Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Community Partnership Luncheon
Speaker: Stuart Witt, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Mojave Air and Space Port
Sponsored By: El Paso Electric
Tour Spaceport America for Community Partnership Luncheon attendees, Registration required
Sponsored By: Follow the Sun
Speaker and Sponsor Reception, **Double Eagle Restaurant
Sponsored By: Las Cruces Sun News
Registration Opens, **Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Opening Reception, **Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Introductions: Basil Hassan, Manager, Sandia National Labs
Speaker: Sandy Magnus, Executive Director, AIAA
Sponsored By: AIAA
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Run with Boeing, Open to all registered attendees
Registration Open, Full Breakfast
Welcome and Opening Ceremony
THE THREE ASTRONAUTS Opera Sneak Peek
based on the book by Umberto Eco & Eugenio Carmi
Grethe Barrett Holby -Founding Artistic Director Ardea Arts; Concept & Direction of THE THREE ASTRONAUTS
Donovan Singletary – American Astronaut, Lt Col Theodore Anderson
John Carlo Pierce – Chinese Taikonaut, Zhuang Quxuan
Jessica Medoff – Russian Cosmonaut, Ekaterina Rodina
Geri Brink – Dona Ana Youth Choir Director
Mikhail Hallak – Pianist/Music Director
ISPCS Chair, Pat Hynes
Master Moderator Wayne Hale, Director of Human Spaceflight, Special Aerospace Services, LLC
Sponsored By: Lockheed Martin & Barnett’s Las Cruces Harley Davidson
Keynote Address: Power, a Philosophical Analysis
George Sowers, Vice President of Strategic Architecture, United Launch Alliance
Dr. Sowers will discuss the concept of power as presented in his book The Philosophy for the Future. In this conception, power is defined as power-to or capability and is optimistic and affirming. A formal definition of power will be given and the various kinds of power will be discussed including economic, political and scientific. Sowers will argue that that the overarching goal of humanity should be to maximize the power of humankind in the long run. Human expansion beyond earth in general and commercial development of space in particular are seen to be perfectly aligned with that overarching goal.
Sponsored By: United Launch Alliance
Spotlight Talk: Virgin Galactic Update
George Whitesides, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Galactic
Flight test program update and transition to Spaceport America. Evolution of the company from its origins to the present to the future.
Sponsored By: Virgin Galactic
Keynote Address: NOW Space: Accelerating Innovation
Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA
One to the power of ten is one. Two the power of ten is…more. Never before have the titles of ‘new space’ and ‘old space’ been as trivial as they are today. Bill Gerstenmaier discusses how to leverage both the strengths and vulnerabilities of the aerospace industry to foster greater collaboration as we reach new powers of ten together.
Sponsored By: CASIS
Sponsored By: Fish & Richardson
Keynote Address: Launch (R)evolution
Clay Mowry, President, Arianespace USA
Naturalist Charles Darwin posited in his famous work “The Origin of Species” that populations evolve over generations in order to survive. The same can be said for rocket launch companies. Arianespace was founded as the world’s first commercial launch company. Their fresh, customer-focused approach paved the way for private satellite operators like PanAmSat to break into markets previously dominated by government-backed players. Three decades later Arianespace still leads a constantly shifting market where a host of new competitors are rapidly redefining commercial launch. Learn how they’ve adapted to customer demands and their (r)evolutionary approach to winning market share with new and improved launch systems.
