The Space Tech Conference agenda will examine how military and government organizations can deliver space missions by working closely with the commercial sector to leverage the latest innovative technologies and business models.  The conference also takes a deep dive into the rapidly evolving space-to-space market and offers specific sessions examining the plethora of on-orbit services and technologies emerging.

On May 26, Space Tech Expo is delighted to announce a series of free-to-attend requirements presentations to be held in the exhibition hall, enabling all attendees to benefit from this invaluable learning opportunity. Bringing together representatives of leading government, military and prime contractor organizations, speakers will outline their current and future projects, highlighting where there are opportunities for the space supply chain, and also sharing details of specific opportunities for small businesses. 

Welcome Remarks by the Chair


Carl Frushon, Col, USAF (Ret)
r3SpACE Consulting

Keynote Address: JPL & NASA’s Role in Space Innovation

JPL and NASA have had a long-standing role creating innovation with space technologies, and promoting commercialization partnerships to leverage limited government funding and implement a broader strategy to shift the USA’s focus from near-Earth orbit to the outer reaches of the solar system. The new Commercial Crew and ISS Resupply Mission contracts are just a few of the recent successes. How have they managed to make this transformation? What are their successes and failures along the way? What policy and shift in thought was necessary? Are there lessons learned and recommendations that DoD can implement? How should NASA/JPL space development be leveraged with DoD to meet US Government affordability goals and prevent duplication? Where is JPL going in the near and long term? What are the top technical challenges and high-priority funded programs in the next two to three years? How can small and large companies partner with NASA to accelerate innovation?

Larry D. James
Deputy Director
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA)

Keynote Address: United States Air Force Space Priorities and Needs from Emerging Space Industry Players to Meet Affordability Goals and Innovation for Evolving Space Threats

Space capabilities – more specifically, information obtained and passed through the strategic, persistent high ground offered by the space domain – have become a critical and very integral part of military, commercial and daily economic life for billions of people around the world. Since the dawn of the space age almost 60 years ago, funding, development and operation of space systems have been affordable only by nation states. Today, however, through innovation, desire to create capabilities providing consumer value and huge profits, and accessibility of venture funding, the equation is much different. Someone is currently poised to become the next “Space Steve Jobs”, tinkering with hardware and software in a garage. That someone could provide tremendous value or – more worrisomely – an asymmetric threat from a rogue non-nation-state actor. The cost to produce defense space systems and the ground infrastructure to control them, create actionable information and disseminate it globally is skyrocketing. The USAF is challenged with realigning limited funds to counter the insatiable appetite of the educated warfighter, broader threats, risks of space debris, cost overruns, emergence of cyberspace demands, and entrance of new, innocent players in space. What are their greatest challenges? How can entrepreneurs help? Does there need to be a cost-sharing shift from government to larger commercial prime contractors? What are the areas of greatest concern and visionary roles for how new space entrepreneurs and traditional space companies can make a difference?

Roger W. Teague, Maj Gen
Director, Space Programs, Assistant Secretary (Acquisition)

Keynote Panel: Commercial, Defense and New Space: Understanding the Roles and Value Proposition of the Space Funding Inflection Point

This panel will continue the dialog on the shifting roles between government and industry in the new era of space innovation. What is the real value proposition of significant expansion of industrial and nation-state players in space? How will it further define roles and responsibilities between government control and funding of space development? DoD has established an Innovation Unit in Silicon Valley to glean ideas and inject the entrepreneurial spirit into government programs. What role do traditional industry prime contractors have in this new era? Will they continue to wait for big-dollar DoD programs to fund non-recurring engineering and innovation? Will they be outpaced by VC and angel-funded entrepreneurs? How can these large companies partner with emerging small companies? Mergers and acquisitions, or mentorship and partnership?


Tom Taverney, Major Gen. (Ret.)
Senior Vice President - Space Systems Development


Emmanuel Sauzay
Director of Commercial Space
Airbus Defense and Space
Robert C. Jacobson
Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Desert Sky Holdings LLC
Ellen Chang
Managing Partner
LightSpeed Innovations
Roger W. Teague, Maj Gen
Director, Space Programs, Assistant Secretary (Acquisition)

Networking Refreshments

Keynote Panel: Launch Market – Reusability, Technologies and Near-Term Strategies

“Space launch is not a service for which one must come up with a value proposition, but rather it is a must-have utility in our national policy of assured access to space.”

