Space Tech Conference 2015

Once again Space Tech Conference will open its doors in Long Beach, California, to bring together the leading representatives of the military, government and commercial space sectors.  An unparalleled line-up of expert speakers at the three-day conference will showcase the breadth of innovation in the industry, and discuss issues and opportunities in solving the space sector’s most challenging problems.

With senior personnel from leading organizations – including, NASA, Orbital, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Space and Missile Systems Center, US Navy, DARPA, Air Force Research Lab and The US Army SMDC – coming together, the 2015 event offers unprecedented access to over 60 speakers delivering presentations and panel discussions on key topics relevant to established and new industry players alike.

New to the agenda this year is the Small Sats Focus Day. Led by Dave Barnhart from the University of Southern California, it will look at key considerations for the continued growth of small sats, and ask: where is the real value in delivering affordable access to space and how can we realize it fully?

The 2015 event will open with a keynote address from NASA's Dr Tom Cwik, Head of Space Technology at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who will highlight current JPL projects, including results and their application to space missions, to examine advances in space technology for planetary exploration.

‘Our expert speakers will deliver experience-rich insights into the trends, challenges, and innovations across the space sector,’ says Mindy Emsley, Conference Director. ‘The conference covers a lot in just three days, but resiliency, affordability and mission assurance are key themes underpinning the entire program and will be invaluable to all attendees.’

High ranking officers including Major General Robert McMurry, Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Terrence Feehan, Maj Gen, USAF Director of Strategic Plans and Requirements, Air Force Space Command and Rear Admiral Brian B. Brown, Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, US Navy feature among a stellar line up of senior military leaders discussing how to evolve space architecture to meet future mission requirements.

The conference runs alongside Space Tech Expo, which hosts 180 companies from across the entire supply chain, from component suppliers to manufacturers of complete subsystems, engineering service providers to prime contractors. It is the largest supply chain exhibition of its kind.

Now in its fourth year, Space Tech Expo & Conference is firmly established as the West Coast’s premier B2B space event for spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies. The show provides an invaluable opportunity to meet, debate and explore the possibilities with other key industry players.

Speakers Include:

  • Akshay Patel - Vice President – Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley
  • Al Tadros - Vice President, Civil and DoD Business, Space Systems/ Loral
  • Arnie Streland - Director, Strategy and Business Development, ATK
  • Barry A Matsumori - Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development, SpaceX
  • Børre Pedersen - Sales Director, Kongsberg Satellite Services AS
  • Bretton Alexander - Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin
  • Claire Leon PhD - SES, DAF, Director - Launch Enterprise, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)
  • Clay Mowry - President, Arianespace
  • Dave Barnhart - Director, USC Space Engineering Research Center, University of Southern California (formerly Program Manager at DARPA)
  • David 'DJ' Johnson - Vice President, Space, Engineering, and Operations, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc
  • Eric Moltzau - Senior Principal Director , Intelsat General Corporation
  • Eric W Stallmer - President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
  • Frank Slazer - Vice President – Space, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
  • Jeffery Manber - CEO , NanoRacks
  • Jess Sponable - Program Manager XS-1, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
  • Jim Simpson - Vice President Business Development Strategy & Network Space Systems, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
  • Joan Johnson-Freese PhD - Professor, National Security Affairs , Naval War College
  • Kenneth L Cureton - Adjunct Associate Professor, Systems Architecting and Engineering Program, University of Southern California
  • Marcy Steinke - Senior Vice President, Government Relations, DigitalGlobe
  • Peter Beck - Founder, CEO and Technical Director, Rocket Lab LTD
  • Rob Feierbach - Head, Americas, S3 (Swiss Space Systems)
  • Rob Meyerson - President & Program Manager, Blue Origin
  • Sean Mahoney - CEO , Masten Space Systems
  • Todd May - SLS Program Manager, NASA Marshall
  • Tom Cwik PhD - Head of Space Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Vinny Sica - Vice President – Space Ground Solutions, Lockheed Martin
  • Will Pomerantz - Vice President, Special Projects, Virgin Galactic

The 2015 conference focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing the military, commercial, and government space sectors; exploring the business models and technologies that will help stakeholders deliver successful missions at lower cost.  Key questions and topics for debate include: how can the different stakeholders work together to better leverage available expertise and infrastructure? How are missions changing in a budget-restricted environment? Which technologies will meet future space access and exploration requirements?

Space Tech Expo & Conference 2015 is also co-located with the Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo, an exhibition and summit covering onboard electrical power in commercial and business aviation, and military aircraft, rotary and spacecraft.

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