Archives for January 2024

Introduction to Federal Government Contracting

The Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) – the independent global trade association fostering the satellite servicing industry – hosted a webinar entitled Introduction to Federal Government Contracting, presented by Daniel Cook, Partner, DLA Piper (US), LLP, on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 1400 ET/2000 CET/0400 JST (Friday, February 16, 2024).

Every year, the U.S. Government spends tens of billions of dollars on space-related activities.  This creates significant opportunities for companies in the space sector, including satellite operators and launch service providers.  At the same time, however, navigating the complex federal procurement landscape can be challenging for both newcomers and seasoned government contractors alike.  With these considerations in mind, this presentation will cover the basics of federal government contracting, including the solicitation and bidding process, contract pricing, bid protests, and contract disputes.  Throughout this discussion, we will focus on the rules and requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) and best practices for ensuring compliance and limiting legal risk.  We will also touch on a number of key topics of particular relevance to companies in the space sector, including protection of intellectual property, Other Transactions Agreements (“OTAs”), cybersecurity compliance, and supply chain compliance.

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Voluntary Space Sustainability Ratings

The Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) – the independent global trade association fostering the satellite servicing industry – will host a webinar presented by the Space Sustainability Rating Association on its voluntary rating system that is informed by transparent, data-based assessments, of the level of sustainability of space missions and operations.  The webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at 1200 ET.  Additional content and registration information will be available shortly.  Ensure that you’re on our email list – send your contact information to [email protected].

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“State of the Association” Webinar

The Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) – the independent global trade association fostering the satellite servicing industry – will hold its quarterly industry-wide informational “State of the Association” webinar on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 1600 ET/2200 CET/Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 0600 JST. This briefing will provide a terrific opportunity for the entire industry to learn about CONFERS’ activities since the last “State of the Association” webinar in December, and hear about what’s in store for the rest of 2024 and beyond. Additional content and registration information will be available shortly.  Ensure that you’re on our email list – send your contact information to [email protected].

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Space Export Controls and Related Space-applied Dual-use Technologies

On Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 1200 ET/1800 CET/Wednesday, January 17, 2024 0200 JST the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) – the independent global trade association fostering the satellite servicing industry – hosted a webinar presented by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP on space export controls and related dual-use technology.

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