
        Steve Jurczyk
        Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate
        NASA

          Tuesday, December 05, 12:00 - 1:15 PM

            Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient's bedside. He will show how these technologies were influenced by space technology and how they could impact future human deep space missions.
            Speaker(s)
            Panelist
            Dr. Daniel Kraft
            Chair for Medicine
            Singularity University
            Track(s)

              Tuesday, December 05, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

                Autonomous vehicles are about to become ubiquitous in every economic sector, from driverless taxis to drone ships and planes to autonomous Martian rovers. What are the opportunities for autonomous applications in your business sector? Find out how autonomous vehicles are reshaping how we view transportation and how you can profitably adopt the technology into your business.
                Speaker(s)
                Moderator
                Dr. Robert Ambrose
                Principal Investigator, Game Changing Development Program Software, Robotics & Simulations Division
                NASA Johnson Space Center
                Panelist
                Bill Bluethmann
                Deputy Branch Chief, Robotics and Simulation Division
                NASA Johnson Space Center
                Track(s)
                    How will the shifting budget priorities of the new Administration affect commercial space policy? Liability limits for commercial launches, air and space traffic integration issues, and asteroid mining rights are a few of the other space commerce issues also occupying Washington. Space commerce, though non-partisan, still poses many challenges for legislators and regulators. This panel of policy experts will break down the most important legislative issues of the new Administration and discuss how your businessRead More
                    Speaker(s)
                    Speaker
                    Alex MacDonald
                    Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the Administrator
                    NASA
                    Speaker
                    Caryn Schenewerk
                    General Counsel
                    SpaceX
                    Panelist
                    Jeff Bingham
                    Former Staffer, Senate Commerce
                    Science & Transportation Committee
                    Panelist
                    Richard Dalbello
                    Vice President Business Development and Government Affairs
                    Virgin Galactic
                    Track(s)
                        Government spending on NASA has returned benefits to society many times the original investment. There are still many untapped technologies at NASA ready for commercial adoption, as well as opportunities for private companies to partner with NASA to solve technical challenges for the agency. In this session, NASA will show how you can access its knowledge base to support your business model.
                        Speaker(s)
                        Moderator
                        Jack James
                        Lead, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer group
                        NASA
                        Panelist
                        Dan Lockney
                        Technology Transfer Program Executive
                        NASA
                        Track(s)
                        Sponsored by

                            Precision farming, energy reserve exploration and port traffic management are examples of end user applications of Earth observation satellite data. Satellite resources are becoming increasingly essential to the maritime, agribusiness and energy sectors for making informed bottom-line decisions on a consistent basis. This session will review the ways terrestrial industries are applying these capabilities.
                            Speaker(s)
                            Panelist
                            Russ Matijevich
                            Vice President
                            HawkEye 360
                            Panelist
                            Steve Boogar
                            Strategic Business Development Manager, Small Satellites
                            Harris Corporation
                            Panelist
                            William Stefanov
                            Associate International Space Station (ISS) Program Scientist, Earth Observations
                            NASA Johnson Space Center
                            Track(s)
                                Next generation launch vehicles are in development and promise to make transportation to and beyond low Earth orbit cheaper and more accessible. The Space Launch System, LauncherOne, Falcon Heavy, Vulcan, New Glenn and Ariane 6 and others combined will provide unprecedented orbital and deep space capability. What opportunities does this capacity create?
                                Speaker(s)
                                Panelist
                                Michael Holguin
                                Program Manager
                                United Launch Alliance
                                Track(s)
                                    Public-private partnerships are an effective method for achieving government and industry goals that stimulate commercial innovation and spur sustainable economic development. Spaceport development and commercial access to the International Space Station are two excellent examples of public-private engagement. What is the potential for space entrepreneurs and innovators to partner with government, and what do you need to know to secure such partnerships for your company?
                                    Speaker(s)
                                    Moderator
                                    Cynthia Bouthot
                                    Director of Business Development
                                    Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
                                    Panelist
                                    Bob Prochnow
                                    Executive Director
                                    Technology Collaboration Center of Houston
                                    Panelist
                                    Dr. Daniel Rasky
                                    Chief of the Space Portal Office
                                    NASA
                                    Speaker
                                    Lynn Buquo
                                    Program Specialist
                                    NASA Johnson Space Center
                                    Track(s)

