2021 NASS Program Summary

The North American Space Summit (NASS)

Join the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association for its annual North American Space Summit’s “LEO: The New Gold Rush” Aug 29 – Sep 1st 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 near-earth 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.

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Monday August 30th, 2021

Cryptocurrency in the Space Economy

8:45 AM

Pierce will focus his remarks on presenting the different types of available financing and currencies – including cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Tether, which he co-founded – to broaden investment opportunities for space. He will also discuss how the Michigan Launch Initiative will stimulate economic activity in low-Earth orbit, or LEO, satellites.

Brock Pierce

Brock Pierce
Entrepreneur & Co-founder Tether Cryptocurrency

Space Harbor

No Longer a Theory: Updates on the Michigan Launch Initiative

9:15 AM

Over the last several years, the Michigan Launch Initiative has laid the groundwork for Michigan to support a state-of-the-art commercial aerospace ecosystem. MLI is far more than just a theory in presentations and reports, it’s moving forward with real momentum. Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association Executive Director Gavin Brown provides an update on how the MLI is moving forward with its horizontal and vertical launch facilities, as well as a command-and-control center, to build a space ecosystem in the Midwest.

Brian Gulliver

Gavin Brown
Executive Director
Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Assoc.

Troy Cumings
Executive Partner
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Brian Gulliver
Aerospace and Spaceport Practice Leader
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc

More Spaceports, More Opportunities

9:50 AM

Did you know there are currently 13 licensed spaceports in the U.S., but none in the Midwest? Federal Aviation Administration Associate Administrator Wayne Monteith discusses the numerous capabilities spaceports can provide, importance of licensing more spaceports in America and why expanding this infrastructure is vital for the space ecosystem’s future.

Wayne Monteith
Associate Administrator
Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Rethinking Space Launches: The Horizontal Approach

10:10 AM

People think of a space launch as a rocket blasting through the atmosphere, but horizontal launches are becoming increasingly popular as they cater to the need for low-Earth orbit satellites. Hear from Gary Kellan from the Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport and Virgin Orbit’s Monica Jan on how the federal licensing process works, the benefits of establishing horizontal launch sites and their potential users.

Elaine Taylor
Gary Kellan
Cheree Kiernan

Elaine Taylor
WN+J

Gary Kellan
Airport Manager
Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport

Don Nolan
Director, Heavy Maintenance
Kalitta Air

Cheree Kiernan
CEO
Integrated Launch Solutions

The Heart of Space in Michigan

11:00 AM

Chippewa County’s Command and Control Center will be the heart of Michigan’s space ecosystem. Hear panelists discuss the latest updates on the process underway to make the facility operational, who will operate it, the technology coming to the facility and the revenue stream and jobs expected from its commercial and government customers. Command & Control

Chris Olson
Dave Buck
Stan Kennedy

Chris Olson
President
Chippewa County EDC

Dave Buck
President
BRPH Mission Solutions

Stan Kennedy
Chief Architect
Redwire Space

Dr Christopher Griffen
Technical Director, Great Lakes Composite Institute

Highways in Space

11:30 AM

There are no traffic signs, side streets or clear pathways in space. Orbiting satellites are ripe for potential collisions, which contribute to scattered pieces of debris that in turn can cause more damage to other satellites. Panelists discuss managing these orbits by boosting ground communication infrastructure to create an interstellar highway system that creates safer and cleaner space. Panelists will also talk about enhancing current debris remediation techniques to support this initiative.

Greg Johnson
Adam Kall
Rick Jenet
Brandon Cesul

Gregory H. Johnson, Colonel (Ret), USAF
Test Pilot & Business Development
Lockheed Martin Space

Adam Kall
Director of Technology
Kall-Morris, Inc.