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space and Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center 

Launch strategies and technologies remain a core focus of Space Tech Conference. This year the keynote panel again brings key industry leaders together to discuss their views of the market, their plans for investments in dual-launch capabilities and reusable engines, among other moves, that they believe will improve their fleets’ capabilities to enable them to deliver lower-cost launch options to meet civil, defense and commercial space requirements. Key questions to be discussed include:

  • What is the impact of re-usable engines and stages on future launch costs? What are the real numbers?
  • Which propellants, engines, components and new technologies are the launch sector investing in? What are the game changers?
  • Are there new business models and partnerships that can provide stability in the supply chain and meet national security space requirements?
  • What’s the latest with the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) contract?
  • How will competition be sustained in the launch market if one provider is cheaper than the other? Launches must still be given to a second provider in order to meet national policy objectives, but how will this work in reality?



Eric W Stallmer
Commercial Spaceflight Federation


Claire Leon PhD
SES, DAF, Director - Launch Enterprise,
Space and Missile Systems Center
Lars Hoffman
Senior Director of Government Sales
Jess Sponable
Tactical Technology Office (TTO) Program Manager
Will Pomerantz
Vice President, Special Projects
Virgin Galactic
Clay Mowry

Networking Lunch

Enterprise Ground Services – Simplifying and Improving Ground Systems Architecture

“We have spent tens and hundreds of millions of dollars on standalone ground systems … If we keep on going on this path, we’ll have five separate ground systems to operate five separate satellites. It’s the dumbest thing in the world.” 

Gen. John Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command 

The exponential growth of small sats, as well as the push within the Air Force to be more resourceful are two key factors driving current interest in ground architecture. As space opens up to more and more commercial players launching their own satellite networks, there is a mounting need for low-cost automated solutions. Many operators need to expand their ground capabilities to sustain their growing constellations, but are also very cost sensitive, so looking for truly innovative solutions. The same is true of the US Air Force, where cost savings are a key driver of the current enterprise ground service (EGS) focus, which also seeks to standardize satellite ground systems and achieve great agility, automation, security and resiliency, as well as take routine tasks away from the military and offload to commercial industry. Bringing together ground systems users and operators, this session will examine the strategies and technologies currently being rolled out by commercial, military and government entities. Key topics for discussion include:

  • US Air Force initiatives – Space Enterprise Vision / Space Mission Force – creating a consolidated ground architecture for managing space missions
  • Understanding the ground system requirements of supporting the growing small sat/cubesat market
  • Understanding the ground system requirements of supporting future taskable space assets (projected launches 2016-2020)
  • New paradigm for ground network providers – transitioning from legacy requirements to “new space” needs 
  • Dramatic increase in commercial capabilities – increased coverage needs and supplier agility
  • Standardization for RF comm – driving down the cost of ground network services


Erik J. Eliasen
Vice President, National Security Space Programs
SSC Space US
Col. Jeffrey R Stutz
Deputy Director, Advanced Systems and Development Directorate
Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)


Col. Jeffrey R Stutz
Deputy Director, Advanced Systems and Development Directorate
Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)
Eric Moltzau
Manager, Space Services Development
Intelsat General
Sean McDaniel
ATLAS Space Operations
Kevin Lynaugh
Vulcan Wireless Inc.

Networking Refreshments

Commercializing New Technologies and Driving Innovation with New Space Players

Companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin have done a great job of changing the space landscape and encouraging competition in the market. But beyond them, a plethora of “new space” companies continue to emerge, unleashing a wave of choice and increased competition. With their innovative approaches and lower cost base, they are able to give traditional space players a real run for their money. The government and military are increasingly looking to such upstarts to help them deliver their space requirements with more entrepreneurial principles in mind. Even established space companies recognize that new entrants may be better placed to drive real innovation in the industry, and are thus investing and acquiring technology companies that fit their portfolios. Bringing together industry and government representatives, this session will explore current strategies to commercialize new technologies and drive innovation in the space industry. Key topics for discussion include:

  • NASA commercialization activities through public-private partnerships and tech transfer opportunities with small business – licensing patented technologies to industry
  • Examining different methodologies for commercializing new technologies
  • Accessibility and creating a market 
  • Getting through the financial loop – how do you prepare yourself for adoption in the market?
  • Intrapreneurship, investing and acquiring – how are primes and established players driving innovation and commercializing technologies in a timely manner?
  • Open-source platforms for hardware components – changing the space paradigm and increasing accessibility 
  • What are the models for collaboration between “old” and “new” space?