Sponsored By: Space News
Spotlight Talk: The Near Future in the Space Transportation Industry
Stuart Witt, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Mojave Air and Space Port
10 years ago on October 4th, Burt Rutan and Paul Allen won the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE at Mojave Air and Space Port. The X Prize, modeled after the Orteig Prize, was meant to stimulate private human spaceflight. Measured by any yardstick, it worked. After 13 years of focused “aerospace business leadership”, Mojave is considered a leading incubator of innovative private commercial space vehicle development, unmanned systems development, flight test education and training along with all phases of systems, subsystems testing and new rocket propulsion development. Their most recent reentry into full system and component manufacturing appears to be in full swing. Mojave’s ability to attract high net worth investment throughout our nations recent seven year recession is evidenced by, Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch development and production, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Launcher One development and manufacturing. Northrop Grumman’s move to Mojave for major systems production and testing and two other high net worth investors who choose to remain anonymous. Other founding start-ups who choose Mojave include XCOR Aerospace and Masten Space Systems, T-Space, Air-Launch, Proto-flight, Inter-Orbital, Rotary Rocket, Firestar, Typhon Labs, ISPH and others. As the commercial space business sector evolves, Mr. Witt will discuss how he sees the near future for commercial space developers.
Sponsored By: Mojave Air and Space Port
Keynote Address: Driving a Commercial Service
Barry Matsumori, Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development, SpaceX
Mr. Matsumori will address the current programs at SpaceX that continue to decrease cost and increase reliability of the SpaceX launch vehicles to deliver humans and spacecraft to orbit for our customers.
Spotlight Talk: From Vision to Reality
Bretton Alexander, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin
In just a decade, commercial human spaceflight has gone from the giggle factor of “space tourism” to the reality of “commercial crew.” Success beyond anticipation, born of compromise, with as-yet-unfulfilled expectations. Hear about the path from vision to reality, from the White House to today’s changing industry.
Keynote Address: A Collision in Space: The Interaction of Commercial Space Desires and Defense Space Needs
Douglas L. Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, DOD
From the earliest days of the space age, till the turn of the last millennium, Space was dominated by government investment and activity, especially related to defense. Today, particularly in the US, Space is dominated by commercial and entrepreneurial forces all seeking to exploit the global commons that space represents. As other nations seek to posture themselves to use space for national security, and as the US faces new challenges to its uncontested use of space for warfighting, how can the US best reconcile and leverage the opportunities and challenges that commercial space flight bring.
Background material: National Security Space Strategy- Unclassified Summary, January 2011
Spotlight Talk: Transitioning to Commercial Space
Mark Kinnersley, Director, Resident Liaison Orion European Service Module, Astrium North America
Astrium North America’s (ANA) transition from a traditional business model towards a commercial approach is presented. This Houston, Texas based company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space Space Systems group of Bremen, Germany operates as a small, agile and independent operating subsidiary and has had the opportunity over the last few years to transition towards a more commercial approach beginning with the development of the Shuttle-borne Integrated Cargo Carrier, developed commercially and leased to a government customer, NASA. More recently in partnership with Nanoracks Inc., ANA has commercially developed the ISS mounted External Platform under a Space Act Agreement leasing space to commercial customers with the CASIS organization playing a key role in enabling this customer base. Further commercial offerings include ‘off-the-shelf’ life sciences equipment / payloads including centrifuges, biological facilities for station. This commercial approach aims to make access and utilization of the station’s unique infrastructure much more convenient and simpler.
Sponsored By: Astrium North America
Panel Discussion: ISS Customers
Chair: Duane Ratliff, Chief Operating Officer, NASA Liaison, CASIS
Panelist: Paul Reichert, Associate Principal Scientist, Structural Sciences Department, Merck Research Laboratories
This session will focus on research on ISS: An early outcomes discussion. A dialogue will take place between Duane Ratliff, Chief Operating Officer, NASA Liaison, CASIS, and one of CASIS’ customers. Dr. Paul Reichert, Associate Principal Scientist, Structural Sciences Department, Merck Research Laboratories, will describe his research on the microgravity effects on several bio-processing applications within the unique environment of the ISS National Lab. He will explain the process of using the Lab for experimentation and describe the results he is getting from his research and the promise of more results. Dr. Reichert will discuss what he has done within the last 9-12 months, what he has learned and where he is going from here.
