Dr. Andrew Abraham’s area of expertise includes orbital debris, reentry analysis, ight safety, early orbit operations, conjunction assessment, space situational awareness, and space traf c management. Prior to joining Aerospace, he spent time as a graduate student, researching the optimization of transfer trajectories to Lagrange point orbits in the Earth-Moon system using evolutionary algorithms. He also conducted research at NASA Glenn Research Center as well as NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the areas of microwave communications and spacecraft operations, respectively.
The Aerospace Corporation is an independent nonpro t organization dedicated to the objective application of science and technology toward the solution of critical issues affecting the nation’s space program
The Aerospace Corporation
Bretton (Brett) Alexander is Director of Business Development and Strategy for Blue Origin, LLC, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. From October 2009 to October 2011, Brett was a member of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), serving as the chair of the Commercial Space Committee, assessing NASA’s partnership with industry to develop commercial crew and cargo capabilities to support the International Space Station and private spaceflight. Brett has served as a member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) since 2008.
Brett previously served as a senior policy analyst for space issues in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he served both Presidents Bush and Clinton. While at the White House, he played a central role in development of the Vision for Space Exploration, announced in January 2004.
From December 2006 to May 2011, Brett served as President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the industry association of businesses and organizations working to make commercial human spaceflight a reality. From 2008 to 2011, Brett was also a consultant in the space industry, providing strategy and business development advice to launch service providers and vehicle developers, as well as assessment of international space activities to NASA.
From 2007 to 2008, Brett served as the executive director for Space and the X PRIZE Cup at the X PRIZE Foundation, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Google Lunar X Prize, the Lunar Lander Challenge, and the X PRIZE Cup. He was also senior advisor to Transformational Space Corporation (t/Space) from 2005 to 2007. Prior to the White House, Brett held positions in the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation, The Aerospace Corporation, and ANSER Corporation.
Brett holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Yotam Ariel is an Israeli serial entrepreneur. With his expertise in energy he founded and transformed Bluefield from an idea into a Silicon Valley venture backed startup.
Bluefield is deploying micro-satellites and AI to track emissions. Starting with methane, which accounts for half of global warming, the analytics from this granular data will protect trillions of dollars of assets and millions of lives that are currently at risk.
In his previous venture, Yotam worked with international multi-billion dollar firms and brought modern electricity to tens of thousands of people in remote regions, all while reducing greenhouse gases.His energy expertise was recognized by international media including the New York Times and organizations such as the UN.
Majored in Chinese and Business, Yotam graduated with Summa Cum Laude from Xiamen University in China. He speaks 6 languages and was a national champion in sailing.
Lt Col A.J. Ashby
Lieutenant Colonel Albert J. “A.J.” Ashby serves as the Materiel Leader, Launch Acquisition Division, Office of Space Launch, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia. He is the principal advisor to the Director of Office of Space Launch for all future spacelift capabilities supporting National Security Space programs. He leads the advanced planning, test, system engineering, and acquisition of $2B+ space launch systems and is the primary liaison to DoD, intelligence agencies, and NASA for all future national space systems launch capabilities. Lieutenant Colonel Ashby enlisted in the Air Force in 1990 and received his commission after completing Air Force Officer Training School in 2001. He is an experienced Special Missions operator with multiple global contingency and humanitarian deployments. He has also served in a variety of space system acquisition management and operations positions to include assignments within the intelligence community, and in staff positions at Headquarters Air Force. Prior to his current assignment, he was a Legislative Liaison, Air Force Senate Office
Office of Space Launch, National Reconnaissance Office
Col Robert Atkins
Col Atkins currently leads the Air Force's space launch mission manifest
office where he champions efforts to enable greater access and opportunities
for small satellite programs trying to get to space. His efforts formed an
operational bond between DoD, Civil and Intelligence organizations to bring
about revolutionary synergies of space access for all agencies.
Lt Col Atkins commissioned in 1998 through the ROTC program at the University of Oklahoma. He is an experienced space and missile operator, having first served on strategic alert in Montana with the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile force performing duties as Evaluator and Missile Combat Crew Commander. Additionally, he was assigned to the 392d Training Squadron where he was lead missile trainer programmer and Training Manager. Lt Col Atkins was an Air Force Institute of Technology, Education with Industry (EWI) select for the Spacelift Education & Crossover Program with Lockheed Martin Company. His EWI experience linked the relationship between industry and the DoD in Atlas V program management, mission integration, launch manifest planning, contracting, and systems engineering departments. Following his EWI assignment he crossed over to the acquisition community and was chief of several programs within the Launch and Range Systems Wing and Space Based Infrared Systems Wing. Utilizing his acquisition and operational experience he transitioned to the Office of Space Launch, National Reconnaissance Office where he was lead for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle procurement and Satellite Vehicle Integration contracts. At Headquarters AFSPC he served as Chief, Space Situational Awareness (SSA)/Command and Control (C2) operations section and Chief, Launch and Test Range System. In 2012, he deployed in a National Reconnaissance Office support position to the Director of Space Forces for U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Southwest Asia. Upon returning from his deployment Lt Col Atkins was assigned Chief, Space Situational Awareness Branch where he was responsible for the operational and development of offensive and defensive counter space assets. Prior to assuming his current position he was the Commander of the Headquarter Squadron for AFSPC.
Air Force Space & Missile Center, Launch Enterprise
Mr. Bowen is currently serving as SNC Space System’s Sr. Manager of Business Development, where he is responsible for new business acquisition and customer relations for the Space Technologies product line. Mr. Bowen served as a Program Manager for Starsys Research, acquired by SpaceDev in 2006, and by Sierra Nevada Corporation in 2009. Prior to joining Starsys Research, Mr. Bowen served as a Program Manager from 1996 until 2006 at Composite Optics, Inc. acquired by ATK in 2003.
