Event

On July 8 the Future Space Leaders Foundation held the 9th Annual Future Space event, exploring cutting edge technologies and brave new applications poised to transform the space and satellite industry. FSLF is a STEAM-focused non-profit organization supporting educational programs and networking opportunities for graduate students and young professionals pursuing careers in the space and satellite industry.

This free virtual event featured:

  • National Security Session with Maj. Gen. Pamela Lincoln
  • Civil Space Session with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
  • Congressional Space Session with Rep. Michael Waltz and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small

Previous Event Agendas

Date: July 10, 2019
NEW ROOM Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room: SD-G50 (Senate Dirksen on the Ground Floor), Luncheon at the Reserve Officer Association, 1 Constitution Ave NE

The event will start promptly at 7:55 A.M. Coffee and pastries will be served. Use the C Street entrance at the corner of First Street and C Street, which opens at 7 A.M.
07:55  Welcome: Clay Mowry, Chairman & Founder of the Future Space Leaders Foundation & Vice President, Blue Origin
08:00-08:15  Opening Keynote: Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, Director, Space Programs, SAF/AQS
08:15-09:15  Civil Space Panel: Human Spaceflight – The Rise of the Skywalkers
Opening Panel Keynote:  Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator
Moderator: Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Dan Nelson, Associate Technical Fellow, Spacecraft Flight Control Design and Analysis, Modeling and Simulation, Boeing
Nicholas Patrick, Senior Director, Human Integration, Blue Origin
09:15-09:30  Rep. Mike Waltz, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
09:30-10:30  Commercial Panel: Wicked Cool Space Technology – The Right Stuff
Moderator: Carissa Christensen
Don Brown, General Manager, Government Services, Telesat
Dr. Jonathan Cirtain, Vice President, Advanced Technology, BWXT
Shayn Hawthorne, GM, AWS Ground Station
Marshall Smith, Director, Human Lunar Exploration Programs, NASA
10:30-10:45  Rep. Neal Dunn, M.D. (FL-02)
10:45-11:00  Spotlight: Michael Beavin, Director of Commercial Space Policy, National Space Council, The White House
11:00-12:00  National Security Panel: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Moderator: Brad Cheetham, CEO & President, Advanced Space
Andrew Bunker, Director, Washington Operations, United launch Alliance
Jeremy Kalina, Senior Manager, Raytheon Space Systems
Travis Langster, Vice President, DoD and Intel Space Business Development
Col Tony Meeks, Chief Architect, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)
Damon Wells, Director, Office of Policy and Strategy, National Reconnaissance Office
12:30-14:00  Luncheon at Reserve Officer Association “Top of the Hill”
Luncheon Keynote:  Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA)

Invited Congressional Speakers

  • Rep. Kendra Horn
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
  • Sen. Kyrsten Sinema

Date: July 12, 2018
Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room: SR-325 (Kennedy Caucus Room), Breakfast and Luncheon at the Reserve Officer Association, 1 Constitution Ave NE

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast at the Reserve Officer Association’s Atrium
8:15 Secretary Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce

Main Program (Russell Senate Office Building – SR-325, Kennedy Caucus Room)

08:45 – 09:35 Panel 1: The Rogues Won: Civil Space Innovations and Future Plans
Moderator: Suzanne Gillen, Senior Director of Government Relations, Maxar Technologies
Sirisha Bandla, Business Development & Government Affairs Manager, Virgin Orbit
Abby Dickes, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Special Projects, NanoRacks
Ben Roberts, VP Government Affairs, Moon Express

09:35 – 09:45 Keynote: Sen. Patty Murray

09:45 – 10:00 Keynote: Lt Gen DT Thompson, USAF Space Command

10:00 – 11:00 Panel 2: Guardians of the Galaxy – Keeping National Security Space at the Cutting Edge
Moderator: Bradley Cheetham, CEO & President, Advanced Space
Brett Alexander, VP, Government Sales & Strategy, Blue Origin
Michael Dickey, Chief of the Space Enterprise Vision at Air Force Space Command Headquarters, USAF Space Command
John W. Giles, Col, USAF, Senior Policy Advisor, National Space Council
Travis Langster, VP DoD & Intel Space, AGI

11:00 – 11:10 Keynote: Dr. Ellen Stofan, Director of National Air and Space Museum

11:10 – 12:00 Panel 3: The Real Business of Space Business
Kick-off Keynote: Paul “Rusty” Thomas, DARPA TTO
Moderator: Carissa Christensen
Mike López-Alegría, Principal, Business Development, Axiom Space
Debra Facktor, Vice President & General Manager Strategic Operations, Ball Aerospace
Rich Leshner, Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs & Policy, Planet Labs Inc

