Special Sessions

 

Reflecting and emphasizing the theme of IAC 2018 #InvolvingEveryone, this year’s congress will see the introduction of exciting and fresh formats: Special Sessions.

The new elements will be held as part of the Technical Programme and are designed to be innovative, interactive, instructive and inclusive with the main objective to enhance knowledge transfer between experts and participants, as well as to maximize group interaction and promote collaborative learning. The IPC Steering Group has selected 31 Special Sessions that stand out for their creativity and bursting interaction.

The Special Sessions will consist of in-depth workshops, best practice showcases and demonstrations, discussions and debates, expert presentations and networking sessions. The new stimulating formats will offer more interactive and hands-on experiences, and will bring you a powerful and engaging learning experience.

Stay tuned to the website and our social media for more information.

 

Special Sessions have a limited participant capacity. Seating is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time.

 

See full list of Special Sessions below, click on each title for more information on each SpS description, organizers and speakers. 

 

Monday 1 October

New Challenges for Planetary Protection

Time: 15:00-16:30
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

David H. Smith

Senior Study Director,

Space Studies Board – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,

United States

Mia A. Brown

Research Associate,

Space Studies Board – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,

United States


New Challenges for Planetary Protection

This session provides a unique opportunity for members of the scientific community, emerging space powers, the private sector, and advocates for human space exploration to discuss critical questions in the development of future international planetary protection policies. Is the existing framework for planetary protection policy sufficient for including the interests of new actors? How should the space community organize to develop a new response to meet all of these needs and ambitions? What next steps need to occur if we are to create effective technical and legal planetary protection standards that serve as enablers of space exploration for everyone involved? 


Facilitator:

James Green

Chief Scientist,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States


Speakers:

John D. Rummel

Senior Scientist,

SETI Institute,

United States

Kasthuri Venkateswaran

Senior Research Scientist,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Eric Stallmer

President,

Commercial Spaceflight Federation,

United States

  

Athena Coustenis

Chair,

COSPAR Panel on Planetary Protection, Paris Observatory,

France

YANG Hong

Chief Designer,

China Academy of Space Technology (CAST),

China

Omran Anwar Sharaf

Project Director, Emirates Mars Mission,

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC),

United Arab Emirates

More info to come
Open Source Space Workshop
Time: 16:45-18:15
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Workshop


Organizer:

Claas Ziemke

Research Engineer,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany


Open Source Space Workshop

Open source software is used virtually everywhere and open source hardware is getting more and more popular as well. Why not apply the philosophy of open source to space?

This session is addressing everyone who is interested in open-source or is even running an open-source space project. We will discuss relevant open-source projects and the advantages and disadvantages of the open-source approach. Also we will provide possibilities to network and build an open-source community 


Speakers:

Pierros Papadeas

Co-Founder,

Libre-Space Foundation,

Greece

Artur Scholz

Member,

LibreCube Initiative,

Germany

Daniel Stefl

CEO,

Space Systems Czech,

Czech Republic

 

Tuesday 2 October

A Global Space Partnership Towards 2030: Addressing the Needs of Member States of the United Nations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Time: 09:45-11:15
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Hui Du

Senior Expert,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria

Shirish Ravan

Senior Programme Officer,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria

Jorge Del Rio Vera

Senior Programme Officer,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria


A Global Space Partnership Towards 2030: Addressing the Needs of Member States of the United Nations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

As adopted by UNISPACE+50, a “Space2030” agenda and implementation plan, with the goal to strengthen the contribution of space activities and space tools to the achievement of global agendas, will be provided to the General Assembly in 2020. A global partnership is needed to identify user needs and propose long-term space solutions. A high level panel will share their ideas and visions. Please come and join Jean-Pascal Le Franc, Director of Planning, International Relations & Quality of CNES, Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA and other high level speakers to explore more on the global space partnership towards 2030.


Facilitators:

Aimin Niu

Scientific Affairs Officer,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria

Ayami Kojima

Expert,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria


Speakers:

Jean-Pascal Le Franc

Director of Planning, International Relations & Quality,

Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES),

France

Simonetta Di Pippo

Director,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria

John Njoroge Kimani

Lead Scientist / CEO,

Kenya Space Agency,

Kenya

LI Ming

Vice President,

China Academy of Space Technology (CAST),

China

Vincenzo Aquaro

Chief for Public Institutions and Digital Government,

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA),

United States

More info to come
Commercial Platforms on the International Space Station – New Low Cost Opportunities for Commercial and Institutional Missions
Time: 11:30-13:00
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Christian Steimle

Bartolomeo Program Manager,

Airbus Defence and Space,

Germany


Commercial Platforms on the International Space Station – New Low Cost Opportunities for Commercial and Institutional Missions

Welcome to the growing low Earth orbit market place, welcome to the International Space Station! New commercial platforms are available on humankind’s largest space structure, providing new opportunities and value for you and your space mission. Learn more about your new opportunities and join us for the session. We make space missions possible! 


