Speaker Spotlights

Launch Market and Reusability goes under the Spotlight at Space Tech Conference

As the speakers are finalizing their presentations for next week, we gain an insight into the hot topic of launch market and reusability ahead of the keynote panel on Day 1 at Space Tech Conference, featuring speakers from Commercial Spaceflight Federation, SMC, SpaceX, DARPA, Virgin Galactic and Arianespace.

Speaker Spotlight, Eric W Stallmer: President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Eric Stallmer is the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. The CSF is the largest trade organization dedicated to promoting the development of commercial spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry.

Speaker Spotlight: Tim Maclay, Director of Mission Systems Engineering, OneWeb

Tim is the Director of Mission Systems Engineering at OneWeb, a company preparing to launch the world’s largest satellite constellation to provide affordable, global internet access.

Speaker Spotlight: Simon Halpern, CEO, Phase Four

Simon Halpern is a founder and the CEO of Phase Four, a plasma propulsion company based in Los Angeles. He has 10+ years’ space industry experience working at Ball Aerospace, Northrop Grumman and Spire Global. In 2014 he co-founded and served as VP of Business Development of Aether Industries, a high-altitude balloon company. He started Phase Four in 2015.

Enabling space-to-space Commerce and On-Orbit Service

Although today’s commercial space business is built largely around “space-to-data” applications such as satellite communications and remote sensing, a range of key space players from ambitious startups to established names are predicting the growth of new industries around maintenance and manufacture of orbital infrastructure, and the development and utilization of physical resources. What’s more, this era of true “space-to-space” commerce could be closer than many of us think.

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

The accumulation of artificial debris in orbit around Earth is one of the greatest potential challenges to the future exploitation of space. In the six decades since the Space Age began, low Earth orbit (LEO) in particular has become alarmingly crowded, with an estimated half-million objects, ranging in size from paint flecks to spent rocket stages and defunct satellites – any of which can present a significant hazard to satellites and manned spacecraft.

Speaker Spotlight: Michael Gazarik, Vice President of Engineering, Ball Aerospace

Michael joined Ball Aerospace & Technology Corporation in 2015 from NASA, where he was the Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters. He provides overall strategic and operational leadership of Ball Aerospace. Prior to this position, he served as Technical Director, where he worked to align Ball’s technology development with business development and growth strategies.

Speaker Spotlight: Erik J Eliasen, Vice President, National Security Space Programs, Universal Space Network

Erik Eliasen, VP National Security Programs at Universal Space Network, will be leading the Enterprise Ground Services panel. He recently caught up with Conference Director Mindy Emsley to discuss the key challenges he currently faces, the importance of cross-domain solutions, and the impact of SCC’s Infinity Service on Air Force and government-run satellite ground networks, among other issues.

From Data to Service – The Transition to “Space-to-Space” Commerce

In space there are no service stations to pull into and get replacement parts for your satellite. Nor is there a towing service if a satellite is in the wrong orbit, a construction contractor to help you build structures, or a “Space Depot” for those who wish to “do-it-themselves” on orbit. In other words, we still operate within a first-generation space industrial enterprise, i.e. all commerce is on Earth, and we only focus on bits (data) coming from monolithic things that go up (i.e. satellites), which eventually die or just come down with no chance of repair or reuse.

Commercializing New Technologies and Driving Innovation with New Space Players

The past five years have seen huge changes in the commercial space sector. The success of companies like SpaceX in the launch market has begun to transform how we think about access to space; the role of NASA and its international counterparts has shifted to support the new model of commercial activity in low Earth orbit. Amid these changes there are huge opportunities for fledgling companies and startups, but just what are the realities of finding partners and markets in this exciting but challenging new environment?

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