Industry Deep Dives: Affordable, Accessible, Accelerated – The MILO Space Science Institute

Tuesday 2 October 2018, 17:30 – 17:50

Location: Bremen Conference Center – DLR Hall


The MILO Space Science Institute is a non-profit research collaborative dedicated to making deep space missions affordable and accessible to universities and space agencies around the world. Affordability is achieved by sharing mission costs across a significant member base. Institute members participate in all aspects of space missions from development to operation, at a fraction of the total cost. Participation accelerates space industry growth by giving organizations first access to new data and a platform for technology development. The Institute views education as an integral part of its program to enable unprecedented exploration and scientific discovery while fostering economic growth. The MILO Space Science Institute is led by Arizona State University Research Enterprise, with support from GEOshare LLC and Lockheed Martin Space. Together, these entities shape mission objectives, and will be available to advise participants on satellite design and engineering to achieve a successful mission.

Organized by:
GEOshare LLC


Robie I. Samanta Roy

Vice President for Technology and Innovation,

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company,

United States







Jim Bell

School of Earth and Science Exploration, Director, ASU Space Technology and Science (“NewSpace”) Initiative,

Arizona State University,

United States


Full Bio

Dr. Jim Bell is a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He received his B.S. in Planetary Science and Aeronautics from Caltech, his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Hawaii, and served as a National Research Council postdoctoral research fellow at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Jim’s research group primarily focuses on the geology, geochemistry, and mineralogy of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets using data obtained from telescopes and spacecraft missions.

Jim is an active planetary scientist and has been heavily involved in many NASA robotic space exploration missions, including the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR), Mars Pathfinder, Comet Nucleus Tour, Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, Mars Odyssey Orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover mission. Jim is the lead scientist in charge of the Panoramic camera (Pancam) color, stereoscopic imaging system on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, is the Deputy Principal Investigator of the Mastcam camera system on the Curiosity rover, and is the Principal Investigator for the Mastcam-Z cameras on NASA’s upcoming Mars-2020 rover. As a professional scientist, Jim has published 35 first-authored and more than 180 co-authored research papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, has authored or co-authored nearly 600 short abstracts and scientific conference presentations, and has co-edited or edited two scientific books for Cambridge University Press (one on the NEAR mission: “Asteroid Rendezvous”; the other on Mars: “The Martian Surface: Composition, Mineralogy, and Physical Properties”). He has been an active user of the Hubble Space Telescope, and of a number of ground based telescopes, including several at Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii.

Jim is also an extremely active and prolific public communicator of science and space exploration, and is President of The Planetary Society, the world’s largest public space education and advocacy organization. He is a frequent contributor to popular astronomy and science magazines like Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, and Scientific American, and to radio shows and internet blogs about astronomy and space. He has appeared on television on the NBC “Today” show, on CNN’s “This American Morning,” on the PBS “Newshour,” and on the Discovery, National Geographic, Wall St. Journal, and History Channels. He has also written many photography-oriented books that showcase some of the most spectacular images acquired during the space program: Postcards from Mars (Dutton/Penguin, 2006), Mars 3-D (Sterling, 2008), Moon 3-D (Sterling, 2009), and The Space Book (Sterling, 2013).  Jim’s latest book is “The Interstellar Age: Inside the 40 Year Voyager Mission” (Dutton, 2015). Jim has a main belt asteroid named after him (8146 Jimbell). He and teammates have received more than a dozen NASA Group Achievement Awards for work on space missions, and he was the recipient of the 2011 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society, for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences.


Lisa Callahan

Vice President and General Manager Commercial Civil Space,

Lockheed Martin,

United States



Full Bio

Lisa B. Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of the Commercial Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Space. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of execution and growth for Commercial and Civil markets in human and robotic deep space exploration, communications and weather and remote sensing. Ms. Callahan is also responsible for Michoud Operations and related activity at Stennis Space Center.

In her previous role as Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit of Lockheed Martin Corporation – reporting directly to the Lockheed Martin Audit Committee of the Board of Directors – Ms. Callahan provided independent, objective assurance and advisory activity to improve the Corporation’s operations. Under her leadership, Corporate Internal Audit determined the adequacy and effectiveness of the Corporation’s network of risk management, internal control, and governance processes as designed and represented by management.

Her prior leadership roles also include Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Systems & Training Undersea Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation, Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Program, and Program Director for Lockheed Martin’s Simulation Training and Support business.

Ms. Callahan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she is a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board.


Lon Levin

President and CEO,

GEOshare LLC,

United States


Full Bio

Lon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of GEOshare, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. Lon Levin is an executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience in telecommunications, new media, and aerospace industries.  Prior to joining GEOshare, Lon was the President of SkySevenVentures, which invested in, operated, and advised new technology companies including businesses in commercial satellites, cyber security, Internet music streaming and video messaging, launch vehicles, and investment banking. Lon speaks at industry, academic, and government conferences on technology business management, policy, and finance. Lon mentors many people in space, satellite, and other industries.

Lon is the cofounder of XM Satellite Radio and played an integral executive role in the formation and development of other media, satellite, and wireless companies including Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Canada, Motient Corporation, American Mobile Satellite Corporation, and TerreStar Networks. Before his corporate career, Lon was a partner in the law firm of Gurman, Kurtis, Blask & Freedman, where he specialized in media, aerospace, and wireless matters.  He started his career as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission.  Throughout the 1990s, Lon served as a U.S. Delegate negotiating technology treaties at many United Nations International Telecommunication Union conferences.  Lon holds five telecommunication satellite patents.

Lon is a member of the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council and was a member of the Defense Business Board of the Department of Defense from 2008 to 2018. Lon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation, where he has served on the Executive Committee in a number of roles including Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and At-Large. Lon is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of The Planetary Society. He is a founding board member of the Satellite Industry Association and was its Co-Chair from 1996 to 1998. Lon is a member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society. Lon was on the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2008 of the Cultural Development Corporation of Washington, D.C., which helps artists secure affordable housing and work places. Lon is member of the New York State and Washington, D.C. Bars.