Tuesday, September 12, 2023

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Doors Open, Registration, and Networking

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Transition to Atrium Ballroom


9:35 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.  - Welcome Remarks 

Christopher D. Roberti, Senior Vice President for Cyber, Space, and National Security Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


9:40 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  - 9/11 Moment of Silence and Remarks 

Christopher D. Roberti, Senior Vice President for Cyber, Space, and National Security Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Christopher Browne, John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


9:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. - Keynote Remarks | Virginia’s Global Aerospace Leadership

The Honorable Glenn Youngkin, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

Introduced by: Suzanne P. Clark, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


9:55 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  - Pro-Growth Policies for American Leadership in Aerospace

Suzanne P. Clark, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  - Global Government and Industry Aerospace Collaboration

Gregory J. Hayes, Chairman and CEO, RTX

Moderator: Suzanne P. Clark, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - Setting the Course for a Sustainable, Customer-Focused Future

Carsten Spohr, Chairman & CEO, Lufthansa Group  

Moderator: Lori Aratani, Transportation Reporter, The Washington Post 

In this exclusive panel discussion, we will explore the dynamic landscape of aviation through the lens of Lufthansa's visionary leadership and global impact.  This fireside panel discussion promises an exceptional opportunity to gain profound insights into Lufthansa's commitment to sustainability, its customer-centric approach, and its strategic vision for growth in a rapidly changing aviation industry. 


10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.  - Managing and Mitigating Risks to the Global Supply Chain

Kai Arndt, CEO Aerostructures, Montana Aerospace 

Temel Kotil, CEO, Turkish Aerospace Industries 

Charlie Newell, CEO, Orizon 

Moderator: Tom Gentile, President & CEO, Spirit AeroSystems 

In today's interconnected world, the aviation and aerospace industry faces unprecedented challenges in managing and safeguarding its intricate global supply chain. From geopolitical tensions and natural disasters to technological disruptions and demand fluctuations, a multitude of risks can disrupt the seamless flow of components and materials critical to the industry's operations. This panel brings together experts, thought leaders, and practitioners who have navigated these challenges to share insights, strategies, and best practices for effectively managing and mitigating risks across the aviation and aerospace supply chain. 


10:55 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. - Accelerating Towards a More Accessible Globe 

Blake Scholl, Founder & CEO, Boom Supersonic 

Boom Supersonic’s founder and CEO, Blake Scholl wants to make the world dramatically more accessible with Overture, the world’s fastest airliner optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability. Overture’s order book, including orders and pre-orders from American Airlines, United Airlines, and Japan Airlines stands at 130 aircraft. Boom has identified 600+ profitable routes where Overture can provide a meaningful speed up. In December 2022, Boom announced the development of the Symphony propulsion system designed and optimized for Boom’s Overture supersonic airliner. Recent structural suppliers Leonardo, Aciturri, and Aernnova were added to Boom’s expanding global network of suppliers and partners. Boom is currently building the Overture Superfactory in Greensboro, North Carolina, where it will assemble the aircraft and conduct test flights. Sustainability is a top priority for the company, and Overture is designed to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). 


11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.  - Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace  

Guillaume Faury, CEO, Airbus 

Moderator: Phil LeBeau, Auto and Airline Industry Reporter, CNBC 


11:25 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.  - The Future of Air Mobility 

Kyle Clark, Founder & CEO, BETA Technologies 

James Viola, President and CEO, Helicopter Association International

Brian Yutko, Chief Executive Officer, Wisk Aero 

Moderator:  Justin Towles, President, Crown Consulting, Inc 

As the world moves towards a new era of transportation, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft have emerged as a promising solution for revolutionizing air mobility. This panel discussion brings together key industry leaders and experts to explore the future of eVTOL and its potential impact on the aviation landscape. Panelists will delve into various aspects of eVTOL technology, including its potential to address urban congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and open up new opportunities for aerial transportation. They will also explore the challenges that need to be overcome for widespread adoption, such as infrastructure development, safety regulations, and public acceptance. 


11:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. - U.S. Manufacturing Leadership in Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircraft 

Adam Goldstein, Founder and CEO, Archer Aviation  

Moderator: Billy Nolen, Chief Safety Officer, Archer Aviation and Former Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

Join us as we delve into the exciting new partnership design and build electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the U.S. This collaboration between industry leaders promises to revolutionize urban air mobility and transform the way we travel. Leading developers of eVTOL aircraft are teaming up with U.S. manufacturing to build state-of-the-art transportation systems, combining cutting-edge technology with sustainable design. The goal is to develop a fleet of electric aircraft that will enable carriers to offer fast, efficient, and eco-friendly air transportation in urban areas. Our panel of experts will discuss the technical aspects of the partnership, including the design, manufacturing, and certification of the eVTOL aircraft. We will also examine the regulatory and logistical challenges that come with introducing a new form of transportation into urban environments. In addition, our panelists will explore the potential economic and environmental benefits of eVTOL aircraft, including reduced emissions, improved mobility, and increased productivity. We will also discuss the role of public-private partnerships in advancing the development and deployment of innovative transportation solutions. 


12:10 p.m. – 12:25 p.m. - Facilitating Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Margaret Stewart Nagle, Head of Global Policy and Government Affairs, Wing

Moderator: Lisa Ellman, Partner and Chair, Global UAS Practice, Hogan Lovells; Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance

As the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Air Traffic System (NATS) continues to evolve, it becomes crucial to bring together experts from various fields to discuss the multifaceted challenges and opportunities that arise. UAS hold great promise for applications across industries, including agriculture, infrastructure inspection, disaster response, and more. This panel aims to explore a wide range of topics that will contribute to U.S. leadership in UAS enabling industry and society to realize the full potential of these transformative technologies, including, regulatory and legal, advances in technology, air traffic management for UA, and safety and security management. 


12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. - Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems 

Sam Vinograd, Assistant Secretary for Terrorism and Threat Prevention, U.S. Department of Homeland Security  

Moderator: Jordan Crenshaw, Senior Vice President, Chamber Technology Engagement Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  - Networking Break


1:05 p.m. 1:20 p.m. - Elevating U.S. Leadership in Commercial Aviation

The Honorable Garret Graves, Chairman, Subcommittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 


1:25 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  - Carol B. Hallett Award Presentation 

The Honorable Carol B. Hallett, Of Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Christopher D. Roberti, Senior Vice President for Cyber, Space, and National Security Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 


1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.  - Luncheon Program Conclusion and Networking Break 


1:55 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.  - Keynote Remarks: The State of U.S. Commercial Aviation  

Nicholas E. Calio, President and CEO, Airlines for America 


2:05 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  - Insights into Markets and Charting a Sustainable Future

Robert Isom, CEO, American Airlines 

Moderator: Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Head of Strategic Advocacy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Improving and Modernizing Commercial Aviation

Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines Holdings, Inc. 

Moderator: Leslie Josephs, Airline Reporter, CNBC 


2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.  - Shaping Global Commerce: Air Cargo's Role

Michael Steen, Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide 

Moderator: Lauren Beyer, President, Cargo Airline Association

The air cargo industry’s response to the uncertain economic conditions is critical to protecting global supply chains, keeping commerce moving.  Business leaders are assessing both the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic on markets and the movement of goods. With the acceleration of e-commerce has come a new focus on supply chain resiliency and mitigating geopolitical risk. Atlas Air Worldwide operates an extensive global network and has a unique view of the economic forces that are shifting market dynamics. Join us for a fireside chat with Michael Steen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. Steen will share his insights on the forces driving the global air freight industry and provide perspective on how business are navigating the new market dynamics and government actions.   


