Special Sessions

 

The Call for Special Session proposals is now closed, a record number of 80 proposals have been received and the selection results will be announced in April.

Reflecting and emphasizing the theme of IAC 2019 “SpaceThe Power of the Pastthe Promise of the Future”, this year’s congress will see again the exciting and fresh format: Special Sessions.

The Special Sessions are 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 participantsas well as to maximize group interaction and promote collaborative learning.

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.

 

Monday 21 October

Get Ready to Protect Earth from Asteroids – Planetary Defense in Your Hands
Time: 15:00-16:30
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Alex Karl

Chair,

IAF Technical Committee on NEOs,

Operations Engineer,

Space Applications Services,

Belgium

Nancy C. Wolfson

President,

Disrupting Space LLC,

United States

 

 


Get Ready to Protect Earth from Asteroids – Planetary Defense in Your Hands
Imagine the following news headline: Asteroid on collision course with Earth – what would be your thoughts? Is there anything we can do about it? Where will it hit? What are the consequences? Is it even confirmed or just sensationalism? Wonder no more! Join this Special Session on Planetary Defense and learn from the top experts what is fact and what is fiction. Participate in an exercise that let’s you decide what to do.


Facilitator:


Nancy C. Wolfson

President,

Disrupting Space LLC,

United States


Speakers:

Bill Nye

CEO,

The Planetary Society,

United States

 

Lindley Johnson

Planetary Defense Officer,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu

Cosmonaut, NEO Expert,

Association of Space Explorers (ASE),

Romania

Mariella Graziano

Executive Director Space Systems and Robotics,

G.M.V. Space and Defence, S.A.,

Spain

 

 

Alex Karl

Chair,

IAF Technical Committee on NEOs,

Operations Engineer,

Space Applications Services,

Belgium

 

ISS-Moon-Mars: Using Spaceflight Platforms to Study and Simulate Future Missions
Time: 16:45-18:15
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Julie Robinson

Chief Scientist,

International Space Station Division,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

 

Oleg Kotov

Cosmonaut and Deputy Director for Science,

Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP),

Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS),

Russian Federation

Livio Narici

Professor of Applied Physics,

Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”,

Italian Space Agency (ASI),

Italy

 

 


ISS-Moon-Mars: Using Spaceflight Platforms to Study and Simulate Future Missions

Human spaceflight will soon have simultaneous operations of platforms in low Earth orbit, lunar orbit and on the lunar surface. In this session, we will brainstorm how these platforms can simulate future lunar and Mars mission operations focused on three themes: (1) Analogs for isolation and microgravity for transit to Mars, (2) ISS and Lunar simulations for Mars missions, and (3) autonomous mission operations. At the end of the session, audience members will have the opportunity to add their ideas to the mix and discussion in this session will influence the strategic plans for current and future human spaceflight vehicles.


Facilitators:

Sam Scimemi

Director,

International Space Station Division,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Livio Narici

Professor of Applied Physics,

Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”,

Italian Space Agency (ASI),

Italy

 


Speakers:

Oleg Orlov

Director,

Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP),

Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS),

Russian Federation

Jens Jordan

Director,

Institute of Aerospace Medicine,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany

William H. Paloski

Director,

Human Research Program,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

 

Oleg Kotov

Cosmonaut and Deputy Director for Science,

Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP),

Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS),

Russian Federation

Isabelle Tremblay

Director,

Astronauts, Life Sciences and Space Medicine,

Canadian Space Agency (CSA),

Canada

 

Masaki Shirakawa

Head of JEM Utilization Planning Group,

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),

Japan

 

 

Julie Robinson

Chief Scientist,

International Space Station Division,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Maxim Kharlamov

Deputy Chief,

Yu.A. Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center,

Russian Federation

 

Jennifer Fogarty

Chief Scientist, 

Human Research Program,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

 

Michelle Rucker

Lead of Mars Integration Group,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Maria Antonietta Perino

Director International Network Opportunities Development,

Thales Alenia Space,

Italy

 

 

Tuesday 22 October

Home Planet 2030 – The Role of Earth Observations in Studying Our Planet
Time: 9:45-11:15
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

James Graf

Deputy Director for Earth Sciences and Technology,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

 

 

 

Harry Cikanek

Director,

Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR),

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS),

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),

United States 


Home Planet 2030 – The Role of Earth Observations in Studying Our Planet

With ever growing need, this special session will describe future directions in Earth Observations over the next decade and how different agencies are working together to address the difficult and expensive challenges of obtaining accurate and calibrated measurements from space for research and operational services such as severe weather prediction. It will identify new opportunities for both individuals and organizations in the ever-evolving field of Earth science and applications.