12:00 – 12:15 Walk to Reserve Officer Association

12:15 – 14:00 Luncheon at Reserve Officer Association “Top of the Hill”

12:30 – 14:00 Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Karen St. Germain, Director, Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning NOAA/NESDIS

Date: July 13, 2017
Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room: SH-216, Luncheon at Capitol View at 400, 444 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001

07:30 – 08:00 Registration

08:00 – 08:15 Opening Keynote: Congressman Brian Babin

08:15 – 08:30 Keynote: Congressman Derek Kilmer

08:30 – 09:15 Session 1: National Security: Shifting Paradigms in Government-Industry Partnerships
Over the past decade, the traditional roles of government and industry have been changing as private sector investment in space technology has increased, commercial applications have proliferated, and the pace of technology innovation has greatly accelerated. Both new and traditional space companies have struggled with a government acquisition system that is slow and cumbersome and unable to match the pace of change. This panel will discuss how companies large and small and government entities are collaborating to build new relationships that can take full advantage of the changes taking place in the aerospace industry.

Moderator: Ray O. Johnson, Executive in Residence, Bessemer Venture Partners
Colonel Shahnaz M. Punjani, USAF, Director, Operationally Responsive Space Office, Space and Missile Systems Center
Russ Matijevich, Hawkeye360
Wallis Laughrey, Vice President of Space Systems, Raytheon
Kay Sears, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Space Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Debra Facktor Lepore, VP/GM, Strategic Operations and Commercial Aerospace Business Unit, Ball Aerospace

09:15 – 9:30 Morning Keynote: Congressman Jim Banks

09:30 – 9:45 Break and Networking

09:45 – 10:45 Session 2: Making Stuff Up! (Building Things in Space)
Earth has supplied everything we have used in space, but space manufacturing can change that. NASA and industry have begun bringing manufacturing to space, with 3D printing on the International Space Station, innovative pharmaceutical and other research, and advanced robotics capabilities. Where is this technology taking us and how does it change our future in space? This session brings together experts and thought leaders on space manufacturing who are literally making stuff up (in space).

Moderator: Carissa Christensen, CEO, Bryce Space and Technology
Andrew Rush, CEO, Made In Space
Dr. Corky Clinton, Associate Director, Technical Science and Technology Office, NASA MSFC
Pam Melroy, NASA/DARPA, retired

10:45 – 11:00 Closing Keynote: Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

11:00 – 12:00 Session 3: Space Market Awakens
New commercial markets in space are emerging and the fundamental drivers for these markets are new commercial opportunities. This panel will focus on these commercial opportunities and detail the relevant and serious commercial drivers supporting the industry beyond communications and remote sensing. This unique panel will cover exciting details on technical developments in suborbital spaceflight, orbital crew transportation, orbital space habitats, satellite servicing, and space resources.

Moderator: Lori Garver, Air Line Pilots Association and Brooke Owens Fellowship Program
Brad Cheetham, CEO/President, Advanced Space
Mike Gold, Vice President, Washington, D.C. Operations, SSL
Dr. Erika Wagner, Business Development Manager, Blue Origin
Michael López-Alegría, Axiom Space

12:30 – 13:30 Luncheon at The Capitol View at 400 – sponsored by Ball Aerospace
Lunch Keynote: Dr. David A. Hardy, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (Space), Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Date: July 14, 2016
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106; Luncheon at Reserve Officer Association building, at the Top of The Hill, 1 Constitution Ave NE

07:30 – 08:00 Registration and Welcome Breakfast – sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation

08:00 – 08:15 Kick-Off: Rep. Jim Bridenstine, (OK)

08:15 – 09:15 Session 1: Traffic Cops in Space
Moderator: Richard DalBello, Vice President, Virgin Galactic
Benjamin Roberts, Assistant Director, Civil and Commercial Space, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Travis Langster, Vice President, Analytical Graphics
David Cavossa, President, Space 2.0 Consulting (for Orbital ATK)
Brian Weeden, Senior Technical Advisor, Secure World Foundation

09:15 – 9:30 Morning Keynote: Rep. Bill Posey (FL)

09:30 – 9:45 Coffee Break and Networking – sponsored by Orbital ATK

09:45 – 10:45 Session 2: Wicked Cool Space Technology – A New Hope
Moderator: Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, The Tauri Group
Dr. Alberto Conti, Astrophysicist and Innovation Manager, Northrop Grumman
Dr. Jay Falker, Program Executive, NIAC & CIF, NASA Headquarters
Philippe Moreels, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Astroscale PTE. LTD
Will Porteous, General Partner & Chief Operating Officer, RRE Ventures

