Defense Strategies Institute, in partnership with the SmallSat Alliance, will host a comprehensive two-day summit on how the application of small satellites is transforming the space domain. Together with government, industry and commercial partners this event will present and highlight the technologies currently in use and in development, and the challenges that exist in enhancing space access and employing SmallSats to ensure space superiority.
This summit will address the development of SmallSat technologies and the challenges of achieving successful vehicle launches. Speakers will address the policy, acquisition, and development of space capabilities aimed at ensuring US superiority in the space domain. Furthermore, this event will highlight the role of the space industry and commercial sector in furthering reliable space access and innovative satellite technologies.
This year’s confirmed speakers include:
- Shawn Barnes, SES, Deputy Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for Space
- Dr. Fred Kennedy, Director, Space Development Agency
- Dr. Karen St. Germain, Director, Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning, NOAA
- Chirag Parikh, Deputy Director for Counterproliferation, National Geospatial Information Agency
- Brig Gen Wayne Monteith, USAF (Ret), Associate Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
- Jose Albuquerque, Division Chief, Satellite Division, International Bureau, FCC
- Roger Hunter, Program Manager, Small Spacecraft Technology Program, NASA
Historically, satellites are massive in size and expensive to both develop and launch. In the past, this has limited our flexibility and access to space. In response, the US has turned its attention toward the advancement of small satellites, which are proven to often be more cost-effective and pragmatic. The advantages of small satellites are not just their drastically reduced cost, but also their ease of launch, mission flexibility and ability to strengthen our overall capability in the space domain.
Seating is limited to allow for actionable discussion in a “Town Hall” format. Active military and government personnel attend free of charge. Those interested in participating in the 2019 SmallSat & Space Access Summit may visit the website at smallsat.dsigroup.org/.
Anyone interested in learning more or sending questions, please contact Nicholas Liberato-Randall at [email protected], 201-210-8804.
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