IAC 2019 Press Conferences

Room 206
Sunday 20 October

12:30 – 13:15 Kick-off Press Conference


  • Vincent C. Boles, Co-Chair, IAC 2019, Local Organizing Committee
  • Daniel L. Dumbacher, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, International Astronautical Federation
  • Sandy Magnus, Co-Chair, IAC 2019, Local Organizing Committee
Monday 21 October

15:15 – 16:00 Heads of Agencies 

The Heads of Agencies Press conference will give the audience (mainly press representatives) the opportunity to directly address the Heads of Agencies asking relevant and challenging questions.

17:00 – 17:30 Spearheading the Moon Village Development: Briefing on the MVA Activities

An overview of the recent activities of the Moon Village Association (MVA) will be presented, with particular emphasis on the Working Groups’ progress and on the application of the Moon Village Principles developed by the Association earlier for evaluation of the Moon-related missions. There will be given news on the implementation of the Women on the Moon initiative and on the Moon Market development. Finally, latest announcements regarding the 3rd International Moon Village Workshop & Symposium (5-8 December 2019, Tokyo/Kyoto) will be made.


  • Dr. Giuseppe Reibaldi, MVA President
  • Dr. John Mankins, MVA Vice-President
  • Aline Decadi, MVA Board of Directors Member, Education and Special Project Coordinator
  • Prof. Yoshifumi Inatani, ISAS, Space Systems and Astronautics
  • Dr. Oleg Ventskovsky, MVA Board of Directors Member, Moon Market Development Manager.
Tuesday 22 October

10:00 – 11:00 The MILO Space Science Institute; affordable university led science missions

One year after the MILO Space Science Institute made its debut at IAC 2018, we are excited to announce the MILO Ambassador Program and additional mission opportunities for universities, space agencies, and other space focused organizations. As a member of the Institute there are many benefits including, e-learning, workforce development in your country, and engagement with worldwide space programs. Build a payload, design a spacecraft, or test your instrument in space with guidance from engineers and scientists through international collaboration. Come hear more about our next mission opportunities.


  • Lon Levin, President and CEO, GEOshare
  • Lisa Callahan, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin
  • Jim Bell, Professor in ASU’s School of Earth & Space Exploration and the Director of ASU’s Space Technology and Science (NewSpace)
  • Betsy Cantwell, Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation at the University of Arizona
Wednesday 23 October

10:00 – 11:00 Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum & ispace: Preserving the History & Pioneering the Future of Private Lunar Exploration

The National Air and Space Museum is planning a new exhibition, scheduled to open in 2024, that will feature artifacts from the emerging commercial space sector. The growth of commercial space activity in recent years, and the possible future growth of commercial activities in space from tourism to lunar prospecting and asteroid mining, could reshape our social and economic relationship to space. On October 23, ispace, the managing company of HAKUTO, a Google Lunar XPRIZE Competition finalist, will make a special donation to the museum that will be included in the new exhibition. Come join this handover event to see the donation before it is prepared for display.


  • Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne MArs Director, National Air and Space Museum
  • Takeshi Hakamada, Founder & CEO, ispace

11:15 – 12:00 Astrobotic and SpaceBit Lunar Mission Contract Signing and Project Overview

Astrobotic and Spacebit have selected the IAC 2019 as the proper venue to make the announcement of a Lunar surface mission for technology demonstration and scientific research. And PSA contract signing, which involves 2 institutions from Latin America countries.


  • John Thornton, CEO, Astrobotic
  • Pavlo Tanyasuk, CEO, Spacebit
  • Ronnie Nader, Chairman, IAF GRULAC and EXA COO
  • Carlos Mariscal, CEO, Dereum

16:00 – 17:15 SLS/Orion/EGS Supplier Panel and Space Flight Awareness Supplier Award Presentation

More info coming soon.


  • Coming Soon
Thursday 24 October

10:30 – 11:15 Ecuadorian and Indian Institutions to sign cooperation agreement

The Ecuadorian Space Agency and Digantara Research and Technologies will sign a cooperation agreement to develop joint space projects in the fields of communications, laser technology, orbital platforms and space robotics.


  • Ronnie Nader, Chairman, IAF GRULAC and EXA COO
  • Anirudh Sharma, CEO, Digantara Research and Technologies
  • Rahul Rawat, Co-Founder, Digantara Research and Technologies
  • Dr. G Geetha, Head & Addln. Dean, Lovely Professional University

List of Media Outlets Accreditated to the IAC 2019


Aerospace America

Agence France-Presse

Apogee Books

Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy


Asuogyaman Fm 87.7 Mhz

Aviation Week


AZERTAC (Azerbaijan State News Agency)

British Interplanetary Society



EIR News Service

Engineering & Technology magazine


Executive Intelligence Review



German Public Radio

HQ NATO AEW&CF Geilenkirchen

Initiative / Institute for Interstellar Studies


Kunsht magazine

Kupla Productions Ltd

Kyodo News

La Chronique Spatiale/Espace&Exploration/Aerospatium

Lahaina News—Maui Economic Development Board

Magazine The Universe Space Time

Main Engine Cut Off


Niamh Shaw Limited/ Headstuff


Popular science magazine Kunsht


Quest: The History of Spaceflight

RIA Novosti (Federal State Unitary Enterprise Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency)


ROOM Space Journal

ROOM, Space Journal of Asgardia


Seradata Limited

Space in Africa






SpaceQ Media

TASS Russian News Agency

Tau Zero Foundation


The Space Resource


WeMartians Podcast