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Dr. Brad Tousley to be Featured Luncheon Speaker at Space Technology & Investment Forum

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The Space Foundation announced today that Bradford Tousley, Ph.D., Director, Tactical Technology Office at DARPA, will be the featured luncheon speaker on Aug. 16 at the Space Technology & Investment Forum. The other featured luncheon speaker for the two-day conference will be Gregory Johnson, Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and former NASA Astronaut.

This by-invitation conference will offer a unique opportunity to meet with some of the most innovative, insightful and visionary professionals from the entrepreneurial and investment sectors of space and technology.

In addition to panels and featured speakers, focused networking opportunities will be offered at breakfast and luncheon events, at the welcome reception and at the special Start-up Showcase Reception.

Participating companies include:
A3 by Airbus Group
AAC Microtec North America, Inc.
Aerospace Fabrication & Materials, LLC
Allied Minds
Analytical Graphics, Inc.
Astro Digital
Aurora Equity
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
BAE Systems
Bee Partners
Bessemer Venture Partners
Blue Ridge Networks
Canaan Partners
Disrupt Space
EDC of Florida’s Space Coast
Earth2Orbit, LLC
Florida Institute of Technology
Hogan LovellsIHI Inc.
International Space University
L3 Electron Technologies
Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Lux Capital
Luxembourg Trade & Investment Office
Made in Space
McKinsey & Company
Moog Inc.
Moon Express
MT Aerospace AG
NewSpace Global
Phase Four
Pinnacle Engineering and Management Solutions
Planet Labs
Qualcomm Ventures
Raymond James
SSC – Swedish Space Corporation
Satellite Finance
Seraphim Capital
Space Angels
Space Florida
Space Partnership International
SpaceTec Partners
Stanford University  
Starburst Accelerator
Tethers Unlimited
Toffler Associates
Tyvak-Nanosatellite Systems
United Launch Alliance
University of Arizona
ViaSat, Inc.
Wiley Rein LLP

About Dr. Tousley
Dr. Tousley (pictured) joined DARPA in January 2013 as the director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO). From 2006 to 2013, he worked in the private sector at Logos Technologies. As a company executive he was responsible for unmanned airborne sensor technology, advanced imaging science, space situational awareness and sensors, and software development.

Dr. Tousley served as a senior scientist and program manager at DARPA from 1997-2006, creating and managing efforts in unmanned systems, tactical missiles, radar systems and advanced EO/IR sensor systems. In 2005, he was awarded the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)/Advanced Capability Technology Demonstration (ACTD) manager of the year for his management of the Micro Air Vehicle (Ducted Fan) ACTD, which resulted in the deployment of novel air vehicles in support of countering improvised explosive device operations and force protection of U.S. forces in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 1995-1997, Dr. Tousley was a program manager in the National Reconnaissance Office, managing new technology efforts for a variety of space-based sensor systems and communication architectures in support of the development of national technical means.

Dr. Tousley served as a U.S. Army Armor (Cavalry) and Acquisition officer in command and staff position from 1981 – 2001. He also served as a research scientist and associate professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on the faculty at West Point from 1992 – 1995.

Dr. Tousley holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, as well as a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

About the Space Technology & Investment Forum
The Space Foundation’s Space Technology & Investment Forum 2016 will be held Aug. 16 and 17 at JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square.

See the complete speakers list at, and request an invitation at [email protected].

Co-sponsorship of the Space Technology & Investment Forum is provided by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., CASIS, Illuminate and Lockheed Martin. Satellite Finance and Satnews are the media partners. Supporting organizations include DLR, Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable (SVSBR), The New York Center for Space Entrepreneurship and Space Angels Network.