2022 NASS Agenda

The North American Space Summit (NASS)

Join the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association for its annual North American Space Summit Oct 2nd – Oct 4th in Traverse City, Michigan and hear from some of the world’s most influential leaders in government and defense, automotive, business, aerospace and more on their initiatives to lead the world in new technology, capabilities, services and innovation in hypersonics and low-Earth orbit, or LEO.

Attendees will learn about the boundless opportunities for commercial organizations to grow this nearly $424 billion industry, the benefits and prospects of government partnerships as well as industry issues, trends and the latest technology.

The summit will feature more than 30 educational and networking sessions for attendees to learn about the next generation of space-enabled communications, autonomous vehicle technology, space supply chains, government applications, funding sources and more.

Sunday October 2nd

Winery Reception at Aurora Cellars

5:30 p.m Bus leaves for Vineyard Reception

Earlier this year, Aurora Cellars earned a platinum, two silver and three bronze medals at this year’s TEXSOM International Wine Competition. The event featured over 2,000 contestants from 24 countries. Aurora is also recognized as one of the top 20 wedding venues in the US.

Monday October 3rd

Exhibits Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7:15 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Annoucements

8:05 a.m. National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance

Monday focus: The Hypersonic Imperative

Hypersonic technology has the opportunity to drastically change numerous applications such as commercial travel, supply chain and defense initiatives. This advancing technology is designed for applications that travel at minimum speeds of Mach 5, or nearly 3,800 miles per hour at sea level. The U.S. must keep pace with our competitors, such as Russia and China, that have already made key advancements.

8:10AM Keynote:

Lt Gen (Ret) David J. Buck

Lieutenant General David Buck served in the U.S. Air Force for 40 years with a career dedicated to space, nuclear and cyberspace operations. He directed USSTRATCOM space forces in support of national security and combatant commander objectives. Leading over 19,500 men and women, Lt Gen Buck was responsible for protecting and defending critical U.S. and allied space capabilities. He is a highly recognized expert in space operations, twice testifying before the HASC regarding the necessity of maintaining freedom of action in space. In 2018, Lt Gen Buck retired as Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and Commander and 14th Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He now serves as President of BRPH Mission Solutions where he unlocks potential and spurs client growth endeavors spanning the aerospace, defense, national security and manufacturing industries. Lt Gen Buck will discuss the importance of leveraging commercial capabilities to address top DoD priorities in, through, and from space.

Subject Sessions:

9:00 a.m. The Role of Academia in Advanced Hypersonic Development

The research and development at academic institutions to advance hypersonic and space technology is helping the U.S. become a leader in these applications. This includes testing new materials as well as producing prototype sensors, aerostructures and thermal control cooling systems, among other developments. Academic institutions provide the human talent and key advancements to develop the next generation of commercial and government hypersonic and space programs.

Presenter: Gavin BrownExecutive Director, MAMA
Speaker: Jeffrey F. (Jeff) Rhoads, Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University and Director of the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories

10:00 a.m. Networking Break

11:00 a.m. LIFT – Materials Research in Hypersonic Development

LIFT, the Detroit-based national manufacturing innovation institute, will lead a discussion of industry experts on the need for rapid development of materials and manufacturing processes for hypersonics vehicles of the future. Panelists from industry and academia, who are currently working on applied hypersonics research projects with LIFT on behalf of the Department of Defense, will highlight the need to connect novel materials and manufacturing processes – in the virtual and physical worlds – to support our national security through enhanced hypersonics capabilities.

Moderator: Nigel Francis, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director LIFT
Panelist: Noel Mack, Chief Technology Officer, LIFT
Panelist: Austin Mann, Materials & Process Engineer, The Boeing Company – Boeing Research & Technology
Panelist: Matt Raplenovich Director, Business Development, ATC Materials, Inc.
Panelist: Brian Gockel, Research Scientist, Staff, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
Panelist: Kareem Ahmed, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida
Panelist: Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Assoc. Dir. Raytheon Tech. Research Center

12:30 p.m. Luncheon

1:30 p.m. Evolution & Revolution in Commercial Spaceflight

We’ve launched into a new era of commercial spaceflight propelled by both evolution and revolution within the industry. Join our panel from across the industry as we discuss commercialization from LEO to the moon and beyond. We will discuss science, space stations, lunar rovers and more in this energetic panel which demonstrates that space is closer than ever before.

Moderator: Michelle Lucas, Founder and CEO, Higher Orbits
Panelist: Ken Shields, Sr. Director Business Development Sierra Space
Panelist: Derek Hodgins, Strategy and Business Development Lockheed Martin

2:15 p.m. Surviving Todays Supply Chain Challenges: All hope is not lost…maybe!

Supply chain performance has evolved over time, but recent issues have amplified the magnitude of this change. Similar to automotive, we know that the aerospace and defense manufacturing sector is experiencing critical challenges and getting back to the basics of blocking and tackling is more important now than ever. Are you positioned to survive? This discussion will offer actionable operational, management and legal strategies today, to help position your company to survive and thrive.

Moderator: Elaine Taylor, Business Dev. Executive Warner Norcross + Judd
Panelist: Wade Phillips, Managing Director Seraph
Panelist: Tom Manganello, Partner Warner Norcross + Judd
Panelist: Jamie Headley, Dir. Business Development Seraph
Panelist: Heidi Devroy, Dir. Business Development Seraph CEO Prosper-Tech Machine & Tool

2:45 p.m. Networking Break

3:15p.m. LEO – Critical Cybersecurity

  • Satellite to satellite and satellite to ground (& ground to satellite) communication/data security/integrity.
  • NIST 800-171 & CMMC 2.0 standards, requirements and implementation.
  • Quantum and Cybersecurity for Space Objects

Moderator: Dr. Merrick S. Watchorn, DMIST, Co-Founder, Quantum Security Alliance
Panelist: Dr. Hans Mumm, Former Division Chief for Cyber Security, (ODNI) and Former Branch Chief at the CIA.
Panelist: James “Aaron” Bishop, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of the Air Force
Panelist: Chuck Brooks, President Brooks Consulting international

4:15 p.m. Michigan’s Space Industry Pathfinders

Successful Michigan space companies: How they started in the space industry, how they see the space industry growing in Michigan and their advice for companies considering entering the space industry.

Panelist: Mike Carey, Chief Operating Officer Atlas Space Operations
Panelist: John Couch, Vice President, Futuramic Tool & Engineering
Panelist: Troy Morris, Director of Operation, Kall-Morris, Inc.
Panelist: Dr. Mark Ricoy, CEO RF Bistatics
Panelist: Kevin Iott, Vice President Engineering PlaneWave Instruments
Panelist: Joe Panella, VP Mfg. Orbion Space

6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Tuesday October 4thd

Exhibits Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Annoucements

8:05 a.m. National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance

8:10AM Keynote:

Nina Armagno

U.S. Space Force Director of Staff Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno will kick off Tuesday’s session with a keynote address. As a leader in the newest branch of the armed services, which is focused on organizing, training and equipping the U.S. to conduct global space operations, Lt. Gen. Armagno will discuss the critical importance of the shared use of satellites by the U.S. Department of Defense and the commercial users – a first such initiative for the DOD.

Subject Sessions:

9:00 a.m. AFRL – Hypersonic Systems Development

Speaker: John Remen, Strategic Engagement Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rocket Propulsion Division

9:30 Managing Risk in Space

What happens if 2 multimillion-dollar satellites collide or is hit by debris?  Who pays? How do you protect your company? What happens if an entity disables a satellite?  The costs of these incidents have significant financial impacts to companies. What remedies are available?  This panel will give an overview of the law and how to protect companies from liability, including types of insurance coverage available.

Moderator: Beth Gotthelf, Co-Chair Aerospace & Defense Industry Team, Butzel Long
Panelist: Adam Dershowitz, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, Managing Engineer, Thermal Sciences
Panelist: Mike Vinter, CPCU, ARM, Executive Vice President, International Space Brokers

10:50 a.m. The Next-Gen Solutions for Orbital Debris and Space Traffic Management

It’s no secret, Orbital Debris and the threat of collisions in space grows with every launch. With few answers for effective management, how does the industry mitigate this risk and create a sustainable ecosystem? Hear directly from industry thought leaders and startups on how next-gen solutions are preparing to answer this call and deliver sustainable dynamic market growth potential.

Moderator: Dan Schutter, CEO, Space Interactions, Inc.
Panelist: Irina Litchfield, Chief Executive Officer at Rizon Labs
Panelist: Amolak Badesha, Co-founder and CEO, Orbital Composites
Panelist: Troy M. Morris, Co-Founder & Director of Operations, Kall Morris Inc (KMI)

11:40 a.m. Women in Space: Mentoring the Next Generation and Leading Diverse Teams

The demand for solutions to current challenges that hinder progress is high. Firms and agencies are racing to identify future issues and cultivate solutions. On top of this, our workforce is growing more diverse than ever before. Individuals rising above the economic statuses they were raised in, more women graduating from engineering fields, and a conscious effort to build teams from all walks of life is front and center. Studies have shown, teams made of diverse groups of individuals come up more creative and executable solutions. Joins us, as we speak to a panel of female leaders in the aerospace industry on how they are mentoring the next generation of leaders and lesson they can share on cultivating and leading diverse teams to develop and implement solutions.

Moderator: Victoria Mechtly, Business Development Aerospace & Defense, RS&H
Panelist: Olivia Gamez Holzhaus, Founder & CEO, Rhodium Scientific
Panelist: Stacey DeFore, Strategy & Business Development, Stakeholder Engagement, Lockheed Martin Space
Panelist: Michelle Lucas, Founder and CEO, Higher Orbits

12:30 p.m. Luncheon

1:15 p.m. A Distinctive Approach to Building a Diverse Workforce for the Space Industry

Speaker: Leamon R. Sowell, President and Managing Partner, Sowell Law Partners

Workforce diversity results when organizations have a strategy to hire historically underutilized people who have different characteristics such as age, ethnicity, religion, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, and gender. The goal is to create a culture where individual differences are respected, and all employees are empowered based upon their talent that meets the needs of the organization. Come and hear how we at SEACAM and MLI will sustain higher employee engagement and collaboration, reduce turnover, and promote stronger brand identity that will also improve profitability.

There remains a need for the growth of veterans, women, minorities and other historically underutilized people to participate in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) professions. We will also tell you how SEACAM and MLI will identify and enable historically underutilized people to secure STEM professions in extraordinary ways, and simultaneously create higher paying jobs right here in the State of Michigan! Our strategy also includes contributing to the success of diverse suppliers to the space industry which will also create upskilled opportunities for diverse employees of those suppliers.

2:00 p.m. Michigan Launch Initiative Update

Speaker: Gavin Brown, Executive Director, Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association.



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