Rick Jenet
Founder & Executive Director
Expanding Frontiers

Brandon Cesul
Technical Fellow & Principal Systems Engineer (Space), KBR Defense & Intel Business Unit

The Next Generation of Space Workers

12:45 PM

An affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, the ATLAS Space Explorer Post 2025 is the only post in the country focusing on growing the future workforce of the space ecosystem. The program is open to teens and young adults ages 12 to 19 who have an interest in careers in space technology. ATLAS Spacer Operation’s Ryan Clulo discusses the program’s work and vision for the future.

Ryan Clulo
Atlas Space Operations

Jobs of the Future

1:00 PM

Michigan is home to hundreds of space-related companies that produce more than $3 billion in annual revenue. The state also has incredible human capital – we have the highest concentration of electrical and mechanical engineers nationwide and employ more industrial designers than any other state. Hear from panelists on what we are doing to prepare for Michigan’s jobs of the future in areas such as cybersecurity and mobility within the space economy.

Elaina Farnsworth
Karl Klimek
Gregg Wildes

Elaina Farnsworth
Founder
The Next Education

Dr. Don McMaster
President
Alpena Community College

Gregg Wildes
Innovation Leader
Dornerworks

Karl Klimek
President
2 Perspectives

Space-Enabled Communication for Advanced Mobility

Shaping the Future of Mobility with LEO 5G

1:30 PM

Autonomous vehicle technology continues to develop and promises a bright future in the American automotive industry but is at a crossroads with today’s infrastructure. Volkswagen Group of America Director of Connected and Mobility Services Frank Weith highlights how space-enabled 5G technology is vital to the advancement of autonomous vehicles.

Frank Weith

Frank Weith
Director, Connected & Mobility Services
Volkswagen Group of America

The Race to Connect: LEO-based 5G + Next Gen Mobility

2:00 PM

The advancement and mobility of autonomous vehicles relies on infrastructure expansions on the ground and in orbit. Kirk Steudle, the senior vice president at Econolite and former director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, discusses the race to connect space-enabled 5G in both areas to bridge the gap between connectivity in urban and rural areas so autonomous vehicle technology is accessible for all.

Glenn Stevens
Kirk Steudle

Glenn Stevens
Executive Director
MICHauto

Kirk Steudle
Senior Vice President
Econolite Group

Cybersecurity is not an option

2:45 PM

It’s a requirement for any manufacturer that wants to participate in the space ecosystem. This session will focus on the critical importance of cybersecurity and its roles in ensuring secure communication links between satellites and their ground stations. Meeting DoD standards and Cybersecurity Material Model Certification standards are required for any business – we’ll dive into each and share what you need to know.

Elaina Farnsworth
Jessica Pellegrino

Elaina Farnsworth
Founder
The Next Education

Jesse Pelligrino
President
Defense Cyber Solutions

Mike Stone
Senior Counsel
WN+J

Game Time: How America can get its mojo back

3:30 PM

The featured experts in this session will discuss some of the game changing technologies that are ready to revolutionize communications, encryption and quantum impact for ground, air, sea, space, cyber and our planet. Learn how these innovative technologies can put America back on track and take the lead into the "Internet of Everything & Everywhere Web 3.0” era.

Pamela Norton
Todd Austin
Lamont Silves
Andrew Van Timmerman
Bill Van Duyne
Robert Sarkissian

Pamela Norton
CEO/Founder
Borsetta, Inc.

Todd Austin
Founder
Agita Labs

Lamont Silves
Sr. Director
ColdQuanta

Andrew Van Timmeren
Sr. Defense Consultant
Advanced Strategic Insight, Inc.

Bill Van Duyne
Chief Innovation Officer
SeaPort, Inc.

Robert Sarkissian
Director Aerospace and Defense
Cadence Design Systems

SECAM: Where space meets 5G to advance autonomous mobility and connectivity for the nation.

4:10 PM

This session with cover the benefits of SECAM for Michigan and the Nation. Covered will be SECAM's impact to Michigan and its automotive industrial base, the impact to the nation and national security and the role of SECAM in the construct of national infrastructure development.