                                      Tuesday, December 05, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

                                        Robonaut 2 aboard International Space Station is being trained to locate and retrieve specific items, eventually freeing astronauts of this tedious task. Learning dexterous robots are showing up on the shop floors, warehouse isles and even inside the bodies of surgical patients. Smart dexterity is the frontier of robotics. With applications in medical, energy, maritime, and agriculture, and advanced manufacturing, smart dexterous robotics will become ubiquitous in the near future. Find out what this willRead More
                                        Speaker(s)
                                        Panelist
                                        Henrik Christensen
                                        Director, Contextual Robotics Institute
                                        UC San Diego
                                        Speaker
                                        Kyle Edelberg
                                        Robotic Systems Engineer
                                        NASA Jet Propulsion Labs
                                        Panelist
                                        Ron Diftler
                                        Robonaut Project Leader
                                        NASA Johnson Space Center
                                        Track(s)
                                            Success in the digital age is now being defined by the intelligent software tools that best make sense of the avalanche of data coming from all directions, including and especially from orbiting satellites. The farmer doesn’t care about pretty satellite pictures of his farm; he just wants to know what the image tells him--in real time and in a format that he immediately understands. Turning a data cloud into a meaningful end user product isRead More
                                            Speaker(s)
                                            Panelist
                                            Anna Moren
                                            Product Director
                                            Cropio
                                            Panelist
                                            Steven Ward
                                            Director of Geospatial Sciences
                                            The Climate Corporation (A Monsanto Company)
                                            Track(s)
                                            Sponsored by

                                                Maintenance and clean-up chores we’re used to on Earth are about to be applied to orbital satellites and debris. This session will explore the business opportunities in tackling the growing threat of orbital debris and the emerging capabilities of satellite service and repair. Government and industry welcome commercial strategies to address these challenges. Attend this program to find out about technical challenges and the business entry points.
                                                Speaker(s)
                                                Speaker
                                                Frank DeMauro
                                                Vice President & General Manager, Advanced Programs Division
                                                Orbital ATK
                                                Panelist
                                                Steven Oldham
                                                Vice President, Strategic Business Development for Emerging Markets
                                                SSL
                                                Track(s)
                                                    The International Space Station has a mandate to make the orbiting facility available for commercial projects. From microgravity to extreme exposure to Earth observation to advanced communications, the ISS serves as a test bed for a wide range of commercial applications. In this session you’ll discover all that is possible and how to effectively partner with NASA to get your commercial idea onto the ISS.
                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                    Moderator
                                                    David Zuniga
                                                    Commercial Innovation Manager, Remote Sensing, and Aerospace Technology Development Lead
                                                    Center for the Advancement of Science in Space
                                                    Panelist
                                                    Julie Robinson
                                                    Chief Scientist for the International Space Station
                                                    NASA
                                                    Speaker
                                                    Lynn Harper
                                                    Lead Integrative Studies, Space Portal Partnerships Office
                                                    NASA Ames Research Center
                                                    Track(s)
                                                    Sponsored by