Mr. Bowen has over 21 years of experience in the space and aerospace industry and has successfully managed more than 150 programs for both commercial and Government customers. Throughout his career, he has successfully managed many complex, rapid development space programs. Mr. Bowen has been formally trained in program management principles and procedures and is a certified Program Management Professional (PMP).Mr. Bowen has a strong engineering background in composites, space structures, and electro-mechanical systems. In addition, he has a thorough knowledge of engineering design and analysis principles, practices, procedures, risk management, and process improvement methods.
Mr. Bowen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, CA.
Dan is the Director of Strategy and Business Development for VOX Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of Virgin Orbit. Prior to VOX Space, Dan was the Systems Director for Advanced Projects with the Aerospace Corporation supporting Space Superiority, Space Control and Space Situational Awareness. He also worked in the space community as a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. Dan had a distinguished 25-year career in the United States Air Force. He culminated his career when he retired as a Colonel after serving as the Program Director, Space Based Infrared Systems. Dan’s other Air Force assignments include numerous air and space program offices and staff positions on the Joint Staff, the Air Staff and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Dan also served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the United States Air Force Academy where he tried to teach math to cadets. He is a graduate of the National War College and the Defense Systems Management College. Dan is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Management from UCLA.
Joe Burt is the Deputy Program Manager Technical for the Explorers and Heliophysics Projects Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This includes oversight of several missions at various stages of development including, ICON, TESS, GOLD, NICER, Parker Solar Probe, and Solar Orbiter. Previous missions include MAVEN, SAM, OSIRIS-Rex, LADEE, SDO, and MMS. Prior to accepting this position, Joe was the chief engineer for the Goddard Lunar Program Office, prior to that, he served for more than six years as the Chief Mission Systems Engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope. Joe has been at Goddard for 33 years.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Mr. Robert Caffrey
Bob Caffrey is the Head of NASA/Goddard’s Rideshare Office. This includes developing rideshare opportunities for scientist and technologists and identifying rideshare payloads for Goddard’s primary missions. Bob held management positions on other missions, including GOLD, LADEE, SAM, OSIRIS, SeaWiFS, SSBUV, and others. Bob has a BSEE (’85) and a BSCS (’90) from University of Maryland and a MSBA (’01) from MIT/Sloan. Bob has been at Goddard since 1985
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dave is Director, Government Launch Services for Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. Dave began his career with the Air Force, where he served as the Systems Effectiveness Manager for Titan and Atlas launch vehicles followed by an assignment at Cape Canaveral as a Titan 34D and Titan IV Launch Controller. Dave then moved to Orbital Sciences Corporation where he was a Mission Manager for Taurus and Pegasus Missions -including numerous multi-manifest launches for civil, commercial and DoD customers. Dave also served as the Taurus Launch Conductor. Prior to coming to Tyvak, Dave was at Scitor Corporation for 18 years where he provided systems engineering, technical, and management support to the NRO’s Office of Space Launch. The last eight years at OSL were spent promoting the launch of small satellites, with 53 CubeSats being launched on five NRO-sponsored missions.
Justin is a program manager with Tyvak’s Launch Services group leading the effort to launch both U.S. and international payloads, with the primary responsibility to ensure customer needs are met and each mission is a success. Justin has been instrumental in the on-orbit delivery of over 120 small satellites on 21 launches. His technical expertise has developed next-generation launch adapters, CubeSat dispenser, satellite mechanisms, and streamlined launch integration processes. These developments have resulted in components that increase the access to space for smallsats by decreasing loads experienced by the satellites, increased ability to analyze and predict the launch environment, and increased mission assurance.
Joseph Casas (Joe) has been at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center for over 18 years and is currently the Science and Technology (S&T) Missions and DoD Formulations Manager within the Partnerships and Formulation Office supporting the Center Science and Technology Office. As the DoD Formulation Manager, he is responsible for providing leadership in establishing a stable and sustainably productive collaborative foundational relationship among synergistic S&T projects for the NASA, OSD, the Combatant Commands S&T organizations, ONR, SAF, AMRDEC and the NASA S&T communities as appropriate. Joe provides a very board range of S&T subject matter expertise in the formulation of current and potential DoD, DHS and international partnering opportunities by identifying, understanding, evaluating, defining, communicating and initiating traditional and fast track technology integration projects and missions to address synergetic S&T capabilities and capacities consistent with the strategic goals of the Center and the Agency. He initiates and leads cross center, internal and external discussions focused on developing new initiatives, projects, and programs to create new partnerships, increase the return on value of NASA S&T investments to our Agency’s mission and the Nation, and to generate future work for the Centers while meeting the NASA goals and objectives.
