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The 23rd Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference

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Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20004

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A day and a half conference consisting of panels and keynote addresses to discuss the latest happenings in commercial space transportation.

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Please join us for The 23rd Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference on Wednesday, January 29th and Thursday, January 30th of 2020 in Washington D.C.

The event will consist of a day and a half of panels, speakers, and networking events, that will inform and discuss the many issues within the commercial space industry.

The conference will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building in DC. Parking information can be found here. The closest metro stop is Federal Triangle, which is on the blue, orange, and silver line.

You do not need to bring printed tickets to the event. Tickets are non-refundable although they can be transferred to another party for $10.00.

The preliminary agenda and other updates can be found at www.cstconference2020.com.

For sponsorship and registration inquiries, please contact Alexandra Johnson at alexandra@commercialspaceflight.org.

Day 1: January 29th

12:30 – 1:00 PM Registration

1:00 – 1:20 PM Welcome and Keynote Introduction: Eric Stallmer, President of CSF, and BG (ret.) Wayne Monteith, Associate Administrator of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

1:20 - 1:35 PM Featured Speaker: Congressman Garret Graves — Ranking Member, Subcomittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

1:35 – 1:55 PM Keynote Speaker: Secretary Elaine Chao — United States Department of Transportation

1:55 – 2:40 PM Panel: The Road to a Trillion Dollar Space Economy

Description: A look into the trends that space start-ups are recognizing in the Venture Capital market.

Moderator: Tess Hatch — Investor, Bessemer Ventures


-John Gedmark — Cofounder + CEO, Astranis

-Shane Fleming — VP of Global Commercial Launch Services, Rocket Lab

-Payam Banazadeh — CEO + Founder, Capella Space

-Jeff Matthews — Specialist Leader - Space Industry, Deloitte

2:40 - 3:00 PM Featured Speaker: Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen — Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA

3:00 – 3:25 PM Networking Break

3:25 - 3:45 PM Featured Speaker: A Look Into The Astronaut Experience

Moderator: Kellie Gerardi — Special Projects, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Speaker: Beth Moses — Chief Astronaut Instructor, Virgin Galactic

3:45 - 4:00 PM Featured Speaker: James Reuter — Associate Administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA

4:00 - 4:45 PM Panel: Looking Forward: The Use of Nuclear Power in Deep Space Missions

Description: At the sixth National Space Council meeting, Vice President Pence announced a policy to approve the launch of space vehicles utilizing nuclear power. This panel will look into the next decade as nuclear technology advances as well how this application can further space exploration into new depths.

Moderator: Bhavya Lal — Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses


-Vanessa Clark — CEO, Atomos Space

-Jeff Thornburg — CEO & President, Interstellar Technologies

-Paolo Venneri — CEO, Ultra Safe Nuclear

-Dr. Jeff Sheehy — Chief Engineer, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA

4:45 - 5:30 PM Panel: The Age of Commercial Astronauts Is Upon Us

Description: As a new era for government and private commercial astronauts is upon us, this panel will discuss the road ahead and the vehicles that will propel future space travelers, both public and private.

Moderator: Phil McAlister — Director, Commercial Spaceflight, NASA


-Clay Mowry — Vice President for Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience, Blue Origin

-Julia Hunter — SVP of Operations at VG, Virgin Galactic

-Benji Reed — Director of Crew Mission Management, SpaceX

-Peter McGrath — Global Sales & Marketing director for Space Exploration, Space and Launch, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

5:30 - 5:45 PM Featured Speaker: Jim Chilton — Senior Vice President, Space and Launch, Boeing Defense & Space

5:45 PM Presentation of PGS Scholarship Recipients & Adjourn

Following the final panel session on day one, all conference guests are invited to attend the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship Reception.


Day 2: January 30th

8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration

8:30 - 8:45 AM Featured Speaker: Steve Dickson — Administrator, FAA

8:45 - 9:45 AM Panel: Upcoming Processes and Procedures of Regulatory Reform and Airspace Integration within Commercial Space

Description: As technologies develop, the opportunity exists for the tools used to manage airspace around a launch to be updated. This panel will look at what capabilities the aviation and launch industries would like to see in airspace integration over the next decade as well as how recent policies have helped or inhibited the space race.

Moderator: Jillianne Pierce — Director of Federal Government Relations, Space Florida


-Caryn Schenewerk — Sr. Counsel and Sr. Director of Space Flight Policy, SpaceX

-Vern Thorp — Program Manager, ULA

-Ed Morris — VP of Commercial Space, Decisive Analytics Corporation

-Captain Steve Jangelis — Aviation Safety Chair, ALPA

9:45 - 10:00 AM Featured Speaker: "What if rockets were built in just a few days? A look into how Relativity Space plans to do just that."