Facilitators:

Amy Hauser

Director Business Development Bartolomeo,

Airbus DS Space Systems, Inc.,

United States

Christian Steimle

Bartolomeo Program Manager,

Airbus Defence and Space,

Germany


Speakers:

Frank Salzgeber

Head of Technology Transfer Programme Office,

European Space Agency (ESA),

The Netherlands

Ken Shields

Director of Operations & STEM Education,

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space,

United States

Jeffrey Manber

Chief Executive Officer,

NanoRacks LLC,

United States

Sam Scimemi

Director for International Space Station (ISS),

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Robert T. Richards

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Advanced Programs Division,

Orbital ATK, Inc.,

United States

John Horack

Professor and Neil Armstrong Chair,

The Ohio State University,

United States

Oliver Juckenhoefel

Vice President, Head of On-Orbit Services and Space Exploration,

Airbus Defence and Space,

Germany

Ludger Froebel

National Technical Authority (NTA), Strategic Partnerships,

ArianeGroup,

Germany

More info to come
The Nexus of Blockchain and Space (Part I)
Time: 14:45-16:15
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Assistant Professor,

School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University,

United States


The Nexus of Blockchain and Space (Part I)

The World Economic Forum describes blockchain as one of the key technologies of the future. As a result, there is a proliferation of initiatives investigating the potential of blockchain in a variety of contexts beyond the well known bitcoin cryptocurrency application. The nexus of blockchain and space is an interesting and underexplored area. This panel seeks to introduce the IAC community to emerging projects in that nexus and some of the governance challenges that emerge.


Speakers:

Joe Landon

CFO,

Planetary Resources,

United States

Julie Maupin

Head of Social Impact & Public Regulatory Affairs,

IOTA Foundation,

Germany

George Anthony Long

Managing Member,

Legal Parallax, LLC,

United States

Dimitra Stefoudi

PhD Candidate,

University of Leiden,

The Netherlands

Pavlo Tanasyuk

Founder,

Spacebit and Blockverify,

United Kingdom

More info to come
The Nexus of Blockchain and Space (Part II)
Time: 16:30-18:00
Room: ÖVB 6
Format: Workshop


Organizer:

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Assistant Professor,

School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University,

United States


The Nexus of Blockchain and Space (Part II)

Following the Nexus BlockSpace (Part I) Open Panel Discussion, you may want to dive deeper into the Blockchaining Space project in an interactive workshop with the proponents of the Project during the Nexus Block Space (II) Special Session. A partnership between IOTA Foundation, Orbit Recycling and the GIZ Blockchain Lab, Blockchaining Space seeks to explore the core challenges of space access, traffic management, debris mitigation and the governance potential of Blockchain/DTLs. The Blockchaining Space concept is focused on understanding how DTLs could address the problems of the space sector, while getting inputs directly from space sector industry participants during this workshop.

Apply to join the workshop to discuss ideas with blockchain experts who are concerned about space sustainability: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nexus-blockspace-ii-69th-international-astronautical-congress-tickets-48745507124?aff=ebapi


 

More info to come
Swarm Systems for Future Space Exploration
Time: 16:30-18:00
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Workshop


Organizers:

Armin Dammann

Team Leader Mobile Radio Transmission,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany

Dmitriy Shutin

Team Leader Swarm Exploration,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany

Leon Alkalai

Manager, Office of Strategic Planning,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Fred Hadaegh

Chief Technologist,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Swarm Systems for Future Space Exploration

Future robotic in-situ space exploration is a precursor for human colonization of our solar system and search for life on other planets. In contrast to modern Curiosity or ExoMars rovers, future robotic platforms will likely consist of multiple units, forming swarms or teams to provide large spatial sensing aperture, increased efficiency, robustness, and autonomy. This special session is dedicated to the use of multi-agent approaches towards future space exploration, its advantages, challenges, and possible applications.


Facilitator:

Armin Dammann

Team Leader Mobile Radio Transmission,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany


Speakers:

Leon Alkalai

Manager, Office of Strategic Planning,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Fred Hadaegh

Chief Technologist,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Klaus Schilling

Professor and Chair for Robotics and Telematics,

University of Würzburg,

Germany

Dmitriy Shutin

Team Leader Swarm Exploration,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany

Detlef Wilde

Program Manager for Suborbital Missions,

Airbus Defence and Space,

Germany

More info to come

 

Wednesday 3 October

Earth Observation and Sustainable Development Goals – Views from a Decade with the Group on Earth Observations. Panel Discussion on Readiness for a Terrestrial Forecasting System
Time: 09:45-11:15
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Barbara Ryan

Retired,

Group on Earth Observations (GEO),

United States

James Graf

Deputy Director for Earth Science and Technology,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States


Earth Observation and Sustainable Development Goals – Views from a Decade with the Group on Earth Observations. Panel Discussion on Readiness for a Terrestrial Forecasting System

Enabled by broad, open data policies and practices for the U.S. Landsat Program, and the European suite of Sentinel satellites in the Copernicus Programme, tremendous advances have been made in technologies for global terrestrial observations – permitting analysis of global landscape change that was not possible, heretofore. This Expert Panel reflects how to achieve the United Nation’s SDGs by concerted space activities and how to advance Earth observations to a terrestrial forecasting system.


