Powerful Conference Agenda Launched with Confirmed Speakers from SpaceX, Intelsat, NASA and ESA

The groundbreaking and exciting Space Tech Conference returns to the Pasadena Convention Center (May 22 – 24, 2018) with a new agenda format, packing three days of powerful insights, thought leadership and future trends into a comprehensive program not to be missed! View the full agenda here.

SpeakerDesigned to support commercial, military, government and academic organizations navigate the opportunities and challenges of doing business in an increasingly complex landscape with themes running over the three days focusing on Launch Systems – Addressing the Changing Landscape of the Launch Industry; Satellite Systems - Emerging Technologies and Drivers of Demand; and Future Programs – Moving from Low Earth Orbit to a Deep Space Gateway and Beyond.

A keynote panel on the first day (Launch Systems Day) consisting of, among others, Dan Hart, CEO at Virgin Orbit and Joshua Brost, Senior Director, Governmental Business Development at SpaceX, means that attendees will have an insight into what type of launch vehicle is most feasible for commercial, civil, military and crewed missions. This keynote panel brings together private launchers and governmental organizations to discuss the economic feasibility of future launch systems.

Mike Laidley, VP Next Generation Launch Program at Orbital ATK and Bradley Schneider, Executive Vice President, USA at Rocket Lab will participate in the second panel of the day, discussing a tech roadmap: outlining industry and government requirements for next-generation launchers.This panel will ask where can the launch industry update technology and where is this already occurring? 

On Wednesday it is Satellite Systems Day, which kicks off with a keynote panel, addressing the complex area of the “Big Ambition, Short Timeframe” mentality rife in thesatellite industry today. A discussion, led by Lisa Kuo, Director or Commercial Programs at The Aerospace Coproration, will address the rapid development of the satellite industry, highlighting how the US government is looking to make space assets more resilient, especially from an intelligence and cybersecurity point of view, requiring increased private sector collaboration.

Later in the day, the show focuses on space situational awareness - a hot topic in the industry. Led by speaker Mark Dickinson, Vice President, Satellite Operations, Inmarsat & Chairman and Executive Director, Space Data Association, the session will explore the role of individual operators and their need to implement operational best practices for collision avoidance.

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On the final day, an exciting opportunity presents itself as the conference holds its Future Programs Day, which features an opening keynote of James 'Jim' Reuter, Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA.

There will also be a panel discussing the evolution of an exploration tech roadmap: delving into advanced transportation vehicle technology requirements and innovations. With speakers including Tony Antonelli, Director for Advanced Programs, Civil Space at Lockheed Martin and Professor Bernard Foing, Director, International Lunar Exploration Working Group and Advisor to Director General at ESA, this is not one to miss.

Bringing together agencies and industry organizations, this panel focuses on topics that are key to determining feasible advanced transportation vehicles, including: propulsion systems; in-space life support; and in-situ resource utilization.


Space Tech Conference runs alongside Space Tech Expo – a free three-day expo. Conference passes for attendees start from $395 with discounts available for government, military and academics. Entry to the exhibition hall is free and attendees can register here