Brandon Pearce — VP, of Avionics and Integrated Software, Relativity Space

10:00 - 10:45 AM Panel: Where Things are Taking Off: The Role of Spaceports

Moderator: Pam Underwood — Manager, Operations Integration Division, FAA


-Karina Drees — CEO + General Manager, Mojave Air and Space Port

-Jim Kuzma — Sr. Vice President + General Manager, Space Florida

-Mark Lester — President and CEO, Alaska Aerospace

-Scott McLaughlin — Director of Business Development, Spaceport America

10:45 - 11:15 AM Networking Break

11:15 - 11:30 AM Featured Speaker: "Issues in the Emerging Stratospheric Economy"

Ryan Hartman— CEO, World View Space

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Panel: The Future of Small Sat Constellations

Description: The world of small sats is rapidly developing and changing the way we interact with the world around us on a day to day basis. This panel will hear from some of the industry leaders discussing the economics and vision behind the surge of constellations, as well as how the constellation market can thrive in its current stage.

Moderator: Ann Kim — Managing Partner, Silicon Valley Bank


-Rich Leshner — VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Planet

-Henry Gola — Partner, Telecom, Media & Technology Practice, Wiley Rein

-Kile Thompson — Global Compliance Officer, Spire Global

12:15 - 1:30 PM Luncheon, CSF Awards Presentation & Featured Speaker: Jim Bridenstine Administrator, NASA

1:30 - 2:15 PM Panel: The Impact of Microgravity on R&D and Innovation

Description: The Microgravity environment can have a significant impact on the economy by serving as a new general-purpose method of invention that can reshape the nature of the innovation process and the organization of R&D. While access to the microgravity environment is not new, increasing access to a growing number of low-cost commercial platforms and interest by new non-traditional users has us rethinking the impact microgravity can have on R&D and innovation.

Moderator: Tommy Sanford— Executive Director, Commercial Spaceflight Federation


-Cindy Martin-Brennan — Director, Stakeholder Management, ISS National Laboratory

-Twyman Clements — CEO, Space Tango

-Rich Boling — VP of Corporate Advancement, Techshot

-Clay Mowry — Vice President for Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience, Blue Origin

2:15 - 2:30 PM Featured Speaker: Captain Joe DePete, President, ALPA

2:30 - 3:00 PM Networking Break

3:00 - 3:25 PM A Fireside Chat on The Economic Impact of Space Sustainability

Moderator: Travis Langster — Travis Langster, Vice President and General Manager, Space Situational Awareness, Analytical Graphics, Inc.

Speaker: Kevin O'Connell — Director, Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

3:25 - 4:10 PM Panel: Exploring Artemis: The Next 30 Years in Our Return to the Moon

Description: A look into the innovative, new technologies and systems to explore more of the Moon than ever before as well as future commercial partnerships to make this endeavor a reality.


-Andrew Aldrin — Director, Aldrin Space Institute, FIT


-Marshall Smith — Director of Human Lunar Exploration Programs, NASA

-Charlie Precourt — Vice President and General Manager, Propulsion Systems, Northrop Grumman

-Kyle Acierno — Vice President of Global Sales and Strategy, iSpace

-Brett Alexander — Vice President of Government Sales, Blue Origin

4:10 - 5:00 PM Panel: Congressional Outlook

Description: Congress has been very proactive on space issues over the last two years. This panel will explore what to expect from Congress over the next two years.


-Karen Cox — Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy, MAXAR


-Joel Graham — Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

-Hunter Presti — Republican Senior Professional Staff, Subcommittee on Aviation, U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

-Alicia Brown — Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

-Tom Hammond — Senior Policy Advisor for Space and Aeronautics, House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology

-Pamela Whitney — Majority Staff Director, House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology

5:00 - 5:15 PM Featured Speaker: “The Roles and Advantages of Researchers and Educators as Flight Participants in Commercial Suborbital Spaceflight”

Alan Stern — Associate Vice President of the Space Science and Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute

5:15 PM Conference Closing Statements: Wayne Monteith, Associate Administrator of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

Updated: January 23, 2020

You must fall under one of the following categories to register as media and receive complimentary registration:

-Print Media, News Wire Services: Reporters and editors from magazines, newspapers, trade publications and wire services

-Photographers: Photographers from magazines, newspapers, trade publications and wire services

-Broadcast Media: Television and radio broadcast reporters, camera/sound crew and producers from news organizations [Each member of a broadcast crew must register separately]

-Freelance writers: Freelance reporters currently working on assignments for an accredited news organization

-Online Publications: Reporters and editors from established, independent online sites and blogs that contains regularly updated original news content above and beyond links, forums, troubleshooting tips and reader contributors, have a readership of more than 1,000 per month and have covered the space industry before

–Documentarians: Producers, writers or journalists working on documentary films, either independent or for an established organization

Categories NOT Eligible for Complimentary Media Registration:

-Marketing, advertising, public relations, account and sales representatives or executives, presidents, publishers, CEOs, board members, consultants, authors, analysts and researchers

-Freelancers who are employed by non-news organizations

-Fan site bloggers

-Companions and other non-credentialed guests of media representatives

For all media inquires, please contact Diane Smiroldo at diane@smiroldocommunications.com.

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