Justine M Kasznica
Special Counsel
Saul Ewing LLP
Indrani Graczyk
Commercial Program Manager
Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Shahin Farshchi
Lux Capital
Simon Halpern
Phase Four

Commercial Crew Update – The Path to 2017 and First Crew Test Flight

Two American companies are blazing their own unique paths forward to produce certified end-to-end crew transportation systems capable of flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station by 2017. A little more than a year after being awarded contracts, launch pads along Florida’s Space Coast are taking shape, spacecraft and launch vehicle hardware is in flow and extensive testing is underway for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon systems. The companies are working carefully and diligently with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and the astronauts selected to train to fly flight tests to the International Space Station, to ensure the systems are meeting the agency’s certification requirements and adequately addressing all credible hazards, including pad emergencies, in-flight aborts and emergency landings. This session will provide an update on how NASA and its partners Boeing and SpaceX are progressing toward the 2017 deadline.


Steve Stich
Deputy Manager, Commercial Crew Program


Garrett Reisman, PhD
Director of Crew Operations at Space Exploration Technologies
John P Leuer
Executive Director, Commercial Crew Program, BDS Development
Boeing Defense Space & Security

Closing remarks from the chair and close of Conference Day One

Welcome Remarks by Chair


Carl Frushon, Col, USAF (Ret)
r3SpACE Consulting

Keynote Address: Emerging Issues in US Space Policy

As commercial investment and expenditure on space capabilities skyrocket, and government funding begins to dwarf in comparison, space commerce and commercialization will accelerate. This will bring greater demands on US space policy to engage in roles beyond traditional national security positions. Just recently, President Obama signed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (HR 2262) into law, which recognizes the right of US citizens to own asteroid resources they obtain, and encourages the commercial exploration and utilization of resources from asteroids. Evolving space commerce, promoting commercialization, and protecting humans and government/commercial high-value space assets from natural, man-made and emerging threats (including cyber) will inevitably lead to challenges to US space policy.

Col. Charles S Galbreath, USAF
Deputy Director, Strategy and Plans for Space Policy
US Department of Defense

Keynote Address: Space & Cyber Enterprise Capabilities Needed to Evolve & Protect Commercial and Government Space Operations

Space provides the promise of near-real-time global access & dissemination of information to connect a planet for economic, scientific, and defensive needs. DoD has been working in earnest to streamline command and control of space systems, integrate information from various sources, leverage commercial industry best practices, significantly increase space situational awareness capabilities, and protect systems against cyber threats. However, Earth orbit has become increasingly congested and contested with active and dead satellites, rocket bodies and debris. Intentional on-orbit demonstrations and unintentional collisions have created debris fields that pose long-term hazards to humans and hardware alike.  Emerging commercial uses of space and the introduction of low-cost “Cube” and “Small-Satellite” technology has created a rapid expansion in the number of assets being deployed on orbit each year.  

Earth orbit has become increasingly congested and contested.  Intentional on-orbit demonstrations and unintentional collisions have created debris fields that pose long-term hazards to humans and hardware alike.  In recent years, emerging commercial uses of space and the introduction of low-cost “Cube” and “Small-Satellite” technology has introduced an “explosion” in the numbers of assets being deployed in orbit each year.  Further, the global network required to control and access data collected in and transmitted through space can be prone to asymmetric cyber threats from Nation States to rogue actors. 

DoD remains vigilant promoting peaceful and responsible use of space, while enhancing space situational awareness capabilities.  Air Force Space Command has the challenge of acquiring and operating space and cyber systems affordably and in an ever integrated way.  To do that, Gen Hyten has recently challenged the space community to think and operate from a Space Enterprise Vision perspective.  What does this mean for developers of next generation space & cyber systems?  How will AFSPC engage industry to meet those needs affordably and at a speed & tech refresh rate that the current DoD acquisition system is incapable of producing?

