(last updated August 9, 2019)
All activities at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum unless otherwise stated.
Tuesday, October 8
3rd Annual ISPCS Golf Event (more info)
Sonoma Ranch Golf Course
Sponsored by: Special Aerospace Services
ISPCS Speaker & Sponsor Reception (by invitation only)
Sponsored by: Arrowhead Center, Inc.
Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Sponsored by: New Mexico State University
Wednesday, October 9
Opening Remarks: Pat Hynes, ISPCS Curator
Master Moderator: Wayne Hale, Director of Human Spaceflight and Energy Services, Special Aerospace Services
Sponsored by: Lockheed Martin
Keynote Address: Humanity’s Journey of Exploration – Global Exploration Roadmap Discussion and Challenge
Charles Bolden, President, The Bolden Consulting Group LLC
A dialogue and a challenge to our audience to be prepared for a discussion on the exponential value of international partnerships as nations engage in global space exploration.
Panel Discussion: The “Ups and Downs” of Flying Commercial Spaceflight
Chair: Jim Vanderploeg, Chief Medical Officer, Virgin Galactic
- Tarah Castleberry, Flight Surgeon, Virgin Galactic
- Smith Johnston, Chief Medical Officer and Lead Flight Surgeon, Axiom Space, Inc.
- Beth Moses, SpaceShipTwo Interiors Program Manager and Chief Astronaut Instructor, Virgin Galactic
- John Mulholland, Vice President and Program Manager for Commercial Programs, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company
- Benjamin Reed, Director of Commercial Crew Mission Management, SpaceX
As multiple companies are on the cusp of flying paying customers to space, what processes and procedures are in place to enable the next step safely and efficiently? This panel, with representatives from Virgin Galactic, The Boeing Company, SpaceX, and Axiom Space, will discuss the role of suborbital flights as stand-alone as well as preparation for orbital flights. What does it take to get the average person to space? How do we make this adventure available widely to the world’s population? How can we do this safely and efficiently to drive down costs and time commitments? These and more are some of the questions this panel will discuss.
Sponsored by: United Launch Alliance
Keynote Address: R3. New Regulatory Environment, New Implementation and New Execution
Wayne Monteith, Associate Administrator Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
Balancing inputs in order to create a solid path to a responsive, agile internal licensing process to enable stability and safety for the commercial space industry. It’s our job at the FAA AST. For the largest sector of our industry, the proposed new rule provides a Performance Based regulatory system implemented through advisory circulars. Our reorganization is working to have the right scope which allows us to enable and support the industry while fulfilling our regulatory role.
Spotlight Address: Commercial Space Launch – The Power to Inspire and Transform Local Economies
Miles Carden, Director, Spaceport Cornwall
Space launches can be incredibly powerful as an inspirational tool. The Apollo program inspired and changed career paths across the globe. Entire regions evolved new skills related economic growth. Today, we have the opportunity to inspire our local population in the UK. Spaceport Cornwall and Virgin Orbit’s partnership has the power to sustainably grow our local economy and inspire our next generation. Win Win.
Keynote Address: The Delta Clipper Program and its Pivotal Role in Pioneering Technologies for Today’s Launch Industry
John Garvey, Co-Founder and President, Launch Services, Vector Launch, Inc.
The Delta Clipper – Experimental, aka “DC-X” test vehicle pioneered numerous advanced technologies and streamlined operations that have since become key elements of many of today’s emerging launch systems. These included composite cryogenic propellant tanks, reusable boosters, GN&C software autocoding and a minimalistic ground infrastructure. Garvey, a member of the McDonnell Douglas flight team at White Sands during the “DC-XA” phase of the program, addresses how the project’s technical DNA has disseminated across the industry. Garvey will describe how he and several colleagues undertook the development of small liquid propellant test rockets that have evolved into the Vector-R launcher.
Beer Tasting (option must be selected when registering, limited to 40 people)
Improve your knowledge and palate in a 1-hour craft beer tasting led by Catie Brewer, Director of NMSBrew and Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering at New Mexico State University. From sour to hoppy, from light to dark, full-bodied to refreshing, it’s another way to learn about a growing industry
Panel Discussion: Suborbital Markets for Humans and Payloads: What you don’t know about us and LEO Commercialization
Chair: Sean Casey, Vice President of Commercial Business Development for Atlas Space Operations and Co-Founder of the Silicon Valley Space Center (SVSC)
- Sirisha Bandla, Government Affairs & Business Development Manager, Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit
- John Kelly, Program Manager, Flight Opportunities Program, Armstrong Flight Research Center, NASA
- Erika Wagner, Payload Sales Director, Blue Origin
Keynote Address: Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company: New Mexico Operations
George Whitesides, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Galactic
George will give an overview of Galactic’s ongoing transition to commercial operations at Spaceport America, from its development base in Mojave, California. He will describe progress on the next two spaceships, and plans for future growth of the company.
Sponsored by: Virgin Galactic
Keynote Address: Spaceport America: Horizontal Human Commercial Space Operations. A Planned Future
Dan Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, Spaceport America
It is a time of discovery for Spaceport America. Dan Hicks, CEO of Spaceport America, will discuss the various multiple impact perspectives of their planned operations. The vertical launch facilities of the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport have been successfully operating since 2007 . . . now Spaceport America prepares for emerging aerospace technologies and the next phase of a Future of Possibilities: Human Commercial Spaceflight.
Keynote Address: Shall We Wait Another 50 Years?