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Daniel Ceperley is the CEO of LeoLabs and he is a member of the founding team. Prior to LeoLabs, Dan was the Program Director for Space Debris Tracking at SRI International and the Deputy Director for the Oceans and Space Systems Center. Dan also supervised the Allen Telescope Array, a radio astronomy and satellite tracking facility in northern California. Dan started his career as a member of SRI International's technical staff creating real-time synthetic aperture radar image reconstruction algorithms and precision timing and navigation algorithms. He holds a PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from U. C. Berkeley and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Robert Cleave has over 30 years experience in the space industry as an engineer, program manager, and general manager with P&L responsibility. He started his career at Rockwell International (now Boeing), working GPS, scientific satellites, and on the first Mars rover. In 1994, he joined Space Systems/Loral as a communications engineer, founding a company providing the worlds’ first commercial X-band services. Cleave was recruited by Lockheed Martin in 2003 to manage the business development activities of a $2B organization, and became President of their commercial launch services business unit. He then managed all commercial satellite business pursuits, winning business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Japan, and subsequently managed all organic and inorganic investments. A prolific author with one patent and a TED speaker, Robert is also active in several non-profits, and is currently an advisor on three different start-ups while managing strategic development activities at Vector Launch, a new company revolutionizing space access. Cleave earned a degree in aerospace engineering from Arizona State University and a certificate in systems engineering from the University of Southern California
Vector Launch, Inc
Col Timothy Cole
Launch Systems Enterprise, Space and Missile Systems Center
William D Deininger
Bill Deininger is a staff consultant in systems engineering for Ball Aerospace. Dr. Deininger currently is the Ball Chief Systems Engineer (CSE) and Payload Lead on the NASA IXPE Project. He is also the Chief Engineer on the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. Recent work has included serving as the Ball CSE on the NEOCam Phase A Discovery Mission Concept Study, for NASA. He was the functional manager for the Mission Systems Engineering group at Ball Aerospace for 2 years and, prior to that, the Kepler Flight Segment Manager. Prior to joining Ball Aerospace, Dr. Deininger worked at FiatAvio-BPD in Italy for 9 years, as a Member of the Technical Staff at JPL for 8 years, and at Argonne National Laboratory for 1½ years. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, Senior Member of IEEE and was awarded 2017 Engineer of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Section of the AIAA. He received a Dottorato di Ricerca (Ph.D.) in Aerospace Engineering from the Università degli Studi di Pisa in Italy, an M.S. in Plasma Physics from Colorado State University, and a B.S. in Physics from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Tim Deaver Director of US Space Systems at Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. (ADSI). He is responsible for managing all US Government space-related marketing, program capture, program management and customer liaison activities for ADSI.
Prior to joining ADSI, Mr. Deaver worked for SES and SES Government Solutions for over 10 years where he led the business and product development activities. Mr. Deaver led the SES GS team which won the USAF Space and Missile System Center (SMC) Pathfinder 1 contract for the purchase of near-end of life transponders, SMC’s Pathfinder 3 contract for prelaunched capacity on an SES satellite, the NASA Global-scale Observation of Limb and Disk (GOLD) hosted payload launched on SES-14 (built by Airbus Defense and Space) in 2018 and the FAA’s Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS) payload launched on SES-15 in 2017. Mr. Deaver also served as the program manager and eventually the Program Executive for the Commercially Hosted Infra-Red Payload (CHIRP) program which was launched in September 2011 aboard the SES-2 spacecraft.
Prior to joining SES, Mr. Deaver served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force in various space operational, acquisition and policy positions. Tim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree from Air University
Airbus Defense and Space, Inc
Tom has been employed as a civil servant at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for thirty years. His early career focused on integration and flying attached payloads and small deployable satellites in the Space Shuttle cargo bays as part of the Hitchhiker and Get Away Special programs. He was the Instrument Manager for the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) which is now on-orbit and returning stunning hemispheric lightning data on GOES-16 and -17 (formerly GOES-R and -S). Following that he joined the PACE Project to acquire and manage two polarimeters to supplement the primary instrument (OCI) on the observatory. Most recently was selected as the Deputy Project Manager for the Small Satellite Project Office.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Richard Eastes is the Principal Investigator for NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission, being conducted under the Explorers program. GOLD is the first NASA mission to fly an instrument as a hosted payload on a commercial communications satellite. He specializes in instrumentation for space-based, ultraviolet (UV) observations and in the use of UV data for remote sensing of the Earth’s space environment. He is a currently a research scientist at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Previously, he held a position at the Florida Space Institute at the University of Central Florida (UCF), with joint appointments in the Physics department and the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering department. Prior UCF, he worked in the ionospheric physics division of the Air Force Research Laboratory where his responsibilities included being Principal Investigator for UV instruments for spaceflight. He received his Ph.D. in physics from The Johns Hopkins University.
University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
Walt Everetts is Vice President, Satellite Operations and Ground Development for Iridium, where he is responsible for overseeing and monitoring the Iridium network operations and deployment of upgrades to support future system enhancements. Walt started his career working within the aerospace industry with specific responsibilities in commercial communication satellite integration, testing and launch. In 1996, he joined the satellite communications division at Motorola as the manufacturing manager responsible for the delivery and deployment of the Iridium program spacecraft constellation.
After completion of today’s Iridium network, Walt left the Iridium project but remained at Motorola in a new product program management position, where he was assigned to projects in more than 40 different countries and a multitude of different product lines in the telecommunication industry. His primary responsibilities included developing repeatable processes that were used in initial field trials and deployment of new product services offerings. Walt heeded the irresistible call of Iridium again in February 2008 as the Space Systems Operations Director.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.
Mary Faller is a Senior Mission Manager for the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Services Program (LSP) Flight Projects Office. She has over 25 years space flight payloads, launch services systems engineering and integration experience. She is currently the leading the TROPICS Launch Services solicitation and acquisition effort. She recently served as Source Evaluation Board Chair for the acquisition of the Solar Probe Plus Launch Service in 2015 and was the Branch Chief for the KSC LSP Mission Integration Group for over seven years before that. Mary has also served as the technical lead evaluating numerous Launch Service Task Order awards on the NASA Launch Services I (NLS I) and NLS II Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contracts and served as the Mission Management lead on during the NLS II 2016 launch service on-ramp award period. Mary acted as the launch services lead for the New Frontiers 4 AO solicitation and subsequent proposal evaluation as well as participating as a reviewer during the 2015 Discovery 14 AO proposal evaluation effort.