Sponsored By: CASIS
Keynote Address: Anchoring the Space Economy: How the International Space Station can lead the way to Commercial Exploitation of Low Earth Orbit
John Shannon, Program Manager, International Space Station, Boeing Space Exploration
This talk will provide background on the transition of research and development from government-led to commercial enterprises, including future models for the commercial use of the ISS.
Sponsored By: The Boeing Company
Spotlight Talk: Rocket Science is Hard…Entrepreneurship is Harder
Kevin Heath, Chief Executive Officer, WayPoint 2 Space
The road to success is full of obstacles, challenges and tests. These trials weed out the “great idea people” from true Entrepreneurs. Interestingly enough after all is said and done the initial idea is rarely the product in the end… it’s better.
Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurs Working with the Government
Chair: Jason Crusan, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division, NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
- Bob Richards, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Moon Express, Inc.
- Sean Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer, Masten Space Systems
- Chris Boshuizen, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Planet Labs Inc.
At the intersection between entrepreneurialism and government working together is the common sense of will to act on, take risk, iterate and evolve the ecosystem that provides the sustainability of living and working in space.
Sponsored By: New Mexico Space Grant Consortium
Spotlight Talk: Protecting the Heritage of Tranquility Base
Beth O’Leary, Professor Emerita, Anthropology Department, New Mexico State University
As an expert in space archaeology and heritage, Dr. O’Leary will describe the importance of investigating the cultural heritage of space, including preservation efforts to protect the artifacts at the first lunar landing site.
Sponsored By: Secure World Foundation
Spotlight Talk: Why ALL of you can go to Space!
James Vanderploeg, Chief Medical Officer, Virgin Galactic
This spotlight will examine what it takes to create and sustain a commercial program that puts ordinary civilians in space. It will focus on the latest academic research describing the accessibility of space flight for people with significant medical problems. Dr. Vanderploeg will discuss some of the reassuring results which show that even those with complicated medical problems should not be precluded from participating in spaceflight.
Spotlight Talk: From Prizes to Profits
Will Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects, Virgin Galactic
Lessons learned from running prizes and working for a company that emerged from a prize victory.
Sponsored By: Arrowhead Center
Spotlight Talk: World View: Pioneering Discovery at the Edge of Space
Andrew F. Antonio, Manager, Voyager Relations, World View Enterprises, Inc
World View Enterprises is building a company that will take you to the edge of space in style, ascending gracefully inside a pressurized space capsule suspended beneath a high-altitude balloon. Along the way, they are pioneering a new era of near-space commercial discovery for researchers, educators, and scientists around the world.
Industry Reception, **Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Opening Remarks: Doug Young, Vice President, Missile Defense and Advanced Missions, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Sponsored By: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Banquet, **Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Sponsored By: JACOBS
Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau Reception, **Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Sponsored By: Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Run with Boeing, Open to all registered attendees
Registration Open, Full Breakfast
ISPCS Chair Pat Hynes
Mayor City of Las Cruces Ken Miyagishima
Master Moderator Ariane Cornell, Business Development & Strategy, Blue Origin
Keynote Address: The Role of Government in Commercial Space Transportation
George Nield, Associate Administrator, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
Since the dawn of the space age more than 50 years ago, the government has played a number of roles in our nation’s space programs. Government employees and the government agencies they worked for, have, in conjunction with their support contractors, been able to design, build, test, and operate a number of extremely capable launch vehicles and spacecraft. Along the way, they have performed research, analyzed trajectories, conducted simulations and training, and exercised technical and program management responsibilities for a series of challenging and very impressive accomplishments in space. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the likely continuation of highly constrained budgets, and the emergence of new markets like Suborbital Space Tourism, the rules of the game are clearly changing. How should our government departments and agencies respond? Even more broadly, what is the proper role of government in the space programs of the future?
Keynote Address: Captains of our Fate
Jeff Greason, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, XCOR Aerospace
What can the emerging space industry do to establish conditions for success?