Jeff Matthews
Dave Parent
Steve Hamilton

Jeff Matthews
Specialist Leader, Space Industry
Deloitte Consulting, LLP

David Parent
Principal
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Steven Hamilton
Senior Manager
Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP

Tuesday August 31st, 2021

Gold Rush

The Space Revolution - Reloaded

8:00 AM

This is a must see talk for anyone dealing with, curious about, reporting on, or investing in space!

Rick provides both almost unknown history and context for what many today mischaracterize as a contest between “billionaires and their toys”. He shows how what we see happening today has deep roots, and is the result of a long, often behind the scenes war of ideas and clash of cultures. He also flips other critiques on their heads, providing a context for the rise of a multi-trillion-dollar New Space industry that is both greener than green and built on the promise of an abundant future for everyone. We can guarantee you that after this presentation you will not look at what is happening on the High Frontier the same way again.

Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson
Founder
SpaceFund
Space Frontier Foundation
EarthLight Foundation

The smart space money is on….

8:45 AM

Morgan Stanley values the global space economy at $350 billion today, noting it will top $1 trillion by 2040 – with 50% of the projected growth coming from satellite broadband. Where’s the smart money going now? This session will focus on where to invest today and growth areas for tomorrow.

Steve Hamilton
Ellen Chang
Meagan Crawford

Steve Hamilton
Senior Manager
Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP

Ellen Chang
Managing Partner
Syndicate 708

Megan Crawford
Managing Partner
SpaceFund

Access to Capital

9:30 AM

You just closed on a major aerospace deal, now what? There are several options to fund projects. From traditional bank financing and support programs, to unique funding options such as WHAT, panelists will present opportunities Michigan and other Midwest companies can explore to gain access to capital for new equipment, buildings and other enhancements. The discussion will also include key steps in the process, such as when to bring in your team, accountant, and attorney.

Kyle Sasena
Irina Litchfield
Chris Cook
Chris Thomas

Kyle Sasena
First Vice President- Commercial Banking
Independent Bank

Irina Litchfield
President
Lumeria

Kent Takas
Senior VP, Group Manager
Independent Bank

Chris Cook
Director – Capital Access
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Chris Thomas
Co-founder and Partner at Assembly Ventures.

Made for Space

Lunar Rover Case Study

10:45 AM

NASA astronauts still have yet to explore 95% of the Moon’s surface, and to do so, they will need a set of wheels that can endure those long road trips. Derek Hodgins of Lockheed Martin talks about the unique partnership with GM Defense to design the next generation of lunar rovers that can travel farther distances on the lunar surface with or without humans on board.

Derek Hodgkins

Derek Hodgins
Lunar Exploration Campaigns
Lockheed Martin Space

Small-satellite electric propulsion comes of age

11:20 PM

Small-satellite constellations have become reliant on low-power electric propulsion technologies because of their excellent fuel efficiency. The hurdle facing the industry now is to commercialize the propulsion products and the manufacturing processes in time to meet the exponential demand. Dr. Brad King will describe the challenges of mass-producing satellite electric propulsion systems and describe lessons learned in bringing Orbion’s products to market

Brad King

Brad King
CEO
Orbion Space Technology

Growing a Commercial Space Ecosystem

1:00 PM

Economic viability for space operators requires systems that are affordable and reliable. These systems also need to be serviced while in space. This panel will discuss innovations in the manufacture and sustainment of small satellite spacecraft and their support systems.

Brent Abbott
Jeremy Schiel
Rick Jenet
Dirk Wallinger
Jeromy Grimmett

Brent Abbott
CEO
NanoAvionics

Jeremy Schiel
Co-Founder & CDO
Orbit Fab

Rick Jenet
Founder & Executive Director
Expanding Frontiers

Dirk Wallinger
CEO
York Space Systems

Jeromy Grimmett
Founder & CEO
Rogue Space Systems Corporation

Add it Up

1:45 PM

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has gained steam over the last few decades on Earth. This panel will explore the uses for additive manufacturing on Earth to make parts being used in space, such as Lockheed and its fuel containers for satellites. It will also look at expanding the capabilities of additive manufacturing in space to make replacement components for shuttles, rockets and other equipment already in orbit.

