Thursday, July 16, 2015 -
Time Panel Speakers
08:00 AM - 08:05 AM Introduction

  • Jeff Feige - Chairman of the Board, Space Frontier Foundation
08:05 AM - 08:30 AM Opening Keynote

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Networking Break

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM Welcome to Silicon Valley

09:15 AM - 10:45 AM NACA & NASA: Learning from the the Past — Creating the Future

The National Advisory Committee For Aeronautics (NACA) was established by Congress 100 years ago in 1915. Composed of twelve unpaid volunteers and with a budget of only $5,000 per year for the first 5 years the NACA helped lay the foundation for the thriving aerospace industry we have today. In 1958 when Congress established NASA all four of the NACA Centers and personnel were transferred into this new agency. This panel will look back and examine how the NACA was able to accomplish so much, so quickly with so little and look forward to how NASA can learn from this rich history as it charts the course into the Solar System in the 21st century.

  • Bruce Pittman (Moderator) - Chief Systems Engineer, NASA Ames Space Portal Office
  • Glenn Bugos - Historian, NASA Ames History Office
  • Michele Gates - Program Director, Asteroid Redirect Mission, NASA
  • Jeff Greason - Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, XCOR Aerospace
  • Gary Martin - Director of Partnerships, NASA Ames Research Center
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Alternative Launch Vehicles

Vertical takeoff, multi-stage, and expendable. For more than half a century the space launch vehicle industry has been dominated by these descriptors. These panelists are challenging the traditional methods of rocket and launch vehicle design by implementing new launch platforms, testing novel engine nozzle designs, and designing for reusability. Their alternative approaches to providing access to orbit is leading to a revolution in commercial access to space and has the potential to completely change the way the industry deals with the commercial launch market. Hear how new ideas and aggressive testing approaches to launch vehicle design are changing the future of the industry.

12:15 PM - 01:30 PM Lunch Keynote: Solving the World’s Energy Problem for Good – A New Era of Space Enterprise for Humanity

It is possible to solve three global challenges—energy, water, communications —with a single off-world solution. Solar power stations, doubling as communications platforms in geostationary orbit are the cleanest, most efficient and most elegant way to supply 30 terawatts of power to 10 billion people by 2100. Excess power can be used to desalinate water and high power communications can be provided by the entire space solar power station network. On the platform of its propellant depot and lunar transportation architecture, Shackleton Energy Company and its leading multi-national partners are forming a consortium launching in September 2015 to begin a generational program of establishing new space infrastructure for the benefit of all humanity.

01:30 PM - 02:45 PM NewSpace and Traditional Space (Sponsored by Keysight Technologies)

Newcomers and established space companies are beginning to partner to create a mix of innovation and practice. Programs like the DARPA Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) and Atlas V engine replacement are attracting new approaches by companies like Boeing, Northrop, and United Launch Alliance to team up with startups like Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. What are the benefits of these partnerships from the NewSpace and the traditional business sides? How do the different company cultures affect development strategies and team dynamics? What new approaches to development can be taken through these partnerships and how are these partnerships changing the exit strategies of the NewSpace companies?

  • Dennis Stone (Moderator) - Project Executive, Commercial Space Capabilities, NASA
  • Neal Buren - NewSpace Business and Market Development Manager, Keysight Technologies, Inc.
  • Helene Huby - Head of Transversal Innovation, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Les Kovacs - Director, Executive Branch, United Launch Alliance (ULA)
  • David Lackner - VP Business Development, SSL
02:45 PM - 03:15 PM Networking Break

03:15 PM - 03:45 PM Keynote

  • Jason Andrews - President and CEO, Spaceflight Industries and BlackSky Global
03:45 PM - 05:00 PM The High Ground: How Constellations and Big Data are Changing the Space Industry

The commercial satellite industry, valued at $195.2B in 2013 and growing every year, is beginning to change dramatically as Big Data capabilities, the miniaturization of satellites, and satellite constellations are introduced. Not only are these new technologies allowing for greater volumes of higher-quality data to be collected at faster speeds, they’re permitting higher-fidelity organization, analysis, and utilization of the collected information. This panel will explore how these emerging technologies affect not just the operational and technical capabilities of the industry, but business models and practices, niche and international markets, and and how all of this affects the every-day person.

05:00 PM - 05:45 PM Town Hall Meeting with Alliance for Space Development

The Space Frontier Foundation and the National Space Society created the Alliance for Space Development (ASD) in 2014, and nine other not-for-profit groups have joined. The Alliance was formed to manage and coordinate a national campaign of like-minded organizations to accelerate the development and settlement of space. The Alliance leadership is holding this open community discussion of the Alliance’s legislative strategy and goals for 2015, and will provide a report card on progress to date. This town hall meeting is an opportunity for members of the community to discuss, debate, and provide public feedback on the Alliance's 2015 strategy and agenda, and to propose ideas for the Alliance agenda in 2016 and beyond. It is also an opportunity for those who want to advocate good public policy to make a difference.

