Space Foundation Press Releases

Technical Track Program Expanded for 31st Space Symposium

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 28, 2015) - The Space Foundation is offering an expanded version of its Technical Track program for the 31st Space Symposium, with 46 presentations on April 13 and 14. The 31st Space Symposium will be held April 13 - 16 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and is expected to attract thousands of participants from the global space community.

Tech Track sessions offer registrants an opportunity to hear from some of the government and industry leaders in space technology development, and to learn about recent advances from presenters in a series of 20-minute tech talks.

Tech Track industry and active military/government registration includes Tech Track panels on Monday and Tuesday and admission to the Ball Aerospace Exhibit Center and Symposium sessions on Wednesday.

The Tech Track luncheon on Tuesday will feature guest speaker Dr. Merrie Sanchez, Chief Scientist, Air Force Space Command. Dr. Sanchez serves as the primary adviser to the commander on all scientific and technical matters concerning space and cyberspace research and development programs. She serves as the senior authority for all AFSPC scientific and technical matters, and is delegated the authority to guide the substantive scientific and technical program activities within the command. Dr. Sanchez has more than 30 years space engineering, management and financial experience working projects for the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and X-38 Crew Return Vehicle.

Some of the 46 Tech Track presentations on Monday and Tuesday include:

  • Eric Anderson, Chief Technologist - Space, Moog, "Extending Rideshare: Mission Case Studies Using Propulsive ESPA"
  • Chuck Beames, President, Vulcan Aerospace Corporation, "Transforming Orbital Access with Flexibility: Stratolaunch"
  • Dr. Bruce Chesley, Chief Architect, The Boeing Company, "Commercial Capabilities to Improve Mission Success"
  • Andrea J. DiPaolo, Doctoral fellow, McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law, "Leveraging Insurance for Commercial Space: Managing Legal and Regulatory Challenges"
  • Ahmad Shah Hakimyar, SEDSAT-2 Project Manager, SEDSAT-2, World Space Week, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, "The Co-Ordination Of A Distributed Educational Cubesat Project Through International Collaboration: Lessons Learnt So Far"
  • Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Senior Vice President, Government Strategy & Policy, Inmarsat, Inc. - U.S. Government Business Unit, "Commercial Augmentation for Government Systems"
  • Geoff Crowley, CEO and Chief Scientist, ASTRA, "Constellation of CubeSats for Realtime Ionospheric E-field Measurements for Global Space Weather"
  • Raul J. Diaz, Chief Technology Officer, 50th Network Operations Group, "Enterprise Architecture for the Air Force Satellite Control Network"
  • Shelby Oakley, Assistant Director, U.S. Government Accountability Office, "Assessing Performance, Progress, Trends, and Challenges Associated with NASA's Major Projects"
  • Saulius Pavalkis, Ph.D., Product Manager, No Magic Europe, "MBSE in Telescope Modeling: European Extremely Large Telescope -- World's Biggest Eye on the Sky"
  • Tom Rivers, Vice President, National Programs, Kratos Technology and Training Solutions, "Small Satellites - Evolving Innovation for the Entire Market"
  • Nickolas D. Taormina, Alex R. Strom, Dr. Parris C. Neal, Cadet 1st Class, Cadet 1st Class, Professor, Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Dept of Physics, "iMESA: An Integrated, Miniaturized, Electrostatic Analyzer"
  • Dr. X.T. Vuong, Vice President and Chief Scientist, Artel, LLC, "Techniques to Optimize Usage of Satellite RF Power"
  • Marit Undseth and Claire Jolly, Policy Analyst, OECD, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, "Globalisation Of Space Manufacturing: Recent Trends and Public Policy Response"

See the complete list of presenters and papers, and learn more about registering for the Technical Track program, at

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