2:40 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.  - How Infrastructure and Supplemental Funding is Improving Airports 

Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

David N. Edwards, Jr., A.A.E., President and CEO, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

Moderator: Kevin M. Burke, President & CEO, Airports Council International—North America


3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.  - Takeoff to Touchdown: Modernizing Transportation Security with Cutting-Edge Technologies  

The Honorable David Pekoske, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration

Moderator: Christopher Roberti, Senior Vice President for Cyber, Space, and National Security Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


3:25 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.  - Innovations in Commercial Aviation: Enhancing the Modern Passenger Flying Experience

Tori Emerson Barnes, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy, U.S. Travel Association

Matt Davis, President and General Manager, FlightAware

Join us for an engaging session that explores the dynamic landscape of commercial aviation and the exciting advancements being made to enhance the passenger flying experience. Our esteemed panel of industry experts will delve into the ways in which airlines are leveraging cutting-edge technologies and innovative strategies to revolutionize air travel. 


3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.  - The Future of Commercial Aviation: Talent Pipeline Management, Sustainability, and Air Traffic Control Modernization 

Barry L. Biffle, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier

Robin Hayes, CEO, JetBlue Airways Corp

Peter Ingram, President & CEO, Hawaiian Airlines

Moderator: Jeff Knittel, Chairman and CEO, Airbus Americas, Inc.


4:10 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. - Aviation Airframe and Infrastructure Financing Amid Economic Uncertainty 

Gabriel Okolski, Senior Underwriter, AXA XL

Amit Rikhy, President and Chief Executive Officer, CAG Holdings, LLC 

Moderator:  Pat Dowling, Senior Managing Director, Seabury Capital Group 

In an era characterized by economic turbulence and global uncertainties, the aviation industry stands at a crossroads in terms of financing strategies and risk management. This panel discussion brings together industry experts and thought leaders to delve into the complex landscape of aviation financing amid the challenges posed by the continued effects of economic uncertainty, innovative financing instruments, airline and airport strategies, regulatory shifts, and geopolitical influences. 


4:25 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.  - Conveniently and Affordably Connecting Small Cities to World-Class Destinations 

Greg Anderson, President, Allegiant Travel Company

Moderator: John D. Porcari, Operating Partner, Corsair Infrastructure and Board Member, Vantage Airport Group


4:35 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Future of Sustainable Aviation 

Amelia Deluca, Chief Sustainability Officer, Delta Air Lines

Tom O’Leary, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jet Zero

Moderator:  John E. Potter, President & CEO, Metro Washington Airports Authority

Experts in this panel discussion will underscore the industry's commitment to addressing sustainability challenges through innovations in technologies, fuels, and manufacturing processes, while also acknowledging the complex interplay between environmental concerns and practical considerations. Proposed solutions such as sustainable aviation fuel and optimizing aircraft manufacturing offer opportunities to mitigate emissions.


5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. - Emerging Technologies and the Future of Aviation Safety 

Edward M. Bolen, President and CEO, National Business Aviation Association

Faye Malarkey Black, President & CEO, Regional Airline Association

George Novak, President and CEO, National Air Carrier Association  

Robert Rose, CEO, Reliable Robotics 

Moderator:  Steve Alterman, Former President, Cargo Airline Association 


5:30 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. - Closing Remarks 

The Honorable Carol B. Hallett, Of Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 


6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  - Evening Networking Reception with Giveaways 



Wednesday, September 13, 2023


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  -  Doors Open, Registration, and Networking

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Transition to Atrium Ballroom


9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. - Welcome Remarks 

Christopher D. Roberti, Senior Vice President for Cyber, Space, and National Security Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 


9:40 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. - Building a Resilient Aerospace Industry: Policies, Partnerships, and Priorities

The Honorable Don Graves, Deputy U.S. Department of Commerce 

Moderator: John Neal, Executive Director, Space Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 


9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  - NASA in Focus  

Pam Melroy, Deputy Administrator, NASA

Moderator: Heather Pringle, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret.), PhD, CEO, Space Foundation


10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. - The Future of Launch and Lift Capability 

Kelvin B. Coleman, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration

Lars Hoffman, VP, Government Sales, Blue Origin 

Gary L. Wentz, Jr, Vice President, Government and Commercial Programs for United Launch Alliance

Moderator: Joey Roulette, Journalist, Reuters

This panel discussion will explore the latest advancements in launch vehicle and engine technology, reusable rockets, and the future for enhancing reliable, agile, and rapid launch capabilities.  Panelists will discuss how national security, civil, and commercial space agencies are collaborating with commercial providers to meet strategic objectives and plan for future missions. Panelists will discuss how increasing demand for satellite launches, evolving payload capacity requirements, and increasing launch schedules are driving U.S. leadership for future launch capability, including the additive manufacturing. 


10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. - Inspiring the Next Generation of Aerospace Leaders  

Peggy A. Whitson, Ph.D., Astronaut, Director of Human Space Flight, Axiom Space

Moderator: Cristina T. Chaplain, Space and Acquisition Analyst and Writer, SATsnaps.com and Acquinsight.com

Hear from America’s most experienced astronaut, Peggy Whitson, about her career as a former NASA astronaut and her recent return to space as Director of Human Space Flight for Axiom Space. Whitson is the first female commander of the International Space Station and is the record holder for the most cumulative time spent in space by an American (665 days). She is a role model for aspiring scientists, astronauts, and aviators across the globe. Audience members will hear Whitson discuss her insights and perspectives on spaceflight, the success of Axiom Mission 2, and how private-sector investments are critical for the future of space exploration and research. 


10:35 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Navigating the Orbit: Space Situational Awareness and In-Space Servicing and Manufacturing for Space Sustainability

Richard DalBello, Director, Office of Space Commerce, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce 

Mike Gabor, Vice President, Business Development, Millennium Space Systems

Austin Link, Co-Founder, Starfish 

Ian Thomas, Head of Programs, Astroscale U.S.

Moderator: Rachael Zisk, Reporter, Payload Space

This wide-ranging conversation will explore how space exploration is catalyzing commercial innovation and technological advancement. Panelists will cover the latest advancements in satellite technology, space situational awareness and space traffic management, space debris mitigation, satellite servicing and repair capabilities, and the commercial technologies supporting human deep space missions. Panelists will share their insights on the challenges and strategies involved in promoting growth and technological advancements fostering international collaboration and creating a sustainable space ecosystem. Attendees will gain valuable perspectives on the potential for commercial space ventures to drive economic growth, enhance scientific research, and address global challenges. 


11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  - Artemis Mission Update

Mike Sarafin, Artemis Mission Manager, NASA

Moderator: Christian Davenport, NASA and Space Industry Reporter, The Washington Post

Join us for an exclusive mission update with NASA’s Mike Sarafin, as he takes us on a captivating journey to the Moon with the Artemis program. In this fireside chat, Sarafin will provide a comprehensive overview of the Artemis missions, outlining its goals, progress, and future milestones. With a focus on sustainable lunar exploration, the discussion will cover the latest advancements in spacecraft technology. Sarafin will shed light on the innovative systems and capabilities being developed to support crewed missions to the Moon, paving the way for long-term human presence and scientific discovery. Furthermore, attendees will gain insights into the collaboration between NASA, international partners, and commercial entities in expanding humanity’s reach in space. 


11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. - Enabling the Cislunar Space Infrastructure   

Bruce Brown, Vice President of Business Development, Collins Mission Systems

Ron J. Garan Jr., CEO, iSpace Technologies U.S.

Dennis Paul, Senior Project Leader, Aerospace Corp

Moderator: Jacqueline Feldscher, Managing Editor, Payload Space

A panel discussion on the future of cislunar space infrastructure, covering a wide range of topics including space suits, habitation, transportation, data and voice communications, energy, advanced manufacturing, autonomous systems, and robotic technologies. Panelists will discuss the commercial technologies being designed and tested that will support human long-duration missions, including considerations for radiation shielding, life support systems, and human factors. They’ll also talk about the development of advanced communication networks for seamless data transmission between Earth, lunar orbit, and deep space destinations. Finally, the panel will discuss commercial autonomous systems and robotic technologies performing construction, maintenance, resource extraction functions.  