                                                        The European Space Agency is planning a “Lunar Village.” Google LunarX Prize contestants are racing to be the first private companies to land on the Moon. Elon Musk announced plans to settle Mars. Regardless of which visions pan out, long-terms operations on the Moon and Mars will demand that space pioneers learn to ‘live off the land’ by using indigenous raw materials for on-site building and operations. How can these technologies also be used forRead More
                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                        Panelist
                                                        Chris Lewicki
                                                        President & Chief Executive Officer
                                                        Planetary Resources
                                                        Speaker
                                                        Diane Linne
                                                        Senior Research Engineer
                                                        NASA Glenn Research Center
                                                        Panelist
                                                        Jim Keravala
                                                        Chief Executive Officer
                                                        OffWorld
                                                        Panelist
                                                        Rick Tumlinson
                                                        Founder
                                                        Deep Space Industries, Space Frontier Foundation, and New Worlds
                                                        Track(s)
                                                            High tech ventures, especially space tech, are high risk businesses requiring sophisticated strategies to protect managers and investors. Good risk management, via self-insured or purchased insurance, is a balancing act about which entrepreneurs need to be well educated. Anyone planning or running a high tech business should not miss this session.
                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                            Panelist
                                                            Robert P. Whearty
                                                            Senior Vice President
                                                            Marsh Space Projects
                                                            Track(s)

                                                              Tuesday, December 05, 4:30 - 7:00 PM


                                                              Wednesday, December 06, 8:30 - 8:45 AM


                                                              Wednesday, December 06, 8:45 - 9:15 AM

                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                Keynote
                                                                Walter Scott
                                                                Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President
                                                                DigitalGlobe

                                                                  Wednesday, December 06, 9:15 - 10:15 AM

                                                                    LEO based infrastructure will rapidly create a new sustainable economy. This session brings together thought leaders to identify the key benchmarks that will demonstrate that in fact this market is being created.
                                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                                    Panelist
                                                                    Frank Culbertson Jr.
                                                                    President, Space Systems Group
                                                                    Orbital ATK
                                                                    Panelist
                                                                    Jeffrey Manber
                                                                    Chief Executive Officer
                                                                    NanoRacks
                                                                    Panelist
                                                                    Stuart Martin
                                                                    Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
                                                                    Satellite Applications Catapult
                                                                    Speaker
                                                                    Wade Larson
                                                                    President and CEO, Director, and Co-Founder
                                                                    UrtheCast

                                                                      Wednesday, December 06, 11:15 - 12:15 PM

                                                                        With the International Space Station due to end service in the next decade, the private sector is gearing up to the fill the void with new space habitat concepts that will stimulate wide ranging commercial potential. NASA NextSTEP program is also providing seed dollars for deep space habitat development. All this activity is foretelling of a new era in human space travel for science, earth observation, industrial research, and of course space tourism. By attendingRead More
                                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                                        Panelist
                                                                        Jason Crusan
                                                                        Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division
                                                                        NASA
                                                                        Panelist
                                                                        Jeffrey Manber
                                                                        Chief Executive Officer
                                                                        NanoRacks
                                                                        Panelist
                                                                        Robert Richards
                                                                        Vice President Business Development Civil & Defence Division
                                                                        Orbital ATK
                                                                        Track(s)
                                                                            NASA has set a goal of sending people to Mars in the 2030’s. The years long journey poses serious health risk from radiation exposure, weightlessness, remote access to emergency medicine, and even the effective shelf life of stored medication. New technologies will be required that involve sophisticated human-machine interfaces and an ever increasing autonomy of the operators in remote environments. Addressing these problems will stimulate cross-industry development for achieving autonomy and high levels of human-machineRead More
                                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                                            Panelist
                                                                            Dr. Jeffrey Davis
                                                                            Founder and Chief Executive Officer
                                                                            Exploring 4 Solutions, LLC
                                                                            Panelist
                                                                            Dr. Vernon McDonald, PhD
                                                                            Group President
                                                                            KBRwyle
                                                                            Speaker
                                                                            Takanori Shibata
                                                                            Chief Senior Research Scientist, Human lnformatics Research Institute
                                                                            National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
                                                                            Track(s)
                                                                            Sponsored by

