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NASA’s Space Sustainability Strategy

The Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) – the independent non-profit global trade association fostering the satellite servicing industry – will host a webinar briefing on NASA’s Space Sustainability Strategy, presented by Ellen Gertsen, Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA’s Office of Technology, Policy and Strategy, on Monday, 3 June, 2024 at 1600 GMT.

About the Webinar: NASA released Volume 1 of its Space Sustainability Strategy on April 9. This discussion will review the intention and goals of the strategy as well as provide an update on the on-going and planned efforts to implement the strategy.

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Space Prototype Review Board (SPRB) Launch Opportunities Overview

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 Alexander (AJ) Salazar, Space Prototype Review Board (SPRB) Lead, Space Systems Command, U.S. Space Force, entitled Space Prototype Review Board (SPRB) Launch Opportunities Overview, on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 1200 ET.

About the Webinar: this program will discuss how businesses can work with the Space Force to find launch opportunities at a significantly reduced cost by being sponsored to the SPRB and providing capabilities of interest to the Space Force.

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CONFERS On-Orbit Servicing: Architecture and Standards Overview

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 Frederick Slane, Executive Director, Space Infrastructure Association entitled CONFERS On-Orbit Servicing:  Architecture and Standards Overview, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 1200 ET.

About the Webinar: There have been many changes since CONFERS was started over six years ago. From an unknown organization, CONFERS is now,”…the independent non-profit global trade association developing industry-led recommendations for standards and guiding international policies for satellite servicing that contribute to a sustainable, safe, and diverse space economy.” From our original mandate to develop Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) technical standards for safety and mission success, the scope of our workspace has extended to In-Space Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM) and On-Orbit Servicing (OOS) from low-Earth orbit (LEO) to cislunar and beyond.

In this webinar we’ll look at the Enterprise and Systems Architecture fundamentals that got us here and the resulting technical standards at, or near, publication. Looking ahead, we will discuss how CONFERS can recharge our fundamental processes to development and use CONFERS’ view of interdisciplinary technical standards across multiple professional, national and international standards development organizations.

CONFERS is uniquely positioned to define bridges between providers of ISAM capabilities at various levels of the supply chain with those who need those services. CONFERS has initiated a process to do that by establishing common terms, measures and relationships (the subject of technical standards). This webinar will explore CONFERS ability to steer standards development organizations (SDO’s), primarily acting independently, to create a multidisciplinary standards technical library.

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On-Orbit Activities: The Future of Space Innovation and Regulation

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 Dr. Michael C. Mineiro, Senior Counsel; Steven A. Rowings, Partner; Chase Hamilton, Associate; and Sharanya Sriram, Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP entitled “On-Orbit Activities: The Future of Space Innovation and Regulation” on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 1300 ET.

Program Description: The space industry is rapidly innovating and accelerating its ability to conduct economic activity in space. Part of this effort involves companies investing in on-orbit capabilities, which include activities like satellite refueling, orbital relocation, removing orbital debris, and performing spacecraft inspections and repairs. The changing industry landscape naturally lends itself to novel regulation in space. The Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are all federal agencies leading the regulatory scheme. This presentation highlights the various regulatory pathways for licensing and operating on-orbit activities, with an emphasis on where regulation is heading in the years to come.

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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 – hosted a webinar presented by Craig Lang, Partner, DLA Piper, LLP (US) entitled “The Basics of Venture Capital Financing“.  The webinar was 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

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Attendee Registration Information

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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 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 – held 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 provided the 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. 

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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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