Brig Gen. Nina M Armagno
Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis
Air Force Space Command

Keynote Panel: Commercial, Government and Military Collaboration on Space Situational Awareness

Earth orbit has become increasingly congested and contested. Intentional on-orbit demonstrations and unintentional collisions have created debris fields that pose long-term hazards to humans and hardware alike. In recent years, emerging commercial uses of space and the introduction of low-cost cube and small-satellite technology has introduced an explosion in the numbers of assets being deployed in orbit each year. 

DoD remains vigilant, promoting peaceful and responsible use of space while enhancing space situational awareness capabilities. With increasing commercial and international on-orbit presence, new operational procedures and technologies are needed. Furthermore, sharing information to protect people and high-value commercial and military space systems will become increasingly important. 

Bringing together commercial, government and military representatives, this session will explore how these stakeholders envision improving future space operations, and the technologies yet needed to more effectively manage congestion and promote peaceful utilization of space.


Col. Charles S Galbreath, USAF
Deputy Director, Strategy and Plans for Space Policy
US Department of Defense


Michael Gazarik
Vice President of Engineering
Ball Aerospace & Technology Corporation
Tim Maclay
Director, Mission Systems Engineering
Jean-Luc Froeliger
Vice President, Satellite Operations & Engineering, Intelsat S.A and
Executive Director, Space Data Association
Lt Col Michael T Swart
Deputy Chief, Operations Support Division and Joint Space Operations Center Integrator

Networking Refreshments

Developing a Cross-Sector Approach for Effective Space Debris Remediation and Removal

Following on from the need for a robust and collaborative space situational awareness infrastructure, this panel will examine what happens when collisions do unfortunately happen and how to tackle existing debris. The exponential growth of the cubesat market alone, and plans from the likes of OneWeb, Facebook and SpaceX to launch their own mega constellations, has increased concern about the likelihood of on-orbit collisions. So who is responsible for debris remediation and removal when accidents happen, and what are the strategies and technologies for managing the problem? Bringing together government agency and commercial stakeholders, this session will examine the debris removal issue through the following key questions:

  • What is the scale of the problem now, and what are the future projections?
  • What are the current governance models for the removal of space debris? Who is driving the standards?
  • How can the industry articulate possible political and financial governance models to incentivise and encourage active debris removal?
  • How are satellite manufacturers developing cost-effective solutions for complying with mitigation guidelines?
  • Small sats may not just be the cause of the problem – they could be part of the solution. What are the options for using small sats in removal activities?
  • What is the market opportunity for debris removal – will launch providers leverage their capabilities to offer cheap secondary payloads and become a key player here?


Paola Leoni
Senior Partner and CEO
Leoni Corporate Advisors


John 'Jack' Bacon PhD PE
Orbital Debris Program Office
Max LaRosa
Business Development Manager
Thales Alenia Space
Bo Naasz
Restore-L Mission Systems Engineer
Stephen L. Goodman
Butzel Long

Networking Lunch

Enabling Space-to-Space Commerce

Applications Requiring “Space Services” – the Next Steps in Expanding Commercial Enterprise in Space

Space Tech Conference announces a pioneering series of sessions [below] that will for the first time explore true space-to-space commerce. The discussions will showcase companies that want to build and operate unique new applications that will require real space-to-space infrastructure, similar to all the other use platforms on Earth. A host of exciting new companies and organizations will announce and present true “service models” that are enabling the next generation of space platforms that will take the world to its next level in power generation, refueling, space platform waystations for lunar/asteroid and planetary exploration, to name but a few.​

Applications Requiring “Space Services” – the Next Steps in Expanding Commercial Enterprise in Space

This session will explore some of the new missions that require the concept of space-to-space services to flourish. Missions and applications requiring space-to-space services include: 

  • Fuel stations – supporting on-orbit servicing companies 
  • Meeting the requirements of companies utilizing the ISS or a commercial follow-on 
  • Upgrading capabilities with serviceable satellites 
  • Debris remediation 
  • Developing an in-space manufacturing ecosystem 