NASA Kennedy Space Center, Launch Services Program
Philip is the CEO and founder of Scepter, Inc., an atmospheric intelligence company focused on providing real-time global air pollution monitoring and value added services. He has as successful track record as both senior executive and entrepreneur with leadership and engineering experience in high-tech, satellite services, renewable energy, and complex infrastructure development. As an entrepreneur, Philip founded a satellite communications company, ProtoStar Ltd., to provide DTH bandwidth to small-dish television operators across Asia. As CEO he led financing and raised over $500 million in debt and equity; closed anchor customers in India, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines; led debt refinancing in 2009; and sold the satellites to Intelsat and SES. He also founded and serves on the board of two renewable energy companies, Trio Renewable Gas and Bluefield Renewable Energy, which specialize in the deployment of mass market, modular thermo-chemical conversion equipment across the Americas and Asia. Earlier in his career at GM Hughes, Philip helped develop several domestic and international satellite ventures including DirecTV, Galaxy Latin America, Asia Pacific Mobile Telephone, and Spaceway. Philip earned his MBA from Stanford University and his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.
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
Mr. Warren Frick
Warren directs and oversees the application of Orbital ATK’s diverse range of space launch capabilities towards the needs of potential customers - representing Antares, Pegasus, all the Minotaur’s, and any of the other space launch vehicles in Orbital ATK’s arsenal. After several tours in the Air Force, Warren has supported launch vehicles for Orbital, ATK, Orbital (again) and now Orbital ATK. He has supported and attended every SPRSA meeting since its founding and strongly believes in sharing rides to provide the best value to secondary and primary satellites, and the end customer.Warren has a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, masters in Computer Science and more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace profession supporting space launch vehicle, satellite, and aircraft applications
Stephane Germain founded GHGSat in 2011 to answer a market need for consistent, high quality measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities worldwide.
Mr. Germain has over 25 years of experience in aerospace engineering, project management, and business development. He has held senior management positions over a period of 10 years in both small and large Canadian aerospace companies. Prior to these positions, he was a consultant for several years with Bain & Company, a leading international strategy consulting firm, working for Fortune 500 companies in industries ranging from forestry to aerospace. At the start of his career, he worked as an engineer and project manager at Spar Aerospace. Mr. Germain graduated from Queen’s University (Canada) with a B.Sc. (Engineering Physics) in 1991 and a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD (France) in 1994.
Alex Greenberg is the Co-founder and Head of Operations of Loft Orbital, a San Francisco-based start up that is making space simple for organizations that need to collect information about the Earth. Loft owns and operates satellite infrastructure and leases space onboard to host its customers' sensors, as a service. Prior to starting Loft, Alex worked at Spire Global, a nanosatellite start up, where he helped create the company's business with US and International government clients and signed the company's first two customer contracts. Alex started his career in management
Loft Orbital Solutions, Inc.
Chief of the Research Planning and Emissions Mitigation Branch in the Research Division at the California Air Resources Board. He oversees the division’s extramural research program, research to characterize pollutants at the neighborhood scale, the implementation of state’s greenhouse gas monitoring network, and short lived climate pollutant research program. His main research interests include the ambient measurements of greenhouse gases and characterization of short lived climate pollution emission sources. John earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
California Air Resources Board
Keith Karuntzos received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1992. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force where he held leadership and management responsibilities as an acquisition program manager in the Training Systems Program Office and the Delta II Program Office. In 2000, Keith joined Boeing Launch Services as a customer engineer, assessing technical requirements for U.S. government and industry customers on new launch opportunities. With the formation of United Launch Alliance in 2006, he transitioned to Business Development, responsible for generating DOD, NASA, NRO, and commercial customer launch service solutions on Atlas and Delta launch vehicles. Currently, Keith works for Booz Allen Hamilton and provides SETA support to the NRO Office of Space Launch, Advanced Programs Branch, in the development and execution of acquisition efforts and studies for small launch vehicles.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Jason Kim is the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Millennium Space Systems, a privately owned small satellite company based in El Segundo, CA performing on several multi-million dollar prime spacecraft system integrator contracts for the DoD, IC, NASA, and Commercial customers. In this role, he develops corporate strategy, performs business development, and develops strategic alliances across the space industry. Since he joined the company in 2009, there has been a 5X increase in amount of revenue generation, 6X increase in number of employees, and 4X increase in square footage of R&D and Spacecraft Manufacturing space. He has managed complex, multi-million dollar Government R&D contracts that provide asymmetric space capabilities for National Security.
He previously worked at Northrop Grumman Corporation as Manager for the Space Situational Awareness portfolio as well as for classified satellite flight programs. As part of the University of California at Los Angeles Global Access Program, he consulted for a New Zealand technology start-up Bay City Technologies and developed a Strategic and Operations business plan to introduce the company's unattended CDMA-based remote sensing system to monitor agriculture, dairy and livestock for large US Cooperatives.
Prior to that, he served in the United States Air Force as an officer, leading multi-person teams to deploy first-of-its-kind upgrades to manned U-2 and unmanned MQ-1 Predator aircraft systems as well as classified satellite prototype systems with high impact to Operational missions to include over Afghanistan in 2001 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Millennium Space Systems
Mr. Bryan L Benedict
Dr. Bryan Benedict serves as Senior Director of Innovation & Spacecraft Programs at SES Government Solutions. During his career he has worked extensively within both the DoD and US Civil Agencies to socialize the advantages of hosting imaging payloads on commercial spacecraft. Additionally, Dr. Benedict has been a key advocate in the commercial industry for the use of space robotics for both recovery and life extension of geosynchronous satellites.
