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Tuesday – October 6th  

* all events are located at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum unless noted

11:30-1:30 pm

Community Partnership Luncheon


5:30-7:00 pm

Speaker & Sponsor Reception, by invitation only
Sponsored by:  Las Cruces Sun News


7:00-9:00 pm

Opening Reception, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
Speaker:
Sandra H. Magnus, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Sponsored by:   American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)


Wednesday, October 7th 

Master Moderator:  Ariane Cornell, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin

* all events are located at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum unless noted


5:30-6:30 am 

Morning Run, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

Sponsored by:   The Boeing Company


7:00-8:25 am

Breakfast

Sponsored by:  Secure World Foundation


8:30-9:00 am     

Introductions- ISPCS Curator: Pat Hynes
Opening Entertainment

Sponsored by:    Barnett’s Las Cruces Harley Davidson


9:00-9:10 am  

Spotlight Talk:  What Would YOU Do With Million$ of Dollar$?
Cynda Collins Arsenault, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board and President, Secure World Foundation

Description: The Founder will share her journey as a philanthropist and the choices she has made--How she came to establish the Secure World Foundation working on the secure and sustainable use of outer space for the benefit of humanity-- How she joins with women around the world to bring new perspective to the problems we face-- And the on-going challenge – does it make a difference?


9:10-9:40 am          

Keynote Address:
Frank L. Culbertson, Jr., President, Space Systems Group, Orbital ATK

Sponsored by:  Orbital ATK


9:40-9:50 am          

Spotlight Talk:  The Multiple, Evolving Roles of Professional Societies
Sandra H. Magnus, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Description:  Many engineering and professional societies were founded between 50-100 years ago.  The founders wanted a place to convene to talk about the advances in their areas of interests, share knowledge, and just “hang out” with people of like mind.  The respective industries and disciplines were small, new and the technology was dynamic.  Today professional societies still provide that place to talk about technology, share knowledge with people of like mind and “hang out” with your crowd.  But the way people interact and the sharing and flow of information has changed.  In addition, societies are being asked to do so much more.  In the dynamic world we live in the needs of the industry and technical disciplines are changing rapidly and AIAA, along with other professional groups, must keep up with and anticipate these needs.  The spotlight talk will focus on the way AIAA is tackling some of these challenges.

Sponsored by:   American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics  (AIAA)


9:50-10:20 am       

Morning Break


10:20-10-50 am

Keynote Address:  Making a Difference – Step-By-Step, Ferociously
Rob Meyerson, President, Blue Origin

Description:  Blue Origin’s motto is “Gradatim Ferociter” or “step-by-step, ferociously.”  With this in mind, Blue Origin has been working diligently for several years towards making a difference for humanity through enabling an enduring human presence in space.  Mr. Meyerson will provide an update on Blue Origin’s development of launch systems and other technologies.

Sponsored by:   Commercial Space Progress Foundation


10:50-11:20 am

Keynote Address: Commercial Space: Is this the beginning of something big?
John Elbon, Vice President and General Manager Space Exploration, The Boeing Company

Description:  From medical science to deep space studies to commercial consumer products, the benefits of science in low-Earth orbit is becoming real. Boeing understands what it means to be an early innovator in helping develop new markets. As the company begins to celebrate its 100 years as a company, it looks to see what the next 100 years will bring. John Elbon, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Space Exploration business, will talk about why Boeing chose to invest early in Commercial Space and how Boeing sees that commercial low-Earth orbit marking taking shape.

Sponsored by:  The Boeing Company


11:20-11:30 am

Spotlight Talk:  Déjà Vu All Over Again.
John H. (Jay) Gibson, II, Chief Executive Officer and President, XCOR Aerospace

Description:   Just as many companies in rapidly evolving industries, XCOR is seeking how to be market relevant and profitable in the next stages of its lifecycle. My role and challenges reflect the evolution of the company and the focus on translating current and future market opportunities into a successful, private enterprise. Experience in the civil aviation sector brings many insights and parallels to this market evolution and its future opportunities.


11:30-12:30 pm  

Panel Discussion:
Chair:  Mike Simpson, Executive Director, Secure World Foundation

Speakers:  
Jill Reckie, Director, Entrepreneurial Alliance and Pacesetters Program at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)  
Brad McLain, Research Scientist, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Will Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects, Virgin Galactic

Background Material:
Women in IT: The Facts (2015 Update)


12:30-2:00 pm  

Lunch

Sponsored by:  Blue Origin


2:00-2:10 pm  

Spotlight Talk: Changing the Mindset from Scarcity to Abundance –the Power of Exponential Technologies and Entrepreneurship
Naveen Jain, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of  Moon Express

Description:  Innovation and entrepreneurship have potential to solve the greatest challenges facing humanity. Exponential technologies are making a small group of people to do amazing things that were only the domain of kings, countries or super powers.


