2019 GSSF Presentations

Day 1- October 1, 2019
Please click here for the speaker presentations from Day 1: Part 1, Part 2

09:00 Opening Welcome

  • Dr. Brian Weeden, CONFERS Executive Director
  • Jim Armor, Chair, CONFERS Executive Committee
  • Michael Leahy, Director, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

09:30 Spotlight Talk: 
        Space Logistics: Pioneering the Future of Space
          Joe Anderson, Vice President, Operations and Business Development

09:45 Economics of On-Orbit Servicing Part I:  Commercial Servicing Pitch Session

A “pitch session” style format to highlight the value proposition of commercial satellite servicing, across the range of servicing offerings represented in the CONFERS membership.  Format:  Three 7 minute pitches describing the value proposition of that specific type of servicing (i.e. not a company pitch) from CONFERS members, followed by reaction from a discussant panel.

Moderator: Sima Fishman, Managing Director, Euroconsult USA


  • GEO Satellite Servicing: Michael Pollack, Vice President for North America, Effective Space Solutions
  • Active Debris Removal / Satellite End of Life Services: Ron Lopez, President & Managing Director, Astroscale U.S.
  • LEO Satellite Servicing: Talbot Jaeger, Founder and Chief Technologist, NovaWurks


  • Earl Han, Engineer, OneWeb
  • Bryan Benedict, Senior Director, Innovation & Satellite Programs, SES Government Solutions

11:00 Economics of On-Orbit Servicing Part II: Panel Discussion

What are the emerging market opportunities and technical and economic drivers supporting the emergence of satellite servicing and related activities? What specific challenges and opportunities exist? What are the roles of government programs and policy in supporting market development? 

Moderator: Joerg Kreisel, CEO, JKIC


  • Carla Filotico, Partner, SpaceTec Partners
  • Joshua Davis, Developmental Planning & Projects, Advanced Development & Planning Division, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Bhavya Lal, Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses, Science and Technology Policy Institute

12:30 Luncheon Keynote

  • Hiromichi Suzuki, Director, National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office, Japan

13:30 Panel: Government-Industry Partnerships to Enable Commercial Satellite Servicing

Discussion of how governments and industry can partner to enable commercial satellite servicing activities – it will discuss the role of government in providing the infrastructure and services necessary to enable the OOS industry

Moderator: Jim Armor, Chair, CONFERS Executive Committee


  • Jeremy Schiel, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, OrbitFab
  • Tim Deaver, Head of US Space Programs, Airbus Space and Defense
  • Joseph C. Parrish, Program Manager, Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Spacecraft (RSGS), Tactical Technology Office (TTO), DARPA
  • Ben Reed, Deputy Director, Satellite Servicing Projects Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

14:30 Panel: Regulatory & Licensing Considerations for Satellite Servicing

A panel of U.S. and international government & industry representatives to discuss the emerging questions and regulatory approaches related to this developing field.  Highlighting near-term issues and needs as countries develop and implement licensing approaches related to satellite servicing.

Moderator: Mike Gold, CONFERS Executive Committee Member


  • Chris Kunstadter, Global Head of Space, AXA XL
  • Karl Kensinger, Deputy Division Chief, International Bureau Satellite Division, Federal Communications Commission
  • Tahara Dawkins, Director, NOAA Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs, United States Department of Commerce
  • Toby Harris, Head of Orbital Systems, UK Space Agency

16:00 CONFERS Issues Forum: The Role of Standards in Promising Safety and Enabling Groth

A discussion of the state of play related to standards in the satellite servicing industry and how is CONFERS changing that.   What role do standards play in opening up markets and informing regulation?

Moderator:  Brian Weeden, CONFERS Executive Director


  • Diane Howard, Chief Counsel for Space Commerce, US Department of Commerce
  • Dan Oltrogge, US TAG Chair, ISO TC 14
  • Fred Slane, CONFERS Standards Development Coordinator
  • Dave Barnhart, CONFERS Research Director


DAY 2 – October 2, 2019
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09:00 Breakfast Keynote 

  • Kenneth Bowersox, Associate Administrator (Acting) for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA

09:30 Panel: Moon, Mars and Beyond: The Servicing Industry’s Role in Future Exploration

A discussion of the role commercial satellite servicing can play in partnering with governments in bringing future plans for human space exploration to reality.

Moderator:  Ian Christensen, CONFERS Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator


  • Bob Curbeam, Vice President, Business Development Space Systems Group, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
  • Jamie Landers, Lockheed Martin
  • Al Tadros, Vice President,   Space Infrastructure and Civil Space, Maxar
  • Daniel Noelke, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

10:30 CONFERS Product Spotlight

Briefing by Dr. Brian Weeden on 2019 outcomes and products of the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS).

11:15 CONFERS Issue Forum: Sustainability and Commercial On-Orbit Servicing

Issues Forum sessions are intended to be interactive discussions between CONFERS participants the showcase how the products being developed by CONFERS relate to enabling commercial OOS and RPO.  In this case the session will talk about how commercial servicing capabilities provide important civil and commercial benefits that are distinct from space-based weapon capabilities; and the role of responsible operations practices in enabling those benefits.

Moderator: Brian Weeden, CONFERS Executive Director


  • Joe Anderson, Vice President, Operations and Business Development, SpaceLogistics
  • Drew Garza, George Washington University
  • Theresa Hitchens, Breaking Defense
  • Matthew Shouppe, Director of Commercial Space, LeoLabs
  • Charity Weeden, Vice President, Global Space Policy, Astroscale

12:15 CONFERS Town Hall 

A town hall style discussion with all GSSF participants to allow for Q&A and discussion of policy, economic, and technical factors related to development of commercial satellite servicing capabilities. CONFERS Members and the audience will engage in a discussion of the key takeaways and outcomes of the GSSF.

  • Dr. Brian Weeden, CONFERS Executive Director
  • Todd Master, CONFERS Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
  • Jim Armor, Chair, CONFERS Executive Committee

13:00 Conclusion