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SMi Group are proud to once again be hosting the 2nd annual Military Space US Conference, which will be taking place this year from the 9th – 10th June 2020 with a new dedicated disruptive technology focus day taking place on the 8th June 2020.

Featuring high level briefings from senior leadership within industry, government and allied partners, Military Space US will delve into how organisational efforts like SMC 2.0 are helping putting capabilities into the hands of the warfighter at EPIC SPEED.

As space has become a contested domain and peer adversaries advance their own capabilities, the need to ‘go fast’ has become accepted dogma within the space community. Driving these efforts across all mission areas – including SATCOM, PNT, Earth Observation, SSA and Launch - has become a critical for the DoD.

Featuring 3 dedicated days of content, this conference remains the pre-eminent forum to learn how the US and allies are driving a disruptive approach to space.
 

Focus Day programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chair's Opening Remarks

Ms Deanna Ryals

Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnership Officer, US Space Force

9:15 Space Experimentation Capabilities

Lieutenant Colonel James Caldwell

Lieutenant Colonel James Caldwell, Materiel Leader & Chief, Integrated Experiments Division, AFRL, United States Air Force
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  • Overview of the DSX program: launch and early operations stages
  • On-orbit experimentation itinerary and timelines
  • Utilizing small satellites as part of a hybrid architecture
  • Experimentation plans and technology development
     
  • 9:45 Panel: Future Approach’s to Space Launch

  • Reusable and dedicated launchers: their value proposition and advantages
  • How industry plans to cope with growing demand: exploring novel approaches to future capability
  • Hosted payloads: technical considerations and case studies for shared use
  • Where industry can be integrated into SMC 2.0’s and US launch strategy
  • Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnership Officer, US Space Force

    Mr Lars Hoffman

    Mr Lars Hoffman, Senior Vice President, Global Launch Services, Rocket Lab
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    Mr Bryce Prior

    Mr Bryce Prior, Head of Operations and Strategy, Leo Aerospace
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    Mr Leslie Kovacs

    Mr Leslie Kovacs, President, Firefly Black
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    Mr Adrian Mangiuca

    Mr Adrian Mangiuca, Commerce Director, Nanoracks
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    10:45 Morning Coffee

    11:15 Seeing the Wood From the Trees: ITAR and EAR Compliance for Space Technologies

    Mr Robert Monjay

    Mr Robert Monjay, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
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  • Current regulatory framework
  • What ITAR and EAR means for allied partnerships in space
  • DDTC guidance for space technology
  • Maintaining a ‘go fast’ ethos whilst maintaining effective trade compliance 
     
  • 11:45 Panel: Propulsion – Driving Our Mastery of Space

  • Fuel as a mission critical consideration for engine design
  • Nuclear, ion, electrical and plasma based concepts: current technology trends for space propulsion
  • Test and development timelines: working with launch providers to deliver the engines needed to meet global demand
  • Final concluding thoughts from the panellists


     

  • Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnership Officer, US Space Force

    Mr Alexander Reissner

    Mr Alexander Reissner, CEO, Enpulsion
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    Mr Daniel Bock

    Mr Daniel Bock, CEO, Morpheus Space, Morpheus Space
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    Ms Kathy Shockey

    Ms Kathy Shockey, VP Special Projects, Momentus Space
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    Dr Natalya Bailey

    Dr Natalya Bailey, CEO and Co-founder, Accion Systems, Inc
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    12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Utilising LEO Constellations to Provide Future Warfighter Bandwidth

    Mr Marcos D. Franceschini

    Mr Marcos D. Franceschini, President and CEO, Skyloom Global Corp
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  • Capacity, immediacy and flexibility – key priorities for the network
  • Unlocking the potential of the mega-constellations
  • Space-space & space-ground challenges for optical communications
  • 14:15 Developing In-Orbit Manufacturing Capability to Support Future Space Operations

    Ms Juli Lawless

    Ms Juli Lawless, Director, National Defense, Made In Space
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  • Current space manufacturing technology and how this supports a sustainable approach to space development
  • Vision for Made In Space and how it can assist in the promotion of national security goals
  • Blending manufacturing and robotics for future in-orbit builds
  • 14:45 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 Leveraging Commercial Space Innovation: The New Space Age

    Mr Nate Ashton

    Mr Nate Ashton, Managing Director, Technology, DCODE
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  • Opportunities and challenges from a growing commercial space sector
  • Leveraging new private sector investments to accelerate tech into the DoD
  • Incubating a culture of innovation for future space capabilities
  • Understanding the startup landscape: how to think, plan, and procure differently


     

  • 15:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnership Officer, US Space Force

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Lieutenant Colonel James Caldwell

