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Basics of Venture Capital Financing

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 Craig Lang, Partner, DLA Piper, LLP (US) entitled “The Basics of Venture Capital Financing“.  The webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 1600 ET.

Program Description:  Many satellite- and space-focused founders seek out growth capital from outside investors in order to get their startup companies on a path for growth.  Every year, the U.S. venture capital industry invests billions of dollars into hundreds of early-stage technology companies.  Understanding what it takes to attract investors and get your company funded can be challenging, to say the least – particularly for founders who have not yet been through the financing process with investors.  Venture financings involve significant work, with unique terminology, and plenty of pitfalls for inexperienced founders and their startup companies.  This webinar will arm you with the basics of venture capital financing, equip you to understand a venture “term sheet” and walk you through the process of getting an investment round closed.  

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7th Annual GSSF&E

Join your colleagues and friends for the space sector’s premier in-space infrastructure and operations event – CONFERS 7th Annual Global Satellite Servicing Forum & Exhibition (GSSF&E), Wednesday, November 13 – Thursday, November 14, 2024 at The Westin Arlington Gateway, Arlington, VA.

This year’s GSSF&E will feature:

  • An outstanding, peer-developed program
  • Keynote speakers from government, industry, academia and the media
  • Many networking opportunities
  • A table-top exhibition
  • Enhanced sponsorship opportunities to build your company’s brand with the satellite servicing industry
  • And much more

The Call for Presentations, information on enhanced sponsorship opportunities, exhibiting, registration and hotel reservations will be forthcoming.

Ensure that you are on CONFERS distribution list. Click here to add your contact information so you don’t miss important updates about this year’s GSSF&E.

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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 rescheduled to a date in March.  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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“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 – held its second industry-wide informational “State of the Association” webinar on Monday, December 11, 2023, at 1300 Pacific/1600 EDT/2200 CEST/0600 JST (Tuesday, December 12). 

With CONFERS one year on from its transition from DARPA to a stand-alone global trade association, this briefing provided an excellent opportunity for the entire industry – especially those unable to attend CONFERS 6th Annual Global Satellite Servicing Forum in October – to learn about CONFERS’ activities since the first “State of the Association” webinar in May, and what’s in store for 2024 and beyond.  Attendees also had the opportunity to see the many member companies currently engaged with CONFERS, and learn how their companies, too, can become an integral part of CONFERS.

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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 – held an industry-wide informational “State of the Association” webinar on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.  The briefing provided the opportunity for the entire industry to hear about CONFERS transition from DARPA to a stand-alone global trade association; learn what CONFERS has accomplished on behalf of the industry; hear from the candidates running for board seats in elections later this month; learn about ways that industry stakeholders can become engaged with CONFERS and contribute to its mission; and, discover CONFERS plans for advocacy, conferences, events and more moving forward.

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6th Annual GSSF

The 6th Annual Global Satellite Servicing Forum (GSSF), hosted by the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS), is the space sector’s premier in-space infrastructure and operations event.  This year’s outstanding event was held Wednesday, October 11 – Thursday, October 12, 2023 at the Hilton Towers, Arlington, VA.

Open for Business:  Buying into ISAM, featured leading commercial and government satellite operators, satellite manufacturers, satellite servicing providers, policy leaders, financial and insurance experts, and media from around the world highlighting key themes in rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO), on-orbit satellite servicing (OOS) operations, and in-space assembly, servicing, and manufacturing (ISAM).

The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy has just released Episode 126 of The Space Policy Show – Standards & Services in Space.  Episode 126, featuring interviews with CONFERS members and leaders about sustainability through servicing, successes, and sticking points, was taped on location at the GSSF and is an excellent recap of this year’s outstanding gathering of the global stakeholders forging a new, vibrant, sustainable and safe space economy.

Plans are already underway for the 7th Annual Global Satellite Servicing Forum in 2024.  Ensure that you are on our mailing list to receive the latest information on programming, speakers, registration, sponsorship opportunities and the exhibit show.  Email [email protected] with your contact information.

Thank You to our 6th Annual GSSF Sponsors

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Space Systems Command Space Mobility & Logistics Reverse Industry and Collaboration Day

USSF/SSC Space Mobility and Logistics Reverse Industry & Collaboration Day

CONFERS would like to highlight an event of interest to the satellite servicing community: the United States Space Force (USSF), Space Systems Command, Program Executive Officers (PEO) for Assured Access to Space (AATS) will be conducting a Space Mobility and Logistics (SML&L) Reverse Industry and Collaboration Day for systems developers and operators planning to provide SM&L services. The event will be held in El Segundo, CA on September 13-14 and is open to U.S. citizens.

The Reverse Industry and Collaboration Day will feature opportunities for industry representatives to explain how their technologies can support the Government’s future business, technical, and operational plans for SM&L capabilities (to include, but not limited to: Orbit Transfer, Satellite Repositioning, Refueling, Repair, Resupply, Servicing, and Active Debris Removal and Disposal). Companies will also have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one briefings on a first availability basis.

The event will occur at the Aerospace Corporation, Titan A1 Conference Facility. Please note that registration is limited to a maximum of three people per company and some COVID restrictions apply.

To register, please click here. Registration closes on September 2, 2022 at 12:00 PM PDT.

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