OOS and Related Technologies Enabling Next-Gen Space Missions and Ultimate Exploration

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 17:05 – 17:45

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


In light of up-taking exploration missions, first commercial satellite life extension missions and numerous global efforts to implement space system modularity and plug-and-play concepts, as well as next-gen standards for space (e.g. via CONFERS or the Deep Space Interoperability Standards) the session will address thriving issues with a distinguished panel of industry and agency representatives driving top-notch on-orbit servicing (OOS), on-orbit-assembly (OOA), on-orbit manufacturing (OOM), new operational concepts and business models, and supporting concomitant activities and standard developments.

Organized by:
German Aerospace Center (DLR)


Joerg Kreisel




Full Bio

Joerg is CEO of JKIC.

Joerg specializes in technology commercialization – with a strong focus on space – and has been involved in numerous primarily international activities in both space and early-stage equity finance since 1987 (i.e. support to the creation and early years of RapidEye). After pursuing a first career in space business he became venture capitalist in the early 1990s. Joerg serves as board member of several high-tech startups and investor boards, has been involved with new business creation in the space arena around the globe. He holds a degree in aerospace engineering from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and is an ISU alumnus, acts as lecturer at different universities since the 1990ies, and is a frequent speaker at international events. Joerg was born in 1961 and is married, with two children.

His firm JKIC (JOERG KREISEL International Consultant – Independent Space Business + Finance Advisors) was formed in 1991 in Germany and is focused on innovative and commercial activities related to the space sector as well as on special activities in the private equity and venture capital industry. Today, JKIC is a recognized label in the global space community, advising space-related government authorities, industry, SMEs and selected investors worldwide using its proprietary global network of leading expertise, and acting as intermediary. JKIC supports space ventures, facilitates business partnerships, equity finance, global links and strategy development as well as new system concepts. The portfolio also spans over financing strategies and models beyond commercial endeavors, e.g. conceptualization and development support for national or international funding schemes.

Since 2000 JKIC is involved with on-orbit servicing (OOS) both space agency and industry projects or commercial offerings, was part of the iBOSS consortium, and instrumental in creating iBOSS GmbH which commercializes the iSSI (intelligent Space System Interface enabling plug-and-play space infrastructure and fully-fledged OOS).

In summary, Joerg is around in the industry for more than 30 years and deals with space finance for more than 25 years, moreover, he currently holds stakes in several space-related startups in different countries.

Moreover, Joerg is Associate Fellow of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and founding member of the Space Entrepreunership and Investment Committee (EIC) of the IAA (International Academy of Astronautics).



Jim Armor

Chair Executive Committee and Former Major General U.S. Air Force,

Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS),

United States

Full Bio

Maj. Gen. Jim Armor, USAF (Ret.) is a Director, Government Relations for Northrop Grumman Corp. in Falls Church, VA, , where he coordinates government interactions for the company’s Commercial Space and Launch business areas. In addition, he is the Vice President for Government Services of SpaceLogistics LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NGC serving the on-orbit satellite servicing industry. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Space Council of the Aerospace Industry Association (AIA); Chairman of the Commercialization and Innovation Committee of the FAA’s Commercial Space Technical Advisory Council (COMSTAC); a member of the Policy & Regulatory Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC); the Chairman of Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing (CONFERS); and an active Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), where he is on the Public Policy Committee. He also now serves on the Board of Directors of NAVSYS Corp, a small, woman owned navigation R&D Company in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to his positions with NGC, he was the Staff VP for Government Relations with Orbital ATK, and before that, he was the VP for Strategy and Business Development at Alliant Techsystems (ATK), Space Systems Division where he developed and delivered small, responsive satellites, satellite components, and related engineering services. He also helped to establish an entirely new commercial space market, in- orbit satellite servicing, as well as engineering systems supporting NASA and DARPA robotics. Prior to joining ATK, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Armor Group, LLC, which provided consulting support to government and commercial space organizations. He has been on several National Research Council Studies for NASA and the USAF, the Board of Advisors to the Secure World Foundation (SWF) advocating international sustainable space policies, and the Board of Directors, Integral Systems, Inc., Lanham, MD. He served 34 years in the U.S. Air Force in a variety of space related command and staff positions including Director of the NAVSTAR GPS Joint Program Office, Director of Acquisition and Operations for Signals Intelligence at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and as a military payload specialist on the Space Shuttle. He served as the Director of the National Security Space Office at the Pentagon before retiring from the USAF in January 2008.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.