Speakers:

Stephen Volz

Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services,

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),

United States

Josef Aschbacher

Director of Earth Observation Programmes and Head of ESRIN,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Italy

Michael Freilich

Director of Earth Science Division,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

More info to come
Landsat-Copernicus Sentinel 2 Collaboration: Integrated Operational Land Imaging to Meet User Needs Worldwide
Time: 11:30 -13:00
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Timothy Stryker

Acting Associate Program Coordinator, National Land Imaging Program,

U.S. Geological Survey,

United States

Astrid-Christina Koch

Copernicus International Coordination Officer,

European Commission,

Belgium


Landsat-Copernicus Sentinel 2 Collaboration: Integrated Operational Land Imaging to Meet User Needs Worldwide

Come learn about the benefits of Copernicus/Sentinel 2-Landsat collaboration to the global user community! The U.S. Geological Survey and the European Commission will host a special session on current and future collaboration between the U.S. Landsat and European Sentinel-2 missions. This session will showcase the benefits of increased precision, revisit time, and long-term data continuity for land-imaging users. Come dialogue with European and U.S. officials to learn their land-imaging plans and better inform their collaboration!


Facilitators:

Timothy Stryker

Acting Associate Program Coordinator, National Land Imaging Program,

U.S. Geological Survey,

United States

Astrid-Christina Koch

Copernicus International Coordination Officer,

European Commission,

Belgium


Speakers:

Tim Newman

Program Coordinator, National Land Imaging Program,

U.S. Geological Survey,

United States

Michael Freilich

Director, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Nicolaus Hanowski

Head, Mission Management & Ground Segment Department,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Italy

Zoltan Szantoi

Scientific/Technical Project Officer,

European Commission Joint Research Centre,

Italy

Peter Doucette

Acting Deputy Director, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center,

U.S. Geological Survey,

United States

Martin Polak

Director, Pre-Sales,

Planet,

Germany

Grega Milcinski

CEO and Co-Founder,

Sinergise,

Slovenia

Carsten Brockmann

Managing Director,

Brockmann Consult GmbH,

Germany

Steven Covington

Systems Director and Principal Systems Engineer for the USGS National Land Imaging Program,

The Aerospace Corporation,

Germany

More info to come
The Golden Age of European Earth Observation
Time: 11:30-13:00
Room: CCB Gallery
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Agnieszka Łukaszczyk

Senior Director, European Policy,

Planet,

Belgium


The Golden Age of European Earth Observation

The golden age of European Earth Observation is here. Copernicus is an outstanding program but there is more to this recent success that goes beyond the terabytes of data delivered to the ground daily. This panel will provide context to these efforts and highlight some suggestions to (a) shift Europe’s ‘grantprepreneurs’ to become ‘entrepreneurs,’ (b) the opportunity to attract ‘scale-ups’ to Europe, and (c) initiate the shift toward procuring commercial services.


Speakers:

Will Marshall

CEO,

Planet,

United States

Josef Aschbacher

Director of Earth Observation Programmes and Head of ESRIN,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Italy

Rafał Modrzewski

CEO,

ICEYE,

Finland

Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of Executive Board,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany

François Lombard

Director of Intelligence Business,

Airbus Defence and Space,

France

Thibaud Delourme

Team leader for Copernicus User Uptake,

European Commission,

Belgium

More info to come
New Approaches to Space for a Better World: Space for Sustainable Development
Time: 14:45-16:15
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Workshop


Organizer:

Masami Onoda

Director, Washington D.C. Office,

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),

Japan


New Approaches to Space for a Better World: Space for Sustainable Development

This interactive workshop will focus on new approaches in space science, technology and economy to achieve a better and more sustainable world. Come meet and exchange views with the prominent experts, new businesses and innovators to find out about their unique efforts using space as an enabling resource towards a future society for all. This includes efforts that lead to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, for instance towards healthier lives, more opportunities for different genders, enhancing the economy and providing more employment, more resilient infrastructure and inspiring the future generations. The session will aim to contribute to both IAF and IAC 2018 mottos by “Connecting People for Space and Sustainability”; and “#InvolvingEveryone” for achieving sustainable development through space.


Speakers:

Chiaki Mukai

Senior Advisor, Astronaut,

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),

Japan

Christopher Blackerby

COO,

ASTROSCALE Pte. LTD.,

Republic of Singapore

Seishiro Kibe

VP for Honours and Awards,

International Astronautical Federation (IAF),

Japan

James Green

Chief Scientist,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Josef Aschbacher

Director of Earth Observation Programmes and Head of ESRIN,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Italy

Adam Lewis

Acting Chief Scientist,

Geoscience Australia,

Australia

Ruth Pritchard-Kelly

Vice President Regulatory Affairs,

OneWeb,

United States

Mukund Rao

Adjunct Professor,

National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS),

India

More info to come
Galileo, the European Global Navigation System
Time: 16:30-17:30
Room: CCB Gallery
Format: Award Presentation


Organizer:

Berndt Feuerbacher

Chairman, DGLR Awards Committee,

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft-und Raumfahrt, Lilienthal-Oberth e.V. (DGLR),

Germany


Galileo, the European Global Navigation System

Jointly created by the EU and ESA, Galileo is an outstanding European system to provide independent high precision global positioning. The industrial team of OHB, which has been awarded the DGLR Wernher-von-Braun Team Award, will inform about the novel manufactoring process as well as status and performance of the Galileo system.


