Downlink 1: Conference Update

Planning for the SATELLITE 2023 conference is underway as we have read and reviewed the hundreds of proposals that we received. We will be issuing invitations throughout the next month. If you applied to speak, you will hear from us by October 15th.

We’re pleased to announce our first keynote speakers! This year’s Monday Keynote Luncheon will feature Bessemer Venture Partners Vice President and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital Tess Hatch in a fireside chat with Former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, author of the new best-selling book ‘Escaping Gravity’ and co-founder of the Brooke Owens Fellowship. The discussion will cover the future of space exploration, critical investments in commercial space technologies, recruiting and retaining talent, and how to tackle the issues and challenges addressed in her book. In addition to serving as NASA’s Deputy Administrator, Garver has held advocacy roles for space exploration as a member of the NASA Advisory Council, a guest lecturer at the International Space University, president and board member of Women in Aerospace, and president of the American Astronautical Society. She was awarded both the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

SATELLITE 2023’s Wednesday Opening General Session is titled “Building a Secure and Dynamic Future Space Economy.” This session will bring space and satellite industry leaders together to explain how our community of operators, launchers, manufacturers, and partners can help build an ecosystem in space that is capable of hosting an entire economy. Carolyn Belle of Astroscale will moderate the panel, which will include Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck and Orbit Fab CEO Dan Faber. The discussion will focus on what we need to do right now to achieve our goals in space and create long-term growth opportunities for our industry for generations to come.

Startup Space 2023 applications have been submitted and are under review. In the meantime, we can confirm the line-up of judges that will be evaluating this year’s competitors. Our 2023 competitions judges will be:

David Anderman, Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Stellar Ventures
Terence Craig, Advisor, Toyota Ventures
Troy McCann, Founder & CEO, Moonshot Space
Michael Mealling, General Partner, Starbridge Venture Capital
Josephine Millward, Partner, OpAmp Capital
Michael Moreno, Business Development Manager, VC & Startups, AWS
Michael Palank, General Partner, MaC Venture Capital
Raphael Roettgen, Founder & Managing Partner, E2MC
Tess Hatch, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners