Program

Welcome to the SATELLITE 2023 Conference Program!

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Monday, March 13

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Room: Room 146 Foyer
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Charles Beames
Co-founder and Chairman of the SmallSat Alliance, Executive Chairman
SpiderOak & York Space Systems

The growth rate of new space cyber threats and vulnerability will continue to track with the knowledge economy itself, doubling every two years. It will remain our Achilles heel if the requirements process to secure the cyber domain continue down the same traditional path. We must do better, and we can. Kicking off our SATELLITE 2023 Government and Military Forum, Charles Beames, co-founder and Chairman of the SmallSat Alliance and Executive Chiarmen SpiderOak Mission Systems, will discuss the necessity for the U.S. to pivot towards a comprehensive cybersecurity plan immediately, the first step of which is to implement Zero Trust architectures (ZTA) across networks, and at the data level where possible. Zero Trust is a design philosophy that begins with a “trust no one” mindset to assure that soldiers in the field can safely receive the orders, coordinates, and intelligence they need to conduct military options. 

Moderator
Caleb Henry
Senior Analyst
Quilty Analytics
Bhanu Durvasula
Vice President, International Division
Hughes an EchoStar Company
John Gedmark
CEO
Astranis Space Technologies
Rodrigo Gomez
Vice President, Future Systems
OneWeb Technologies
Jay Icard
Senior Vice President of Strategic Development
SES GS

Most of the commercial space and satellite industry’s end-users don’t care about where, specifically, the satellites providing service are located in space, as long as they are delivering the performance, reliability, and security promised. That said, it is important for our customers to understand why their specific applications are better supported by spacecraft in specific orbits. This session aims to provide a clear and concise explanation and comparison of the characteristics of LEO, MEO, and GEO satellites – highlighting key similarities and differences. The goal is to cut through the industry speak and create more knowledgeable customers. Topics include: defining latency; how constellations and single satellite systems behave; comparative costs; and the benefits of multi-orbit systems.

Moderator
Victoria Samson
Washington Office Director
Secure World Foundation
Joseph Rickers
Vice President, Military Space Protected Communications
Lockheed Martin Corp.
Sam Visner
Tech Fellow
MITRE
Charity Weeden
Vice President, Global Space Policy and Government Relations
Astroscale

The last three years have completely changed the nature and degree of threats to military space systems. COVID-19, supply chain issues, geopolitical tensions, the war in Ukraine, the volatile global economy, food and energy crises, space debris, and the development of anti-satellite weapons are all contributing factors that are increasing risks in space. During this session, our panelists will address the biggest present and evolving threats to military space systems. The discussion will also include debate on the effectiveness of technology solutions and strategic policy to protect government assets in orbit.  

Al Tadros
Chief Technology Officer
Redwire
Moderator
David Phillips
Senior Systems Engineer for SATCOM Connectivity
Boeing
Wen Cheng Chong
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder
Kepler Communications
Isa Fritz
Chief Technology Officer
GeoJump
Peter Hadinger
CTO
Inmarsat, Inc.
Dr. Jim Rosenberg
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Wavestream

The SATELLITE 2023 Tech Forum kicks off with the return of our CTO Roundtable – a top-level technological view into the future of satellite systems engineering. On this year’s panel, we’ve gathered CTOs from some of the most innovative space companies to share what they identify as key trends in system architecture and design and satellite device development. The speakers will also address: how their companies have evolved performance, analysis, verification, and validation processes; their strategies to reduce the cost of complex solutions; and how they are developing a pipeline of engineering talent in a competitive job market.

Moderator
Michael Sheetz
Space Reporter
CNBC News
Hamid Akhavan
President & CEO
EchoStar
Jose Del Rosario
Research Director
Northern Sky Research, an Analysys Mason Company
Suzi McBride
Chief Operations Officer
Iridium Communications

Executives, analysts, and thought leaders present a one-hour overview of the satellite industry’s financial health going into a challenging 2023 fiscal year. Panelists will examine the state of the satellite supply chain, including satellite builders, operators, launchers, distributors, and end-users, and identify the industry’s greatest opportunities for growth in providing connectivity, imagery, and managed services. Designed for attendees from all commercial, government, and industry markets, this session will give you insight on the satellite industry’s ability to keep costs low while developing complex solutions that are in demand.

10:30 am - 10:45 am
Room: Room 146 Foyer
Moderator
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch
Senior Vice President for Government Strategy and Policy
Inmarsat Government
Dr. Luisa Buinhas
Co-Founder & CPO
Vyoma
Andrea Cardellicchio
Head of SSO Commercial Development
Telespazio
Joe Chan
Chairman
Space Data Association
Jai Dialani
Managing Director
Leaf Space
Eric Ingram
Co-founder & CEO
SCOUT Space Inc.

There is no air traffic control in space and no legal international framework to manage space traffic. The world currently relies on commercially provided “space situational” or “space domain” awareness data to track satellites, dangerous debris, and military action in space. The responsible use of space requires more than just wanting it. This session will start with explaining the importance of broad collaboration on space awareness and then highlight key advancements in space awareness and tracking capabilities, including advanced AI and machine learning algorithms. Speakers will also address the ramp-up in anti-satellite testing and explain the danger these events create for the entire space economy.

Moderator
Calvin Biesecker
Reporter & Editor
Defense Daily
Jay Chapman
Director of Government Programs
Iridium Communications
Steve Gizinski
President
Inmarsat Government
Ryan McKinney
President of Satellogic North America
Satellogic North America

The United States recently released an updated military strategy for the Arctic region that highlights the need to maintain, refine, and advance “military presence in the Arctic in support of our homeland defense, global military and power projection, and deterrence goals.” This strategy requires enhancing capabilities such as domain awareness, positioning and communications and could lead to an increase in investments in satellite communications and Earth observation technologies. This session will explore how commercial space companies can help meet these Arctic region objectives for both the U.S. and its allied nations.

Moderator
Susan Hastings
Associate Principal Director
Aerospace
Guy de Carufel
Founder, CEO
Cognitive Space
Dennis Gatens
CEO & President
LEOcloud
Chiara Manfletti
COO
Neuraspace, SA
Avi Shabtai
CEO
Ramon.Space
Rick Ward
CEO
OrbitsEdge

Join us for this fascinating discussion and debate on whether or not the commercial space industry is fully utilizing computing capabilities to enhance their service offerings. With the rapid advancement of applications such as connectivity, data capture, processing, and storage, bringing advanced and autonomous computing in space is essential to supporting the mission of these applications. Learn about the technologies that space computing companies are eager to get into orbit, and understand the nexus between future computing trends and their application to the space industry.

Moderator
Jason Nelson
Vice President of Partnerships and Development
Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA)
Matt Desch
Chief Executive Officer
Iridium Communications
Jonathan Hofeller
Vice President of Starlink, Commercial Sales
SpaceX
David Kagan
CEO
Globalstar
Charles Miller
Co-founder and CEO
LYNK

Today, the cellular wireless and satellite industries are finding their interests more closely aligned than ever before. Both are driven by the need to find new customers in rural/remote regions and both are largely embracing the 3GPP standard for 5G. Most importantly, both sides have existing infrastructure that, when integrated, can effectively build out envisioned 5G networks at reduced costs. Add to that the news that Apple and T-Mobile signed two milestone agreements last year to integrate satellite connectivity into their service plans, and suddenly, we start asking ourselves - is this the start of a new era for two sub-sectors of the largest telco industry that once operated in silos? Can satellite and cellular industry business models align along with the technology? How can satellite companies win business from a telco? During this session, leaders from both industries will answer these questions and engage in a debate over the benefits and challenges of this new working relationship.

Lori Garver
Author, Former NASA Deputy Administrator, & Operating Advisor
Bessemer Venture Partners
Tess Hatch
Partner
Bessemer Venture Partners
Sponsored by:
   
We invite all conference attendees to join us for our exciting annual opening day keynote luncheon! This year, we're honored to host Bessemer Venture Partners Partner 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.' 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.
Moderator
Carissa Christensen
Founder and CEO
BryceTech
John Serafini
Chief Executive Officer
HawkEye 360
Pratish Shah
General Manager
Aitech
Hanna Steplewska
Chief Operating Officer
Cognitive Space
Joel Spark
Co-Founder & General Manager, Space Services
Spire Global

Satellite imagery and data has the power to drive global change and influence critical decision making and long-term strategic planning. To do this, space data companies must sculpt and translate the massive amounts of data they collect into stories that their customers respond to and understand. This session will explain how commercial satellites assist key decision-makers in tackling issues like climate change, disaster impact, and economic development and how the companies that operate these satellites identify new problems they can solve through technological innovation.

Moderator
Jing Li
Manager, Corporate Strategy and Market Intelligence
SES
Elias Naffah
CSP Project Manager
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Communications Services Project (CSP)
Arvind Ramana
Director - Space Technology Uplift
Australian Space Agency
Elodie Viau
Director of Telecommunications
European Space Agency (ESA)

This session will bring representatives from NASA, ESA, the Australian Space Agency and other organizations together to outline their future needs for satellite technology and services, as well as upcoming opportunities for commercial partnerships. The speakers will provide updates on major ongoing programs and upcoming awards, and identify future-facing solutions they’ll need from the commercial sector.

Kfir Benjamin
CEO
GetSAT
Matt Little
Director, Communication Systems, Tactical Solutions
Ball Aerospace
William Milroy
Chairman and CTO
ThinKom Solutions, Inc

Connecting in-demand satellite service to cars, trains, transportation fleets, and other moving vehicles requires applicable “low profile” or “flat panel” antennas that are unobstructive and can securely mount while meeting clearance regulations. Historically, customers requiring these antennas have had to make performance trade-offs depending on the form factor. Are antenna developers at the point where they can offer these systems without sacrificing connectivity speed for the customer? Learn about the latest developments in conformal antennas that are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is achievable inside the limitations of physics. 

Moderator
Claude Rousseau
Research Director
Northern Sky Research, an Analysys Mason Company
Johnathon Caldwell
Vice President & General Manager, Military Space
Lockheed Martin Corp.
Hervé Derrey
CEO
Thales Alenia Space
Cyrus Dhalla
Sector Vice President, General Manager, Tactical Space Systems Division
Northrop Grumman
Chris Johnson
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Space
Maxar Technologies
Jean Marc Nasr
Executive Vice President & Head of Space Systems
Airbus
Sponsored by:
   

Executives from the world’s largest satellite manufacturers gather each year at SATELLITE to outline their expectations for new business in the new year and answer tough questions from the community. This year’s roundtable will explore how manufacturers plan to use software to make future satellites more powerful, flexible, and secure and address questions about their ability to generate new business. Will small satellites continue to dominate the market? Is the business of building large GEO satellites sustainable in the long term? How can manufacturers keep costs low when faced with increasing supply costs and labor shortages? How do they plan to compete with the increasing number of space companies building their own satellites in-house? Don’t miss out on the valuable industry intel that has made the manufacturer’s roundtable a must-attend session for SATELLITE attendees.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Room: Room 146 Foyer
Moderator
Christopher Baugh
Founder & Partner
Northern Sky Research, an Analysys Mason Company
Tom Ochinero
Vice President of Commercial Sales
SpaceX

Executive leaders from companies operating and building the largest small-satellite broadband constellations gather to share insights on the state of “unconnected” and “unserved” markets. Questions that will be addressed during this session include: Are rural broadband markets still as attractive now as they were when the economy was strong? What are the costs for the consumer? How fast will your service be in both optimal and worst conditions? Is your company diversifying its business by targeting b2b connectivity services? The panel will also address financing issues and returns on investment for building and replenishing constellation systems.

