Updated 8-31-2017

Presented by the Maui Economic Development Board and Secure World Foundation, the SSA Policy Forum is an important drawcard for the annual AMOS Conference with topical discussions moderated and addressed by experts in the field.  This year’s topics consider the various implications of commercialization in Space, including capabilities, security, policy challenges and the effect on space traffic management.

The topics for the 2017 AMOS Conference and the speakers invited to discuss these important issues of the SSA Policy forum are as follows:

SSA POLICY FORUM DAY 1:  Evolution of the Commercial SSA Industry

Brian Weeden, Secure World Foundation, will moderate the SSA Policy Forum on Day 2 of AMOS Conference

The field of space situational awareness (SSA) has become the latest space sector to see the emergence of significant commercial activity in what was once a government-only area. Multiple companies now offer commercial ground-based SSA data services, advanced data fusion and analysis, and software suites, with on-orbit data and services coming in the near future. But like other space sectors, there are still unanswered questions about significant public policy issues, such as the nature of the market and balancing commercial innovation with national security. This panel will discuss how the commercial space sector has evolved, its future prospects, and the policy challenges that still need to be addressed.

Moderated by Brian Weeden, Secure World Foundation

  • Stewart Bain, Northstar
  • Paul Graziani, Analytical Graphics Inc.
  • Doug Hendrix, ExoAnalytic Solutions
  • Tom Kubancik, Applied Defense Solutions
  • Edward Lu, Leolabs
  • Helen Reed, Chandah Space Technologies

SSA POLICY FORUM DAY 2: Challenges and Opportunities From Large Commercial Constellations

Andrew D’uva, Providence Access Co., is the moderator of the SSA Policy Forum on Day 1.

The commoditization of satellite hardware and increased private sector investment in space has led to dramatic growth in the number of commercial satellites planned for launch. An estimated 16,000 new satellites are planned for launch over the next decade, with multiple companies planning constellations of several hundred to thousands of satellites each. This panel will discuss the capabilities these new constellations could provide for commercial and national security users, and also the steps industry and governments can take to mitigate potential sustainability challenges.

Moderated by Andrew D’Uva, Providence Access Co.

  • Tim Flohrer, European Space Agency
  • Cyrus Foster, Planet Labs
  • Gary Henry, Boeing
  • Diana McKissock, 18th Space Control Squadron

SSA POLICY FORUM Day 3: International Perspectives on the Future of Space Traffic Management

Victoria Samson, Secure World Foundation, will moderate the discussion on Space Traffic Management.

The accelerated growth in commercial and military uses of space, the number of space actors, and innovative uses of space has sparked continued discussion on space traffic management (STM). However, there is still wide debate over how to define STM, and what the goals of a STM regime should be, let alone what policies, regulations, and mechanisms should be put in place to enable it. This panel will discuss multiple potential future scenarios for STM, the implications for commercial, civil, and national security uses of space, and what policy steps can be taken to move towards a pragmatic STM regime.

Moderated by Victoria Samson, Secure World Foundation

  • LTC Pawel Chodosiewicz, Defense Projects Department, Polish Space Agency
  • Stephen Earle, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
  • WGCDR Steven Henry, Australian Exchange Officer, Principal DoD Space Advisor Staff
  • Bhavya Lal, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Uwe Wirt, German Aerospace Center (DLR) / German Space Situational Awareness Center (GSSAC)

The SSA Policy Forum is 1 hour long, and is preceded by the day’s Keynote Speaker, and followed by the Technical Sessions.

For the full agenda, please visit https://amostech.com/agenda/