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The Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA) will again offer a workshop intended to explore current examples of successful commercially hosted government payload programs and where those successes may help accelerate adoption of similar programs for global government customers.

The experts from the HPA member companies will offer an unbiased view with a diverse base of satellite owner-operators, launch providers, payload and satellite manufacturers and others.

These experts will bring forward lessons learned from their respective hosted payload programs as well as foster an open dialogue about technical considerations, procurement and funding challenges as well as opportunities for industry and global governments to collaborate to further leverage these time and cost reducing means of accessing space. The Workshop is intended to serve as a targeted discussion on hosted payloads and a forum for open dialogue between government and industry participants.

Learn about and discuss:

  • Case studies and lessons learned from proven commercially hosted government payload programmes
  • Direct dialogue between experts in industry and government on key opportunities, benefits and obstacles surrounding hosted payloads
  • Leveraging commercial to achieve "national space program" objectives- revealing benefits of owernship models where hosted payloads can fulfil national satellite requirements at a fraction of the cost and time to orbit
  • Enabling a more resilient space architecture by distributing assets over multiple platforms and locations

Workshop LEADER


Rich Pang

Vice President, Government Product Management, SES

Mr. Rich Pang joined SES in August 2015 and serves as the Vice President of Product Management for the Government Market Solutions Center where he is responsible for assessing the global governmental and institutional markets, identifying customers’ requirements, and leading the identification and/or development of SES’ products and solutions to meet customers’ needs. Prior to joining SES Mr. Pang worked for SES Government Solutions (SES-GS) where he served as Senior Director for Hosted Payloads. He was responsible for seeking, pursuing, and securing opportunities to support U.S. Government missions around the world through the use of hosted payloads. While there he managed the Commercially Hosted InfraRed Payload (CHIRP) program for the United States Air Force and captured two other hosted payload contracts: (1) the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) funded by the Federal Aviation Administration; and (2) the Global Observation of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In May 2010, Mr. Pang retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty-one years of service. In his last assignment, he served as the Director of Operations at the Program Executive office for Environmental Satellites in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.



The Hosted Payload Alliance is a satellite industry alliance formed to increase awareness of the benefits of hosted government payloads on commercial satellites. Composed of satellite operators, satellite manufacturers, launch providers and system integrators, HPA is a broad based organization which acts as a source of subject-matter expertise and serves as a bridge between government and private industry to foster open communication between potential users and providers of hosted payload capabilities.


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Opening Remarks and Introductions

Rich Pang

Rich Pang, Vice President, Government Product Management, SES
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Rebecca M.  Cowen-Hirsch

Rebecca M. Cowen-Hirsch, Sr. Vice President, Government Strategy and Policy, U.S. Government Business Unit, Inmarsat, Inc

Lucio Caporicci

Lucio Caporicci, VP Business Development, Europe, Space Systems Loral

9:15 Leveraging commercial & hosted payload approaches to achieve resilience and assured access to space

Rebecca M.  Cowen-Hirsch

Rebecca M. Cowen-Hirsch, Sr. Vice President, Government Strategy and Policy, U.S. Government Business Unit, Inmarsat, Inc

10:00 Achieving national space requirements through shared satellite programs and/or public/private partnerships

Lucio Caporicci

Lucio Caporicci, VP Business Development, Europe, Space Systems Loral

10:45 Morning Coffee

11:15 Case Studies

Rich Pang

Rich Pang, Vice President, Government Product Management, SES
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11:45 Closing remarks and questions

12:00 End of Workshop


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