    Lieutenant Colonel James Caldwell

    Materiel Leader & Chief, Integrated Experiments Division, AFRL, United States Air Force
    Mr Nate Ashton

    Mr Nate Ashton

    Managing Director, Technology, DCODE
    Mr Robert Monjay

    Mr Robert Monjay

    Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Chief Partnership Officer, US Space Force

    Dr Natalya Bailey

    CEO and Co-founder, Accion Systems, Inc
    Dr Natalya Bailey

    Dr. Natalya Bailey is the CEO and co-founder at Accion Systems, which provides in-space propulsion engines for satellites and spacecraft. An Oregon native, Dr. Bailey completed her doctorate in space propulsion at the Space Propulsion Laboratory at MIT where she helped invent the first working prototype of an ion engine technology for small satellites, which would become the first product at Accion. Prior to MIT, she invented a new chemical rocket technology that she turned into a space startup. Dr. Bailey also has an M.S. from Duke University and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University. She sits on the Board of Youth CITIES, when she mentors middle and high school students on entrepreneurship and community building. For her contributions to entrepreneurship and the space industry, Dr. Bailey has been awarded Forbes “30 Under 30”, MIT Tech Review’s “Innovator Under 35” and Women in Aerospace's Initiative, Inspiration and Impact Award

    Lieutenant Colonel James Caldwell

    Materiel Leader & Chief, Integrated Experiments Division, AFRL, United States Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel James Caldwell

    Lieutenant Colonel Caldwell is a Materiel Leader and Chief, Integrated Experiments and Evaluations Division assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base (AFB). Lieutenant Colonel Caldwell began his Air Force career at Wright Patterson AFB by graduating from the Air Force Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in electrical engineering and serving a follow-on assignment at the AFRL Sensors Directorate. Then, James graduated with a doctorate in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Space Systems Engineering in 2009 from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). After NPS, James had a follow-on assignment at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, VA. After the NRO, Lieutenant Colonel Caldwell graduated from Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) in residence at Maxwell AFB. Following ACSC, James served as a Program Element Monitor assigned to the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Directorate of Space Programs in the Pentagon.

    Mr Adrian Mangiuca

    Commerce Director, Nanoracks
    Mr Adrian Mangiuca

    Adrian Mangiuca serves as Commerce Director at Nanoracks, where he works on long term government and advanced program capture strategy. While at Nanoracks, Adrian also served as Principal Investigator for the NASA-funded Low Earth Orbit Commercialization Study. Over the course of this study, Adrian coordinated the work of 13 commercial partners to arrive at important conclusions about the role of space stations in the future LEO economy. Prior to joining Nanoracks, Adrian worked for five years at the Department of State in various positions, focused primarily on cross-regional human rights, justice, and governance issues.

    Mr Alexander Reissner

    CEO, Enpulsion
    Mr Alexander Reissner

    Alexander Reissner is an aerospace engineer and Founder and CEO of ENPULSION. He has a MSc degree in Physics and a PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering. Alexander started his career in the space industry with RUAG Space, later joining the Austrian Institute of Technology and becoming the team leader for Electric Propulsion Systems. In 2013, he became the head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at FOTEC. He founded ENPULSION to realize the potential of the Field Emission Electric Propulsion (FEEP) technology in the SmallSat market. ENPULSION currently mass-produces electric propulsion systems in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
    Alexander has also authored many scientific publications.
     

    Mr Bryce Prior

    Head of Operations and Strategy, Leo Aerospace
    Mr Bryce Prior

    Bryce Prior is a Co-Founder at Leo Aerospace and serves as the Head of Operations and Strategy. Augmented by an in-depth understanding of the technology, he integrates technology development, financial strategy, and operational models to ensure efficient execution of company vision. When it comes to engineering development, Bryce’s creation of testing procedures and operations standards keeps personnel safe throughout setup, flight, launch, and stowage of prototype vehicles under development. Prior to Leo Aerospace, Bryce gained technical expertise through the integration and test of the James Webb Space Telescope’s propulsion system at Northrop Grumman.

    Mr Daniel Bock

    CEO, Morpheus Space, Morpheus Space
    Mr Daniel Bock

    Daniel is a space enthusiast and entrepreneur with the aim to enable a sustainable and safe future of our planet Earth by seeking new ventures and pushing boundaries. 
    Degree: Dipl. Eng. in Aerospace (Equivalent to M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering), has stopped his PhD studies to commercialize the propulsion systems

    Mr Lars Hoffman

    Senior Vice President, Global Launch Services, Rocket Lab
    Mr Lars Hoffman

    Lars Hoffman is Rocket Lab’s Senior Vice President of Global Launch Services. Lars has more than 30 years of experience in national security and aerospace across a range of roles, including government sales at SpaceX, where he was responsible for National Security Space strategy and business development. Lars also led a distinguished career in the United States Air Force as a test pilot. He holds advanced engineering degrees from the United States Air Force Academy, the Air Force Institute of Technology and the United States Air Force Test Pilot School. He has also earned national security degrees from MIT, Air University and the National Defense University and an MBA from UCLA.
     

