AIAA Space & Astronautics Form in Long Beach-Kids Talk Radio

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September 6, 2016




Election 2016, Mars Exploration, Launch Vehicle Update, Commercial Crew Update, On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Among Discussion Topics  




  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE 2016)
  • SPACE 2016’s plenary program will focus on visions for the use of space, technologies for the new low earth orbit economy and Mars exploration.
  • SPACE 2016’s Forum 360 programs will focus on: Envisioning a free market space economy, current launch vehicle update, outer solar system exploration, earth observations, commercial crew update, on-orbit satellite servicing, complex systems  the global perspective of space and space traffic management.
  • Opening keynotes to be given by Charles Bolden, administrator, NASA and Winston A. Beauchamp, deputy under secretary of the Air Force for Space and director, principal Department of Defense Space Advisor Staff



  • Tuesday, September 13 – Thursday, September 15



  • Hyatt Long Beach and Long Beach Convention Center, 200 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach, California, USA, 90802


Media Opportunities

(Events with a “Livestream” indicator will be viewable at


Tuesday, September 13

(All times PDT)


8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Opening Plenary Session, Regency Ballroom (Livestream)

Speakers: Charles F. Bolden Jr., administrator, NASA; Winston A. Beauchamp, deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for Space and director, principal Department of Defense Space Advisor Staff; Steve Jurvetson, managing director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson


9:45 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.: Media Round Table, Seaview C

Speaker: Winston A. Beauchamp, deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for Space and director, principal Department of Defense Space Advisor Staff


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Limited or Unlimited: Envisioning a Free Market Space Economy, Room 104A (Livestream)

Moderator: Sophia Bright, director of program strategy and execution, information technology product systems, The Boeing Company. Speakers: Paul Collopy, University of Alabama, Huntsville; Chris Ferguson, deputy program manager and director, crew and mission operations, Commercial Crew Program, The Boeing Company; Michael Griffin, CEO, Shafer Corporation; Jeff Matthews, director of venture strategy and research, Space Frontier Foundation; Bruce Pittman, chief system engineer, NASA Space Portal, NASA Ames Research Center.


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Launch 2020, Room 104B

Moderator: Madi Sengupta, project manager, AIAA. Speakers: Mary Lynne Dittmar, executive director, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration; Lars Hoffman, senior director, government sales, SpaceX; Mark Pieczynski, vice president, business development, Flight Systems Group, Orbital ATK; John Reed, senior technical fellow, United Launch Alliance.


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Icy Moons and Ocean Worlds, Room 104C

Moderator: Brent Sherwood, manager, Solar System Mission Formulation Office, NASA JPL Speakers: Brian Cooke, system engineer, Europa Project, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); Thomas Cwik, manager, Space Technology Program, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Mike Garzarik, vice president of engineering, Ball Aerospace;


6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics, Regency Ballroom (Livestream)

Speaker: Vigor Yang, William R. T. Oakes Professor and chair, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


Wednesday, September 14


8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Technologies for the New Low Earth Orbit Economy, Room 104C (Livestream)

Moderator: Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA. Speakers: James Crawford, founder and CEO, Orbital Insight Inc.; Steve Jolly, chief engineer, civil space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems;Bernard Kutter, manager, advanced programs, ULA; Andrew Rush, president, Made in Space Inc.


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: On-Orbit Satellite Servicing, Room 104A (Livestream)

Moderator: Greg Scott, space roboticist, Naval Research Laboratory. Speakers: Maj. Gen. James B. Armor Jr. U.S. Air Force (retired), staff vice president, Orbital ATK; Charles Bacon, chief cooperative servicing engineer, restore l-systems engineer, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office, NASA; Steve Oldham, senior vice president, strategic business development, SSL; Gordon Roesler, program manager, robotic servicing of geosynchronous satellites, DARPA; Tim Priser, deputy program manager, Mars INSIGHT Lander, Lockheed Martin.  


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Commercial Crew Update, Room 104B

Moderator: Kathy Lueders, program manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA. Speakers: Chris Ferguson, deputy program manager and direct of Crew and Mission Operations, The Boeing Company; Benji Reed, director, crew mission management, SpaceX


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Earth Observations – Space and the Paris Agreement, Room 104C

Moderator: Randy Friedl, manager, earth system science formulation, Earth Science Directorate, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Speakers: Phil DeCola, chief science officer, Sigma Space Corporation; Riley Duren, chief systems engineer, Earth Science Directorate, NASA JPL; Jean Pascal Le Franc, deputy director for programming and international, CNES; Steve Pawson, chief, Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Thriving Within Complexity, Room 204

Moderator: Alison Lauderbach, systems engineer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Speakers: Jim Blohowiak, systems engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; G. Burkhard Mackensen, professor and chief, Division of Cardiothoratic Anesthesiology, University of Washington; Molly Martens, flight operations engineer, The Boeing Company; Marshall Short, vice president, laboratory test value stream, Boeing Test & Evaluation, engineering, test & technology, The Boeing Company; John Valasek, director, Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS), director, Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory, professor of aerospace engineering; and member of the Honors Faculty, Texas A&M University.


6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: William H. Pickering Lecture, Regency Ballroom (Livestream)

Speakers: Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute; Rick Nybakken, project manager, Juno mission, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Thursday, September 15


8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Next Stop: Mars, Regency Ballroom (Livestream)

Speakers: Michael Barratt, flight engineer, Expedition 19/20, mission specialist, STS-133, NASA; Guy Beutelschies, director, space exploration systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company;  John Elbon, vice president and general manager, space exploration, Boeing Defense, Space & Security; William H. Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, human exploration and operations, NASA; Abhishek Tripathi, director, certification, SpaceX; Julie Van Kleeck, vice president, Advanced Space and Launch Business Unit, Aerodyne Rocketdyne


2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Space Traffic Management, Room 104A (Livestream)

Moderator: Brian Weeden, technical advisor, Secure World Foundation. Speakers: Mark Daniels, vice president, new technologies and services, Intelsat General Corporation; George C. Nield, associate administrator, commercial space transportation, Federal Aviation Administration; Maj. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander, Air Force Space Command; Tommy Sanford, executive director, Commercial Space Federation


2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Global Perspectives, Room 104B

Moderator: Lt. Gen. Larry James, U.S. Air Force (retired). Speakers: Pascale Ehrenfreund, chair, Executive Board, DLR; Jean Pascal Le Franc, deputy director for programming and international, CNES; Hiro Iwamato, director, Washington D.C. office, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency; Mangesh Sannala, counselor (space), Indian Embassy to the United States, and senior engineer, ISRO Satellite Center



6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Yvonne C. Brill Lecture, Regency Ballroom (Livestream)

Speaker: Wanda M. Austin, president and CEO, The Aerospace Corporation


For more information about SPACE 2016, please contact Duane Hyland at, or 703.264.7558. Media registration is complimentary for accredited members of the press. You can follow developments from the forum on Twitter at #Aiaaspace.


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