Dave Barnhart
CEO and Founder


Philippe Moreels
Head of Strategy and Business Development
Jim Keravala
Shackleton Energy Company
Ron Goedendorp
VP Space Opportunities
Jeffrey Slostad
Tethers Unlimited, Inc
Laurie Chappell
Director of Business Development
Space Systems Loral

Network Refreshments

Transitioning from “Space-to-Data” to “Space-to-Space” Commerce

Addressing the pioneering companies creating a service-based industry in space, this session is about creating the true service infrastructure that can make space-to-space commerce viable. The session will examine some of the key companies that are creating the industry base and infrastructure for space services in orbit. Issues to be discussed include:

  • Breaking the paradigm problem of RF frequency overload
  • Ground station consolidation 
  • Aggregatable modules – adding new models and performance capabilities to existing satellites 
  • Standardizing interfaces for payloads with modeling and technology integration
  • Integrating robotics across multiple space platforms 


Dave Barnhart
CEO and Founder


Christopher Richins
RBC Signals
John Serafini
Vice President
Allied Minds
Tom McCarthy
Vice President of Business Development
Motiv Systems
Talbot Jaeger

Closing remarks from the chair and close of Conference Day Two

Exhibition Opens

Welcome Remarks


Carl Frushon, Col, USAF (Ret)
r3SpACE Consulting

Keynote Address: Top SMC Space Contract Opportunities in the next Three Years’

  • Space Enterprise Vision
  • Leveraging Commercial Systems
  • Initiatives and Activities SMC is executing
  • SBIR projects for FY16-17 to do application software for EGS and BMC2
  • ESPA ring for prototype projects in FY18-19
Col John S R Anttonen
Director, Advanced Systems & Development Directorate and Commander
Space & Missile Systems Center

How to Do Business With Northrop Grumman

  • NGC business sectors
  • How to become a NGC supplier
  • Dos and don’ts
  • Required information 
Vicky Harper-Hall
Sector Manager – Global Supplier Diversity Programs and Government Relations
Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems
Josh Miller
Manager, Subcontracts Administration, Military & Civil Space, Space Systems,
Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems

Overview of Human Spaceflight Programs (International Space Station, Commercial Crew Transportation Program, Space Launch System)

  • What Boeing looks for in suppliers
Pierce J Lehr
Director, BDS Development Supplier Management
Space Systems, Boeing


Partnering for Success with Lockheed Martin

  • Lockheed Martin Overview
  • What it takes to be an LM supplier
  • How to get started doing business with LM
Neil Golke
Strategic Supply Chain Manager
Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Introducing the Defense Contract Management Agency and its Role in Contract Award and Negotiation

  • Outlining the role of the DCMA
  • Examining FAR clauses that demonstrate DCMA involvement from technical support to negotiation clauses
  • Understanding DCMA policy implementation from conducting pre-award activities to close-out of contracts
Cindy N Tran
System Engineering Manager
Defense Contract Management Agency

Lunch Break

JPL Small Business Requirements Overview

Felicia Bell, CPCM
CPCM, Manager, Small Business Programs Office (SBPO)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

So You Want to Do Business with the Federal Government?

This presentation is designed for those small businesses that have little to no experience contracting with the Federal Government. It will address the immense opportunity for sales and revenue generation afforded to small business; getting started; marketing strategies; small business programs; available resources.

Willard B. Strozier
Director, Office of Small Business Programs
Space & Missile Systems Center

US Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

  • US Air Force SBIR – discover new innovative technologies
  • Doing business with the US Air Force
  • Transfer technologies to and within the defense community
James A Sweeney III
SBIR Commercialization Readiness Program, Program Manager

Doing Business with Orbital ATK - Launch Vehicles Division

  • Outlining upcoming programs – technology/ QA requirements
  • NAICS codes we are looking for
  • Orbital ATK Small Business Office contacts
  • How to do business with us
  • Outreach programs
Vanessa McKenzie
Subcontracts Administrator / Small Business
Orbital ATK

Doing Business With NASA

  • Doing Business With NASA The Basics – The Five “Ps”
  • What homework do you need to do?
  • Service Opportunties
  • Key Resources
  • NASA Centers’ Missions
Robert Medina
NASA Armstrong Small Business Specialist

Closing Remarks from the Chair

Close of Requirements Day

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