Speakers:

Paul Flament

Head of Unit for Galileo and EGNOS,

European Commission,

Belgium

Heinz Stoewer

CEO,

Space Associates,

Germany

Rolf Henke

President,

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft-und Raumfahrt, Lilienthal-Oberth e.V. (DGLR),

Germany

Ingo Engeln

Member of Board,

OHB,

Germany

Marco Fuchs

CEO,

OHB / OHB System AG,

Germany

More info to come
Challenges, Technologies and Solutions for Exploration of Icy and Ocean Worlds
Time: 16:30 -18:00
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Terry J. Hendricks

Technical Group Supervisor, Thermal Energy Conversion ApplicaWons & Systems,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

David F. Woerner

Principal Engineer, NASA’s Radioisotope Power Systems,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States


Challenges, Technologies and Solutions for Exploration of Icy and Ocean Worlds

Recent findings point to oceans on icy bodies across the solar system. Few mission designs exist for these bodies and few technologies have been prepared for exploration, yet scientific interest in such missions continues to grow. This session will explore barriers, informational gaps, requirements, and challenges for missions and technologies for exploration for these destinations. A broad spectrum of related topics will be addressed, from mission requirements and design considerations to detailed ice penetration modeling.


Speakers:

Oliver Funke

Project Manager, Coordinator of DLR Explorer Initiatives,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany

Brent Sherwood

Program Manager, Solar System Mission Formulation,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Sam Thurman

Deputy Manager (actg.), Europa Lander Pre-Project,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Tom Cwik

Manager, Space Technology,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

More info to come

 

Thursday 4 october

Twenty Years of the International Space Station: Shaping the Future of Human Space Exploration
Time: 09:45-11:15
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Multiple Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Julie Patarin-Jossec

Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre Emile Durkheim (France); Resident-Teacher in Sociology & Ethnography at the SPBGU,

State University of St. Petersburg,

Russian Federation

Jean-François Clervoy

ESA Astronaut / Novespace Chairman,

European Space Agency (ESA) / Novespace,

France

Justin St. P. Walsh

Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology; Chair, Department of Art,

Chapman University,

United States


Twenty Years of the International Space Station: Shaping the Future of Human Space Exploration

Celebrating anniversaries is always a chance to learn lessons and create future opportunities to surpass past achievements. On its twentieth orbital anniversary, exploitation of the International Space Station approaches a major turning-point, involving private actors and customers. Join a collective debate with top ISS program representatives, astronauts and experts to discuss how its social, cultural, technical, operational and political heritage will shape the future of the human exploration beyond LEO.


Speakers:

Jean-Jacques Dordain

Former ESA General Director; Advisor of Several Organizations and Governments in France, Europe and UAE,

European Space Agency (ESA),

France

Koichi Wakata

Vice President; Director General of Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate,

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),

Japan

Bernard Foing

International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) Director,

European Space Agency (ESA),

The Netherlands

Jacques Arnould

Ethics Advisor,

Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES),

France

Alice Gorman

Director of Studies in Archaeology,

Flinders University,

Australia

Nicolas Chamussy

Executive Vice President Space Systems,

Airbus Defence & Space,

France

 

Jules Grandsire

Head of Internal Customer Relations Unit,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Germany

Julie A. Robinson

Chief Scientist, International Space Station on Assignment as Associate Director, Human Research Program,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

John Charles

Chief of the International Science Office; NASA Human Research Program,

NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) / NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESCAcademy,

United States 

Mikhail B. Kornienko

Test Cosmonaut,

Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center,

Russian Federation 

Pamela A. Melroy

Director of Space Technology and Policy, NASA Space Shuttle Commander,

Nova Systems,

Australia

Reinhold Ewald

European Astronaut, Professor,

Institute of Space Systems, University of Stuttgart,

Germany 

More info to come
Space Journalism and Outreach Workshop
Time: 09:45-11:15
Room: CCB Lilienthal
Format: Workshop


Organizer:

Mikko Suominen

Science Journalist,

Finnish Astronautical Society,

Finland


Space Journalism and Outreach Workshop

Commercial dreams stated as facts, result driven scientific research and biased reporting are just some of the challenges that journalists face today. The quality of media is not always easy to measure, but aiming for objective view and scientifically correct facts are still the basic ingredients for trustworthy articles and press releases. The aim of this special session is to take a look at some of the challenges the space media is facing these years. The panel offers viewpoints from both an outreach specialist making a press release and a journalist using it for different purposes. There will also be time for group discussion to broaden the perspectives. The session is intended for media professionals and anyone else interested in the subject. You can also ask questions or suggest discussion subjects in Twitter with #iac2018journalism.