Mary Lynne Dittmar, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
Waiting 50 years to go back to the moon taught us a lot about how to live in space but didn’t do much to develop a space economy. The biggest challenge ahead for the next generation of space explorers and humanity is, how do we develop the ecosystem necessary to sustain a future space economy? And just how much longer should we wait?
Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Sponsored by: JACOBS
After Hours Reception
Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Thursday, October 10
ISPCS Curator: Pat Hynes
Master Moderator: Ariane Cornell, Head of Astronaut Strategy & Sales and Head of North American New Glenn Sales, Blue Origin
Keynote Address: Ken Bowersox, Acting Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA
Sponsored by: Collins Aerospace
Keynote Address:Building the Business Model for Microgravity Industrialization
Joe Vockley, President and Executive Director, International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory
The trillion-dollar commercial potential of the LEO economy depends on the development of a viable business model for microgravity industrialization. True benefit to human kind and a sustainable economy in LEO cannot occur with the current model of ISS allocation utilization. The US ISS National Laboratory has recently launched a new initiative that focuses resources on building this business model. Key to our initiative is the use of multi-partner academic/business/government research alliances to drive the development cycle from applied research to industrialization. In 2019, the National Lab is building research alliances in two fields of study: Industrial Biomedicine and Advanced Materials. The transition from project-based basic research to alliance-based applied research, resulting in the business case for industrialization, is projected to generate demand for commercial payloads to Station, commercial crew and free-flying industrial incubators.
Keynote Address: Manufacturing In Space: Reshaping the Landscape of Space Commercialization
Andrew Rush, President and Chief Executive Officer, Made in Space, Inc.
In space manufacturing has the potential to democratize access to space like never before. Autonomous, robotic manufacturing and assembly on orbit will transform satellite design, space infrastructure and human spaceflight. Made In Space, the industry leader for space manufacturing, is pioneering new technologies to industrialize low Earth orbit and expand humanity’s presence in space. Made In Space CEO Andrew Rush will discuss how manufacturing in space is driving new market opportunities, lowering the barrier of entry for new customers, and stimulating demand in the commercial space economy.
Panel Discussion: The Laws and Policies Governing Commercial Space – Where are We and Where are We Going?
Chair: Franceska Schroeder, Managing Member, Schroeder Law PLLC
- Chris Allison, Systems Engineer, Space Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation
- Dennis Burnett, Consulting Principal, LMI Advisors
- Melissa Kemper Force, General Counsel, Spaceport America
Through its Space Policy Directives, the Trump Administration has called on federal agencies to create a regulatory environment for U.S. commercial space industry that reduces cost and increases efficiency while ensuring safety and protecting national security. In response, agencies have engaged in rulemakings with the goals of streamlining licensing requirements and regulations that apply to commercial space transportation, satellite communications, commercial remote sensing, space tourism and human spaceflight, and beyond. How are those efforts going? What’s the impact on your business? What are your goals for this regulatory reform effort?
This panel analyzes and engages with you on these questions to help you manage effectively the impacts of licensing and regulations on your commercial space business.
Lunch Session: See you in Orbit?
The long and winding road to private citizen spaceflight.
Keynote Address: How Spaceports Can Enable the Space Economy
George Nield, President, Commercial Space Technologies LLC
Before we can do exciting things in space, we need to get there. And today, the first stop on that journey is a spaceport. But spaceports can be more than just places from which launches take place. Rather, they can also serve as focal points, technology hubs, and sources of critical capabilities for research & technology development, education & training, point-to-point transportation, aerospace manufacturing, and workforce development. Through the use of strategic partnerships between government, industry, academia, and the international community, spaceports can help to enable a robust and thriving space economy.
Keynote Address: Environmental Control Systems—Getting You There is ½ the Story
Grant Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Paragon Space Development Corporation
Staying alive is the other half! When humans go to space, they need a robust and operable life support and thermal control system to maintain them inside the “comfort box” of 40-60% RH and 70+/-5 deg F. But we don’t hear a lot about the life support system. It’s vital that this subsystem be ready when the rocket is on the launch pad. What do we need to do to get there, and are we ready to meet the challenges of “above LEO” human space flight?
Sponsored by: Paragon Space Development
Panel Discussion: Commercial Resupply: We’ll Get Your Cargo There
Chair: Ven C. Feng, Manager of the International Space Station (ISS) Transportation Integration Office, NASA JSC
- John Curry, CRS-2 Program Manager, Space Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation
- Dave Hastman, Vice President, CRS Program Manager
In just 7 years, US commercial industry has conducted 29 Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) launches delivering over 150,000 lbs of equipment, consumables and cutting edge science to the International Space Station. With the CRS1 missions nearing completion, come hear leaders from Northrop Grumman, Sierra Nevada Corp and SpaceX discuss their plans and progress for CRS2 and beyond.
Panel Discussion: NASA’s Commercial Crew: Partnering with Industry to Reach the Space Station
Chair: Kathryn Lueders, Program Manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA
John Mulholland, Vice President and Program Manager for Commercial Programs, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company
Benjamin Reed, Director of Commercial Crew Mission Management, SpaceX
“We’ll Get You There” could be the new slogan of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Commercial Crew, along with corporate partners Boeing and SpaceX, has conducted uncrewed flights while it makes final preparations for crewed test missions to the International Space Station. This historic government-industry partnership will ultimately allow certified, routine crewed flights to the Space Station from American soil, once again. Join representatives from NASA, Boeing and SpaceX as they discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in commercial human spaceflight to low-Earth orbit.
Sponsored by: The Boeing Company
Pat Hynes, ISPCS Curator
Happy Trails Reception
Friday, October 11
Tour Spaceport America (separate registration is required)