Moderator
Ryan Conroy
Assistant Principal Director
The Aerospace Corporation - Commercial Space Futures Office
Mark Mozena
Senior Director, Government Affairs
Planet

Today’s modern militaries and government agencies depend on an ability to leverage high-definition data for real-time decision-making. The surge in demand for complex, accurate, and multi-dimensional data is driving innovation in 3D mapping from space. During this session, you’ll learn about the complex network of systems, sensors, and satellites that are taking visual data to another level and helping end-users succeed in their critical missions on the ground.

Moderator
Juan Deaton PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Digitization & Virtualization Technologies
ATG
Jason Cerundolo
Co-Founder/CEO
Zephyr Computing Systems
David Haight
Vice President of IoT
Globalstar
Telemaco Melia
VP & GM
EchoStar Mobile
Aviv Ronai
Chief Product & Marketing Officer
NovelSat
Jaume Sanpera
CEO
SATELIOT

The $260 billion global market for industrial IoT (IIoT) is expected to swell to $1.1 trillion by 2028. That’s a clear sign that companies expect high value from this digital transformation of their operations. How can satellites help turn expectations into reality? This presentation will discuss how edge processing and smart devices deliver smarter data to the customer and how new technologies will enhance satellite IoT application development now and in the future. Speakers will also discuss how data edge processing is enabling partners, resellers, and manufacturers to develop more comprehensive solutions to improve logistics and bottom lines for their customers.

Moderator
Andrew Penn
Senior Director
Avascent
Bulent Altan
CEO
Mynaric
Maher Ezzeddine
CEO of Ideanco and Chairman
Harvard Business School Aerospace Alumni Organization
Matt O'Connell
Operating Partner
Data Collective Venture Capital
Celeste V. Ford
Managing Director
Stellar Ventures
Alison Perez
Ventures Program Manager
Lockheed Martin Ventures

For the past decade, the success of Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture combined with the enthusiasm and financial backing of other celebrity entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, has propelled a wave of capital investment into the space industry. Will this enthusiasm endure through a slower-than-expected economic recovery from COVID-19, a stock market crackdown on SPACs, more cautious government spending, and a potential future recession? Hear straight from investors on whether or not they can maintain the same volume of long-term space investments in a more challenging environment, as well as what they expect from new space companies as they mature through their “startup” phases.

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Room: Ballroom C

Tuesday, March 14

8:00 am - 8:30 am
Room: Ballroom AB Foyer
Sponsored by:
   
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Room: Ballroom A/B
Dave Limp
Senior Vice President, Devices & Services, Project Kuiper
Amazon

SATELLITE 2023 is thrilled to announce that Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices & Services Dave Limp will be appearing as our featured keynote speaker at this year’s Opening General Session on Tuesday, March 14th, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. In a fireside chat interview, Dave will share important new details about Project Kuiper - Amazon’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network, designed to provide fast, affordable broadband to unserved and underserved communities around the world. Be among the first to learn about Amazon’s next steps toward providing global connectivity from space! Join us at SATELLITE 2023!

 

The Tuesday Opening General Session is open to all SATELLITE 2023 attendees.

Moderator
Mark Holmes
Editorial Director, Aerospace
Via Satellite
Eva Berneke
CEO
Eutelsat
Tim Ellis
Co-Founder and CEO
Relativity Space
David Wajsgras
CEO
Intelsat
Led by Via Satellite magazine Editor-In-Chief Mark Holmes, SATELLITE's marquee general session features a panel of the top industry leaders in a discussion that has historically set the tone and established talking points for the year. This year's session will address significant and dynamic shifts that are on the horizon for the commercial satellite and space industries. This includes: the combination of large companies creating multi-orbit systems; collaboration and business between satellite and terrestrial wireless companies in providing global connectivity; investments in a greater space economy; workforce recruitment and retention; and the adoption of sustainable technologies and business practices to ensure longevity in space.
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall A/B
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Moderator
Kevin Steen
CEO
OneWeb Technologies
Rick Lober
Vice President and General Manager
Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes Network Systems
Dawna Morningstar
Director, Next Generation Solutions
Lockheed Martin Corp.
As the satellite industry works to realize a 5G world, they must collaborate with the military to ensure maximum connectivity and availability. This panel will focus on questions such as: What focal points or bottlenecks that are fundamentally important to ensure US and allies can benefit from resilient, efficient, interoperable 5G capabilities? Is standardization important to realizing these benefits? How can 5G improve communications from commanders to soldiers and military equipment in austere environments? How can direct-to-device connectivity and interoperability to support government and commercial applications, including mobile joint all-domain interoperable communications?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: SATELLITE 2023 Exhibit Hall Theater
Moderator
Judge - Rafferty Jackson
Investor, Advisor, Director
Jack Industries
Competitor - Luke Fischer
CEO
Skyfi
Competitor - Jacqueline Good
Founder & CEO
Magnestar Inc.
Judge - Tess Hatch
Partner
Bessemer Venture Partners
Judge - Troy McCann
Founder and CEO
Moonshot
Judge - Matt O'Connell
Operating Partner
Data Collective Venture Capital
Ibrahim Osmani
Synchropal
Judge - Michael Palank
General Partner
MaC Venture Capital
Judge - Raphael Roettgen
General Partner
E2MC Ventures
Competitor - Toku Sakai
Director of Business Development
Pale Blue Inc
Competitor - Trent Blake
Captain
Galactiv
The SATELLITE Conference & Exhibition is proud to bring startup companies and investors together for the 7th Annual Startup Space. This entrepreneur pitch competition is designed to stimulate investment and growth in the industry by setting up private meetings for the grand prize winner. Contestants are placed into groups and are each given five minutes to pitch their company or product in front of a panel of judges. This is followed by a five-minute period during which the judges may ask questions or make comments to the contestants. Judges will score the presentations based on a standardized set of various categories. The contestant with the highest overall score will be named the contest winner and receive the grand prize - private pitch meetings with today's most active space investors. Group 1 Competitors: Trent Blake, Captain, Galactiv (USA) Ibrahim Osmani, CEO, Synchropal (Italy) Jacqueline Good, Founder and CEO, Magnestar (Canada) Toku Sakai, Chief Operating Officer, Pale Blue (Japan) Luke Fischer, CEO, Skyfi (USA)
Moderator
Rachel Jewett
Managing Editor
Via Satellite
Lilac Muller PhD
Vice President of Product Management
KYMETA CORPORATION
Shey Sabripour
Founder and CEO
CesiumAstro