                                                                                Investors are putting up billions to fund promising startups. Planet started in a garage and has disrupted the satellite industry. SpaceX investors believed Elon Musk could drive down the cost of launch and begin the era of reusable rockets. Who will be the next Planet or SpaceX? What are the areas of tech that are showing the most promise right now? The expert investors in this session will guide a discussion of the investment opportunitiesRead More
                                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                                Moderator
                                                                                Sean Casey
                                                                                Co-Founder and Managing Director
                                                                                Silicon Valley Space Center
                                                                                Track(s)
                                                                                    Accurate weather forecast is worth millions of dollars to maritime shippers, offshore drilling rigs, and farm operators. New instruments are enhancing the precision of forecasting that significantly improve preparedness and avoidance strategies. If your industry is impacted by weather you must attend this session to find out how to take advantage of the latest weather forecasting innovations.
                                                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                                                    Speaker
                                                                                    Chris McCormick
                                                                                    Chief Executive Officer
                                                                                    PlanetiQ/Global Weather & Climate Solutions
                                                                                    Panelist
                                                                                    Ed Kearns
                                                                                    Chief Data Officer
                                                                                    NOAA
                                                                                    Track(s)
                                                                                    Sponsored by

                                                                                        Commercial spaceports are natural hubs for regional tech activity. While launch fees are the anchor funding source for spaceport operations, all spaceports must consider multiple revenue sources to ensure their sustainability. Office space for high tech companies, incubators and accelerators, training programs, entertainment, and hospitality are some of the revenue streams this panel will explore.
                                                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                                                        Panelist
                                                                                        Arturo Machuca
                                                                                        General Manager
                                                                                        Ellington Airport & Houston Spaceport
                                                                                        Panelist
                                                                                        Frank DiBello
                                                                                        President and Chief Executive Officer
                                                                                        Spaceport Florida
                                                                                        Speaker
                                                                                        Richard Pruss
                                                                                        Vice President, Director of Aerospace and Government Programs
                                                                                        BRPH Architects-Engineers, Inc
                                                                                        Track(s)
                                                                                        Sponsored by

                                                                                            Robots are taking on the toughest jobs, from deep ocean oil rig repair to inspection and maintenance of hazardous facilities to lunar habitats construction. Very soon all jobs that would put humans at risk of harm will be turned over to intelligent robots. This session will focus on range of applications for using robots in extreme locations, and how they can benefit the bottom line of those who employ them.
                                                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                                                            Moderator
                                                                                            Dr. Robert Ambrose
                                                                                            Principal Investigator, Game Changing Development Program Software, Robotics & Simulations Division
                                                                                            NASA Johnson Space Center
                                                                                            Speaker
                                                                                            Kimberly Hambuchen
                                                                                            Aeronautics Engineer, Automation and Robotics Systems
                                                                                            NASA Johnson Space Center
                                                                                            Panelist
                                                                                            Lon Miller
                                                                                            Sr. Vice President and General Manager
                                                                                            Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
                                                                                            Track(s)
                                                                                            Sponsored by


