Valerie Skarupa

Ms Valerie Skarupa is the Director of Government Business for Spaceflight Industries and is part of the Launch and Integration Services Team.  She is responsible for executing strategies to maintain and grow Spaceflight’s Military and Civil Aerospace launch services.
Ms Skarupa was also a Civil Servant for the Department of Defense for 24 years.  She held many positions to include the Special Assistant to the Director of the Operationally Responsive Space Office,  Space Policy Analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and several positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory to include:  Program Manager for DARPA’s Novel Satellite Communications and F-6 Programs; Deputy Chief for the Laser Communications Program Office; Program Manager for the Maui Space Surveillance System;  Business and Integration Manager for the Airborne Laser Program;  Acquisition Manager for the Space Experiments Directorate; and R&D Contract Specialist for the Air Force Weapons Laboratory. 

Spaceflight Industries

Negar Feher

Negar Feher:
Negar Feher is Business Development Director of the Small Sat Applications Line of Business at SSL where she has worked for 11 years. She previously held a variety of positions in program management and proposal management and has acted as a company ambassador in bringing SSL’s diverse capabilities to new space markets. She was instrumental in establishing a new sub-systems and services business for SSL and supports startups seeking to validate and test their spacecraft systems through environmental testing. Negar holds an M.S in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University


Scott Schoneman

Scott Schoneman is the Chief Engineer and Sr. Mission Manger in the Spaceflight Services group.  Before joining Spaceflight, he owner and Chief Engineer of his own engineering consulting business, Schonodyne Inc.  Prior to that, he was Director of the Systems Engineering Department at Orbital Sciences Launch Systems Group.  Responsibilities included direct responsibility for the systems engineering processes on all Orbital launch vehicles, as well as the Mission Managers for small space launch vehicles and a variety of suborbital targets and missile defense interceptor launch systems and the Range/System Safety group.  During his 23 years at Orbital, he was also Manager of Mission Development for Minotaur launch vehicles, initiating multiple spacecraft launch missions from conception through early mission execution.  In addition he was Mission Manager and Lead Systems Engineer for the development and initial missions of the Minotaur vehicles.  Among the accomplishments on the Minotaur mission were the first Minotaur I mission, JAWSat, which put – at that time - the largest number of spacecraft in orbit on one launch. He was also instrumental in the first launch of a CubeSat on a US launch vehicle - – the NASA Ames 3U GeneSat on the TacSat-2 Minotaur I mission.

Space Flight Industries

Keith Karuntzos


Mr. Bradley Schneider

Mr. Bradley Schneider is the Executive Vice President/General Manager of USA Operations for Rocket Lab USA, Inc., a premier institute for innovative space systems with operations in the United States and New Zealand. In this role, he is responsible for day-to-day operations and development of all U.S. activities. He has more than 30 years of experience in corporate operations, business and strategic marketing within the aerospace and defense industry, focusing the last decade and a half on the development of small satellite and small launch vehicle technologies. Mr. Schneider has performed senior leadership roles as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for very successful start-up/private Company's and extensive public sector experience in business management with Lockheed Martin Corporation and Raytheon. As a senior executive of innovative high technology Aerospace and Defense Company's dedicated to the design, development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art systems, Mr. Schneider has been committed to reducing the cost of access to space.

Prior to joining Rocket Lab, Mr. Schneider provided consultant support to private sector aerospace Company's as well as co-founded L2 Aerospace. In addition, he served as General Manager of Astrotech Space Operations Division providing launch operations support for eastern and western launch campaigns. After leaving the public sector in 2000, Mr. Schneider served as Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer of a very successful start-up Company, MicroSat Systems, Inc., where he participated in the development and management of essential operational systems and successful execution of the sale of the Company in 2008 to Sierra Nevada Corporation. Mr. Schneider spent 14 years with the Lockheed Martin Corporation and four years with Raytheon.

Mr. Schneider received a B.S. degree in Finance and Accounting from Brigham Young University and recognized by NASA, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Wharton Business School and Inc. 500 for outstanding leadership and achievement.

Rocket Lab USA, Inc.

Randall Riddel


Mr. Joe Maly

Joe is a senior member of the Moog CSA technical staff and he is Moog product area lead for payload launch adapter products. His technical specialties are structural dynamics and vibration mitigation. He joined CSA in 1987 and since 1993 has led flight hardware and vibration suppression programs. He was Principal Investigator for the development of ESPA, the EELV Secondary Payload Adapter, and he led the flight hardware program for the Hubble Space Telescope Solar Array Damper. During the Ares I rocket development, he managed the Tuned Oscillator Array, a system of ten 400-lb tuned mass absorbers to mitigate thrust oscillation in the first stage motor. Currently Joe is leading the ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) Satellite Dispenser team supporting the launch of multiple satellites with ESPA on Falcon 9 to populate the OG2 constellation. Joe has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University.

Moog CSA