2:10-2:20 pm  

Spotlight Talk:  The Evolving Landscape of 21st Century Spaceflight
Alexander MacDonald, Program Executive Emerging Space Office, Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters

Description:  NASA's Emerging Space Office (ESO) was formed in recognition of the rising importance of private-sector individuals and organizations that invest their own time and money in space activities. This talk will provide a NASA perspective on the evolution of this sector and the implications of the driving forces behind it for the future of American space activities.

Background Material:
Emerging Space Report


2:20-2:50 pm  

Keynote Address: Disruptive Technologies for New Space Future
Pam Melroy, Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

Description:  DARPA has been involved with critical developments in space technology since its founding in a post-Sputnik world. Innovations in rocket engine technologies, satellites, and space vehicles in the 1960s and 1970s led to significant United States space capabilities. Today, the space landscape is rapidly changing and evolving. Increasing launch costs and wait times, supporting an emerging commercial space industry, and the need for real-time space situational awareness have all emerged as issues affecting the nation. In response, DARPA is pursuing a wide portfolio of space domain awareness programs, programs to improve launch flexibility, and new constructs for changing the satellite paradigm. This talk will discuss DARPA’s vision for affordable flexible launch, rapid small satellites, and space logistics, and its developments for real-time space domain awareness.


2:50-3:20 pm  

Afternoon Break


3:20-3:50 pm  

Keynote Address:  From Suborbital to Low Earth Orbit:  How the ISS National Laboratory is Providing Opportunities for New Space Commercialization
Gregory H. Johnson, President and Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)  

Description:  Mr.  Johnson  will provide an overview of the emerging commercial market commonly referred to as New Space.   Mr. Johnson will characterize the growing pipeline of opportunities, from suborbital flight options to use of the world’s most unique laboratory aboard the ISS, and how companies from small startups to large corporate enterprises are looking to space as the next great emerging industry.  He will also describe how CASIS is assisting researchers across a broad spectrum of companies and institutions to access the ISS National Lab, and the part that CASIS strives to play in being a catalyst for New Space.

Sponsored by:  Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)


3:50-4:20 pm 

Keynote Address:  Does Persistence Pay?
Peter Wegner, Chief Technology Officer, Spaceflight Industries

Description:  The first “new space bubble” burst when LEO satellite communications companies such as Teledesic and Iridium along with supporting launch companies like Kistler Aerospace were put out of business by the rapid proliferation of ground based fiber in the mid-1990s.  The second “new space bubble” consisted of government’s investments in small satellites and small rocket programs in the early 2000’s; including the TacSat series and ORS Office in the DoD and “Faster-Better-Cheaper” in NASA. This “new-space” bubble burst when these investments failed to offset investments in “Big Space Programs” and to become permanent programs of record.  Will this third new space bubble burst?  Is anything different this time?  Will the desire to know all things about our planet in near real time feed the business case for large numbers of small imaging satellites circling the globe?  This talk will explore these themes and make a case for “Persistence pays”!  


4:20-4:30 pm 

Spotlight Talk: 
Clay Mowry, President, Arianespace Inc.

Sponsored by:  Arianespace Inc


4:30-5:00 pm   

Keynote Address:  A Holistic Approach To Experience Design.
Johannes Torpe, CEO and Creative Director of Johannes Torpe Studios

Description:  Since childhood Johannes Torpe has allowed his creative energy and intuition to guide him. With support from his freethinking parents, Torpe has pursued his ventures without any conventional training. His keen eye for emerging trends and a holistic approach to the business of design is the driving force behind his creative consultancy expertise. This has given him the opportunity to surround himself with a team of multi-disciplinary experts from around the world, and the honor of being the first ever Creative Director for luxury design and sound brand Bang & Olufsen.
This high-energy session will give you an insight into one of our generation’s leading ‘experience’ designers. Taking a holistic approach, Johannes delivers interior design to customers seeking the extraordinary in all aspects of their projects. This thought-provoking session will show you how good design can turn spatial experiences into something truly magical.


5:30-7:00 pm  

Reception, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

Sponsored by:  Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)


7:00-8:30 pm 

Dinner, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

Sponsored by:  JACOBS


8:30-10:30 pm  

Reception, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

Sponsored by:   Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau


Day 2 - Thursday  - October 8 

Wayne Hale, Consultant, Special Aerospace Services, Master Moderator


5:30–6:30  am 

Morning Run, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

Sponsored by:  The Boeing Company


8:30–8:40 am 

Opening

ISPCS Curator: Pat Hynes

City of Las Cruces Mayor: Ken Miyagishima

Master Moderator: Wayne Hale, Consultant, Special Aerospace Services

Tom Udall, United States Senator, State of New Mexico:  Welcoming Remarks


8:40-9:10 am

Keynote Address: Pioneering Commercial Space Activities – Policies to Enable
Shana Dale, Deputy Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

Description:  Since the inception of our nation’s space program, innovative technologies and practices have ensured expanding capabilities, many of which have required the government to evaluate (and sometimes re-evaluate) its role in encouraging the space industry to flourish. True to its history, today’s commercial space industry is evolving to include pioneering activities, such as satellite constellation-based internet, commercial lunar surface operations, and the continued development of commercial suborbital and orbital human spaceflight capabilities. These activities have spurred the U.S. government to think about a wide array of policy considerations that ultimately define the role it should take in encouraging and facilitating these types of operations. What are these considerations? Who are the U.S. government stakeholders who must work together with industry, and what roles should they play as those in the commercial space industry work to achieve their visions?

Sponsored by:  Space News


9:10-10:10 am

Panel Discussion: Commercial Cargo Transportation to the ISS – Learning as a Team
Chair:  Gerald Esquivel, ISS Cygnus Visiting Vehicle Integration Manager, Transportation Integration Office, International Space Station Program NASA

Speakers:  
Joshua Brost, Business Development, SpaceX
Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems

Description:  The Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract established a bold new approach for NASA to provide the critical resupply necessary to keep the International Space Station (ISS) crewed and operational, allowing the continued execution of cutting edge science experiments in the microgravity environment of low Earth orbit.  As one would imagine, this new approach caused a clash between the traditional NASA business culture and the entrepreneurial commercial business culture.  This panel will discuss the various ways that NASA and the commercial companies learned from each other and in the end, became better organizations ready for future challenges.

Sponsored by:  Space Foundation


10:10-10:40 am  

Morning Break


10:40-11:10 am  

Keynote Address:  Transformational Leadership
Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Launch Alliance

Description:  As the leader of the nation’s premier launch services provider, Tory Bruno, president and CEO, will address the transformation United Launch Alliance has experienced over the last year and how leadership is critical to innovate and drive changes that will revolutionize the launch industry.  It is an exciting time for our industry when the true commercial potential of space is on the cusp of realization. Bruno will discuss ULA’s demonstrated track record of mission success along with the innovative technologies of new partners he is leveraging to dramatically lower the cost of spaceflight.  ULA has already cut the cost of launch in half and plans to cut it in half again. To achieve this, Bruno will share his vision for the future and how he is communicating with his team – the most skilled and professional group of rocket scientists in the world.  

Sponsored by: United Launch Alliance


11:10-11:15  am

Speaker: Garrey Carruthers, President, New Mexico State University
Introduce
Kathryn L. Lueders, Manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program


11:15-11:35  am 

Keynote Address: The Power of Partnerships with Private Industry
Kathryn L. Lueders, Manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program

Description:    It has been nearly a year since NASA awarded final development and certification contracts to Boeing and SpaceX. In that short amount of time, both companies have made considerable strides in providing America with two transportation systems that will carry NASA and NASA-sponsored crew members to and from the International Space Station by 2017. But what happens after this endeavor succeeds? How far can the market for human space transportation go?
Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, will discuss the progress achieved as well as the challenges ahead for the agency and its commercial partners. She also will talk about the importance of developing a commercial human spaceflight market.


11:35-12:05  pm

Panel Discussion:  The NASA Commercial Crew Program: Maturity and Resiliency in the Face of Challenges.
Chair:
Kathryn L. Lueders, Manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program

Speakers:
John Mulholland, Vice President and Program Manager for Commercial Programs, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company
Garrett Reisman, Director, Crew Operations, SpaceX

Description:  We have the right set of requirements and the right contractors who are working to ensure they have a plan to work our transportation capability. Within the process of changing how NASA is looking at partnerships and contract relationship, NASA has evolved the best requirements we have given our 50 years of experience. While NASA has set the requirements to meet our risk posture and standards,  we know every system out there is not without risk.  Along with our partners we are committed to delivering crew safely to the International Space Station.