    Mr Leslie Kovacs

    President, Firefly Black
    Mr Leslie Kovacs

    Leslie Kovacs is President of Firefly Black, a subsidiary of Firefly Aerospace. Les was formerly senior director of executive branch affairs in Washington, DC for United Launch Alliance, where he led ULA’s interaction with government agencies, including the national security and intelligence space communities, White House and NASA. While working with the Air Force on behalf of ULA he was instrumental in shaping policies for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program, which sends the nation’s most valuable national security and scientific payloads into orbit. Les is retired from the Air Force where he was an Air Force Space Operations Officer.

    Mr Marcos D. Franceschini

    President and CEO, Skyloom Global Corp
    Mr Marcos D. Franceschini

    Marcos Franceschini, a spacecraft engineer turned entrepreneur, currently serves as CEO at Skyloom Global. 25 years ago, Space hooked him when he was exposed to the history of the Apollo program and decided to dedicate his professional career to this industry. He spent the last decade building telecomm and remote sensing spacecraft and 3 years ago, he realized that there was a lack of infrastructure to transfer large volumes of data from space to Earth, without which the future of the constellations would be compromised. Then he started his own company, Skyloom, with the main objective of implementing the first commercial spaceborne network relying on laser communications and geostationary relay satellites to drastically increase bandwidth for low-Earth orbit satellites.

    Mr Nate Ashton

    Managing Director, Technology, DCODE
    Mr Nate Ashton

    Nate Ashton is Managing Director for Technology at Dcode, where he works with leading startups and venture firms to bring cutting edge technologies to government. Dcode has accelerated 80 startups with over $4.5 billion in venture capital backing, impacting hundreds of government programs. A recipient of the Fed100 award, Nate’s work has been featured in industry publications including Space News, FedScoop, and GovernmentCIO, and he is a regular speaker on government innovation and technology.

    Mr Robert Monjay

    Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
    Mr Robert Monjay

    Robert Monjay joined the firm after serving for five years as a State Department policy official responsible for the application, amendment and interpretation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). In his role at the State Department, he was instrumental in resolving jurisdictional, licensing and policy issues. Robert led interagency reviews of export control reform proposals and public comments related to the revisions of the United States Munitions List (USML). He also led bilateral dialogues with ally and partner governments on issues related to export controls, national security and foreign policy

    Prior to working at the State Department, Robert served at the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Information and Security (BIS), where he participated in the drafting of Export Control Reform (ECR) proposals and review of public comments. He was the lead BIS drafter of the ECR rewrite of USML Category XV. He drafted rules and requests for comments related to dual-use export controls and interpreted the Export Administration Act (EAA) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for government entities and industry.

    While obtaining his master’s degrees in law and public policy, Robert served in the White House as an intern with the Domestic Policy Council. He also served as a legal intern in the office of Science & Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. In these roles, his work included reviewing Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) applications and treaties, and review of proposal federal regulations, laws and treaties, such as provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership, proposed import restrictions and implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

    Robert’s early legal experience included conducting investigations into money laundering and financial fraud, counseling on business negotiations and financial transactions, and advising governments on post-conflict constitution drafting and fiscal devolution. He was also a judicial law clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in Hague, Netherlands.

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Chief Partnership Officer, US Space Force
    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Juli Lawless

    Director, National Defense, Made In Space
    Ms Juli Lawless

    Juli Lawless has over a decade of experience in Aerospace Defense and is the Director of Business Development for National Defense for Made In Space (MIS). Backgrounds in Aerospace Engineering, Intelligence, and Business contribute to her unique expertise in the rapidly changing environment of National Security Space. She has worked on several high-profile programs with DARPA TTO, DIA, DoD, DHS, and most recently, DARPA’s Blackjack. Since joining the MIS team, Juli’s focus is on leveraging MIS expertise of Additive and In-Space Manufacturing in support of future of Defense and Intelligence missions.

    Ms Kathy Shockey

    VP Special Projects, Momentus Space
    Ms Kathy Shockey

    Ms. Shockey has been in business development and technical positions in the space industry for over 30 years. She has expertise in developing advanced satellite solutions for customers, leading R&D for advanced power sources, and leading various cross-functional project teams. She spent seven years leading the Air Force Milstar flexible solar array development program as well as solar cell, solar array, and battery development activities for other government customers at Lockheed Martin. She led the development of new commercial satellite concept solutions at Space Systems/Loral and performed market assessments of space technologies for commercial implementation.

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