11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - How Satellites are Reshaping Modern Conflict and National Security

Robert Geckle, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus U.S. Space & Defense

Tom "Pumper" Nichols, Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, True Anomaly 

Patrick Zeitouni, Chief Strategy Officer, Hawkeye 360

Moderator: Laura Winter, Editor & Host, The DownLink, Defense and Aerospace Report

This panel discussion will address how commercial satellite technology has advanced in recent years, enabling higher resolution imagery, improved data collection, and enhanced connectivity. It will examine how these advancements have enhanced public transparency on state behavior, impacted military capabilities, and the implications for national security. The panel will also discuss the commercial geospatial intelligence market, including partnerships with private companies and national security, defense, and intelligence agencies. And it will discuss future technologies and innovations that are being pioneered through ongoing research and development efforts, investments in new capabilities, and collaborations with academic institutions. 


12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. - American Leadership in Aviation Safety and Aerospace Innovation

The Honorable Rick Larsen, Ranking Member, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (D-WA-2)

Moderator: Jeffrey S. Shockey, Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations, RTX 


12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  - National Security and the Changing Nature of Globalization  

Gen. Chance Saltzman, Chief of Space Operations, U.S. Space Force


12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.  - Outlook on Congressional Action in Aerospace

The Honorable Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.  - Networking Break and Transition to Lunch


1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.  - Biden Administration National Space Priorities

Chirag Parikh, Executive Secretary, National Space Council


1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  - Outlook on Congressional Action in Aerospace 

The Honorable Jerry Moran, Ranking Member, Aviation Subcommittee, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate (R-KS)

Moderator: Evan H. Jenkins, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  - Networking Break


1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Innovating Technologies for the Orbital Age

Tom Vice, CEO, Sierra Space

Moderator: Hans Nichols, Reporter, Axios


2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. - Setting Rules for Safe Telecommunications Operations

The Honorable Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission

We welcome Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, to deliver remarks on the advancements of U.S. leadership in space and the growing space economy, and the Commission’s role in setting rules for safe operations in orbit and licensing space systems. 


2:15 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. - Leadership in Aerospace 

The Honorable Marcus Molinaro, Congressman, House of Representatives (R-NY)

Moderator: Adam Maher, Founder and CEO, URSA Space Systems


2:25 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. - Leading the Way in Aerospace Innovation

The Honorable John Hickenlooper, Member, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate (D-CO)

Moderator: Evan H. Jenkins, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


2:40 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. - Human Exploration: Today and Tomorrow

James Free, Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development, NASA

Moderator:  Jacob Markish, Vice President of Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development for Thales North America 


2:55 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. - Leveraging International Partnerships from Low Earth Orbit to the Moon and Beyond

Krunal Joshi, Counsellor, Space, Embassy of India and Representative of Indian Space Research Organization to the United States

Nicolas Maubert, Space Counselor and CNES Representative, Embassy of France in the United States 

Jill Smyth, Counselor, Space Affairs, Embassy of Canada to the United States 

Aniello Violetti, Space Attaché, Embassy of Italy 

Moderator:  Jacob Markish, Vice President of Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development for Thales North America 

The historical success of the American space mission is deeply rooted in partnerships with international allies. Since its establishment in 1958, NASA has had over 3,000 agreements with over 100 national or international organizations. U.S. and international governments’ have consistently reaffirmed the value of space collaboration through policy, action, and unprecedented results. In this panel, we welcome leadership from NASA and international partners for a discussion on the global partnerships and alliances that are the cornerstones of robust international space operations. Panelists will look at this evolving network, including existing and future missions, the need for future collaboration, as well as new avenues for U.S. leadership.