10:45 – 11:45 Session 3: Almost Space – UAVs, Balloons and Virtual Reality
Moderator: Bradley Cheetham, CEO/President of Advanced Space, LLC
Jack Elston, CEO, Black Swift Technologies
Bradley Farquhar, Space Entrepreneur and Former Director of Business Development at SpaceVR
Dylan Taylor, Super Angel & Founding Partner, Space Angels

11:45 – 12:00 Highlight Presentation: Brett Alexander, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin

12:30 – 13:30 Luncheon at the Reserve Officer Association Building, Top of the Hill – sponsored by Ball Aerospace
Lunch Keynote: Lt. General Jay Raymond, United States Air Force
Introduction: Debra Facktor Lepore, Ball Aerospace

Date: July 16, 2015
Location: Reserve Officer Association building, at the Top of The Hill, 1 Constitution Ave NE

07:30 – 08:00 Registration and Coffee – Sponsored by Raytheon

08:00 – 08:30 Keynote, Rep. Mo Brooks, (AL)

08:30 – 08:45 Keynote: Rep. Donna Edwards, (MD)

08:45 – 09:45 Panel 1: Big Smart Data

Having a lot of data is good, having the right data is better. The challenge of synthesizing mountains of data into actionable information presents an incredible opportunity. This panel will include companies that focus on collecting data from platforms in the air, space, and cyberspace as well as companies that are working to translate this data into useful information. A specific emphasis will be placed on the evolution from big data to smart data.

Moderator: Brad Cheetham, Chief Operating Officer at Black Swift Technologies
Andy Hock, Acting Head of Products and Applications, GOOGLE + Skybox Imaging
Dr. Peter Wegner, CTO, Black Sky
Michael Brett, CEO, QxBranch
Cathy Rodenbeck Reese, Big Data and Analytics, IBM

09:45 – 10:00  Keynote, Senator Cory Gardner (CO)

10:00 – 10:15  Coffee Break – Sponsored by ULA and Lockheed Martin

10:15 – 10:25 Keynote: Rep. Steve Knight, (CA)

10:25 – 11:15 Panel 2: Wicked Cool Space Technology – Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

Which cutting edge technologies and brave new applications are poised to transform the space and satellite industry? Industry experts will discuss recent leaps forward in exciting areas of the space and satellite industry. Key decision makers from industry and government entities will highlight far-reaching future concepts being pursued that will redefine the space industry of the future ranging from flat panel phased array antennas to rocket planes to Airships on Venus.

Moderator: Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, The Tauri Group
Chuck Beames, President, Vulcan Aerospace
Greg Lee, VAMP Program Manager, Northrop Grumman
Antoine de Chassy, VP, Business Development, Spire Global, Inc.
Nathan Kundtz, PhD, President and CEO, Kymeta

11:15 – 11:25 Keynote Speaker: Pam Melroy, Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

11:25 – 11:30  Coffee Break – Sponsored by OrbitalATK

11:30 – 12:30 Panel 3: Transformers, Leading Industry Titans Evolve

The competitive landscape for the space and satellite industry is undergoing dramatic shifts as technology billionaires and scrappy start-ups enter the field. With these new ideas and financial resources comes opportunities as well as risks for established space and satellite companies. This panel will address how aerospace industry titans are evolving in the context of new players, new technologies, new opportunities, and existing high expectations.

Moderator: Warren Ferster, Editor of SpaceNews
Marc C. Johansen, Vice President, Satellites & Intelligence Programs, National Security and Space Government Operations, Boeing
Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager, Space Launch Systems, OrbitalATK
Neal Anderson, Vice President, Technology Development, DigtialGlobe
Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., Vice President and Deputy, Space Systems, Space and Airborne Systems, Raytheon

1:00 – 14:30 Lunch Keynote: Susan (Sue) Gordon, Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) – Sponsored by Ball Aerospace

Luncheon table sponsorships by: Ball Aerospace, AGI, the Tauri Group, Virgin Galactic, Lockheed Martin, SpaceNews, Avascent, Intelsat General, Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Rostrum, and Arianespace

Schedule for Future Space 2014

07:30 – 08:00 Registration and Coffee

08:00 – 08:30 Opening Keynote 

Rep. Steven Palazzo
Chairman of the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics , US House of Representatives

08:30 – 09:30 Panel 1: Space Start-Ups That Actually Have Funding

Investment in space is growing; venture capital funds, angels, private equity groups, self-made billionaires, and banks are funding the business of space. This panel of space CEOs who have raised tens of millions will answer your questions. How did they do it? Who are their investors? What were their best strategies? And where do they see new money coming from for future space entrepreneurs?