Brandon Pender
Dave Simmett

Brandon Pender
Associate Director Materials
GVSC

Brian West
Additive Mfg. Lab Manager
Marshall Space Center

David Simmet
COO/Director of Sales
FAMAero, Inc.

Russ Brown
Business Development
Sciaky, Inc.

The High Ground

Miniaturizing RADAR

3:20 PM

In the first of three sessions that will lead into a panel discussion, Mike Moran of PredaSAR Corporation will discuss the benefits of using synthetic aperture radar on smaller spacecraft. Traditional radar technology doesn’t translate well on smaller spacecraft, but the use of synthetic apertures enables the miniaturization of radar without sacrificing bandwidth.

Mike Moran

Mike Moran
COO
PredaSAR Corporation

Cloud Hosting + Ground Networks

3:35 PM

In this second session, Ed McCarty of Atlas Space Operations explores leveraging cloud-hosted, network integration technologies and they opportunities they create for scalable and extendable ground networks.

Ed McCarty

Ed McCarty
VP Sales
Atlas Space Operations

Revolutionizing Data Protection

3:50 PM

Investing in innovation is fundamental for the future of our country’s national security guidance on space policy. Slingshot Aerospace CEO and Co-founder Melanie Stricklan will discuss the industry’s investment vision and strategy for emerging space technology to continue to revolutionize data protection for private and public sectors.

Melanie Stricklan

Melanie Strickland
Co-Founder/CEO
Slingshot Aerospace

Driving Innovation and Change

4:05 PM

So how all of these technologies come together? And what impact will it have on national security? Mike Carey of Atlas Space Operations leads a panel discussion with presenters Mike Moran, Ed McCarty and Melanie Stricklan on the role commercial companies have to drive change and leapfrog technologies. They will explore the benefits private business can bring to bolster our national security capabilities.

Mike Carey
Mike Moran
Ed McCarty
Melanie Stricklan

Mike Carey
Chief Strategy Officer
Atlas Space Operations

Mike Moran
COO
PredaSAR Corporation

Ed McCarty
VP Sales
Atlas Space Operations

Melanie Strickland
Co-Founder/CEO
Slingshot Aerospace

Wednesday September 1st, 2021

Doing Business With NASA

Doing Business at Marshall Space Flight Center and the Johnson Space Center

9:30 AM

During the "Doing Business With NASA" segment, small businesses will receive an virtual introduction to the Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center marketplaces. Overview will include small business metrics both direct and subcontracting, availability of small business resources, upcoming procurement opportunities, future outreach events, and how to make connection with NASA Centers.

David Brock
Robert Watts

David Brock
Small Business Specialist
NASA Office of Small Business Programs
Marshall Space Flight Center

Robert Watts
Small Business Specialist
NASA Office of Small Business Programs
Johnson Space Center

Doing Business with NASA Prime Contractors

10:30 AM

During the “Doing Business With NASA Primes” panel, those in attendance will have an opportunity to virtually connect with several NASA large business prime contractors to gain valuable information on how to more effectively market a company’s capabilities to the primes. As NASA embarks on new and exciting programs (i.e., Artemis, Gateway, Human Landing System, Moon to Mars Mission, etc.), small businesses will be presented with numerous opportunities to support these programs through the prime contractor subcontracting programs.”

Gina Gastelum
Aerojet Rocketdyne

Dr. Diane Sterling
Boeing

Jennifer Delaney
Dynetics

JoAnn Belt
Jacobs

Jenifer Scoffield
Northrop Grumman

Kerry Webb
SAIC

Debbie Batson
Teledyne Brown Engineering

Gina Gastelum
Diane Sterling
Jennifer Delaney
Joann Belt
Jennifer Scoffield
Kerry Webb
Debbie Batson

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