More info to come
Quantum Technologies for Space – Development and Applications
Time: 11:30-13:00
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Elevator Pitches & Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Markus Krutzik

Group Lead Miniaturized Quantum Technologies,

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,

Germany

Claus Lämmerzahl

Professor / Director of Space Science,

ZARM, University of Bremen,

Germany


Quantum Technologies for Space – Development and Applications

It’s happening now. Quantum technologies promise to change the way mankind will communicate, navigate and compute in the future. The environment of space unleashes the full potential of quantum technologies, it offers the opportunity to achieve higher sensitivities, unprecedented stabilities and secure large-area free-space communication protocols. This special session combines these aspects with world class scientists and technologist to explore our future of quantum technologies in space. Join us for a glimpse on the future.


Facilitators:

Oliver Anton

PhD Student,

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,

Germany

Akash Kaparthy

MSc. Student,

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,

Germany


Speakers:

Claus Lämmerzahl

Professor / Director of Space Science,

ZARM, University of Bremen,

Germany

Alexander Ling

Associate Professor / Principal Investigator Space-Grade Quantum Optics,

Centre for Quantum Technologies,

Republic of Singapore

Ronald Holzwarth

CEO,

Menlo Systems GmbH,

Germany

Thomas Driebe

Research Under Space Conditions, Program Director Physical Research,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany

Ernst Rasel

Professor,

Leibniz Universiät Hannover,

Germany

Stephan Seidel

Systems Engineer,

OHB Quantum Technologies Working Group,

Germany

Eamonn Murphy

Laser and Optoelectronics Systems Engineer,

European Space Agency (ESA) / ESTEC,

The Netherlands

More info to come
Global Space Exploration: Increasing Benefits through International and Commercial Partnerships
Time: 14:45 -16:15
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Workshop


Organizers:

Kathy Laurini

Senior Advisor, Exploration and Space Operations,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Bernhard Hufenbach

Team Lead, Strategy and Innovation,

European Space Agency (ESA),

The Netherlands


Global Space Exploration: Increasing Benefits through International and Commercial Partnerships

In January 2018 ISECG released the third version of the Global Exploration Roadmap. The Global Exploration Roadmap reflects the common human space exploration vision of space agencies around the world. This session will open a dialogue on partnership opportunities to realise human and robotic space exploration for all stakeholders, including private sector space exploration actors and initiatives. The dialogue will include a discussion on technology challenges for Moon and Mars, and a collaborative approach to address corresponding gaps.


Naoki Sato

Director, Space Exploration System Technology Unit,

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),

Japan


Speakers:

John Connolly

Lead Exploration Architect,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Markus Landgraf

Architecture Analyst,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Germany

Jason Crusan

Advanced Exploration Systems Division Director,

United States

Luis Gomes

Chief Technology Officer,

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL),

United Kingdom

Timothy Cichan

Space Exploration Architect,

Lockheed Martin,

United States

Paul Fulford

Manager, Product Development,

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) Corp.,

Canada

Iwao Igarashi

Deputy Director, Engineering,

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI),

Japan

Christian Sallaberger

President and CEO,

Canadensys Aerospace Corporation,

Canada

Hiroshi Ueno

Associate Senior Administrator Business Development Group,

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),

Japan

Khaled Al Hashmi

Director of Space Missions, Science and Technology,

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC),

United Arab Emirates

Christian Fidi

Chief Technology Officer,

TTTech,

Austria

Sho Nakanose

CEO,

GITAI Inc.,

Japan

Matthias Simnacher

Innovation Facilitator,

Merck,

Germany

More info to come
Quantum Key Distribution – The Future of Cryptography
Time: 16:30 -18:00
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Tom Vergoossen

Research Assistant,

Centre for Quantum Technologies,

Republic of Singapore


Quantum Key Distribution – The Future of Cryptography

Cyber-security is set to be challenged by the advent of quantum computing requiring encryption methods with forward security to be implemented now rather than later. Satellite Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is a method of delivering provably secure encryption keys globally. Information is encoded in the quantum properties of light such that any eavesdropping can be detected. During a panel discussion key stakeholders in the field will share their visions for the future of cyber-security.


Speakers:

Alexander Ling

Associate Professor / Principal Investigator Space-Grade Quantum Optics,

Centre for Quantum Technologies,

Republic of Singapore

LIAO Shengkai

Senior Designer Micius Satellite System,

University of Science and Technology of China,

China

Harald Weinfurter

Professor of Experimental Quantum Physics,

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München,

Germany

Morio Toyoshima

Director Space Communications Laboratory,

National Institute of Information and Communications Technology,

Japan

David Mitlyng

Chief Operating Officer,

S15 Space Systems, Quantum-safe Communications,

United States

Paolo Bianco

Manager Global R&T,

Airbus Defence and Space,

United Kingdom

Eric Wille

Optical Systems Engineer,

European Space Agency (ESA),

The Netherlands

Heike Poignand

Market Development Quartz QKD Program,

SES Networks,

Luxembourg

More info to come

 

Friday 5 October

#HiddenNoMore: Empowering Young Women in the Space Sector
Time: 09:45 -10:45
Room: ÖVB 4
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Fabiana Milza

COO,

IceKing GmbH,

Italy

Fatoumata Kebe

Astronomer,

Association Ephemerides,

France


#HiddenNoMore: Empowering Young Women in the Space Sector

The success of the movie Hidden Figures inspired a joint exchange program of 21st Century Fox and U.S State Department called “#HiddenNoMore: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM”. What is happening in the space industry and academia? Which are the issues faced by women from all over the world? The aim is to compare two different generations of women, pointing out the importance of mentorship. We want women in STEM fields to be hidden no more.