Powering a global network of connected and autonomous vehicles has been the long-time ambition for the satellite industry, which has worked hard to overcome the technical challenges related to rolling out the necessary infrastructure to support these high-tech applications. However, satellite technology developers now believe we have reached a transformational point in reaching the goal of connecting vehicles. Could recent advancements in low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications and advanced flat panel terminal technology finally unlock the potential to transform the automobile into a fully connected environment? Speakers on this session will answer this question and explain the wide-ranging economic impact of disruptive connected vehicle technology.

Moderator
Jay Patel
Vice President, Remote Sensing Programs
Northrop Grumman
William Sullivan
Executive Chairman
HySpecIQ
Rick Holasek
Sr. Business Development Manager
Corning Inc
Dan Katz
CEO and Co-Founder
Orbital Sidekick

The demand for environmental monitoring from space, especially the ability to track methane emissions in our atmosphere and monitor leaks, is surging. Many are turning to new hyperspectral and high-definition satellite imagery technologies that can help detect, measure, and track environmental changes with precision. This session will explain how hyperspectral and high-definition satellite imagery technologies work within Low Earth Orbit remote sensing systems. The discussion will include an overview of how these sensors work, comparisons to other remote sensing technologies, and a review of the range of new applications these technologies can support.

Walter Berger
President & Co-CEO
KYMETA CORPORATION
Dubi Lever
CTO, R&D Division
Gilat Satellite Networks
Joe Spytek
CEO
Speedcast
Mitja Lovsin
CEO
STN

Building satellite antennas and ground systems has never been more technically challenging than it is today. Thanks to innovations like multi-orbit systems, broadband constellations, cloud integration, 5G and the drive to automate and orchestrate as much service delivery as possible to cope with all the complexity, ground systems companies are literally building the airplane while flying it. They are managing increased competition from all sides while creating bleeding-edge technology that serves the needs of today’s multi-layer connectivity businesses. In this CEO forum, leaders speak to the challenges to ground systems business models, and the rewards of somehow finding a way to realize new low-cost, compatible, and future-proof products.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room: Independence Ballroom

Save the date - Join WSBR on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 for our Annual Flagship Luncheon and Silent Auction. 

Keynote Speaker and Program details to follow. 

Proceeds from the Silent Auction go directly to WSBR’s Education Fund Initiative to support space and STEM education in Washington, DC area schools. 

Registration to open December 2022.  

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room: SATELLITE 2023 Exhibit Hall Theater
Moderator
Judge - Rafferty Jackson
Investor, Advisor, Director
Jack Industries
Judge - David Anderman
Co-Founder & Operating Partner
Stellar Ventures
Competitor - Matias Campos
CEO & Founder
Astralintu Space Tech
Competitor - Joseph Conboy
CEO
Cassiopeia Space
Judge - Terence Craig
Chief Investment Office, The Impact Seat & Advisor
Toyota Ventures
Competitor - Araz Feyzi
Co-Founder and CTO
Kayhan Space
Judge - Michael Mealling
General Partner
Starbridge Venture Capital
Judge - Josephine Millward
Partner
OpAmp Capital
Judge - Michael Moreno
VC & Startups
Amazon Web Services
Competitor - Nadav Nachshon
CEO
Gorilla Link
Competitor - Camilla Conti
Chief Operating Officer
Adaptronics
The SATELLITE Conference & Exhibition is proud to bring startup companies and investors together for the 7th Annual Startup Space. This entrepreneur pitch competition is designed to stimulate investment and growth in the industry by setting up private meetings for the grand prize winner. Contestants are placed into groups and are each given five minutes to pitch their company or product in front of a panel of judges. This is followed by a five-minute period during which the judges may ask questions or make comments to the contestants. Judges will score the presentations based on a standardized set of various categories. The contestant with the highest overall score will be named the contest winner and receive the grand prize - private pitch meetings with today's most active space investors. Group 2 Competitors - Araz Feyzi, Co-Founder, Kayhan Space (USA) Matias Campos, CEO & Founder, Astralintu Space Tech (Equador) Dr. Camilla Conti, Chief Operating Officer, Adaptronics (Italy) Nadav Nachshon, CEO, Gorilla Link (Israel) Joseph Conboy, CEO, Cassiopeia Space (USA)
Ingun Berget
VP Orbital
Andøya Space Center
Curt Blake
CEO and President
Spaceflight Inc.
Dan Hart
CEO
Virgin Orbit
Natalia Larrea Brito
Principal Advisor
Euroconsult
John Rood
Chairman and CEO
Momentus
Daniel Metzler
CEO
Isar Aerospace

The demand for launching small satellites is obviously growing thanks to pipeline of constellations and multi-satellites waiting to reach orbit. This demand has sparked a vast expansion of the small satellite launchers industry, bringing several new entrants into the market. However, access to space isn’t getting any easier. Along with increased competition, smallsat launchers face limited access to launchpads, supply chain issues, increased risks of space congestion, and the need for a policy framework to help enable multiple mega-constellations. This session addresses those challenges and features a discussion between small satellite launch company executives on how they are keeping access to space viable for their smallsat customers.

Moderator
Michael Minero
Vice President, Legal, Regulatory, and Government Affairs
HawkEye 360
Chris Badgett
Vice President of Technology, Kratos Space, Training, Cyber
Kratos
Conor Brown
Director of Solutions Engineering
Spire Global
In the twenty years since the U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Policy, National Security Policy Directive 27, was implemented, the commercial remote sensing sector has undergone a rapid transformation through the launch of commercial cubesat constellations and exquisite high-resolution satellites which provide data across phenomenologies that were previously available only for government use. With this revolution has come an increasing internationalization of the remote sensing sector. This panel will discuss what the U.S. remote sensing regulatory paradigm needs to ensure U.S. companies remain competitive, and how the U.S. government can better support U.S. enterprises.
Brian Billman
Head of Pre-Sales and Customer Solutions
ALL.SPACE
Scott Mumford
CEO
Liquid Intelligent Technologies
Greg Quiggle
SVP of Product Management
Kratos

In order for ground systems to keep up with the rapidly evolving space segment and prevent bottlenecking innovation, some argue that a new approach is needed to synchronize space and ground layers into a unified space network – one that takes full advantage of software virtualization, cloud computing architectures, and software-defined networking technologies. In this proposed approach, satellites and the ground operate in tandem as a real-time integrated system, driving coordinated change to services in minutes – not hours, days or weeks. Can this approach help satellites networks better align with terrestrial networks during a critical time when both are expected to converge? Learn about the benefits and challenges associated with unified software-defined networks, as well as virtualization and cloud native communications technologies.

Moderator
Martha DeGrasse
Writer
Fierce Wireless
Hadeel Fayad
Head of Backhaul
Intelsat
Anton Monk
VP & CTO of Wireless Initiatives
Viasat
Richard Swardh
Senior Vice President, Premium Enterprise & Mobile Operators
Comtech EF Data
Mark Wymer
Hughes Network Systems, LLC.
David Gelerman
CEO
SpaceBridge Inc.

The spike in global video streaming traffic has put a tremendous strain on networks around the world and there’s no sign of slowing traffic in the near future. This has created a surge in demand for satellite backhaul services and while that’s good news for satellite service providers, it comes with challenges. The backhaul customer’s expectations are very high and getting higher as applications become more complex. Satellites are also now expected to cover greater distances with backhaul services. Can today’s satellites meet the challenge and carry the burden, or even exceed those expectations and do more heavy lifting on the front end? This session will feature perspectives on satellite backhaul from the executives who lead today’s top providers and those who depend on backhaul to support their own businesses.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Telesat Engagement Station, Booth 811
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: 145 A/B
Moderator
Craig Miller
President, Government Systems
Viasat
Rich Pang
Government User Terminal Development Man
Telesat
David Robinson
Director of Government Programs
Iridium
The Russian Invasion of Ukraine has demonstrated the critical need keep SATCOMS flowing and troops secure in the face of cyber and kinetic attacks, intentional jamming, interference and outages. This panel will discuss the latest satellite-delivered breakthroughs designed to keep communications and communicators safe in remote, rugged, often comms-challenged regions of the world, and how lessons from Ukraine have changed the future of satellite communications.
Moderator
Audrey Allison
Space Policy Analyst
The Aerospace Corporation, Center for Space Policy and Strategy
Jennifer Hindin
Partner
Wiley Rein LLP
Hazem Moakkit
Vice President, Spectrum Strategy
Intelsat US LLC
Patrick Campbell
Partner
Milbank LLP

Spectrum and orbital resources are critical to all space service providers, yet too little attention is paid to these issues until it is too late to influence them. This panel will focus on US spectrum/orbital issues affecting the satellite, new space, and launch communities, such as pending FCC rulemaking and licensing proceedings that will directly impact the future of the space industry in the US. Current open issues include preserving satellite spectrum (such as 12 GHz); sharing requirements for new LEO constellations; new spectrum allocations to support commercial space launches, and spectrum and rules for new space services such as rendezvous and proximity operations.

Moderator
David Meltzer
Secretary General
GVF
Christopher Boyd
VP of Product Management
Kratos
Whitney Lohmeyer
Faculty
Olin College Of Engineering
Frank Patry
Chief Information Officer
Omnispace, LLC
Vagan Shakhgildian
President
Comtech Satellite Network Technologies Corp.
Tyghe Speidel
Co-founder and CTO
LYNK

The “cell tower in space” concept has captured the imagination of the telecommunications industry. Not long ago, direct communication between cellphones and satellites were limited to specific hardware and low data-rate applications. Now, satellite companies have been able to test and achieve internet connections between Low-Earth Orbit satellites and regular consumer cell phones and are planning to roll out services through partnerships with major carriers. This session aims to clear up the mystery surrounding how these direct space-to-cell connections work. Speakers will outline how they expect these connections to perform in certain conditions indoors, outdoors, and in vehicles.