Carissa Christensen
Moderator – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Tauri Group

Eric Gundersen
CEO, Mapbox

Jeffrey Manber
Managing Director, NanoRacks

Robbie Schingler
President and COO, Planet Labs

09:30 – 09:45 Coffee Break

09:45 – 10:00 View From Pennsylvania Avenue

Richard DalBello, Chirag Parikh

10:00 – 10:15 Keynote Speaker

Rep. James R. “Jim” Langevin
House Armed Services Committee, US House of Representatives

10:15 – 11:15 Panel 2: Return of Wicked Cool Space Technology

Which cutting edge technologies and brave new applications are poised to transform the space and satellite industry? Industry experts will discuss recent leaps forward in exciting areas of the space and satellite industry from re-usable launch vehicles to in-space manufacturing. Key decision makers from industry and government entities will highlight far-reaching future concepts being pursued that will redefine the space industry of the future.

Dr. Gordon Roesler
Moderator – Program Manager, Robotic On-orbit Servicing, DARPA Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

Bretton Alexander
Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin

Jason Dunn
Co-Founder and Chief Technologist, Made in Space

Thierry Guillemin
Chief Technology Officer, Intelsat

David Lackner
Vice President Business Development, SSL

Dorothy Rasco
Deputy Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA

11:15 – 11:30 Keynote Speaker

Rep. Jim Bridenstine
Congressman, Oklahoma 1st District

11:30 – 12:30 Panel 3: Space and the Pacific Rim

This panel will explore specific opportunities and issues related to space in the Pacific theater. Panelists will touch on why space is critical to commercial, civil and military success as well as key risks to space assets. They will encourage interaction from the audience.

Vice Admiral Lyle G. Bien, USN (Retired)
Moderator

Colonel Alan Rebholz “Rebel”
Chief, Space Operations Division AF/A3SO, 1E935, US Air Force

Don Brown
Senior VP Strategic Planning, Newsat

Jessica Powers
Director for Space Policy Engagement, Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)

Victoria Samson
Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Lunch is provided, but please let us know if you plan to attend. Location: Reserve Officers Association of the United States 1 Constitution Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (NM)
U.S. Senate

7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration and Coffee
Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room G50

8:00 – 8:15 AM Featured Speaker

U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (CA)
Vice Chairman, House Science Committee

Introduction by Brendan Curry from Space Foundation

8:15 – 8:25 AM Question & Answer with Dana Rohrabacher

8:30 – 9:45 AM Panel 1

Well Positioned – Space-Based Navigation and New Applications

Navigation from space has become integral to our everyday lives to the point where we can’t imagine our smart phones without GPS. The panel will discuss the latest ideas for GPS augmentation, the internationalization of space-based navigation systems and cutting edge applications harnessing the power of navsats. The advent of enhanced services, the potential for jamming or interference, and mind boggling new applications creating virtual worlds will be covered on this intriguing panel.

Moderator: Frank Backes, Chief Executive Officer, Braxton Technologies

Panel:

– Colonel Christopher Warack, Air Force Space Command
– Dr. Dana K. Jackson, Vice President, Navigation Systems, Space SystemsCompany, Lockheed Martin
– Kenneth Hodgkins, Director, Office of Space & Advanced Technology, U.S. Department of State
– Asif Khan, Founder & President, Location Based Marking Association

9:45 – 10:00 AM Coffee Break – Sponsored by ASTRIUM

10:15 – 10:30 AM Featured Speaker

Douglas Loverro
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Introduction by Patrick Rayermann, Astrium Services

10:30 – 10:45 AM Featured Speaker

U.S. Senator Mark E. Udall (CO)
Chairman, Strategic Forces Subcommittee

Introduction by Eric Stallmer, Analytical Graphics

10:45 – 11:45 PM Panel

Wicked Cool Space Technology – The Future Is Here Now

Which cutting edge technologies and brave new applications are poised to transform the space and satellite industry? Industry experts will discuss recent leaps forward in long-anticipated satellite business applications: all electric propulsion satellites and on-orbit servicing and emerging game changers like green propellant. Government researchers will highlight far-reaching future concepts being pursued by NASA and DARPA, including innovative spaceflight and nanotechnology.