Prior to his current position Dr. Benedict served as the Product Line Manager for Commercial and Civil Hosted Payloads at Intelsat General Corporation, Director of Hosted Payloads at Intelsat, Director of Engineering for Satellite Bus & Launch Service Acquisitions at PanAmSat and was a System Engineering Manager at Hughes for the BSS601HP product line.
Dr. Benedict started his career as a chemical engineer in the petroleum industry – inventing and patenting several catalysts still used for stabilization of jet fuels. Dr. Benedict earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1986, where he conducted research on the stabilization of high energy materials within crystalline lattices.
Dr. Benedict has been awarded a number of patents throughout his career – the latest for delivery of microsatellites to orbit piggybacking on the nadir deck of geosynchronous communication satellites
SES Government Solutions
Emil L Kepko
Larry Kepko is a research astrophysicist in the Space Weather Laboratory of the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His science interests range from the magnetosphere, where he studies the dynamics of magnetospheric substorms, to the solar wind, where he studies number density and composition periodicities in an effort to understand solar plasma release. He was co-I on the CRaTER instrument on LRO and the RBSP-ECT suite, and is currently Deputy Project Scientist for THEMIS. He has advocated for years on the importance of CubeSats and SmallSats for achieving NASA science objectives, and is Chief Scientist for the newly formed GSFC SmallSat Office. He is currently an editor for JGR - Space Physics. In 2001 he was awarded AGU’s Fred L. Scarf award for outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to solar-planetary science. He earned a BS in Astrophysics from UCLA in 1993, and a PhD in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA in 2000, working under the guidance of Margaret Kivelson. He worked at Boston University and the University of New Hampshire before Joining GSFC in 2009.
Bryan serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Spire Global, Inc. Prior to Spire Global, he served as Jive Software's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for nine years. He was also responsible for all financial, accounting, IT and operational aspects of Jive’s business. Bryan is a seasoned finance and business professional with more than 20 years of experience in public high tech and software companies. He was a key member of Mercury Interactive’s executive team, where he helped drive substantial growth in both the size of the business and the company’s market value. Bryan also served as chief financial officer of Webtrends, a software company in the web analytics market, and as chief financial officer of inSilicon, a public software company in the semiconductor IP markets, and built the corporate finance team at enterprise content management company Documentum.
Spire Global, Inc.
Mr. Lim currently serves as the President and CEO of Xtenti, LLC, a new solutions provider seeking that bring disruptive enablers for the space industry and create tangible solution sets that intersect the space industry with other non-space industries. He has over seventeen years of experience in systems engineering and design on major Government and commercial programs, including mission integration for numerous Government space missions. Mr. Lim received a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He also has served on Active Duty service in the Air Force in flight test, launch vehicle systems, and mission integration, and continues to serve as a Reservist for the Air Force.
Christopher Loghry is currently focused on supporting Moog’s Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) program aimed at low-cost space access for a wide variety of customers. This versatile platform provides a low-cost platform for multi-mission manifests (e.g. Rideshare) and can be used as a Hosted Payload Platform (HPP) for a wide variety of mission payloads especially for on-orbit demonstration.
He joined Moog in 2012 as part of the AMPAC In-Space Propulsion (ISP) acquisition. He has supported the ISP business in addition to the larger Space business including supporting the Chief Technologist for Space. He currently works the Space Access and Integrated Systems business unit in a business development role in addition to a supporting engineering role for propulsion, launch vehicle, and spacecraft missions. Prior to joining Moog, he worked for Lockheed Martin for seven years performing spacecraft propulsion system integration and test (I&T) operations including launch site propellant loading. This included many unique or first of their kind programs like AEHF, SBIRS, MUOS, JUNO, GRAIL, and several other commerical and military spaceraft. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering (BsE) from Purdue University with a major focus in Aerospace Propulsion and a minor in Nuclear Engineering.
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.
Mr. Ted Muelhaupt
Ted Muelhaupt is associate principal director for Systems Analysis and Simulation, the primary corporate resource for predicting and analyzing the system-level performance of satellite systems. Muelhaupt also manages the corporation’s Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS) and provides technical leadership of studies and analyses in the area of space debris, collision avoidance, object reentry, space situational awareness, and space operations. Based in Chantilly, Virginia, Muelhaupt focuses on support to the intelligence community. His technical expertise encompasses orbit analysis, modeling and simulation, performance analysis, and software development. He has been a leading proponent of system visualization techniques and has spearheaded the development of several major software tools. In recent years, he led an expansion of Aerospace’s capabilities in support to real-time space operations. He also created the Mission Operations and Analysis Department, which focuses on issues such as collision avoidance, debris analysis, and space operations. He joined Aerospace in 1980. Past assignments have focused on disciplines such as controls analysis, advanced planning, performance modeling, and reconnaissance systems. He has an M.S. in mechanics from the University of Minnesota and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and a member of the American Astronautical Society
The Aerospace Corporation
Sean Mulligan is the Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space) and the Director for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), located at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Virginia Space is a political subdivision of Virginia, with the mission to promote industrial and economic development and scientific and technological R&D through the expansion and promotion of the commercial and government aerospace industry in the Commonwealth. Virginia Space achieves that mission through building, owning and operating launch, payload processing and unmanned systems facilities at the MARS Spaceport as well as administering a picosatellite program. Sean started his career at MARS as one of the original engineers to design, build and test the MARS Pad-0A launch facility, homeport of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket. Sean has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Steve Nixon is Vice President for Strategic Development at Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, a Paul Allen (co-founder Microsoft) space company. Mr. Nixon leads the company’s activities involving strategy, government affairs, business development, marketing, and communications. Mr. Nixon is a former strategic consultant, and before that, CTO of the US Intelligence Community overseeing the science and technology activities of 16 US intelligence agencies. He was the founder and first acting director of IARPA, the intelligence community’s version of DARPA. Before that he was a long time professional staff member on the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. In 2008, he was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. That year, the National Academy of Engineering recognized him as one of the 100 top engineers in the nation (Frontiers of Engineering). In 2005, Space News recognized him in its global top ten list of people making a difference in space. He was also recognized that year by the National Journal’s “Hill 100” as a top congressional staffer in the category of “Defense Transformation.” Before working for Congress, he was an analyst at the Pentagon. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and National Security Studies.
