The featured speaker for the Space Foundation's Space Technology & Investment Forum luncheon on Aug. 17, 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.
Some of the panel discussions will include:
- "Hot New Tech"
- "International Space Investment"
- "Remote Sensing, an Investment Hotbed"
- "Closing the Deal - Funding Success Stories"
- "Hard Problems and Space Solutions"
- "Hot Niches and Why They're Hot"
- "Impacts of the Legal and Regulatory Environment"
- "Not-So-Strange Bedfellows: Where Investors and Government Funding Meet"
- "Knowing Your Investor: Differences in Investment Goals and Approaches"
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.
Johnson is the president and executive director for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). As executive director, Johnson is responsible for leading the CASIS staff to maximize utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) to benefit life here on Earth. CASIS identifies innovative applications and develops new partnership opportunities to promote utilization of our nation's orbiting laboratory. Prior to CASIS, Johnson was a decorated officer and pilot with the United States Air Force. He flew 34 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm and 27 missions during Operation Southern Watch. In 1994, he became a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, where he flew and tested the F-15C/E, NF-15B and several other aircraft. Retiring as a Colonel after nearly 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, Johnson has logged over 5,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft. Johnson received his B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, his M.S. in flight structures engineering from Columbia University and his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
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.
Co-sponsorship of the Space Technology & Investment Forum is provided by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., CASIS, Illuminate, Lockheed Martin and Syntropy. Satellite Finance and Satnews are the media partners. Supporting organizations include DLR, Secure World Foundation, Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable (SVSBR), The New York Center for Space Entrepreneurship and Space Angels Network.