Facilitator:

Michael H. Freilich

Retired – Former Director of the Earth Science Division,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States


Speakers:

Stephen Volz

Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services,

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS),

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),

United States

Alain Ratier

Director General,

EUMETSAT,

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josef Aschbacher

Director of Earth Observation Programs and Head of ESRIN,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Italy

 

 

 

 

Sandra A. Cauffman

Acting Director,

Earth Sciences Division,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

 

Kazuo Tachi

Associate Director General,

Space Technology Directorate,

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),

Japan

 

Global Launch SpaceBuzz: Launching Millions of Children into Space
Time: 11:30-12:15
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Janine Geijsen

Director,

SpaceBuzz,

The Netherlands

Debbie Schouten

Brandmanager,

SpaceBuzz,

The Netherlands

Jacqueline Vizee

Head of Production,

SpaceBuzz,

The Netherlands

Helen Kuipers

Branddirector,

SpaceBuzz,

The Netherlands

Zoran van Gessel

Chairman of the Board,

SpaceBuzz,

The Netherlands


Global Launch SpaceBuzz: Launching Millions of Children into Space

Dutch astronaut André Kuipers introduces SpaceBuzz to inspire children worldwide with the astronaut’s view of our beautiful yet vulnerable planet and make them ambassadors of planet Earth. This revolutionary outreach and educational program puts children in the footsteps of astronauts. It uses the latest virtual reality and 4D technology in an almost real space vehicle to inspire children on topics like space, earth and technology (STEM). Making space even more relevant and approachable to the general public. SpaceBuzz is a nonprofit foundation with a global mission. It has an open access model with local adaptability regarding astronauts, countries and content.


Facilitators:

Max Louwerse

Professor Cognitive psychology and Artificial Intelligence,

SpaceBuzz/UvT,

The Netherlands

Peter van Kranenburg

Member of the Board,

SpaceBuzz,

The Netherlands

 


Speaker:

André Kuipers

ESA Astronaut,

SpaceBuzz,

The Netherlands

 

Life’s Journey Through the Universe
Time: 12:30-13:30
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Andrew Siemion

Director,

Berkeley SETI Research Center,

Bernard M. Oliver Chair,

SETI Institute,

United States

Claire Isabel Webb

PhD Candidate and Research Associate,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),

United States

 


Life’s Journey Through the Universe

In recent decades, astrobiology has revealed that our universe hosts myriad environments for life to thrive, sharpening humanity’s oldest questions: Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? What was its origin?  Is the universe home to extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI)? What would it mean if we found it?

Drawing from astrobiologists and scientists who search for ETI, the panel’s goal is to find resonance between the two fields through the theme of (intelligent) life’s evolution throughout the cosmos. This panel explores the possibility of interstellar transfer of organic material (panspermia), and, how technologically advanced life forms may have forged interplanetary connections.

 


Facilitator:

Pete Worden

Executive Director,

Breakthrough Initiatives,

Former Director,

NASA Ames Research Center,

United States


Speakers:

Lucianne Walkowicz

Astronomer,

The Adler Planetarium,

Co-Founder,

The JustSpace Alliance Country,

United States

Sara Seager

Astronomer,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),

United States

 

 

Bill Diamond

President & CEO,

SETI Institute,

United States

 

 

 

Michael Garrett

Director,

Jodrell Bank Observatory Country,

United Kingdom

 

 

Andrew Siemion

Director,

Berkeley SETI Research Center,

Bernard M. Oliver Chair,

SETI Institute,

United States

Claire Isabel Webb

PhD Candidate and Research Associate,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),

United States

 

 

EO+AI – The Game Changer in the Way We See the World
Time: 14:45-16:15
Room: 146
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Agnieszka Lukaszczyk

Senior Director, European Affairs,

Planet,

Belgium


EO+AI – The Game Changer in the Way We See the World

The world of EO is dramatically changing driven by rapid advances in sensor and digital technologies. Recent decades have witnessed extraordinary developments in Information and Communication Technologies, including the Internet, Cloud computing and AI, leading to radically new ways to collect, distribute and analyse big data about our planet. This panel will provide context to how combination of EO and AI can offer unprecedented insights to the world we live in.


Speakers:

Will Marshall

CEO,

Planet,

United States

 

 

Rebecca Moore

Director,

Google Earth,

United States

 

 

Josef Aschbacher

Director of Earth Observation Programs and Head of ESRIN,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Italy

Carissa Christensen

CEO,

Bryce Space and Technology,

United States

 

Peter Platzer

CEO,

Spire Global,

United States

 

Philippe Pham

Senior Vice President, Head of Earth Observation, Navigation and Science,

Airbus,

Germany

 

Artificial Intelligence in Space: Are Intelligent Space Objects the Promise of the Future?
Time: 16:30-18:00
Room: 146A
Format: Group Discussion


Organizers:

Lucien Rapp

Law Professor & Director,

SIRIUS Chair, University Toulouse 1 Capitole,

France

George Anthony Long

Lawyer,

Legal Parallax, LLC,

United States

 

Cristiana Santos

Researcher,

SIRIUS Chair, University Toulouse 1 Capitole,

France


Artificial Intelligence in Space: Are Intelligent Space Objects the Promise of the Future?

Intelligent space objects seemingly offer a promising future. They can be deployed as rovers and probes for assessing real-time data, used as on-orbit servicing robots, monitor terrestrial disasters and refugee migration through imagery analysis, enhance planetary protection, and assist in navigating through and the remediation of debris. Multi-disciplinary issues follow, from law, public policy, ethics, engineering, cybersecurity, national security, planetary protection, among others. In addition to the vital role machine intelligence will play in space based ventures, one related area of focus is how much autonomy, if any, intelligent space objects should have and what decisions necessitate human oversight.


Facilitator:

Lucien Rapp

Law Professor & Director,,

SIRIUS Chair, University Toulouse 1 Capitole,

France


Speakers:

James Parr

Director,

Frontier Development Lab (FDL),

CEO,

Trillium Technologies,

United Kingdom

Brian Israel

Co-Founder & Legal Counsel,

ConsenSys Space,

United States

 

 

 

Thomas Fouquet

Advisor to the Director, Innovation Applications & Science,

Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES),

France

 

Moriba Jah

Professor, Space Scientist and Astrodynamicist,

The University of Texas at Austin,

United States

Diane Howard

Chief Counsel for Space Commerce,

Department of Commerce,

United States

 

 

Wednesday 23 October

Space Traffic Management: Working Together to Enhance Safety and Sustainability
Time: 9:45-11:15
Room: 146A
Format: Group Discussion


Organizers:

George Nield

President,

Commercial Space Technologies, LLC,

United States


Space Traffic Management: Working Together to Enhance Safety and Sustainability

Would you like to get involved in improving Space Traffic Management capabilities? Here’s your chance! This session is designed to be innovative, instructive, interactive, and inclusive. You’ll hear from leading experts on both the technology and the legal and regulatory framework. See a demonstration of current capabilities for tracking and evaluating the motion of satellites and orbital debris. Share your thoughts on needed improvements. And volunteer to be part of this grass-roots international initiative!


Speakers:

Sandy Magnus

Executive Director Emeritus,

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),

United States

Diane Howard

Chief Counsel for Space Commerce,

Department of Commerce,

United States

 

Moriba Jah

Professor, Space Scientist and Astrodynamicist,

The University of Texas at Austin,

United States

Daniel Oltrogge

Director,

Center for Space Standards and Innovation,

Analytical Graphics, Incorporated,

United States

 

Futures Past and Present: Space Architecture in Imagination and Reality
Time: 11:30-13:00
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Barbara Imhof

Managing Director, Space Architect,

LIQUIFER Systems Group (LSG),

Austria

 

 

Christina Ciardullo

Space Architect,

SEArch (Space Exploration Architecture)

PhD Candidate,

Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture,

United States

Brent Sherwood

Chair,

AIAA Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC),

Vice President of Advanced Development Programs,

Blue Origin,

United States


Futures Past and Present: Space Architecture in Imagination and Reality

Apollo 11 and 2001: A Space Odyssey were of the same era. 50 years later, our space future is not what we used to imagine. A space historian, astronaut, space journalist, NewSpace executive, and three space architects will discuss the gap between imagination and reality. Is this gap useful or destructive? How does today’s changing landscape – “independent space” sector, Chinese space, “realistic” media depictions – change how we envision space architecture?