Dr. Charles D. Norton is a program area manager and principal technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology in transition to serve as the NASA Science Mission Directorate's Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Small Spacecraft Missions. In that role he will be responsible for advising on cross-agency strategic direction for innovative science missions from ESPA-Class spacecraft down to CubeSats. He has supported NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) co-creating the In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies (InVEST) Program. He has managed multiple CubeSat flight projects, co-led a Caltech Keck Institute for Space Sciences Study Program on “Small Satellites: A Revolution in Space Science”, and co-authored two 2 National Academies of Science reports on “Achieving Science with CubeSats: Thinking Inside the Box” and “Powering Science: NASA’s Large Strategic Science Missions”. Charles is a recipient of numerous awards for new technology and innovation, including the JPL Lew Allen Award and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.
Gregory A Orndorff
Greg is responsible for engaging with potential U.S. Government Customers (DoD, IC, NASA) interested in leveraging Vector's commercial spacecraft launch services to LEO. In this capacity, he directs all activities supporting launch vehicle offerings to USG organizations and agencies, whether as a prime or a subcontractor to an aerospace prime or government-sanctioned laboratory.
Prior to joining Vector, he was the Vice President of National Security Programs at Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc., responsible for developing, capturing, and managing service opportunities in the DoD and IC markets. In his most recent job before SGT, he was a member of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Principal Professional Staff and the Deputy Director of National Security Space Programs in the Space Department.
He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Shenandoah University. Greg is an experienced business development manager, technology director, programs manager, and systems engineer. Greg is a retired Air Force officer, having served in various space organizations in acquisition (SMC/CW), operations (45th Space Wing), and logistics (30th Space Wing). After his Air Force career, He held positions at Northrop Grumman and Orbital Sciences working on C4ISR systems, reusable space systems, and anti-tamper approaches.
Aaron Q. Rogers
Mr. Rogers is Director of Advanced Programs for SSL, where he is responsible for portfolio leadership of space mission concept initiatives, technology demonstrations, and flight programs for the US Government. Prior to joining SSL, he was the Principal Program Manager for Disruptive Space Missions and a former Mission Systems Engineer, at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He has academic appointments with The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School Space Systems Engineering program, serves as the Technical Chair of the AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, and is a well-published contributor on several technical committees. Mr. Rogers holds a B.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT, a Graduate Certificate in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Stanford University, and an M.S. in Applied Physics from The Johns Hopkins University
Mr. Randall L. Riddle is the Chief Engineer for the Small Launch and Targets Division, Launch Enterprise, Space and Missile Systems Center where he leads a team of 75 government and contractor personnel in the management of over $3 billion dollars of deactivated Peacekeeper and Minuteman ICBM missile assets and provides small and medium space launch capability for Air Force and other government agency missions.
Major Natasha I. Rosario serves as the Deputy Chief of the Advanced Programs Branch in the Launch Acquisition Division, Office of Space Launch, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia. She is the small satellite launch mission manager for small satellites in the Intelligence Community. She leads the early requirements gathering, manifest management, launch solution matching, integration and day of launch support campaigns across NRO, AF, DoD, NASA, and Academia.
Major Rosario commissioned in the Air Force in 2008 after graduating from Kansas State University with a full Air Force scholarship for engineering. She is a space acquisitions officer with multiple acquisition, NRO tours and operations assignments. Prior to her current assignment, she was the Chief of Maintenance for the Space Based Infrared Systems Operations Group under the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado.
Office of Space Launch, National Reconnaissance Office
Frank A. Rose is a senior fellow for security and strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. He focuses on nuclear strategy and deterrence, arms control, strategic stability, missile defense, outer space, and emerging security challenges. From 2017-18, he served as principal director and chief of government relations at the Aerospace Corporation, a federally-funded research and development center focused on national security space.
Before that, Rose served as assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance from 2014-17. In this position, he was responsible for advising the secretary of state on a wide variety of arms control, strategic policy, verification, and compliance issues. From 2009 to 2014, Rose served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for space and defense policy where he was responsible for key issues related to arms control and defense policy including missile defense, space security, chemical and biological weapons, and conventional arms control.
Prior to joining the State Department in June 2009, Rose held various national security staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, including service as a professional staff member on both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rose has also held numerous positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including as special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for strategy and threat reduction, and policy advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. Before that, he worked as a national security analyst with Science Applications International Corporation and on the staff of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA).
Mr. Rumford is currently serving as the Director of Orbital ATK’s ESPAStar Product Line. The ESPAStar Platform provides a modular, cost effective, and highly capable infrastructure resource for hosting space technology development and operational payloads.