Sponsored By: XCOR Aerospace
Keynote Address: Experimental Spaceplane XS-1: From the Past to the Future – Revolutionary Access to Space
Jess Sponable, Program Manager XS-1, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
Tom Ingersoll, Head of Skybox Imaging
The presentation will briefly explore the history of reusable access to space, the promise and the failures. Technical challenges will be identified along with progress made by both the commercial and government sectors to retire the risk. DARPA’s new Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program goals, vehicle concepts, schedule and status will be described. A key XS-1 goal of “aircraft-like operations” including flying 10 times in 10 days will be offered as a disruptive agent for change: helping push the commercial and government sectors into the 21st century of routine, reliable and low cost spaceflight. Aircraft-like reusable flight to space portends an exciting future that promises to revolutionize both personal and commercial spaceflight. A tribute will be made to the power of one: the fallen Titans who helped forge today’s industry including Lt Gen Danny Graham, Pete Conrad, Paul Klevatt and Dr. Bill Gaubatz. Four who made a difference, each in their own way.
Sponsored By: Commercial Space Progress Foundation
Spotlight Talk: Why XS-1, Why now?
Doug Young, Vice President, Missile Defense and Advanced Missions, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
The dream of affordable, reusable boosters that bring airline-like operations to the space arena is decades old. A convergence of exciting developments such as advancements in autonomous systems, the emergence of vibrant commercial markets and the increasingly contested nature of space, are driving the innovation that will make that dream a reality.
Sponsored by: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Spotlight Talk: Faster Horses in a Field of Dreams: Introducing New Launch Capability
Sean Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer, Masten Space Systems
Learn more about Masten and how it leverages its staff of visionaries and engineers to develop the latest innovations in launch technologies.
Spotlight Talk: The Time Is Now
Will Hampton, Director, Advanced Space Access, Boeing Company
Affordability, Reusability, Operability. These have been discussed and studied many times for many years with little progress. The question is, why should we expect the result now to be any different? Can we really do this and if so, what should we do differently?
Sponsored By: The Boeing Company
Keynote Address: Flight Opportunities: A Stepping Stone to ISS and Beyond
Laguduva “LK” Kubendran, Flight Opportunities Program Executive, NASA
Flight Opportunities Program (“Program”) has been the little commercial program with a lot to show in the form of accomplishments since the start in 2011. The Program has selected more than 100 technology payloads, and has flown many of those technologies on commercial suborbital flight platforms. Some of the technologies have already made it ISS and others are on the way to station and beyond. The program is working with science and education stakeholders to provide access to a vast number of flight experiments to be flown on existing as well as emerging reusable suborbital flight vehicles. NASA is using the Program as an on-ramp for the nation to develop skill and mastery.
Sponsored By: Student Launch Program
Spotlight Talk: Commercial Spaceports: Lessons Learned and Observations
Christine Anderson, Executive Director, New Mexico Spaceport Authority
Lessons learned and observations from the development of the first purpose-built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, will be discussed. Comparisons with the aviation industry will be provided. A virtual tour of Spaceport America will be presented, highlighting some of the challenges along the way.
Sponsored by: Space Foundation
Spotlight Talk: Title: Emerging Spaceplane Regulatory Frameworks in Europe and Elsewhere
Andrew Nelson, President, XCOR Aerospace
The last several years have seen the key first moves by European and other countries to create regulatory frameworks that will enable early commercial space planes to fly from international air and spaceports. As a key participant in a number of these initial activities Andrew will bring the audience up to speed on these developments, where they may lead in the future, some of the threats to this progress, and the opportunity the new frameworks may present to the industry.
Spotlight Talk: U.S. Space Industry “Deep Dive” Supply Chain Assessment
Brad Botwin, Director, Industrial Studies Office of Technology Evaluation, U.S. Department of Commerce
Presentation covering results of the joint Commerce, NASA, NRO and USAF effort to better understand the intricate supply chain network supporting the development, production and sustainment of products and services across defense, intelligence, civil and commercial space sectors.