Speakers:

Brand Griffin

Space Architect, Program Manager for Single-Person Spacecraft,

Genesis Engineering Solutions,

United States

Margaret Weitekamp

Curator,

Space History Department,

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum,

United States

 

Sandy Magnus

Executive Director Emeritus,

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),

United States

 

Leonard David

Journalist,

Space.com,

United States

Bob Smith

CEO,

Blue Origin,

United States

Young Minds Meet Space Leaders: Words Into Action
Time: 14:45-16:15
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Martin Stasko

Consultant,

Office of the Director,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria

Ayami Kojima

Expert,

Space Applications Section,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria


Young Minds Meet Space Leaders: Words Into Action

Eager to see how young people’s ideas can influence the future of space policy and exploration? Hear the winners of the Space4Youth competition launched by UNOOSA in collaboration with SGAC pitch their ideas on how space can help sustainable development to space leaders and get their feedback on how to bring their ideas to the next level at this session. The resulting matchmaking between youths and space leaders may result into concrete projects. Join us and contribute to the intergenerational discussion on the future of space!


Facilitator:


Ayami Kojima

Expert,

Space Applications Section,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria


Speakers:

Simonetta Di Pippo

Director,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria

Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),

Germany

 

Clémentine Decoopman

Executive Director,

Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC),

Austria

 

Josef Aschbacher

Director of Earth Observation Programs and Head of ESRIN,

European Space Agency (ESA),

Italy

Kai-Uwe Schrogl

President,

International Institute of Space Law (IISL),

Germany

 

Jean-François Clervoy

Former Astronaut & President,

Novespace,

France

 

Arthur Nielsen Demain

Winner of Space4Youth Competition,

Volunteer Peacebuilder and Educator,

Madaris Volunteer Programme,

The Philippines

George Profitiliotis

Winner of Space4Youth Competition,

Phd Candidate,

National Technical University of Athens,

Greece

Milica Milosev

Winner of Space4Youth Competition,

Volunteer,

Team 54 Project International,

Serbia

 

 

The Future of Space Operations Across Industries
Time: 16:30-18:00
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Alvaro Alonso Ruiz

Business Development Manager,

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH,

Germany


The Future of Space Operations Across Industries
A new Space Age is emerging. The launcher and space segments have already been disrupted, now it’s the turn of the ground segment and operations.

Can we find synergies between the different operational concepts across space industries; from mega-constellations to on-orbit servicing, planetary missions to in-space manufacturing?

This session will provide a platform to uncover best practices and set a new direction for the field, with the aim of making the commercial space revolution a success.


Speakers:

Gary Calnan

Co-Founder and CEO,

CisLunar Industries,

Luxembourg

 

Mark Longanbach

Senior Director of Mission Operations,

Planet,

United States

Yuya Nakamura

President and CEO,

Axelspace Corporation,

Japan

 

Daniel Faber

CEO,

Orbit Fab, Inc.,

United States

 

Guillaume Tanier

Strategy & Products NewSpace,

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH,

Germany

Kyle Acierno

Vice President of Global Sales and Strategy,

ispace,

Japan

 

 

 

Thursday 24 October

The Immortal Spaceship: A Discussion on the Use Cases and Value of Persistent Platforms
Time: 9:45-11:15
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Deborah (Debi) Tomek

Deputy Director,

Space Technology and Exploration Directorate,

NASA Langley Research Center,

United States

Keith Belvin

Space Assembly of Modular Systems (SAMS) Office Lead,

NASA Langley Research Center,

United States

 

Dale Arney

Space Assembly of Modular Systems (SAMS) Office,

NASA Langley Research Center,

United States

 

Jay Pittman

Assistant Director for Strategic Integration,

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,

United States

 

John Vickers

Principal Technologist,

Space Technology Mission Directorate,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

 


The Immortal Spaceship: A Discussion on the Use Cases and Value of Persistent Platforms

