IAC 2019 Press Conferences

Monday 21 – Thursday 24 October 2019
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 206

Sunday 20 October

12:30 – 13:15 IAC 2019 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 (AIAA)
  • Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
  • 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.


  • Jim Bridenstine, Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Sergey Krikalev, Executive Director for Piloted Spaceflight, State Space Corporation (ROSCOSMOS)
  • S. Somanath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
  • Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Director General, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Hiroshi Yamakawa, President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Wu Yanhua, Vice Administrator, China National Space Administration (CNSA)

16:15 – 16:45 Introducing Aurora, an innovative Cloud-Based Mission Control Software Suit

D-Orbit presents Aurora, a powerful cloud-based mission control software suite designed to control a single satellite or a complete constellation through a user-friendly, fully customizable control interface.


  • Sergio Mucciarelli, Head of Sales, Software Solutions, D-Orbit
  • Renato Panesi, CCO, D-Orbit

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.


  • Giuseppe Reibaldi, President, Moon Village Association (MVA)
  • John Mankins, Vice-President, Moon Village Association (MVA)
  • Aline Decadi, Board of Directors Member, Education and Special Project Coordinator, Moon Village Association (MVA)
  • Yoshifumi Inatani, Space Systems and Astronautics (ISAS)
  • Oleg Ventskovsky, Board of Directors Member, Moon Market Development Manager, Moon Village Association (MVA)

17:30 – 18:30 Thales Alenia Space, Pioneering the future of space exploration

Thales Alenia Space has been deeply involved in space exploration for many years. What looked like science fiction as recently as the middle of last century is now very tangible. Thales Alenia Space has become a pivotal partner is some of the most impressive exploration missions across the Solar System. Furthermore, our expertise extends well beyond exploration. Countless times, we have contributed to exceptional scientific missions and are now looking to the future of space exploration, by capitalizing on our long experience to design and prepare upcoming missions into space.

The topics that will be discussed are:

  • From ISS to LOP-G
  • Aiming for the Moon and Mars
  • From static to dynamic space environment (Space rider – In Orbit Servicing)


  • Walter Cugno, Vice President Domain Exploration and Science, Thales Alenia Space
  • Roberto Provera, Director New Initiatives and Innovation, Exploration and Sciences, Thales Alenia Space

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)
  • David Thomas, Executive Director, The MILO Space Science Institute

11:15 – 12:15 Open for Business: The Trillion Dollar Space Economy

More info coming soon.


  • Rob Meyerson, Executive Producer, ASCEND and Former President, Blue Origin


  • Tory Bruno, CEO, United Launch Alliance
  • Mary Lynne Dittmar, President and CEO, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
  • Fred Kennedy, Former Director, Space Development Agency
  • Dan Dumbacher, Executive Director, AIAA

14:00 – 14:45 Firefly Aerospace Provides Updated Information on Alpha Development and Announces New Cooperative Agreement

Firefly Aerospace is preparing for the maiden launch of the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle in the first quarter of 2020. CEO Dr. Tom Markusic will provide an update on Alpha development progress and announce a new partnership agreement that will enable rapid development of Firefly’s larger Beta launch vehicle.


  • Tom Markusic, Co-founder and CEO, Firefly Aerospace
  • Mark Watt, Co-founder and Acting CFO, Firefly Aerospace

16:30 – 18:00 Airbus press briefing

Room 155

Updates on Airbus latest activities covering the Moon as well as of Earth observation and science topics.


  • Oliver Juckenhöfel, Head of On-Orbit Services and Exploration, Airbus
  • Philippe Pham, Head of Earth Observation, Navigation and Science, Airbus

17:00 – 17:30 GK Competition for a free launch of 1U CUBSAT Announcement

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and GK Launch Services are summing up the results of an exclusive competition for the free launch of 1U CubeSat with the GK Launch Services’ first commercial mission in the second quarter of 2020. IAF member organizations went in for the competition announced in April 2019. Its goal is to support initiative space projects of young university teams. The winner will get the opportunity to launch a 1U CubeSat for free.


  • Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
  • Gabriella Arrigo, Vice President, Science & Academic Relations and Global Networking Forum, International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
  • Otto Koudelka, Chairman, International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Space Universities Administrative Committee (SUAC)
  • Sergey Krikalev, Executive Director for Piloted Spaceflight, State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS
  • Dmitry Loskutov, CEO, Glavkosmos
  • Alexander Serkin, CEO, GK Launch Services


  • Christian Feichtinger, Executive Director, International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

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 SpaceBit is taking Latin America to the Moon

SpaceBit will be holding a press conference to announce the joining of Latin America to the mission to the Moon to support the already strong alliance of Astrobotic and SpaceBit.