Moderator
Nathan de Ruiter
Managing Director, Canada
Euroconsult
Ali Al Hashemi
CEO
Yahsat
Alhamedi Al-Anezi
CEO
Arabsat
Yau Chyong Lim
Chief Operating Officer
MEASAT
Miguel Angel Panduro
CEO
Hispasat
Amit Somani
CEO
ABS Global Limited

Many of today’s regional satellite operators have enjoyed tremendous success within the markets they dominate. They are deeply entrenched in government, broadcast, and local enterprise connectivity – a relationship built on long-standing contracts and a deep understanding of local needs. Their main competitors are global operators, who are deploying larger, complex, and more threatening multi-orbit constellations. The CEOs on this session will explain how they’ve prepared to compete with constellations in the long term and provide high-quality, low-cost services that evolve and remain attractive to their customers.

Wednesday, March 15

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Room: Ballroom A/B
Steve Collar
CEO
SES

In our industry’s history, few satellite content connectivity providers are as established as SES. With over 70 satellites in two different orbits, SES provides TV to 1 billion people globally, bandwidth to 7 of the world’s 10 largest telcos, and delivers secure network services to 58 national governments. This puts SES at the epicenter of SATELLITE’s community of exhibitors and attendees.


Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer of SES, has been a mainstay of the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition, providing thought leadership to SATELLITE’s opening general session panel for many years. This year, with the rapid integration of today’s space and terrestrial connectivity infrastructure happening, attendees will hear directly from one of the most respected business leaders in our community about how SES is enabling connections around the world and shaping the future of the commercial space industry. 


The Wednesday Opening General Session is open to all SATELLITE 2023 attendees.

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Room: Telesat Engagement Station, Booth 811
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall A/B
Moderator
Carolyn Belle
Director, Advanced Systems
Astroscale US
Peter Beck
Founder and CEO
Rocket Lab
Peter Cannito
Chief Executive Officer
Redwire
Daniel Faber
CEO
Orbit Fab
Robert Lightfoot
Executive Vice President
Lockheed Martin Corp.
John Moberly
Sr. Vice President
SpiderOak
Debbie McKenna
Vice President of Engineering
Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector
SATELLITE 2023's Wednesday Opening General Session brings 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. This space economy, which includes energy, manufacturing, mining, tourism, research, education, and a wide range of businesses, requires new infrastructure, a new approach to space policy, cybersecurity and asset protection, and global cooperation. The grand scale of the discussion can be overwhelming, but this panel 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.
Moderator
Jeff O'Neil
Director of Government Affairs, Civil
Planet
Jonathan Osler
Vice President Global Sales and Services
KYMETA CORPORATION
Joel Schroeder
Director, Land Mobile Products
Intelsat
From providing critical communications in disaster zones to predicting climate and weather events and surveying disaster sites, satellites have played an increasingly critical role in addressing disasters across the globe. This panel will explore how satellites have worked with local governments and NGOs on the ground to prepare for and recover from disasters.
Moderator
Stewart Marsh
Head of Aerospace
Cambridge Consultants
Marc Bell
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Terran Orbital Corporation
Vytenis Buzas
CEO
NanoAvionics
Carol Craig
CEO and Founder
Sidus Space
John Meikle
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Airbus OneWeb Satellites
Jason Kim
CEO
Millennium Space Systems

There’s a lot of excitement in the cutting-edge world of smallsats, where manufacturing is constantly evolving to meet the increasing demand for a growing space economy. During this session, executive leaders from the fastest growing smallsat companies share insights and predictions about the long-term stability of the smallsat market, its value chains, its latest and upcoming technological developments – including size, weight and power reduction. The panel will also cover the benefits and challenges of bringing manufacturing, delivery, and mission management services under one roof, creating one-stop shops for customers.

Moderator
Gary Kirkpatrick
Senior Systems Engineer
Belcan Corporation
Declan Ganley
Founder & CEO of Rivada Space Networks
Rivada Space Networks
Tina Ghataore
Chief Commercial Officer
Mynaric
Justin Luczyk
Director of Space Equiptment
Airbus U.S. Space and Defense Inc.
Hirokazu Mori
Chief Strategy Officer
Warpspace Inc.
Jean-François Morizur
CEO
Cailabs

This session focuses on two laser communications technologies that are taking the space industry by storm. First, we will look at optical inter-satellite terminals designed to route massive amounts of information between globe-spanning networks of interconnected satellites with minimal delay. Our panel will explain how the size, weight, and power requirements of these laser terminals will better equip satellite constellations to support applications of the future. The session will also cover developments in space-to-ground laser communications, which are designed to provide reliable connectivity between fast moving objects with low power usage, low sensitivity to vibration, and a high level of security. Is laser technology a replacement for or complement to existing RF communications? Are lasers controllable and secure? Learn the answers to these questions directly from the leaders in the laser tech field.

10:45 am - 11:45 am
Room: 146 A/B
Moderator
Brad Grady
Research Director
NSR
Jean-Philippe Gillet
Vice President & General Manager, Networks
Intelsat US LLC
Tim Last
Vice President and General Manager of IoT and Aviation
Iridium Communications
Glenn Katz
Chief Commercial Officer
Telesat

The rollout of 5G networks creates more opportunities for businesses to leverage the internet of things (IoT). For businesses located in areas not served by terrestrial networks such as those in the mining, farming, and energy sectors, communication satellites can provide the vital links you need to connect your employees and machines. Satellite IoT services save lives, time, and money for any business running complex logistics, or operating a fleet of vehicles, or managing mobile crews. Most importantly, it has a low cost of entry. This panel will explore these and other significant benefits that satellites can provide to connected b2b markets.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room: Ballroom A/B
Don Graves
Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce

Join us for a keynote speech from U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves, followed by the presentation of Via Satellite Magazine's Satellite Executive of the Year and Technology of the Year Awards, as well as the reveal of the Startup Space 2023 Pitch Competition Winner! 