Sponsored by:  New Mexico State University


12:05-1:35 pm

 Lunch

Sponsored by:  Fish & Richardson


1:35-1:45 pm

Spotlight Talk:  Leveraging Supplier Pedigree and Technology for Commercial Space
Jason Best, Key Account Manager, Aerospace & Defense, Stellar Technology, LORD Corporation

Description: The historical investments in technology and process improvements by DoD, NASA, Commercial Aircraft, and cross-industry sources to achieve high-reliability components and systems reside within supplier companies.  Commercial space companies can access this pedigree and technology without the required costs to develop these components and systems initially.  Strategic partnerships between commercial space companies and key suppliers can result in further commercialization of investments from NASA and  industry sources, which should serve to reduce the total mission cost to commercial space companies.  Trends in commercial space indicate more in-house component and system development due to perceived reduction in cost and control of production constraints.  What does the commercial space industry stand to lose if this approach is adopted?  How do suppliers and commercial space companies establish and improve partnerships to achieve space reliability components at commercial price and schedule expectations?


1:45-2:15 pm 

Keynote Address:  Virgin Galactic: Entrepreneurship and the New Space Economy
George T. Whitesides, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Galactic

Description:  Virgin Galactic will be Earth’s first spaceline, aiming to open access to space for new human and satellite customers. Virgin Galactic CEO George T. Whitesides will share his views on the economic opportunities for space and the latest progress of SpaceShipTwo, which will take private citizens to space, and the development of launch services through LauncherOne.


2:15-2:25 pm   

Spotlight Talk:  The Space Act and the Evolving Role of Spaceports
Stuart Witt, CEO and General Manager, Mojave Air & Space Port

Description:  As of the time of ISPCS 2015, the FAA has issued ten Launch Site Operator Licenses in the U.S. Do spaceports have a larger role to help launch providers make their visions a reality? Are they advocates for responsible industry growth? One thing is certain, the industry is expanding rapidly. Recently the Bipartisan Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Act (SPACE Act of 2015) passed by a large majority in the US House of Representatives. Stuart Witt will address the major policy issues and the implications of the SPACE Act which impact the future of the industry’s evolution.


2:25-2:35 pm 

Spotlight Talk:  Doing Business in New Mexico has Never Been Better
Jon Barela, Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Economic Development Department, State of New Mexico

Description: Under Gov. Susana Martinez, New Mexico has dramatically improved its business climate. From being named as the best state to manufacture a product in the West by Ernst & Young; to jumping 13 spots in the latest CNBC Top States for Business ranking; to reducing its business tax by 22 percent, eliminating GRT for directed energy and satellite contractors and enacting a new tax reduction for corporate headquarters located in the state. New Mexico Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela will provide an update on policy changes and increased business incentives that make New Mexico a competitive place  for manufacturing, testing and distribution for the aerospace and supporting industries.

Sponsored by:   Dickerson Catering


2:35-3:05 pm

Panel Discussion: Commercial Space: The View from an Entrepreneur and a Venture Capitalist.

Speakers:
Tom Ingersoll, Space Entrepreneur and Former CEO of Skybox Imaging  
Sunil Nagaraj, Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners

Description:  As CEO of Skybox Imaging, Tom Ingersoll grew the company from concept phase through launch of its first two satellites including a sale of the company to Google for $500M.  Prior to that he co-founded Universal Space Network which was acquired by Swedish Space Corporation in 2008.  He will offer his perspective on running venture backed space companies and being acquired by a mainstream technology companies.
Sunil Nagaraj, a venture capitalist with Bessemer Venture Partners, will share his thoughts on investing in commercial space including what he looks for in prospective investments.  Bessemer has invested in Skybox Imaging, Rocket Lab, and Spire.


3:05-3:35  pm

Afternoon Break


3:35-4:05 pm  

Keynote Address: TBD


4:05-4:15  pm

Spotlight Talk: Spaceport America's Other Business
Garrett C. Hill, Chief Executive Officer, X2nSat

Description:   Garrett Hill will discuss his vision for the space community located at Spaceport America, as well as how X2nSat intends to capitalize on space technology to achieve a world that is connected, green, safe, and prosperous. His discussion will begin with a review of some of the latest uses of VSAT technology that accomplish these goals. The conversation will transition into a focus on the latest technology and ideas that will be incorporated into the design and construction of the new, state-of-the-art facility being built at Spaceport America. X2nSat’s facility will incorporate anticipated designs for satellites not yet launched and building practices that represent the values of X2nSat and its commitment to leaving a small footprint on the Earth. Although construction has not yet begun and plans are subject to adjustment, Mr. Hill will share the latest information available for the 20-year plan for X2nSat’s Spaceport America location.