Moderator: Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, The Tauri Group

Panel:
– James B. Armor, Major General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Vice President, ATK Spacecraft Systems & Engineering Services
– Michael L. Raftery, Director, International Space Station Utilization & Exploration, The Boeing Company
– Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, Business Development Manager for Space Sciences & Technologies, Ball Aerospace
– Dr. John (“Jay”) Falker, Program Executive, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program
– Dave Barnhart, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA (Space Projects)

11:15 AM – 11:25 PM Featured Speaker – U.S. Representative Trent Franks (AZ)

Introduction by Patrick Shannon, Orbital Sciences

11:45 AM – 11:50 PM

Walk to the Reserve Officers Association – 1 Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. (Across the Street from the Dirksen Building)

11:50 – 12:35 PM Panel 3

Destined For Exploration – Where To Boldly Go?

The space community wants to visit asteroids, the Moon and Mars. New ventures are seeking billions to fly around Mars or to mine Near Earth Objects. Which destination holds the most promise for NASA, the science community and commercial exploitation? Where can we send explorers and safely return them to home here on Earth?

Moderator: Warren Ferster, Editor, Space News

– Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA
– Rep. Robert S. Walker (Ret.), Executive Chairman, Wexler & Walker

12:35 – 1:30 PM Future Space Leaders Grant Program Luncheon

Keynote Address – Senator Bill Nelson, Florida

Introduction by Erin Hatch Neal, ATK

7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration and Coffee

8:00 – 8:30 AM Morning Keynote Address

U.S. Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

8:30 – 9:30 AM Panel 1

Space Situational Awareness and the Orbital Environment

Space has become and increasingly congested and contested place in which to operate. The panel will discuss the challenges and obstacles facing government agencies and commercial satellite companies operating in a crowded orbital environment. The discussion will explore ways to improve space situational awareness – from radars to sensors to software – and look at how the public and private sectors can work together to reduce the potential for collisions, improve decision making and promote operational efficiencies in shared space.

Moderator: Warren Ferster, Editor, Space News

Panel:
– Major General Jay G. Santee, Principal Director, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Space Policy); Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Global Strategic Affairs); Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Washington
– Todd Stiefler, Legislative Director, Senator Richard C. Shelby
– Robert F. Minehart, Jr. Professional Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
– Tobias Nassif, Vice President, Satellite Operations & Engineering, Intelsat & Director, Space Data Association
– Kathleen Kelly, Director of Satellite Operations, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

9:30 – 10:00 AM Cyber Keynote Address

U.S. Representative Ken Calvert, Member House Appropriations Committee

10:00 – 11:15 PM Panel 2

CyberSpace and CyberSecurity

Today’s United States runs on cyber capabilities. National security relies on cybersecurity. Agencies across the government struggle to meet critical cyber challenges. In an era of shrinking federal budgets, cybersecurity and cyberspace expenditures are growing. Our panelists will chart the future of federal cyberspace and cybersecurity — government needs, industry capabilities, policy challenges, and budget directions. The panel blends views from the White House, the intelligence community, the Department of Defense, and industry to deliver the full cyber picture.

Moderator: Carissa Christensen, Principal, The Tauri Group

Panel:
– Brigadier General Ian R. Dickinson (ret.) former Director, Communications and Information, Air Force Space Command
– Paul Graziani, CEO, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)
– Jim Kohlenberger, President, JK Strategies, former White House advisor to two Presidents, former chief of staff of Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

11:15 – 11:30 AM Coffee Break – Sponsored by Arianespace

11:30 – 12:45 PM Panel 3

Leveraging Hosted Payloads and Next Generation Satellite Systems

Tight budgets are clashing with ever increasing government requirements for data and bandwidth. In response to these trends commercial satellite operators are offering the capability of hosted payloads and new broadband solutions to meet government demands with low cost systems and rapid deployment schedules. Can hosted payloads, mobile broadband satellites and next generation systems help fill the gaps and provide urgent capabilities to the warfighter?

Moderator: Brian Berger, Deputy Editor, Space News

Panel:
– Dr. Robie I. Samanta Roy, Professional Staff Member, Senate Armed Services Committee
– Don Brown, Vice President of Hosted Payloads, Intelsat General Corporation
– Donald L. Thoma, President, Aireon by Iridium
– Dave Anhalt, Vice President, U.S. Government Solutions, Space Systems/Loral

12:45 – 1:00 PM Walk to the Reserve Officers Association for Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM Future Space Leaders Scholarship Luncheon

Keynote Address – Senator David Vitter, Member, Senate Armed Services Committee

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