Formally, he served as a Director of Engineering and a Program Manager on numerous spacecraft and launch vehicle programs (including Air Launch System, NASA Crew Exploration Vehicle/ Launch Abort System (CEV/LAS)). Prior to these roles, he was the Chief Engineer for the Pegasus Launch Vehicle. He also served as Vehicle Engineer on several individual Pegasus missions with hands on experience building, testing and launching rockets in the field. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a M.S. in Systems Engineering & Management from George Washington University. Mr. Rumford is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Virginia, DC and Maryland
Tim Rush has over 35 years experience in the commercial space industry leading multinational programs and structuring / negotiating complex contracts. His areas of expertise include satellite system design and risk management, satellite finance, spacecraft and launch vehicle procurement, and satellite insurance placement and administration. Rush has extensive experience advising satellite investors, secured lenders, and export credit agencies.
Tim Rush currently works for JLT Aerospace, a US based specialty insurance broker providing tailored risk and insurance solutions to companies in the commercial space industry. He has over 20 years experience working at Marsh and Aon as a space risk advisor and insurance broker. Rush has designed and executed risk and insurance strategies for leading satellite operators and launch service providers including placement of > $3 Billion of launch and in‐ orbit coverages and successfully settlement of a number of challenging claims. Rush began his career as a satellite engineer and manager for Intelsat, Comsat and Fairchild Space Company where he supported and managed development, procurement, construction, launch and in‐ orbit operation of more than 30 GEO and LEO satellites.
Tim Rush has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland. He often speaks at industry events including annual satellite conferences in Washington DC, Silicon Valley, and the World Space Risk Forum
Mike Safyan has been at Planet for 6+ years, a San Francisco-headquartered company that designs, builds and operates the world’s largest fleet of Earth imaging satellites. Previously, Mike was at NASA Ames working on the PhoneSat project as a Systems Engineer. Mike received his M.Sc. from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA
Eric is a technology entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience designing and implementing global information systems. Eric is a longtime proponent of the New Space movement. He was an early investor in Firefly Space Systems and later became a full-time employee. Eric is currently Director of Commercial Business Development at Firefly Aerospace where he works with Firefly’s customers to provide launch opportunities on the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle.
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.
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
As deputy manager of the Space Launch System (SLS) Spacecraft/Payload Integration and Evolution (SPIE) Office, Andy Schorr is responsible for development and qualification of the in-space stage, launch vehicle adapters and secondary payload interfaces on the Block 1 vehicle and for all Block 1B payload integration, including primary and co-manifested payloads. SLS will provide an entirely new capability for human and scientific exploration beyond Earth orbit. Designed to be flexible for crew or cargo missions, SLS will offer unique payload accommodations and unrivaled performance to expand boundaries and knowledge.
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
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.
Mr. Phil Smith
Phil Smith During his engineering and space career Phil Smith has worked for
URS John Blume, Bechtel, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, SpaceDev, Space
Grant and ALS. He co-founded Integrated Space Systems Inc. and engineering
firm that later formed the publicly traded SpaceDev Corporation. As
SpaceDev's COO he led the team that built NASA's CHIPSAT a Delta II
rideshare mission,. acquired Space Innovations Limited and acquired the
rights to the former American Rocket Company's (AMROC) Hybrid Motor
Technology. That technology was used Spaceship One's Rocket Motor. As CEO
of the Space Grant Education and Enterprise Institute he helped co-found the
Public-Private partnerships with NASA ARC and NASA DFRC as well as the
Science and Technology Teacher Resource Centers in San Diego and Lompoc
California. As CEO of Adaptive Launch Solutions he continued his advocacy
for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEAM) education
serving on the San Diego AIAA Council and as a member of the San Diego
Regional Robotics Competition Committee. He has received both a BS and MS
in Engineering from UC Berkeley, is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and is a
California Licensed Professional Engineer
Adaptive Launch Solutions
Karen St Germain
Dr. Karen St. Germain serves as the Director of the Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning (OSAAP) for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. She leads enterprise-level mission architecture development and systems engineering to enable NESDIS to become a flexible, stable and responsive civil space agency in support of NOAA’s mission. Dr. St. Germain is a leader in enterprise-level planning and multi-organizational programs of national significance. She is also an expert in major systems acquisition, with particular proficiency in transitioning new technology into operational systems.
Dr. St. Germain developed a deep understanding of the NESDIS mission as NOAA’s lead for all aspects of system performance during the development of the successful Suomi-NPP system, from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, Dr. St. Germain accepted a position in the Space, Strategic and Intelligence Systems (SSI) Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L). There, Dr. St. Germain designed and led the successful DoD 2014 Strategic Portfolio Review for Space, a special assignment task for the Deputy Secretary of Defense to develop a strategy and implementation plan for adapting to evolving challenges in the space domain. Dr. St. Germain also led the Remote Sensing and Prompt Strike Division within SSI, where she was responsible for acquisition shaping and oversight of DoD strategic missile warning and space-based environmental monitoring portfolio, and the Program Director of the Conventional Prompt Global Strike Program.
Prior to her work on operational systems, Dr. St. Germain had a successful research career at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Nebraska, and the Naval Research Laboratory. Her research took her to the Arctic and Antarctic on ice-breakers, through hurricanes and tropical storms on NOAA’s P-3s, and on a snowmobile traverse of the Greenland ice sheet. She and her colleagues developed and successfully transitioned a new ocean surface wind vector observation technique from airborne proof-of-concept to the WindSat Coriolis space-borne demonstration.