3:20 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  -  The World Within an Hour

Sassie Duggleby, Co-Founder and CEO, Venus Aerospace 

Moderator:  Karen Walker, Editor-In-Chief, Air Transport World

Abstract: Sassie Duggleby is the CEO of Venus Aerospace, a Houston-based startup with plans to revolutionize global travel with its groundbreaking Mach 9 hypersonic plane, which promises to make one-hour travel between Los Angeles to Tokyo a reality. During this engaging session, Duggleby will discuss the challenges and early successes of developing hypersonic passenger transportation, as well as its potential impact on global connectivity, commerce, and tourism. 


3:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. - Leading the World's Safest and Most Efficient Aerospace System

Polly Trottenberg, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation and Administrator (Acting), Federal Aviation Administration

Moderator: John Drake, Vice President, Transportation, Infrastructure and Supply Chain Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.  - Near-Term Investment Opportunities to Grow the Space Economy

Bob Brumley, AIAA Cislunar Ecosystem Task Force Chair - Project Clarity 

Peter Knickerbocker, Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Ronald Lau, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Capital Programs, Space Florida

Moderator:  Prof. George S. Pullen, Author, Chief Economist, Milky Way Economy


4:10 p.m. - 4:20 p.m - Accelerating and Scaling DOD Adoption of Commercial Technology

Doug Beck, Director, Defense Innovation Unit

Moderator: Andrew Bunker, Vice President of Government Operations and Business Strategy, Rocket Lab


4:20 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. - Supporting Robust Commercial Low Earth Orbit Destinations

Brittani Sims, Commercial Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) Development Program, NASA

Eric Stallmer, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy, Voyager Space

Jared Stout, Vice President, Government Relations, Axiom

Moderator: Mary Guenther, Vice President of Space Policy at Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The International Space Station (ISS) has offered the global scientific community a platform for groundbreaking research impossible to replicate on the Earth’s surface. Orbiting our planet for more than two decades, the ISS is the preeminent achievement of public-private cooperation and international collaboration. As the planned retirement of the ISS looms, we look to the future of LEO-based space stations. In this panel, we welcome private sector leaders and NASA experts for a discussion on the future of commercial LEO destinations (CLD). Panelists will discuss the driving factors behind the rapid acceleration in CLDs, including the growth of space tourism, research and development opportunities, and the potential for commercial manufacturing and resource extraction.


4:45 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.  - Science in Microgravity  

Alain Berinstain, Chief Strategy Officer, Space Tango

Kathleen Karika, Director of Research Operations, Virgin Galactic

Ken Savin, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Redwire

Moderator:  Magdalena Petrova, Lead Producer, CNBC

As the space industry continues to grow, there is an increasing need for new and innovative approaches to manufacturing in space. The Low Earth Orbit (LEO) economy provides a unique opportunity for companies to create valuable solutions that can benefit humanity. In this panel discussion experts will share their approach to revolutionizing manufacturing in the new LEO economy and how companies developed an integrated and intuitive approach to on-orbit production, leading to transformational solutions that create new business opportunities in space. The panel will explore the benefits of manufacturing in space, including the potential for producing materials with unique properties, the ability to conduct research in a microgravity environment, and the creation of new business opportunities. Panelists will discuss their approach to developing automated systems for health and technology manufacturing, and how their facilities support iterative R&D and on-orbit production. They will also highlight the importance of partnerships in creating valuable solutions, and the benefits of working with a diverse range of stakeholders. 


5:10 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. - Connecting Capital to Catastrophe

Alex Korb, Head of Parametric Insurance Practice, ICEYE

Peter Lacovara, Managing Director of Alternative Risk Transfer and Innovation, Aon

Todd Master, COO, Umbra Space

Moderator: Kelli Kedis Ogborn, Vice President, Space Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Space Foundation

The increasing frequency and severity of weather events are putting pressure on the insurance sector to respond.  Advances in Earth observation technology, including high-resolution radar imagery are enabling the insurance industry to measure events on the ground in ways that have not been possible before, and opening the door to new coverage approaches that include parametric insurance. The panel will discuss the potential this new model has close the “protection gap” in communities vulnerable to flood and wildfires.


5:40 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. - Closing Remarks 

Christopher D. Roberti, Senior Vice President for Cyber, Space, and National Security Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce