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Past event: SmallSat & Space Access Summit 2018

The 2018 SmallSat & Space Access Summit encourages members of the DoD, Intelligence Community, military services, and critical organizations to come together to discuss solutions and techniques to exploit the space domain. The application of small satellites is transforming space exploration and allowing the US Government and critical partners to gain vital intelligence. This year's summit will highlight the technology currently underway and the challenges that exist in enhancing space access and employing smallsats to ensure space superiority.

Topics to be covered at the 2018 Summit:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of employing small satellite capabilities to meet operational requirements
  • Application of small satellites to gather intelligence to enable military to effectively monitor emerging crises
  • Understanding the effectiveness of microsatellites to operate in LEO and the type of data that can be gained from these smallsats
  • Applying small satellites over larger ones due to cost competitive flexibility to design, build, and deploy satellites that are best suited for a given application
  • Ability of CubeSats to offer standardized form-factor and containerization which enables mass production and easier launch vehicle integration
  • Perspective towards the limitations and constraints of payload sizes, power, and interface specifications of the current cubesats being developed
  • Efficiently acquiring commercial space technology to deliver military requirements in a timely manner

Why You Should Attend This Year's Summit:

This educational summit will bring together senior Intelligence officials, military leaders, academia, and solution providers to discuss the developing technology, infrastructure, and policy surrounding the application of small spacecraft technology into the plan to dominate the space domain.

As the space domain becomes increasingly contested and congested with competing adversaries, it is of utmost importance that the United States remain superior by advancing technology and incorporating low-cost flexible smallsats into orbits as auxiliary payloads. In order to do this effectively, the US Government must partner with the private sector to design smallsats which deliver diverse and advanced capabilities at a fraction of the cost of legacy satellite systems.

Our team specializes in the extensive research and development of our summits' content and focus areas. We seek to bring together the respected leaders from US military commands, leading research centers, government agencies, and industry technology providers. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.

At Our Summit You Will Have the Ability to:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing communications and networking leaders.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.
  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.

Confirmed 2018 Speakers:

  • Shawn Barnes, SES, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Space Operations, HQAF
  • Maj Gen Robert Rego, USAF (Ret), Strategic Missions Advisor, USSTRATCOM
  • Brig Gen Mark Baird, USAF, Director, Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition (SAF/AQ)
  • Tina Harrington, Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate, NRO
  • William Nelson, SES, Director, Programs and Technology, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command
  • Col Shahnaz Punjani, USAF, Director, Space Rapid Capabilities Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, AFSC
The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

Please fill in your name and email to receive the summit agenda of this event.


Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N Fairfax St, 22314
Alexandria, VA, USA


Mary M. Gates Learning Center/United Way
701 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA

There is parking available at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Enter at lobby level and request a day parking ticket.
(There is no parking at the Learning Center for delegates, and street parking is limited to 2 hours)

Hotel Rooms:
Hotel Rooms are available at a discounted rate at:
801 North St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Hotel Discount Reservation Link
(two walking blocks from the mary m. gates learning center)
* Please identify that you are with Defense Strategies Institute to receive your discount.
Event details
Organizer : DSI
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-18778