Speakers:

Ayu Abdullah

Regional Director for Southeast Asia,

Energy Actions Partners,

Malaysia

Lucie Poulet

Researcher,

Institute Pascal,

France

Lisseth Gavilan

NASA postdoctoral fellow / Astrochemist,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

More info to come
Commercial Suborbital: Opening the Aperture for Space Utilization
Time: 09:45-11:15
Room: CCB FOCKE-WULF-SAAL
Format: Workshop


Organizers:

Erika Wagner

Payload Sales Director,

Blue Origin,

United States

Alvaro Alonso

Business Development Manager,

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH,

Germany

Alan Stern

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist,

World View Enterprises,

United States

Thorben Könemann

Deputy Scientific Director,

ZARM, University of Bremen,

Germany


Commercial Suborbital: Opening the Aperture for Space Utilization

The doors to space are opening wide as commercial suborbital launches are beginning worldwide. How do you get from an idea to your payload in space? This session will provide an overview of the state of commercial suborbital rockets and balloons, then turn to an engaging discussion on how to get more researchers, students, and entrepreneurs personally engaged in this new frontier.


Facilitators:

Karin Nilsdotter

CEO,

Spaceport Sweden,

Sweden

Alvaro Alonso

Business Development Manager,

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH,

Germany


Speakers:

Steven Collicott

Professor,

Purdue University,

United States

Karin Nilsdotter

CEO,

Spaceport Sweden,

Sweden

Erika Wagner

Payload Sales Director,

Blue Origin,

United States

Thorben Könemann

Deputy Scientific Director,

ZARM, University of Bremen,

Germany

Alan Stern

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist,

World View Enterprises,

United States

Sirisha Bandla

Business Development & Government Affairs Manager,

Virgin Galactic,

United States

Nikolaos Spyropoulos

Executive Director, Business Development,

World View,

Greece

Eleazar González

CTO,

PLD Space,

Spain

More info to come
Adoption of Space Technologies and Applications in Emerging/NewSpace Actors
Time: 11:00-12:00
Room: ÖVB 4
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Narayan Prasad Nagendra

Co-Founder,

satsearch.co,

Germany


Adoption of Space Technologies and Applications in Emerging/NewSpace Actors

What are the new vantage points through with emerging/NewSpace actors view their commitments and investments in novel space technologies and applications? How long is the road to the reality of adoption for novel users of new tools today created from space?
Discover how emerging space/NewSpace efforts are creating new narratives for the adoption of space applications in tackling the challenge of sustainable development of their local communities by introduction of space-based technology.


Speakers:

Leehandi de Witt

Sales and Marketing Manager,

NewSpace Systems,

South Africa

Meidad Pariente

CTO and Founder,

Sky and Space Global,

United Kingdom

Salem Humaid Al Marri

Assistant DG for Science & Technology Sector,

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC),

United Arab Emirates

YANG Justin

CEO,

Spacety,

China

Prateep Basu

Co-Founder,

SatSure,

India

More info to come
Creating Strategic University Partnerships through International Student Projects
Time: 11:00-12:00
Room: CCB Bessel
Format: Workshop


Organizer / Facilitator:

Kim Ellis

Director,

International Earth & Space Technology,

Australia


Creating Strategic University Partnerships through International Student Projects

University-Industry Interaction and Collaboration has the capacity to drive innovation and entrepreneurship if done the right way. Learn the 5 success factors for strategic Industry-University collaboration which yields results with Business Impact. We will present techniques to establish or enhance a cost effective student project program which solves a technical research or operational problem and promotes innovative solutions. Industry participants will learn how a Strategic University Partnership which begins with student projects can form the basis of a strategic workforce development program and walk out of the session with a future workforce development framework specifically for your business.


More info to come
A Scientific “Wish List” for Research Facilities on the Moon
Time: 11:30-13:00
Room: ÖVB 1
Format: Group Discussion


Organizer:

Christiane Heinicke

Researcher,

ZARM, University of Bremen,

Germany


A Scientific “Wish List” for Research Facilities on the Moon

Humans will return to the Moon within the next decades. Now is the time for scientists and to join efforts and identify their discipline’s potential goals on the moon and identify synergies with other scientific fields. This session is therefore aimed to explore the basic question of “How should a laboratory on the moon be equipped?”, and we are soliciting inputs from reseachers of any discipline holding an interest in exploiting the moon scientifically.


Speakers:

Miranda Fateri

Researcher,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany

Nina Kopacz

PhD Student,

Utrecht University,

The Netherlands

Bram de Winter

Student,

VU Amsterdam,

The Netherlands

More info to come
Innovative Spacecraft Concepts and Servicing
Time: 11:30-13:00
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Bernd Sommer

Head Automation & Robotics,

German Aerospace Center (DLR) – Space Administration,

Germany

Joerg Kreisel

CEO / Chairman & Co-Founder,

JKIC / iBOSS GmbH,

Germany

Daniel Noelke

Programme Manager iBOSS, PERASPERA in EU-Horizon2020,

German Aerospace Center (DLR) – Space Administration,

Germany


Innovative Spacecraft Concepts and Servicing

Pave the way towards future orbital infrastructure.

