Speaker Spotlights

Journey from a startup to scale and beyond

In our latest feature, we spoke to Mike Scardera is Vice President of Advanced Concepts at Millennium Space Systems about the challenges involved with space startups and how the experiences of his company Millennium could be used as a tool for other companies looking to do the same.

New Space and Incumbents Rejoice!

In this exclusive feature Lisa Kuo from The Aerospace Corporation and Christopher Moran from Lockheed Martin Ventures discuss the 'New Space' race and how this is affecting startups entering the industry.

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.

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