Future civil, commercial, and defense space missions will be ambitious, requiring new technologies and operational paradigms. One of these new paradigms is the use of On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM) to enable large, persistent, upgradable, and maintainable spacecraft. A persistent platform uses OSAM capabilities to provide spacecraft bus functions to payloads and instruments while also capable of being expanded and upgraded over time. Please join a lively discussion with your government, commercial, and academic colleagues that explores the use cases, value proposition, and technology development needs for a persistent platform and other OSAM applications. Also participate online at https://forms.gle/3eTrSJzKrQDbiEVn9


Facilitators:

Deborah (Debi) Tomek

Deputy Director,

Space Technology and Exploration Directorate,

NASA Langley Research Center,

United States

Ben Reed

Deputy Division Director,

Satellite Servicing Project Division (SSPD),

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,

United States


Speakers:

Douglas Terrier

Chief Technologist,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Erica Rodgers

Science and Technology Partnerships Lead,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Planetary Protection for the Future: Science, Exploration, and Commerce
Time: 11:30-13:00
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Mia A. Brown

Research Associate,

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

United States

 

David H. Smith

Senior Study Director,

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

United States


Planetary Protection for the Future: Science, Exploration, and Commerce

This session provides an opportunity for representatives of space agencies and the private sector to discuss what activities are on-going and needed to support evolving planetary protection standards to enable future spaceflight ambitions. Are current research activities sufficient to meet the needs of all interested parties? How should the space community organize itself to develop the necessary scientific and technical knowledge required to support policies enabling ambitious space exploration goals?


Facilitator:


James Green

Chief Scientist,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States


Speakers:

Lisa M. Pratt

Planetary Protection Officer,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

 

Dan Hendrickson

Vice President Business Development,

Astrobotic Technology,

United States

 

Kyle Acierno

Vice President of Global Sales and Strategy,

ispace,

Japan

 

Michael Meyer

Lead Scientist for the Mars Exploration Program,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

Simonetta Di Pippo

Director,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),

Austria

Using Open Space Data in Developing Countries
Time: 14:45-16:15
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Jeanne Holm

Distinguished Instructor,

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),

United States

Katherine Townsend

Chief Executive Officer,

Open Data Collaboratives,

United Republic of Tanzania

Rhiannan Price

Manager,

Digital Globe,

United States

Ian Shuler

Manager,

Development Seed,

Peru


Using Open Space Data in Developing Countries

Want to ensure the best use of your space data? Learn how Earth observation data is being applied in developing countries from those working on the ground to address key development and sustainability issues. Use cases, emerging technologies, and current programs will be shared with facilitated discussions to build new connections and identify actions toward making data more accessible and impactful. Participants in this highly interactive session will get toolkits, new ideas, and new partners. If you want to make a real impact with your data — this is the session for you.


Speakers:

Yeama Thompson

Commissioner,

Right to Access Information Commission,

Government of Sierra Leone,

Sierra Leone

Geoffrey Kateragga

Country Level Manager,

Open Street Maps,

Uganda

 

Space Applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Time: 16:30-18:00
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Ali Nasseri

Program Manager and Consultant,

LDC Solutions,

Canada

Ksenia Lisitsyna

Business Development Manager,

Precious Payload,

Russian Federation

 


Space Applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

This session covers the most advanced cases of AI use in space industry as well as more novel applications currently being pursued. We invite both AI specialists and those who are interested in boosting space sector activities with machine learning to join the discussion about the possibilities and limitations of artificial intelligence.


Speakers:

Ewan Reid

CEO,

Mission Control Space Systems,

Canada

Martin Ristov

Junior Member of Technical Staff,

MDA,

Canada

 

Friday 25 October

Atomic Test Masses and Atom Interferometry for Inertial Sensing and Gravity Measurements in Space
Time: 9:45-11:15
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Nan Yu

Senior Research Scientist,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

 

 

Ulf Israelsson

Program Manager,

Fundamental Physics and Quantum Technology,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Bradley Carpenter

Chief Scientist,

Space Life and Physical Sciences,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

 


Atomic Test Masses and Atom Interferometry for Inertial Sensing and Gravity Measurements in Space

In May 2018, the NASA Cold Atom Laboratory was successfully launched and installed onboard ISS. Together with the recent DLR MAIUS sounding rocket experiments, they herald the beginning of unique science opportunities enabled by atom interferometers. Potential applications include gravity measurements in Earth and Planetary Science, detection for gravitational wave, dark energy, and dark matter, fundamental physics tests, and space navigation. The special session is aimed at introducing to broad space exploration and aeronautic communities the benefits and capabilities of cold atom technologies and their far-reaching applications, and provide a forum to foster discussions and collaborations in multidisciplinary areas.