Translate the increasing needs of society into technological requirements for the next satellite generations and robotic servicers.

Create sustainability through “cooperative” spacecraft design to meet major demands like: adjustability to customers’ desires and mission needs, rapid development and production on demand, easy maintainability, debris avoidance and cost-efficiency. Next Generation Space Flight Equation: Sustainability = Robotics + Servicing + Standardization + Modularity = new operational concepts and business models!


Facilitators:

Joerg Kreisel

CEO / Chairman & Co-Founder,

JKIC / iBOSS GmbH,

Germany

Daniel Noelke

Programme Manager iBOSS, PERASPERA in EU-Horizon2020,

German Aerospace Center (DLR) – Space Administration,

Germany


Speakers:

Joseph D. Anderson

Vice President Business Development and Operations,

Space Logistics LLC, Northrop Grumman,

United States

Xavier Lacombe

Managing Director,

Willis Inspace,

France

Dan King

Director of Business Development,

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) Corp.,

Canada

Robert Feierbach

Vice President Business Development and Operations,

Space Systems Loral (SSL),

United States

Brian Weeden

Director of Program Planning,

Secure World Foundation (SWF),

United States

Hiroshi Ueno

Associate Senior Administrator Business Development Group,

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),

Japan

Silvio Sandrone

Vice President, Advanced Projects & Products, On-Orbit Services and Exploration,

Airbus Defence & Space,

Germany

Daniel Noelke

Programme Manager iBOSS, PERASPERA in EU-Horizon2020,

German Aerospace Center (DLR) – Space Administration,

Germany

Yann Gouy

Head of On-Orbit Services Business Development,

Airbus Defence and Space,

France

Arnon Spitzer

Space System Engineering Lead,

Effective Space Solution Ltd.,

United Kingdom

Joerg Kreisel

CEO / Chairman & Co-Founder,

JKIC / iBOSS GmbH,

Germany

Luca Rossettini

CEO,

D-Orbit,

Italy

More info to come
Space Chemistry: a Key to Fostering Space Exploration
Time: 12:15-13:15
Room: CCB Bessel
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Darvas Ferenc

Founder and Chairman,

Flow Chemistry Society,

Switzerland


Space Chemistry: a Key to Fostering Space Exploration

Have you ever wondered if chemistry is different in space than on the ground? Can chemistry be performed using and taking advantage of the extreme conditions in space?
Novel challenges of space research require an enhanced role for chemistry. The discussion will cover a wide range of pioneering chemistry technologies from space perspectives, including flow chemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and more novel trends in chemistry. These innovations are also facilitating Mars exploration, including human expeditions.


Speakers:

Csaba Janáky

Principal Investigator,

University of Szeged,

Hungary

Richard Jones

Secretary of the Space Chemistry Program,

Space Chemistry Consortium,

Switzerland

Guy Samburski

Head of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technologies,

SpacePharma SA,

Israel

B. Frank Gupton

Floyd D. Gottwald Chaired Professor,

Virginia Commonwealth University,

United States

More info to come
2018: 10 years Columbus in Space and Delivery of Orion European Service Module
Time: 12:15-13:15
Room: ÖVB 4
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Markus Jäger

System Engineer,

Airbus Defence and Space,

Germany


2018: 10 years Columbus in Space and Delivery of Orion European Service Module

On February 7, 2008, the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched into space with Columbus on board. For ten years now, the space laboratory Columbus has been an integral and important part of the International Space Station ISS. In 2018 the Orion European Service Module is delivered to the Kennedy Space Center as latest European contribution to human-rated space exploration. Panelists from European and US industries and agencies will present their view on the past, actual and future European space exploration missions.


Facilitators:

Markus Jäger

System Engineer,

Airbus Defence and Space,

Germany

Siegfried Monser

Head of Communications,

Airbus Defence and Space,

Germany


Speakers:

Bas Theelen

Orion ESM Program Manager,

Airbus Defence and Space,

The Netherlands

Jens Lassmann

Head of Site Bremen ArianeGroup,

ArianeGroup,

Germany

Nico Dettmann

HRE Development Projects Group Leader,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Germany

William Hartwell

Project Manager,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

More info to come
Space Needs Everyone’s Ideas! Prizes and Challenges in the Space Sector
Time: 13:15-14:45
Room: CCB Oslo
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Ademir Vrolijk

PhD Candidate,

The George Washington University,

United States

Zoe Szajnfarber

Associate Professor,

The George Washington University,

United States


Space Needs Everyone’s Ideas! Prizes and Challenges in the Space

“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.”
Prizes and challenges provide a way for space agencies to leverage great ideas from the public in order to broaden participation and bridge technology gaps. This panel will feature experts from NASA, ESA, and academia discussing successes and lessons learned on how organizations can best use these open innovation tools, and how individuals can find exciting opportunities to participate.