Bhavya Lal

Research Staff Member,

IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute,

United States

Full Bio

Bhavya Lal leads strategy, technology assessment, and policy studies and analyses at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Space Council, and Federal space-oriented organizations including NASA, the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. She has applied her expertise in engineering systems and innovation theory and practice to topics in space, with particular focus on commercial activities, especially related to on-orbit servicing assembly and manufacturing, small satellites, human exploration, space nuclear power, and space science. She is an active member of the space technology and policy community, having led, co-led or served on several high-impact National Academy of Science (NAS) committees (Assessing the Relative Merits of Infrared Observations by a Space-based Telescope to Detect and Characterize Near-Earth Objects; State of U.S. Electronic Parts Radiation Testing Infrastructure for Space Applications; Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats; and 3D Printing in Space). She is serving a second term on the NOAA FACA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), and participated on the UN Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) to develop an international scientific roadmap for small satellites. She co-organizes a seminar series on space history and policy with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She co-founded and is co-chair of the policy track of the American Nuclear Society’s annual conference on emerging technologies in space. She is a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Before joining STPI, Dr. Lal was president of C-STPS LLC, a science and technology policy research and consulting firm. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Studies at Abt Associates. Dr. Lal holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a second M.S. from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington University. She is a member of both the nuclear engineering and public policy and public administration honor societies.


Daniel Nölke

PSA & DLR Delegate,

PERASPERA Program, European Commission H2020,


Full Bio

Daniel Nölke is working in the General Technologies and Robotics division of the German Aerospace Center DLR – Space Administration on space robotics and modular space systems since 2009 with a strong focus on smart and innovative approaches as well as technology transfer, innovation and commercialization. He is responsible for funding and monitoring various research projects in the national space program in the department of general technologies and robotics. Daniel Nölke initiated and leads the key project iBOSS.

On European level, he leads the German part of the European Commission’s Horizon2020 Strategic Research Cluster “Space Robotics Technologies” since November 2014 and is official representative of DLR to a European Commission’s Working Group preparing the next framework program for Space. As systems engineer he coordinated the German DEOS mission sensor system development and organized the SpaceBot Cup – a space robot competition – in 2013. Prior to DLR, he conducted research structural optimization and space debris at the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design of RWTH Aachen University. In this context he was delegate in the German delegation to the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee. In parallel he was CEO of the Space Research Forum of RWTH Aachen University. Daniel holds a university diploma in mechanical and aerospace engineering from RWTH Aachen University (Germany).


Bernd Sommer

Head of Space Automation and Robotics,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),


Full Bio

Bernd is Head of Automation and Robotics of the German Aerospace Center DLR – Space Administration.

Bernd looks back on 30 years as a Program & Project Manager in the area of manned and unmanned space flight missions. His long international and intercultural business experience in the areas of automation and robotics for space applications, earth observation, systems engineering support, project and program reviews provide the profound basis for his position today.

Bernd’s tasks span from the definition of the A&R program within the German National Space Program run by Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, over the preparation of inter-agency cooperation in the field of space automations & robotics, the ESA/DLR robotics program harmonization, the coordination with the EU commission, the definition of A&R projects to the provision of technical support in program- and project-reviews.

He holds a master’s degree in Physics & Mathematics from Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen and graduated as Master in Space Systems Engineering at Technical University of Delft.