Facilitators:

Ulf Israelsson

Program Manager,

Fundamental Physics and Quantum Technology,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States


Speakers:

Robert Thompson

Project Scientist,

Cold Atom Laboratory,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Holger Mueller

Professor,

University of California, Berkeley,

United States

 

Ernst Rasel

Professor,

Institute of Quantum Optics,

Leibniz University Hannover,

Germany

 

Sheng-Wey Chiow

Research Technologist,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Jason Williams

Research Technologist,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Babak Saif

Senior Optical Physicist,

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,

United States

 

Matthew Squires

Senior Research Scientist,

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL),

United States

Launch Tower Not Necessary: Could Responsive Launch Revolutionize Spaceport Infrastructure Needs?
Time: 11:30-12:30
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizers:

Sirisha Bandla

Government Affairs & Business Development Manager,

Virgin Orbit,

United States

Cody Knipfer

Government Affairs Specialist,

Virgin Orbit,

United States


Launch Tower Not Necessary: Could Responsive Launch Revolutionize Spaceport Infrastructure Needs?

If you don’t need a launch tower to support a launch vehicle, what might an ideal spaceport look like? What opportunities – and challenges – might it create? And what new opportunities for infrastructure use might it involve? This interactive panel brings together mobile launch, air-launch, and spaceport operators to discuss the paths toward – and provider and operator needs and requirements of – “responsive” spaceports.


Facilitators:

Dan Hart

CEO,

Virgin Orbit,

United States

Richard DalBello

Vice President of Government Affairs,

Virgin Orbit,

United States


Speakers:

Karina Dress

CEO & General Manager,

Mojave Air & Space Port,

United States

Miles Carden

Spaceport Director,

Spaceport Cornwall,

United Kingdom

Wayne Monteith

Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation,

Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST),

United States

Nina Armagno

Space Programs Director,

United States Air Force,

United States

 

 

Transforming Future Mission Design Through In-Space Manufacturing
Time: 12:45-13:45
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Justin Kugler

Vice President, Advanced Programs and Concepts,

Made In Space, Inc.,

United States


Transforming Future Mission Design Through In-Space Manufacturing

In-space manufacturing technology is poised to transform how we develop next-gen platforms in space. Future satellites and space stations could all be built exclusively in space and the technology to achieve this is being developed now. Join us for a robust discussion on the opportunities, applications, and roadblocks related to new technologies that could reshape the future of space infrastructure.


Facilitators:

Justin Kugler

Vice President, Advanced Programs and Concepts,

Made In Space, Inc.,

United States

Kevin DiMarzio

Vice President, Business Development,

Made In Space, Inc.,

United States

Interstellar Probe: Humanity’s First Deliberate Step into the Galaxy by 2030
Time: 14:00-15:00
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion


Organizer:

Ralph L. McNutt, Jr.

Chief Scientist for Space Science,

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL),

United States


Interstellar Probe: Humanity’s First Deliberate Step into the Galaxy by 2030

This special session is focused on humanity’s first deliberate step beyond the solar system and into interstellar space. Specialist panel participants will provide their thoughts on the challenges of and need for such an undertaking. Audience participation will be encouraged for at least half of the session time to open up discussion on this undertaking throughout the international astronautics community. Discussions will include topics of science, engineering, management, space policy, and international cooperation.


Facilitators:

Pontus C. Brandt

Assistant Group Supervisor,

Space Exploration Sector,

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL),

United States

Michael V. Paul

Interstellar Probe Study Project Manager,

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL),

United States

 


Speakers:

Stamatios M. Krimigis

Space Department Head Emeritus,

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL),

United States

Leon Alkalai

Fellow and Manager Office of Strategic Planning,

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),

United States

Michel Blanc

Professor,

Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP),

France

Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber

Director,

Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics,

University of Kiel,

Germany

Stanislav Barabash

Director,

Swedish Institute of Space Physics,

Sweden

 

 

SPECIAL SESSIONS SCHEDULE

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Proposal acceptance notification – Third week of April

Notification of scheduling (session date and time) sent to organizer – May 24

Confirmation of intention to organize a Special Session June 15

Finalized session information is available online – August 9

 

QUESTIONS?

sps@iafastro.org