Dr. St. Germain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Union College (1987) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (1993). She is also a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, National Defense University where she earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy in 2013.
Eric Stevenson is a chemical engineer with over 25 years of experience in the environmental field. He has designed remediation systems, performed air pollution emissions permitting, testing and monitoring and, as the current Director of Meteorology, Measurement, and Rules at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, manages the Air Monitoring, Laboratory, Source Test, Meteorology, Quality Assurance, Data Management and Rule Development programs. He is a member of various committees and work groups dealing with air quality issues on a local, state and national level, including the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) Air Monitoring Steering Committee, charged with interfacing with the U.S. EPA to develop monitoring rules and guidance.
Bay Area Quality Management
Mr Al Tadros
Mr. Al Tadros is Vice President of Space Infrastructure and Civil Space at SSL. Through his 27 year career, Tadros has led significant innovation in next-generation spacecraft design and space infrastructure; integrating robotics and on-orbit satellite manufacturing, servicing, and assembly capabilities. He also works to draw attention to the value of commercial satellite technologies, hosted payloads and system solutions for government missions. Tadros holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Space Systems Loral
Ms. Marion D. Thompson is the Systems Director of the Launch Systems and Mission Engineering Office within the National Systems Group at The Aerospace Corporation. She assumed this position in September 2015 in support of the Office of Space Launch (OSL) and leads a team of mission integration engineers responsible for the successful launch integration and launch of National Security Space satellites. Other areas of responsibility include advising senior government officials on acquisition requirements, mission assurance strategies, small launch initiatives and risk assessments for emerging launch systems.
Ms. Thompson joined The Aerospace Corporation in 2001 as part of the MILSATCOM Division where she led Aerospace efforts for integration and launch of DSCS, WGS, TSAT and MUOS satellites on multiple launch systems. She then joined the Reconnaissance Systems Office (RSO) in Chantilly, VA as part of the leadership team supporting the design, manufacture, integration, test, launch and on-orbit initialization of a new satellite constellation before being asked to lead Aerospace support to the design, performance modeling and technical maturation of a next generation payload.
Prior to joining The Aerospace Corporation, Ms. Thompson worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as a launch site integration manager. She was responsible for satellite launch base support and launch vehicle integration efforts for multiple NASA missions flying on the Space Shuttle and Delta II launch vehicles before being selected in 1999 as a Liaison at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA for the KSC Center Directors Outreach Office and the NASA Launch Services Program. Ms Thompson holds an M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering / Astronautics from the University of Southern California (5/2005) and a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University (8/1993).
The Aerospace Corporation
Dave Weeks retired from NASA with 32 years government service including four years
military service and one year Army civil service. He was primarily based at
the Marshall Space Flight Center with tours at Ames Research Center, NASA
Headquarters, and DARPA. Much of his government work was spent in laboratory
R&D efforts in shuttle experiments, artificial intelligence, and space power
systems as well as various chief engineer assignments and project management
including management of the X-38/Crew Return Vehicle De-orbit Propulsion
Stage. At DARPA Dave led the DARPA/Air Force FALCON Small Launch Vehicles
Program. For the past 10 years, he has provided SETA support to the US Army
Army Space & Missile Development Command
Dr. Ryan Woolley has been with JPL since 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Brigham Young University, a Masters in Astronautical Engineering from USC, and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado. He began his tenure as a systems engineer in the Mars Mission Concepts group and has since transferred to the Inner Planets Mission Design group. Dr. Woolley has worked on nearly all aspects of the Mars Sample Return campaign and has developed many tools to design evaluate mission designs and architectures. He is currently the lead Mission Designer for Mars formulation orbiters, primarily working with low-thrust trajectories. He also serves as the Mars Program Office POC for launch vehicle costs and performance in early mission studies.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Bill began his career in 1982 with McDonnell Douglas on the Delta Launch Vehicle Program. While at McDonnell Douglas, he worked various proprietary spacecraft programs. In 1990, Bill joined Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC), working a variety of programs including TOS, Pegasus, X-34, APEX, and SeaStar.
In 1999, Bill was named the Program Director for the Taurus Launch Vehicle Program, OSC. Also supported OSC’s Advanced Programs Group, providing satellite development support for DoD customers. I n 2006, Bill joined NASA Headquarters, serving as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Launch Services, Senior Executive Service (SES). He had responsibility for the administration, management, and direction for the acquisition and certification of expendable launch vehicles within NASA. In addition, he managed the overall policy definition, strategic planning, direction, and administration of the Rocket Propulsion Test program.
In 2010, Bill became Director of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility, also serves as the Director of Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects, and is responsible for Goddard Space Flight Center’s suborbital and low- cost orbital flight projects.
Bill is a recipient of NASA’s Agency Honor Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2015, as well as various GSFC awards
NASA Wallops Flight Facility
Ms. Emily Yee is The Aerospace Corporation Mission Manifest Lead for the Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center. She has eleven years of Project Management and Systems Engineering experience in launch and multi-manifesting at both SMC and in Industry
The Aerospace Corporation
Mr. Bruce Yost is the director of the newly formed NASA Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI). The Institute is chartered to aggregate, organize, and disseminate small satellite related knowledge throughout NASA and within the larger small satellite community for the benefit of NASA and the nation. Prior to this, Mr. Yost served as the original program manager for the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP). He also served as a mission manager for all NASA CubeSat missions developed and launched by NASA Ames Research Center from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Yost also worked at NASA Headquarters as a program analyst and began his career at the Kennedy Space Center during the Space Shuttle era as a payload integration engineer.