Open to all SATELLITE 2023 conference attendees.

Tory Bruno
CEO
United Launch Alliance
Kelvin Coleman
Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Richard DalBello
Director, NOAA Office of Space Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce
Douglas Hendrix
CEO
ExoAnalytic Solutions
Robert Hauge
President
SpaceLogistics
As the National Space Council works to facilitate next-generation novel space activities from In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM) to lunar commercial activity, new frameworks will be needed to facilitate authorization and supervision. This panel will discuss the biggest regulatory hurdles to the growth of novel space activities and the interagency cooperation that is needed to achieve the next generation of space architecture.
Moderator
Raphael Roettgen
General Partner
E2MC Ventures
David Caponio
Head of Product and Business Development
Launcher
Brent Willis
CEO
Vaya Space
Josh Brost
Vice President of Business Development
Relativity Space

3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing is both a cost-saving innovation on Earth and the cornerstone to building the infrastructure needed for deep space exploration. Speakers on this session represent companies that are employing bleeding-edge 3D-printing technologies to build everything from rockets, to satellites, to entire space stations. Learn about the power and performance of 3D-printed spacecraft to reach and operate in the harsh orbital environment.

Moderator
Paul Scardino
Senior Vice President Government Sales
Comtech Systems
Tom Kirkland
VP & GM, Army/SOCOM
L3Harris Technologies
Jake Sauer
Vice President & General Manager, Tactical Solutions
Ball Aerospace
William Milroy
Chairman and CTO
ThinKom Solutions, Inc
Ulf Sandberg
Managing Director
Paradigm

Antenna manufacturers have invested a lot of time and money in drastically broadening the capabilities of their products to connect to satellites in multiple orbits over a wide range of bandwidth. During this session, antenna developers will share what they’ve learned throughout their quest to defy the limitations of physics and how understanding those limits helped them focus their product development strategies around customer needs. The discussion will also highlight important ground segment design considerations of multi orbit / multi-frequency modems, amplifiers and the intricate smart control systems required to make these next-generation systems work in space and on the ground.

Moderator
Lisa Dreher
President
Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA)
Alexander Mueller-Gastell
CEO
ND SatCom GmbH
Luigi Pasquali
CEO
Telespazio S.p.A.
Ram Viswanathan
President & CEO
Omnispace, LLC
Antonio Franchi
Head of Space for 5G/6G Strategic Programme
European Space Agency
Hagay Katz
Chief Product and Marketing Officer
Gilat Satellite Networks

The satellite industry made a significant advancement in the world of 5G when satellites became included in the 3GPP standard for narrowband services such as voice and IoT. This inclusion received industry-wide support across the cellular industry – from the chipset manufacturers and infrastructure players to the mobile operators. Can this success with narrowband be replicated in higher frequency bands that satellites use to deliver broadband internet? What will it take to make 5G-over-satellite mainstream? Is it all smooth sailing for satellite 5G? Or do the unknowns surrounding challenges like spectrum allocation create risks for satellite companies? Get the very latest reality-check on technology developments and opinions on market timing from our panel of 5G satellite experts.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Telesat Engagement Station, Booth 811
Moderator
Dara Panahy
Partner
Milbank LLP
Payam Banazadeh
CEO
Capella Space
Peter Platzer
CEO
Spire Global
Nicole Robinson
President
Ursa Space Systems

Earth observation satellites can capture complex data that can essentially be molded and shaped to answer an infinite range of questions. Some imagery satellite operators aim to sell this data to enterprise markets to help them save businesses time, money, and resources. These operators make decisions about which industries they will target based on the strength of use cases – evaluations of their data in action, solving real industry challenges. This session will present some of the latest use cases from leading imagery and sensing companies, highlighting new applications for private industries, including energy, healthcare, agriculture, insurance, transportation, and mining.

Moderator
Michael Gertsman
President & Co-founder
Square Peg Communications
Rui Hirokawa
Chief Engineer, Kamakura Works
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Elena Neira
Head of 5G Standards
MITRE Labs
Thomas Scott Jensen
CEO
Gatehouse SatCom

Unified by a widespread acceptance of the 3GPP mobile standard, satellite operators and cellular carriers have been working together to create greater integration and coexistence between networks. The goal is complete interoperability between terrestrial networks and LEO, MEO, and GEO satellites to enhance 4G and 5G services. This session will give attendees an overview of the technical progress that has been made on this intergration, specifically with a focus on interoperability with new, non-3GPP based LEO systems, and legacy government and military systems, supported by standardization use cases.

Moderator
Sandra Erwin
Senior Staff Writer
SpaceNews
Peter Beck
Founder and CEO
Rocket Lab
Stéphane Israël
CEO
Arianespace
Tory Bruno
CEO
United Launch Alliance
Tom Ochinero
Vice President of Commercial Sales
SpaceX

There’s never been a more dynamic, exciting, and more complicated market environment for today’s leading launch services. On the one hand, demand for access to space has never been higher and despite increased competition from new entrants, there’s plenty of business to go around. And, there’s still room more low-cost launch alternatives. On the other hand, supply chain issues and labor shortages have created a manufacturing bottleneck, and the crowded race to orbit has caused some concern about the environmental impact of launching both on Earth and in orbit. During this session, executives from the leading launch service providers will share how they plan to differentiate themselves from the competition with new launch vehicle offerings, meet their customers’ needs for extreme flexibility, and explain how they are helping the industry maintain a safe orbital environment.

