Final Agenda

Tuesday – October 6th  

All activities at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum unless otherwise stated.

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
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 activities at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum unless otherwise stated.

5:30-6:30 am 

Run with Boeing, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces (click here for description)

Sponsored by:   The Boeing Company

7:00-8:25 am


Sponsored by:  Secure World Foundation

8:30-9:00 am     

Introductions- ISPCS Curator: Pat Hynes
Opening Entertainment
Master Moderator:  Ariane Cornell, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin

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?

Background Documents:
2014 Annual Report Secure World Foundation
Space Sustainability A Practical Guide

9:10-9:40 am          

Keynote Address:  Commercial Cargo Resupply Service: Supporting the International Space Station
Frank L. Culbertson, Jr., President, Space Systems Group, Orbital ATK

Description:  Frank Culbertson will provide his perspective on commercial space - both present and future.  Culbertson will present an overview of the next Cygnus Cargo Resupply mission to be launched in late 2015.  In  the future, commercial space market forces and the continued use of a commercial service approach are key to creating a more robust space industry.  Orbital ATK is an integral part of that commercial space vision

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: What’s next for LEO? What’s after ISS and who will build it and pay for it?
Christopher (Chris) Ferguson, Deputy Program Manager-Operations, Commercial Crew Program, BDS Development, The Boeing Company

Description:  What’s next for low-Earth orbit? With a finite International Space Station life cycle on the horizon, what’s next for LEO? Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program Deputy Program Manager, Operations Chris Ferguson discusses why there’s still value in low-Earth orbit beyond the ISS, who might build future habitats, how we prove the business case for a continued low-Earth orbit presence and who will bear the financial cost

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:  The Work of Creating Effective Work Teams
Chair:  Mike Simpson, Executive Director, Secure World Foundation

Brad McLain, Research Scientist, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Will Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects, Virgin Galactic
Jill Reckie, Director, Entrepreneurial Alliance and Pacesetters Program at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) 
Melissa Sampson, Supply Chain Category Manager & BLAST Facilitator, United Launch Alliance
Doug Young, Vice President, Space Systems Resiliency, Northrop Grumman

Description:  Research and practice on effective work teams indicates the collective intelligence of a team increases relative to diversity.  Use of allies and awareness of unconscious bias increases team effectiveness.  There is a new call to adventure to reinvent the quest to space. Innovators of a new breed are joining the space community. People are looking for a purpose at work.  They want to make a difference in their companies, in the industry and even the world/universe.  This is a discussion for everyone in our industry.  It is a new call to adventure to reinvent the quest for space.

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

Stemming the Tide:  Why Women Leave Engineering

Aviation Week’s 2015 Workforce Study

12:30-2:00 pm  


Sponsored by:  Blue Origin

2:00-2:20 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.

Sponosored by:  Space News

2:50-3:20 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)

3:20-3:50 pm  

Afternoon Break

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:  Making a Difference - One Future Space Leader at a Time
Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Description:  Mr. Stallmer will discuss the Future Space Leaders Foundation dedicated to the career development of young industry students and professionals. The Foundation’s Future Space conference series is now in its fourth year and has already raised over $100,000 toward its youth grant program, impacting the lives of awardees who are empowered to present papers at international space symposia.  Creating a cohort of young space professionals, the Foundation is aiming to support events hosted by other space non-profits and retain a highly skilled workforce in our industry, making a difference on a very human scale.

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 

Master Moderator: Wayne Hale, Consultant, Special Aerospace Services

5:30–6:30  am 

Run with Boeing, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces (click here for description)

Sponsored by:  The Boeing Company

7:00-8:25 am


Sponsored by:  Arianespace Inc.

8:30–8:40 am 


ISPCS Curator: Pat Hynes
City of Las Cruces Mayor: Ken Miyagishima
Master Moderator: Wayne Hale, Consultant, Special Aerospace Services

8:40-9:40 am

Panel Discussion: Commercial Cargo Transportation to the ISS – Learning as a Team
Chair:  Gregory H. Johnson, President and Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

Joshua Brost, Business Development, SpaceX
Frank DeMauro, Vice President, Human Space Systems, Civil & Defense Division, Space Systems Group, Orbital ATK
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

9:40-10:10 am  

Keynote Address:  ULA Product Evolution
Mark Peller, Program Manager, Major Development, United Launch Alliance

Description:  This session will review ULA’s history of continual product evolution and our future product development roadmap that leverages our Atlas and Delta experience while incorporating new technology and system architectures to meet the evolving needs of our customers.

Sponsored by:  United Launch Alliance

10:10-10:40 am

Morning Break

10:40-10:45  am

Dan Howard, Executive Vice President and Provost, New Mexico State University to introduce
Kathryn L. Lueders, Manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program

10:45-11:05  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.

Background Documents:
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program- NASA Facts
Commercial Crew Transportation

11:05-11:35 am

Panel Discussion:  NASA’s Commercial Crew Program: Experience-Guided Innovation
Kathryn L. Lueders, Manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program

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

Description:  NASA and its industry providers are incorporating proven processes and flight test strategies to ensure America has two safe, reliable and cost-effective systems for crew transport to and from the International Space Station. 
The Commercial Crew Program developed a solid set of safety and performance requirements based on more than 50 years of human spaceflight experience. Boeing and SpaceX are working to meet those rigorous requirements under their Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts while applying innovations as they bring their systems from drawing boards to launch pads.
The primary advantage of this government-industry partnership approach compared to traditional government-run development programs is increased cost certainty in both the development and operation of these systems while still allowing industry to be innovative. In this arrangement, NASA's role is to provide a customer base to kick off the market and to offer knowledgeable oversight to both companies, assuring astronaut and payload safety and meeting the national goals of utilizing America's space laboratory.
During the panel, Kathy Lueders of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, John Mulholland of Boeing, and Garrett Reisman of SpaceX will talk about the government-industry partnerships, innovations and progress to-date.

Sponsored by:  New Mexico State University

Background Documents:
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program- NASA Facts

Commercial Crew Transportation

11:35-11:45 am

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?

11:45-11:48 am

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

11:48-1:30 pm


Sponsored by:  Fish & Richardson

1:30-2:00 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.

2:00-2:10 pm   

Spotlight Talk:  The Space Act and the Evolving Commercial Space Industry
Stuart Witt, CEO and General Manager, Mojave Air & Space Port

Description:  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.

Background Material:
Space Act of 2015

2:10-2:20 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

2:20-2:50 pm

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

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.

2:50-3:00 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.

3:00-3:30 pm

Aftenoon Break

3:30-3:40 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.

3:40-3:50 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.

Background Material:
ACME’s New Microgravity SiC Devices Outperform Traditional Premium Grade Devices in Initial Testing

Sponsored by:  CEAVCO

3:50-4:20 pm

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

Dave Blivin, Managing Director, Cottonwood Technology Funds
Ioana Cozmuta, Microgravity Lead, Innovative Strategies Emerging Space Office/Space Portal Science and Technology Corporation, NASA Ames Research Center

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.   

4:20-4:30 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.

4:30-4:40 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.

4:40-5:00 pm  


Pat Hynes, ISPCS Chair

5:00-6:00 pm   

Happy Trails Reception