  • Al Globus - Board Member, Alliance for Space Development and NSS
  • Charles Miller - President and Owner, NexGen Space LLC, Executive Coordinator, Alliance for Space Development
  • Aaron Oesterle - Board Member and Policy Director, Alliance for Space Development and Space Frontier Foundation
  • Gary Oleson - Board Member, Alliance for Space Development and Space Frontier Foundation
  • Dale Skran - ASD Board Member, NSS Board Member, Chairman, NSS Policy Committee
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM Annual Advocates Meeting

This event is free to all Advocates of the Space Frontier Foundation. Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. It will be held in the Sierra Room.

Friday, July 17, 2015 -
Time Panel Speakers
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Opening Keynote

09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Incentivizing A Local Space Industry

The new wave of NewSpace startups are not necessarily driven by the traditional government-led, large civil programs. Local and small governments are turning to the emerging NewSpace industry as a new source of economic growth. Each region offers a unique combination of benefits including financial incentives, work force development, and certain geographic advantages. The panelists come together to discuss their strengths and the challenges that they are facing.

  • Alex Pietsch (Moderator) - Director, Office of Aerospace and Industry Sector-Based Economic Development, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Tim Craine - Non-Executive Director, Cavendish Trust Company
  • Amaresh Kollipara - Founder and Managing Partner, Earth2Orbit, LLC
  • Ofer Lapid - Program Manager, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Pamela Welch - Executive Director, Midland Development Corporation
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Networking Break

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Keynote

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Making Cheap Access to Space (CATS) Cheaper (Sponsored by Vulcan Aerospace)

Since the dawn of space exploration, launch costs have always been a constricting factor on the volatility of the industry. NewSpace companies are now revolutionizing the industry through technological innovation to drive cost per kilogram of payload material to never before seen lows. The industry itself though is not the only means to accomplishing this. Government sponsored incentives,prizes, and R&D can help take advantage of the potential NewSpace companies have in optimizing their means of putting hardware and people into low Earth orbit. Buying services from these companies as well as maintaining a safe, yet flexible regulation environment will be vital steps to be taken by the Government in continuing growth. The real question to be addressed here today is how this can be done effectively to enable the private industry to not only thrive with their own respective services, but to also aid NASA in accomplishing what has never been done before. This event is not being streamed live, but will be available later.

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM Lunch

01:30 PM - 01:45 PM Relaunch: BPC 2016

The NewSpace Business Plan Competition is rebooting to provide greater utility and broader reach. Tom Olson, Project Coordinator of the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace Business Plan Competition, will discuss the change in strategy and how this new focus will provide more resources to entrepreneurs and investors, and how our new strategic partners will help us facilitate the growth of space entrepreneurism.

01:45 PM - 03:00 PM War Stories from the Entrepreneurial Frontier

A collection of stories brought to you straight from the muddy trenches of the entrepreneurial front. These individuals are turning dreams into reality and are now here to speak about their successes, failures, and lessons learned. For those who are currently thinking about or are currently in the initial stages of an entrepreneurial venture, this panel will be key into learning how to navigate around pitfalls that space pioneers have already managed to overcome and learn from. Come learn about team dynamics, company politics, and other inner workings and secrets in how a startup can cause a market revolution.

  • Dan Rasky (Moderator) - Chief of the Space Portal Office, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Daniel Faber - CEO, Deep Space Industries
  • Bob Richards - Co-Founder and CEO, Moon Express
  • Rex Ridenoure - CEO and Founder, Ecliptic Enterprises
  • Khaki Rodway - Co-founder, Director of Marketing and Business Development, NewSpace NYC
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM Space Mineral Resources: A Global Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities

Mr. Dula will discuss the recently announced International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) study on Space Mineral Resources, which will be published in July. Advance review copies of the study will be available to the media at NewSpace. Art Dula, space law professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and Zhenjun Zhang, head of the Space Law Association of China, led a team of international experts for three years to prepare this first international study on the technical, economic, legal and policy issues of space mining. The study discusses plans provided by several commercial firms that plan to mine the moon and asteroids and it makes recommendations to space agencies on how to deal with this new opportunity for the benefit of all humankind. In an interview with CNBC’s “On the Money,” superstar astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson argued that innovation is what leads to a healthy economy. “The first trillionaire there will ever be is the person who exploits the natural resources on asteroids,” Tyson said. “There’s this vast universe of limitless energy and limitless resources. I look at wars fought over access to resources. That could be a thing of the past, once space becomes our backyard.” Unlike the limited resources of the Earth, space resources are unlimited.

  • Art Dula - Trustee, Heinlein Prize Trust
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM Networking Break Sponsored by Google Lunar XPRIZE

04:00 PM - 05:15 PM The Case for Space: Why Investors Invest (Or Don't Invest)

The space business is booming -- so much so that many compare the industry to the rapidly expanding WWW bubble in the 90s. As NASA tries harder than ever to squeeze funds from Congress, more private funding than ever is pouring into the commercial space sector, nurturing existing space companies and cultivating new ones. Why are these investors choosing to put their money on space? Why are some investors choosing not to? For both of these parties, what future space industry ventures might they be convinced to invest in?

05:15 PM - 05:45 PM Closing Keynote

05:45 PM - 07:30 PM Business Plan Competition Open House

Network with BPC Staff, Sponsors and former Competitors, as well as investors, VC firms, and accelerators. Stop by for a complimentary beverage and ask them anything about the new competition format, how to apply or get involved, or how you can contribute. Or just stop by to show your support for the BPC's great work.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 -
Time Panel Speakers
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM Opening Keynote

  • Debra Facktor Lepore - Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
09:30 AM - 10:45 AM The Users and Futures of Low Earth Orbit

More than 55 years ago, low earth orbit was where humans first stepped into the cosmos. Today, it is one of the most active locations for private ventures and space activity with a combination of new constellations of commercial communications satellites, increased commercial launch vendors, and a spike in companies designing spacecraft for commercial remote sensing. Fueled by services sought in the international market, on-orbit servicing, and in-orbit propellant depots this use is expected to increase over the next several years. This is changing the way spacecraft are built, facilitating the private-public partnership between NewSpace companies and the International Space Station (ISS), and creating entirely new markets in the space sector. How is the use of low earth orbit changing today, and how will it change in the near future?

  • Kellie Gerardi (Moderator) - Business Development Specialist, Masten Space Systems
  • Jason Dunn - Co-founder and CTO, Made In Space
  • Ryan Holmes - CEO, SpaceVR
  • Jekan Thanga - Principal Investigator, Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration Laboratory (SpaceTREx), Arizona State University
  • Chris Wake - Head of Business Operations, Spire Global
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Networking Break

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Keynote

11:45 AM - 01:00 PM Commercial Space Stations – The Progeny of the ISS

Various International Space Station partners signaled an interest in extending the ISS to 2024, but beyond wanting to ensure that we continue to have a space-based microgravity research facility after 2024, there is currently no plan moving forward. NASA has suggested interest in having commercial entities field their own stations, with at least one company actively pursuing the launch of a private station at this time. However, there are significant gaps in planning, and there is no broad agreement. Commercial operators will require resources to succeed, whether they are fulfilling the need of NASA's or another user's, and NASA must determine how it will achieve necessary insight when a commercial provider is offering its service. While there are a number of ways ISS itself can enable commercial stations, such as adding new commercial modules, there are very limited mechanism that allow this.

01:00 PM - 02:15 PM Lunch

  • Dan Lopez - Vice President of Technology, UrtheCast
02:15 PM - 02:30 PM Competition within Government is Good, Too

02:30 PM - 03:45 PM Risk And Opportunity (Sponsored by Hogan Lovells)

Entrepreneurs are gamblers, but good ones are not reckless. They make smart, calculated, and deliberate bets. How do young companies balance risk and return, cost and benefit? When risks materialize, how are those risks managed and how do business models and processes change in response? How are space companies using the agile approach of "fail early, fail often" to leverage risk in a positive and innovative way? Being successful in the space industry takes more than a great product, it requires a great product at the right time with the right people who manage risks with opportunity. NewSpace has been driven by venture capital and miniaturization, will this continue or will more traditional methods of funding and technology development win over?  

03:45 PM - 04:15 PM Pioneering Space Summit 2015 - Output and Next Steps

A discussion of the Pioneering Space Summit that took place this past February in Washington DC, where 100 of the most influential members of the space community worked to break down barriers and open a dialogue between traditional and new space companies, between the government and the private sector, and across all verticals of the industry. One result of this Summit was the Pioneering Space Declaration ( The members of the panel (all attendees of the Summit) will discuss additional output and the next steps to move this initiative forward.

04:15 PM - 04:30 PM Closing Remarks

  • Jeff Feige - Chairman of the Board, Space Frontier Foundation
06:30 PM - 10:00 PM NewSpace Awards Gala

Join us Saturday evening for the black tie NewSpace Awards Gala, which serves to honor six recipients of top awards for achievements in our field. The evening begins with drinks and socializing along with live music entertainment, and the Advocates Pinning Ceremony. The second part of the evening features an elegant three-course meal, along with the pinnacle awards ceremony. Reception begins at 6:30pm in the Sierra Ballroom and the dinner at 7:30 pm in the Cascade Ballroom at the DoubleTree San Jose. As this is a formal event, evening wear is recommended. Come and enjoy the evening with the most influential individuals in the industry and toast to another year of amazing accomplishments for the NewSpace industry! 2015 Award Winners: Best Presentation of Space: Andy Weir Vision to Reality: Made In Space Pioneer of NewSpace: Bob Brumley Vision of the Future: Interstellar NewSpace Journalism: Eric Berger Service to the Frontier: TBA