Thursday, March 16

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Room: Room 146 Foyer
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Room: 147
Frank Czulo
President, Global Network Solutions
Network Innovations
Mauricio Segovia
CEO
Axess
Telephone companies were among the first customers for satellite communications. Today, the "telco" provides services from end-user voice, internet and television to internet transport and peering and enterprise networks spanning continents. Satellite has played no more than a marginal role in those services. But that is changing as satellite and teleport operators increasingly adopt the digital standards and processes that automate most terrestrial telecom. Business support systems, operational support systems, service orchestration and cloud deployments are bringing closer the day when satellite extensions to the terrestrial network can be just another port on the router for telcos - and teleport and satellite operators can effectively market their capabilities through the massive, multi-national sales forces of their terrestrial partners. In this session, WTA interviews satellite and teleport operators about the new opportunities they are finding in the telco sector, the requirements they face and integration strategies, and how their ways of doing business are changing as a result.
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Room: 145 A/B
Moderator
Matthew Harris
Space Focus Area Lead
Avantus Federal
Brian Billman
Head of Pre-Sales and Customer Solutions
ALL.SPACE
William Conley
Chief Technology Officer
Mercury Systems
David Meadows
Division VP, Advance Programs
NIC4, Inc.
Todd Cress
Director of Business Development
Kythera Space Solutions
Timothy Hillner
CTO
Fairwinds Technologies

This session will explore the evolution of ground systems that is making satellite services easier to use, more powerful, more portable, and more reliable for the warfighter. Discussion topics for this session include: enabling technologies to support low-SWAP (size, weight, and power) applications; the increasing use of modular design for milsatcom hardware; multi-orbit and network interoperability; anti-jamming capabilities; cloud integration; and encryption.

Michael Allen
Global Vice President, Innovation
Beyond Gravity USA Inc.
Moderator
Gregory Falco
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University
Mike Regan
Vice President of Business Performance
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Manjula Sriram
Chief Information and Security Officer
Iridium

Integrating commercial satellites in hybrid architectures can create powerful, affordable connectivity service. However, this integration can also introduce new vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks. During this session, our panel of cyber security experts will share their views on whether new cyber and data integrity safeguards and tools that satellite companies can be implemented to protect systems without significantly impacting service downlink speeds. The discussion will include an overview of technologies like autonomy, on-board processing, and quantum key distribution (QKD).

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall A/B
Moderator
Camille Elizabeth
Science Communicator / Business Development
Orbit Fab
Michael Graham
CEO
Space Simulation Services of Canada
Katie Gibas
Marketing Communications Manager
Moog Inc.
Noor Haj-Tamim
Executive Director
JSSOAR- Jordan Student Space Outreach and Academic Relations
Kristen Kucko
Director: Robotics and Automation Lab / TJ Space
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Emma Louden
Ph.D. Candiate in Astrophysics
Yale University

All tech industries are experiencing a post-COVID labor shortage, but the space industry is especially vulnerable to the negative impact of being short staffed. First, building satellites and rockets requires skillsets that are in very high demand and in short supply. Rising living costs makes it difficult for smaller space companies to maintain young professionals on staff who, statistically, are more likely to hop between companies in order to get the salary they require. Because timelines are tight in the space industry, the employees who do stay are working overtime, all of the time, which leads to burnout. Labor shortages are more than just an “HR” challenge for the space industry. They are now directly impacting companies’ bottom lines and ability to generate new revenue. During this session, you’ll learn how some space companies are taking new and effective approaches to talent recruitment, retention, and re-training in order to build a stable and happy workforce.

10:15 am - 11:30 am
Room: 147
Produced in partnership with the Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA)
Moderator
Kim Crider
Major General (Retired), Managing Director, Strategy and Analytics
Deloitte Consulting LLC
Rajeev Gopal
Vice President Advanced Programs
Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes Network Systems
Ram Rao
Director of Engineering
Leonardo DRS

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence can achieve operational value and advantage in similar ways for both the largest business organizations in the world and government and military organizations. This session will present examples of successful AI, Machine Learning, and space technology deployments to support critical missions such as JADO/JADC2. Speakers will also address the risks and security threats associated with AI/ML-enhanced operations

Moderator
Helen Weedon
Managing Director
Satcoms Innovation Group (SIG)
Jacqueline Good
Founder & CEO
Magnestar Inc.
Alvaro Sanchez Marquis
CEO
Integrasys
Joakim Espeland
CEO
QuadSAT
Dasha Tyshlek
Director of Business Development
Micro-Ant, LLC

Radio frequency (RF) interference can create major issues for satellite network infrastructure on the ground, particularly now that the space environment is becoming more and more crowded. The lowering cost of space applications and systems as well as their increasing capabilities in the 5G era have led to strong rivalry for the total amount of spectrum that is now available. Is the satellite industry ready to combat interference with the same energy it uses to pursue growth? Join us for a discussion identifying the technologies and anti-jamming techniques that are currently at our disposal and which tools we’ll need to develop as space gets more crowded.

Moderator
Marshall Kaplan
CEO
Launchspace Services
John Guiney
Vice President of Fleet Managment Systems
OneWeb
John Klein
Professor
George Washington University's Space Policy Institute
Ronald Lopez
President and Managing Director
Astroscale US
Melanie Stricklan
Co-founder and CEO
Slingshot Aerospace
Robert Hauge
President
SpaceLogistics

The rise to meet the challenge of space congestion and debris combined with the attention that space sustainability issues are receiving from policy-makers in government has created a “green sector” within the satellite and space industries. This sector is made up of both start-ups and legacy companies that are investing in technologies such as in-orbit servicing, refueling, debris removal, and space situational awareness. But these companies can’t provide sustainability if they don’t have sustainable business models and shrewd public awareness and policy strategies. During this session, executives from these green sector companies will explain how they are generating the revenue and financing they need to achieve their greater mission and make a positive impact on the environment.