  • Carlos Mariscal, CEO, Dereum
  • Pavlo Tanasyuk, CEO, Spacebit

16:00 – 17:15 Artemis Supplier Panel and Space Flight Awareness Award Presentation

When American astronauts set foot on the moon’s surface in 2024, large and small companies across the United States can say they helped to make it possible. More than 3,800 businesses in all 50 states, and others around the world, produce critical elements and tools for the NASA Artemis missions that will return humans to the moon – this time to stay – and then on to Mars.

At this media event, representatives from five U.S. suppliers will discuss their roles in building NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, and Exploration Ground Systems. The 20-minute briefing and 20-minute Q&A will be followed by a NASA astronaut’s presentation of Space Flight Awareness Awards to two of the suppliers.


  • Victor Alfano, Senior Director, Strategic Programs: NTS
  • Kevin Bowling, Senior Vice President, Major Tool & Machine -John Couch, Vice President, Futuramic
  • Wayne Cross, President and CEO, Crossworks Technologies
  • Gina Prieto, Director, Key Accounts, Smiths Interconnect

Thursday 24 October

16:00 – 17:00 Ahead of Space19+, the Ministerial Council of the European Space Agency, ESA Director General Jan Wörner meets the Press

Learn more about the ESA Director General‘s vision on Europe’s ambition for future space activities and the Agency’s role in the future international cooperation. The Director General will provide an update on his Space19+ Programme Proposal which will be discussed during the ESA Council meeting at Ministerial level scheduled for 27 and 28 November 2019 in Sevilla, Spain.


  • Jan Wörner, Director General, European Space Agency (ESA)

List of Media Outlets Accreditated to the IAC 2019

  • @SpaceKate
  • ”Russian Space” (Russki Kosmos)
  • 2211.world
  • aerodefensenews
  • Aerospace America
  • Agence France-Presse
  • Air & Cosmos Magazine
  • Apogee Books
  • Apogeo Spatial
  • ARD German Radio
  • Ars Technica
  • Asociación de Televisiones Educativas y Culturales Iberoamericanas
  • Astropreneurs
  • Asuogyaman Fm 87.7 Mhz
  • Aviation Week
  • Axios
  • AZERTAC (Azerbaijan State News Agency)
  • British Interplanetary Society
  • collectSPACE.com
  • delreport.com
  • DongaScience
  • EIR News Service
  • Elsevier
  • Engineering & Technology magazine
  • Executive Intelligence Review
  • flugundzeit
  • Freelance
  • GeekWire
  • German Public Radio
  • HQ NATO AEW&CF Geilenkirchen
  • Initiative / Institute for Interstellar Studies
  • Interfax
  • Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
  • Kepler Space Institute
  • Komsomolskaya Pravda Daily
  • Kunsht magazine
  • Kunsht magazine (https://kunsht.com.ua/)
  • 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
  • MIA Russia Segodnya
  • Naaut
  • NASA
  • NASA Communications
  • National Geographic
  • National Space Society
  • NHK
  • Niamh Shaw Limited/ Headstuff
  • NordicSpace
  • Popular science magazine Kunsht
  • Quantum Earth TV
  • Quartz
  • Quest: The History of Spaceflight
  • RIA Novosti (Federal State Unitary Enterprise Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency)
  • RocketLaunch.Live
  • ROOM — The Space Journal
  • ROOM, Space Journal of Asgardia
  • Rumrejsen20nu
  • SatNews
  • Scientific America/SPACE.com
  • Seradata Limited
  • Seraphim Capital
  • SETI
  • Space in Africa
  • Space Intel Report
  • Space.com
  • Space.com; Scientific American; National Geographic
  • Spaceagenda
  • Spaceflight
  • Spaceflight Now
  • SpaceNews
  • SpacePolicyOnline.com
  • SpaceQ Media
  • SpaceRef Interactive, Inc.
  • Supercluster
  • TASS
  • TASS Russian News Agency
  • Tau Zero Foundation
  • TechCrunch
  • The Planetary Society
  • The Space Resource
  • theOrbital.space
  • WeMartians Podcast
  • Wired

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