Spotlight Talk: Export Control Reform for Spacecraft and Related Commodities
Reynaldo Garcia, Senior Engineer, Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls
On May 24th, 2014 final rules were published that move export control jurisdiction for dual-use satellites and related components from the USML to the Commerce Control List. This presentation will discuss the Department of Commerce licensing process and industry comments.
Spotlight Talk: The Transformation of Kennedy Space Center to a Multi-User Spaceport
Scott Colloredo, Director, Center Planning and Development Directorate, NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center
With Space Shuttle program’s end, KSC is undergoing a major transformation to support NASA and commercial ventures needing launch pads, landing sites and other launch capabilities. Partnerships with Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, SpaceX, Sierra Nevada, ULA and others demonstrate a new, diverse approach to providing access to space.
Panel Discussion: Venture Capitalists and Their Investments in the Space Industry
Chair: Wayne Hale, Director of Human Spaceflight, Special Aerospace Services, LLC
- Peter Platzer, Chief Executive Officer, Spire
- Stephan Reckie, Founding Managing Member, Angelus Funding, LLC
- Tom Ingersoll, Head of Skybox Imaging
There was a round of investing in the space industry at the turn of the century (2003-2006). It was by investors and founders from companies including Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Bigelow Aerospace and SpaceX. They all wanted to change what NASA does. Now, ten years later, there are investors and equity firms that do not include NASA or the government in their critical paths. We see this as trending going forward, as more commercial space companies are attractive to investors. This panel will explore the role of investors, the entrepreneurs they invested in and why they chose this industry.
Sponsored By: The Borderplex Alliance
Sponsored by: XCOR Aerospace
Keynote Address: Chasing Dreams to Orbit
Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporation has extensive experience in a broad spectrum of space technologies, participating in over 420 missions and currently developing the Dream Chaser® Space System. The Dream Chaser team, comprised of over 60 key partners including nine NASA Centers, nine Universities and three international space agencies representing 21 space faring countries, is working to develop a multi mission space utility vehicle, capable of providing access to LEO for a variety of space missions. After 10 years of design, development and testing, Dream Chaser is well on its way to becoming the next generation of safe and reliable access to low Earth orbit.
Keynote Address: A New Frontier: From the Land of Enchantment to Space
Martin Heinrich, United States Senator, State of New Mexico
We are at a pivotal time in our nation’s space history. The retirement of the Space Shuttle and increased tensions abroad have created fundamental challenges and opportunities in ensuring the security and continuity of our nation’s access to space. The partnership between the commercial space industry, academia, and our federal government exists to address these challenges and drive innovation. And for the first time, commercial spaceflight is becoming a reality. We must all be committed to strengthening our partnerships, and New Mexico is well positioned to contribute to America’s overall space strategy and propel the industry forward. Our state is home to the assets, capabilities, and talent necessary to lead the industry and support the most ambitious commercial ventures.
Panel Discussion: Continuing Path to Commercial Human Spaceflight
Chair: Jeff Foust, Senior Staff Writer, Space News
- Barry Matsumori, Senior Vice President of Sales & Business Development, SpaceX
- John Mulholland, Vice President & Program Manager, Commercial Programs, Space Exploration, The Boeing Co.
- Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Sponsored By: JACOBS
Spotlight Talk: Congested, Contested and INVESTED: Space Commerce and Sustainability
Mike Simpson, Executive Director, Secure World Foundation
Private capital has both met and created demand for space technology and applications. In a space environment that is not only congested and contested, but heavily invested as well, it can also advance our ability to protect critical orbits to sustain current operations and to support innovative and profitable development.
Pat Hynes, Chair, ISPCS
Happy Trails Reception
Sponsored by: De La Vega’s Pecan Grill and Brewery
Friday, October 17
Tour Spaceport America, Registration required
Sponsored By: Spaceport America