$350 – $550

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 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 Keynote Speaker

1:35 – 2:00 PM Keynote Speaker

2:00 – 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

2:40 - 2:55 PM Featured Speaker

2:55 – 3:25 PM Networking Break

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

3:45 - 4:00 PM Featured Speaker

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.

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

Description: 2020: The Year of Commercial Astronauts. This panel will focus on insights and revelations from the companies expected to launch commercial astronauts by years end.

Moderator: Phil McAlister — Director, Commercial Spaceflight, NASA

5:30 - 5:45 PM Featured Speaker

5:45 PM 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 Keynote Speaker

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.

9:45 - 10:00 AM Featured Speaker

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

10:45 - 11:15 AM Networking Break

11:15 - 11:30 AM Featured Speaker

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

12:15 - 1:30 PM Luncheon & Featured Speaker

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

-Jana Stoudemire — Commercial Innovation Officer, Space Tango

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

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.

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.

5:00 PM Conference Closing Statements

Updated: October 10, 2019

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.

The mission of the PGS Memorial Fund is to empower scholarship recipients to become Commercial Space industry leaders of tomorrow. We do this by providing top-executive mentorship awards, all-inclusive industry conference passes, premier educational advancement scholarships, and hands-on commercial spaceflight training and real-world commercial spaceflight VIP experiences.

Are you a young professional or student under the age of 35? Apply by November 5th to be considered as a recipient of the 2020 PGS Scholarship Program!

Each of the five recipients will be recognized at the 2020 CST Conference as well as be paired with an industry mentor.

Please note: You must be available to attend the conference in order to obtain the scholarship.

While there are no restrictions other than student status and/or age, applicants are encouraged to have a passion for commercial space.

More information on the Patti Grace Smith Memorial Fund as well as the link to apply can be found here.

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