4:15-4:25 pm

Spotlight Talk: AirStrato UAS, the financial tool for ARCA’s Space Business Development
Dumitru Popescu, President, ARCA Space Corporation

Description:  After the days of Ansari X Prize, we’ve learned that in order to build a space business, you need to have your own financial resources to draw from. The sponsors, the investors, or even the government contracts in the first stages of your business, are not going to work. At least, not if you dream to build something big. And we, at ARCA SPACE CORPORATION, we’ve always dreamed big. Therefore we’ve decided to create a more “down to earth business” in order to further finance our space endeavor built around the Haas suborbital and orbital rocket series.
This non-space related business is the AirStrato, high altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial system, that fills a huge gap between expensive, large military unmanned aerial vehicles and less expensive, small-scale civilian commercial drones by combining the performance of the former with the price of the latter.


4:25-4:35 pm

Spotlight Talk: Doing Space Commercialization without the Pedigree
Rich Glover, Chief Executive Officer, Acme Advanced Materials, Inc.

Description:  Suppose you aren't a serial entrepreneur, you don't live in Silicon Valley, you aren't independently wealthy and you're just happy to be able to pay your bills every month. How do you get the investment you need to turn your concept into a business?  I don't think there is a universal answer but our experience might be useful to help you plan your own venture.  We've seen it all, lies, deception, delays, and rejection but in the end we have a good group of investors and we are moving forward.  I will share our history with you, warts and all, so that you can make your own mistakes and not repeat ours.  Then I have a few thoughts on where I see space commercialization going over the next 100 years.

Sponsored by:  CEAVCO


4:35-5:05 pm

Panel Discussion:  Turning Microgravity into a Billion Dollar Business - What would JP Morgan or DD Harriman do?  
 
Chair:
Rich Glover, Chief Executive Officer, Acme Advanced Materials, Inc.

Speakers:
Debbie G. Senesky, Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, Electrical Engineering Department by Courtesy Stanford University
Ioana Cozmuta, Microgravity Lead, Innovative Strategies Emerging Space Office/Space Portal Science and Technology Corporation, NASA Ames Research Center
Dave Blivin, Managing Director, Cottonwood Technology Funds

Description:  As the old saying goes, "How do you become a Millionaire in the Space Business?  First you start with a Billion dollars!"  Since most of us don't have a "B" level bank account, or even an "M" level for that matter, what does it take to get a real microgravity business going these days?  Thankfully, the word "microgravity" doesn't send investors running from the room anymore but there are still some significant obstacles to overcome.  This panel will provide perspective from an entrepreneur (ACME) working to establish credibility, an academic (Stanford) conducting independent research and evaluation on microgravity commercialization processes, a government contractor at NASA Ames trying to figure out how this fits, or should fit the NASA model, and an investor (Cottonwood Technology Fund) looking for the game changer that will make everybody rich and usher in an entirely new industry.   


5:05-5:15 pm

Spotlight Talk: Marshall’s Innovative Partnerships and NASA’s Journey to Mars
Jody Singer, Manager, Flight Programs and Partnerships Office, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Description:   The success of NASA’s Partnerships is leading to exciting, innovative technologies and helping expand the scope of human exploration.  From commercial crew advancement to additive manufacturing to cutting-edge propulsion development, these dynamic partnerships spur innovations that solve technical problems and transfer technology to the commercial sector.  With over 300 active partnership agreements, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Partnerships Office connects innovators to NASA’s technology portfolio, facilities, and world-class expertise, as well as International Space Station opportunities and connections across NASA’s field centers.  Jody Singer, Marshall Space Flight Center’s Flight Programs and Partnership Office Program Manager, will discuss Marshall’s roles with partners, including Dynetics, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Sierra Nevada, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Orbital ATK, US Air Force, DARPA, and the University of Alabama.


5:15-5:25  pm 

Spotlight Talk: TBD


5:25-5:35 pm

Spotlight Talk: The Era of In-Space Manufacturing Has Begun
Andrew Rush, President, Made In Space

Description:  On November 24, 2014, a team of engineers at NASA and Made In Space, Inc. created the first object ever manufactured in space. With it, individuals, schools, companies and even governments no longer have to hurl pre-built goods into space. On-orbit manufacturing and assembly of everything from individual components to entire spacecraft changes the economics of spaceflight, how missions are designed and the speed at which in space activities may be carried out. Made In Space president Andrew Rush will discuss how in-space manufacturing capabilities that exist today enable tech development, tech demonstration, part delivery, equipment fixes, operational life extension and even spacecraft creation by anyone.


5:35-5:50 pm  

Closing

Pat Hynes, ISPCS Chair


5:50-6:30 pm   

Happy Trails Reception