Speakers:

Jason Crusan

Advanced Exploration Systems Division Director,

United States

Jennifer Gustetic

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) Program Executive,

United States

Leopold Summerer

Advanced Concepts Team Head,

European Space Agency (ESA),

The Netherlands

Zoe Szajnfarber

Associate Professor,

The George Washington University,

United States

More info to come
RF Spectrum for TT&C – Regulatory Framework vs. Needs of Operators
Time: 13:50-14:50
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Martin Buscher

Scientist & Lecturer,

TU Berlin,

Germany


RF Spectrum for TT&C – Regulatory Framework vs. Needs of Operators

Hundreds of new satellites are launched every year, but how is the available RF spectrum for TT&C affected? Is there a need to change regulatory procedures to accommodate the vast number of new satellites and to guarantee interference-free satellite communication? This panel discussion will bring together experts from the regulatory sector and the satellite developer community to discuss the efficient shared use of the available RF spectrum.


Facilitator:

Martin Buscher

Scientist & Lecturer,

TU Berlin,

Germany


Speakers:

Alexandre Vallet

Chief of Space Services Department, Radiocommunication Bureau,

International Telecommunication Union (ITU),

Switzerland

 

Hans Blondeel          Timmerman

Amateur Satellite Advisor,

International Amateur Radio Union,

The Netherlands

Attila Matas

Consultant, Frequency Coordination Expert,

Orbit Spectrum,

Switzerland

Raghu Das

Co-Founder & Senior VP,

Helios Wire,

United States

Per Koch

Senior Manager, Head of Systems Engineering,

GomSpace Aps,

Denmark

Katherine Monson

Head of US Operations,

Kongsberg Satellite Services AS,

United States

More info to come
The European Research Council – Funding Opportunities for Bright Minds
Time: 15:00-16:30
Room: CCB Franzius
Format: Workshop


Organizer:

Samantha Christey

Head of Sector, ERC outreach Communication Unit,

European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA),

Belgium


The European Research Council – Funding Opportunities For Bright Minds

Is an ERC grant for you? Come and find out. We will explain what the European Research Council is and who can benefit from its funding opportunities. As part of the European Commission’s programmes supporting research, the ERC helps researchers in pursuing interesting and ambitious projects. The session will be a unique opportunity to ask grantees about their experience with the process and for experts to answer questions about the application and selection process.


Facilitator:

Isabelle Ortmans

Head of Sector for Computer Science, Engineering and Earth System Science,

European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA),

Belgium


Speakers:

Michael Kramer

Professor of Astrophysics,

University of Manchester,

United Kingdom

Camilla Colombo

Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering,

Polytechnic University of Milan,

Italy

Klaus Schilling

Professor and Chair for Robotics and Telematics,

University of Würzburg,

Germany

More info to come
The Design Sprint: How to Solve Almost Any Challenge in Less Than a Week
Time: 15:00-16:30
Room: CCB Oslo
Format: Workshop 


Organizer:

Marc C. Lange

Founder / Google Expert & Head Mentor,

Challengers,

Germany


The Design Sprint: How to Solve Almost Any Challenge in Less Than a Week

In this session, participants will learn about the Design Sprint by a Design Sprint Master, and get to experience first-hand how it works.
A Design Sprint is an open-source, interdisciplinary workshop format with the goal of iterating on a soft- or hardware technical solution, product, service, process or solution to a strategic challenge, without the need to build and roll it out. The Design Sprint is based on the popular problem-solving method Design Thinking.


 

More info to come
Latin America Beyond LEO: Securing Regional Participation in the Moon Village
Time: 15:00-16:30
Room: CCB Focke-Wulf-Saal
Format: Group Discussion


Organizers:

Ronnie Nader

Space Operations Director,

Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA),

Ecuador

Piero Messina

Relations with Member States Office,

European Space Agency (ESA),

France

Alberto Ramirez

Head of High Technology Unit,

UNAM Faculta de Ingenieria UAT,

Mexico

Pilar Zamora

Head of Agency,

Colombian Civilian Space Agency,

Colombia

Latin America Beyond LEO: Securing Regional Participation in the Moon Village

United towards the Moon: this session will be an open discussion about why Latin America and the Caribbean region should insert lunar research into its current space activities, actually limited to earth’s orbit and in the end of the session we will draw conclusions and plan the steps ahead in order to secure a place for the region in the Moon Village. We will also discuss financial support architecture, opportunities and plans.


Facilitator:

Ronnie Nader

Space Operations Director,

Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA),

Ecuador


Speakers:

Pilar Zamora

Head of Agency,

Colombian Civilian Space Agency,

Colombia

Alberto Ramirez

Head of High Technology Unit,

UNAM Faculta de Ingenieria UAT,

Mexico

John Thornton

Chief Executive Officer,

Astrobotic Technology Inc.,

United States

Valanathan Munsami

CEO,

South African National Space Agency (SANSA),

South Africa

Christopher Richins

Founder & CEO,

RBC Signals,

United States

More info to come

SPECIAL SESSIONS SCHEDULE

IMPORTANT DATES:

Submission opens – November 13

SpS submission deadline – February 16

Proposal acceptance notification April 9

Notification of scheduling (session date and time) sent to organizerApril 25

Confirmation of intention to organize a Special SessionJune 15

Finalized session information is available in the Final programme August 15

 

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