Boeing and Energia: Search for New Forms of Sustainable Cooperation in Space

Monday 21 October 2019, 16:50 – 17:35

Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Grand Ballroom ABC


Since the Apollo-Soyuz program the intergovernmental agreements have been (and still remain to be) the legal basis of the international cooperation in space and the cooperation itself contains a significant political component. The commercial aspects were either absent at all or not determinative. International Space Station Program (ISS) has become the most significant example of strategic evolution of international collaboration in LEO: in more than twenty years of its flight one can trace a significant shift of the joint activity focus into area of the space manned complex commercial utilization. However, the retention of the dominant political component in the ISS Program is also obvious.

Sea Launch program can be considered as the most prominent example of large-scale commercial international cooperation in space. However, this project could not have been implemented without strong support of the participating companies’ activities from the side of the governments, in jurisdiction of which these companies are.

RCS Energia and Boeing are the largest companies in Russia and the USA, that have been developing and implementing the most significant technical space projects since the beginning of the space age (most of which can be characterized as “for the first time”), including close cooperation. Apollo-Soyuz, the ISS, and Sea Launch are the outstanding examples of such cooperation. However, over the decades since the beginning of space age the world has substantially changed, the former forms of cooperation are becoming less effective. How shall we reset relations considering the realities of the present-day world?

What are the current trends in the technology evolution of international cooperation in space? What the alternatives for traditional forms of cooperation can be found? How shall we jointly provide the sustainable commercialization of activities in LEO and cooperate in space exploration? How effective the international cooperation is, based on the current trends, in the short-term period, in10 years or 20 years? Is international cooperation feasible in space, based on commercial interests of partners only?

While discussing these and other sensitive issues, the leadership of S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (Russia) and the Boeing Corporation (USA) will attempt to give answers to them, based on the experience of their fruitful interaction, gained over decades in the development and practical implementation of new space technologies. RSC Energia and Boeing have always been the frontrunners to develop new space systems and in cooperation in space. They should also be the pathfinders to restart the relations.

Organized by:
S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia


Lena De Winne

Minister of Information and Communications,



Full Bio

Lena De Winne is the CEO and First Vice-President of NGO Asgardia, which is a prototype of the future space state. She holds an MSc in engineering, an MBA, and a PhD in psychology. After fifteen years of a successful career at the European Space Agency (ESTEC, The Netherlands), where she worked in business development, liaison, promotion and education, she published several popular books about space in English and Russian for children and adults, and hosted a television program in Belgium. In 2013 she joined AIRC ( as a director, where she took on further duties as a director of ROOM, The Space Journal. Lena De Winne played a pivotal role in setting up and running Asgardia, the first in human history space nation founded by Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli and remains at the core of its operation in the position Deputy Head of Administration.



Nikolay Sevastianov

General Director,

RSC Energia,

Russian Federation

Full Bio

Born April 30, 1961, in Chelyabinsk.

1984 – Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), department of Aerophysics and Space Research.

1984–1993 NPO Energia specialist in development of spacecraft control systems;
1992–2005 Founder and general director of JSC Gazcom (renamed to JSC Gazprom Space Systems in 2008);
1995–2000 Deputy general designer of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia for automatic space systems;
2005–2007 President and General Designer of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia.
2008 Deputy Chairman of the Government of Amur region for organizing construction of the Vostochny launch site;
2008–2018 General designer and head of the main design office of JSC Gazprom Space Systems;
2010–2018 A department chair at Tomsk State University;
June-September 2018 acting first deputy general director of Roscosmos;
September 2018 – January 2019 – Deputy general director of FSUE TsNIIMash.
Since January 25, 2019 – Acting Director General of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia.
Since March 6, 2019 – General Director of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia.



Chris Ferguson

Boeing Starliner Astronaut,

The Boeing Company,

United States

Full Bio

As Boeing’s first commercial test pilot astronaut, Christopher J. Ferguson will be among the first to fly to space aboard the CST-100 Starliner – a system that is on a course to open up space to more people than ever before. Ferguson is uniquely qualified to pilot the Starliner on its maiden flight to the International Space Station, having led the development of the spacecraft’s mission systems and crew interfaces.
Since the beginning of Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program in 2011, Ferguson has worked with NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate; Johnson Space Center’s Engineering, Flight Crew and Mission Operations organizations; and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program at Kennedy Space Center to ensure Boeing’s design supports NASA’s human rating requirements. He also played a key leadership role in the development and testing of system concepts and key technologies for the spacecraft’s launch and ground systems.
The development of a safe, reliable and cost-effective solution for crew transportation to and from the International Space Station will allow the on-orbit research facility to continue to fulfill its promise as a world-class laboratory. With NASA as the anchor customer, Boeing’s Starliner is setting the foundation for commercial passenger flights to and from low-Earth orbit destinations, to include international astronauts, scientists and even tourists.
A retired U.S. Navy captain and former NASA astronaut, Ferguson piloted STS-115 (Atlantis) and commanded STS-126 (Endeavour) and the final shuttle mission, STS-135 (Atlantis). He has logged more than 40 days in space and 5,700 hours in high-performance aircraft. He also served as deputy chief of the NASA Astronaut Office and was spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) for the STS-118, STS-120, STS-128 and STS-129 missions. His experience in crew communications, both on orbit and in the CAPCOM role, is a strong asset to Boeing and the Starliner team.
Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has been recognized with numerous service awards, including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Strike/Flight Air Medal, NASA Spaceflight Medal (three), Navy Commendation Medal (three) and the Navy Achievement Medal.


Peter McGrath

Global Sales and Marketing Director for the Space Exploration Business,

The Boeing Company,

United States

Full Bio

Peter McGrath is Global Sales and Marketing director for the Space Exploration business in Space and Launch, part of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. He is responsible for leading a business development team in shaping, extending, and capturing business in support of human space exploration missions.
Prior to assuming his current role in July 2010, McGrath was program manager for the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) program and led the capture and program startup of the fixed-price production contract for BCTM. He returned to this position in October 2009 after originally functioning as the program manager for the initial LRIP proposal efforts in 2007/2008 and serving under the Production organization supporting the Non Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) Special Interest Program proposal and core development program restructure activities.
Before working on the BCTM program, McGrath was senior manager of Business Development for the Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programs. His responsibilities encompassed supporting the program manager and the U.S. Air Force in restructuring the program, implementing program best practices, supporting user community and Capitol Hill briefings, and creating solutions to expand the capabilities of the existing program to support mission area requirements.
McGrath’s background covers more than 21 years in related Department of Defense, NASA, and commercial businesses. Previous assignments included senior manager of Business Development Marketing Operations for Air Force Space Systems, senior manager of Business Development Marketing Operations for Launch and Satellite Systems, customer engineer for Boeing Launch Services (Delta and Sea Launch Programs), liaison engineer for Delta IV Upper Stage, and project engineer in the Phantom Works Composite Structures Research and Development group. McGrath started his career as a structural analyst on the International Space Station program, working in increasing levels of responsibility from program start-up through early production and system qualification testing.
McGrath holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and two master’s degrees: one in aerospace structures/composites from California State University, Long Beach, and one in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Southern California.