                                                                                              Wednesday, December 06, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

                                                                                                Each workshop will explore ways that lessons learned from the conference sessions and/or unanswered questions can be addressed to the full advantage for each participant. Mutual sharing of ideas to help solve specific issues will be teased out by the moderator.
                                                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                                                Moderator
                                                                                                Tim Shinbara
                                                                                                Vice President - Manufacturing Technology
                                                                                                AMT
                                                                                                Track(s)
                                                                                                    Each workshop will explore ways that lessons learned from the conference sessions and/or unanswered questions can be addressed to the full advantage for each participant. Mutual sharing of ideas to help solve specific issues will be teased out by the moderator.
                                                                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                                                                    Moderator
                                                                                                    Jitendra Joshi
                                                                                                    Chief Technology Advisor, Advanced Capabilities Division
                                                                                                    NASA
                                                                                                    Moderator
                                                                                                    Kent Schescke
                                                                                                    Executive Vice President
                                                                                                    Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
                                                                                                    Track(s)
                                                                                                        Each workshop will explore ways that lessons learned from the conference sessions and/or unanswered questions can be addressed to the full advantage for each participant. Mutual sharing of ideas to help solve specific issues will be teased out by the moderator.
                                                                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                                                                        Moderator
                                                                                                        José Gutierrez Ph.D.
                                                                                                        Director of Technology and Innovation
                                                                                                        Transocean
                                                                                                        Moderator
                                                                                                        Lee Mason
                                                                                                        Principal Technologist for Power & Energy Storage
                                                                                                        NASA HQ
                                                                                                        Track(s)
                                                                                                            Each workshop will explore ways that lessons learned from the conference sessions and/or unanswered questions can be addressed to the full advantage for each participant. Mutual sharing of ideas to help solve specific issues will be teased out by the moderator.
                                                                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                                                                            Moderator
                                                                                                            Greg Murphy
                                                                                                            Executive Director
                                                                                                            The Maritime Alliance
                                                                                                            Track(s)
                                                                                                                Each workshop will explore ways that lessons learned from the conference sessions and/or unanswered questions can be addressed to the full advantage for each participant. Mutual sharing of ideas to help solve specific issues will be teased out by the moderator.
                                                                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                                                                Moderator
                                                                                                                Dr. Erik Antonsen
                                                                                                                Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capabilities
                                                                                                                NASA Johnson Space Center
                                                                                                                Track(s)
                                                                                                                    Space manufacturing will start with robotic pods processing precious materials for deorbit and sale on Earth. The evolution of manufacturing will make use of space transportation highways and access to raw materials on the Moon and asteroids. How do businesses today engage in the emerging space manufacturing arena? What are the next steps necessary catalyze a cislunar marketplace?
                                                                                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                                                                                    Panelist
                                                                                                                    Andrew Rush
                                                                                                                    President and CEO
                                                                                                                    Made In Space, Inc.
                                                                                                                    Panelist
                                                                                                                    Jennifer Lopez
                                                                                                                    Commerical Innovation Technology Development Lead
                                                                                                                    Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
                                                                                                                    Speaker
                                                                                                                    Karen Taminger
                                                                                                                    Materials Research Engineer
                                                                                                                    NASA Langley Research Center
                                                                                                                    Panelist
                                                                                                                    Leo Volfson
                                                                                                                    Chief Executive Officer
                                                                                                                    FOMS, Inc.
                                                                                                                    Track(s)

                                                                                                                      Thursday, December 07, 8:30 - 8:45 AM


                                                                                                                      Thursday, December 07, 8:45 - 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                        The finalist in the SpaceCom Entrepreneurs Competition will present to their business plans at this general session. An expert panel of judges will comment and facilitate audience discussion with the startups. The audience, along with the judges, will select the winner of the competition.
                                                                                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                                                                                        Moderator
                                                                                                                        Stephan Reckie
                                                                                                                        Founding Managing Member
                                                                                                                        Angelus Funding
                                                                                                                        Panelist
                                                                                                                        John Reale
                                                                                                                        Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
                                                                                                                        Station Houston
                                                                                                                        Panelist
                                                                                                                        Sean Casey
                                                                                                                        Co-Founder and Managing Director
                                                                                                                        Silicon Valley Space Center
                                                                                                                        Track(s)

                                                                                                                          Thursday, December 07, 10:45 - 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                            Since dominating humans at Jeopardy, IBM’s Watson has been finding applications in an array of industry sectors on Earth. As we start to expand human activity into LEO and beyond Watson’s capabilities become even more important. Grady Booch and Chris Codella will trace the history of Watson, and what the future holds for IBM’s Embodied Cognition Initiative, both here on Earth and in space.
                                                                                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                                                                                            Keynote
                                                                                                                            Dr. Christopher Codella
                                                                                                                            Chief Technology Officer, Government Cognitive Computing
                                                                                                                            IBM
                                                                                                                            Keynote
                                                                                                                            Grady Booch
                                                                                                                            Chief Architect for Watson/M
                                                                                                                            IBM

                                                                                                                              Thursday, December 07, 11:30 - 12:15 PM