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Past event: Small Sats & Space Access Summit 2019

Achieving Space Superiority Goals Through Advancements in Satellite and Launch Capabilities

The organiser, in partnership with the SmallSat Alliance, will host a comprehensive two-day summit on how the application of small satellites is transforming the space domain. Together with government, industry and commercial partners this event will present and highlight the technology currently underway and the challenges that exist in enhancing space access and employing SmallSats to ensure space superiority.

The 2nd annual 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.

Topics to be Covered at the 2019 Summit:

  • Assessing the advantages of employing small satellite capabilities to meet operational requirements
  • Leveraging small satellites to gather data and enable the effective monitoring of emerging crises
  • Operating micro-satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO)
  • Examining the limitations and constraints of the payload sizes, power, and interface specifications of current small spacecrafts
  • Utilizing commercial space technology to successfully deliver military requirements
  • Highlighting how industry can provide reliable and affordable access to space
  • Improving launch and landing capabilities to ensure mission success and safety
  • Addressing the implications of the growing small satellite market for the space launch industry

Why You Should Attend This Summit:

Historically, satellites are massive in size and expensive to both develop and launch. In the past, this has limited our flexibility and access to space. In response, the US has turned its attention toward the advancement of small satellites, which are proven to often be more cost-effective and pragmatic. The advantages of small satellites are not just their drastically reduced cost, but also their ease of launch, mission flexibility and ability to strengthen our overall capability in the space domain.

Our 2nd Annual SmallSat and Space Access Summit will address the development of SmallSat technologies and the challenges of achieving successful vehicle launches. Speakers will address the policy, acquisition, and development of space capabilities aimed at ensuring US superiority in the space domain. Furthermore, this event will highlight the role of the space industry and commercial sector in furthering reliable space access and innovative satellite technologies.

Speakers from across the DoD, IC, Federal Agencies and commercial sector will share their insights into the future direction of SmallSat applications and the challenges of fielding SmallSat constellations. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with senior leaders about the advancements in small and cubesat capabilities and the role industry plays in progressing the success of small vehicle launches.

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 the DoD and IC, leading research centers, 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.

2019 Confirmed Speakers:

  • Shawn Barnes, SES, Deputy Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for Space
  • Dr. Karen St. Germain, Director, Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Chirag Parikh, Deputy Director for Counterproliferation, National Geospatial Information Agency
  • Dr. Fred Kennedy, Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
  • Brig Gen Wayne Monteith, USAF (Ret), Associate Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
  • Jose Albuquerque, Division Chief, Satellite Division, International Bureau, FCC
  • Roger Hunter, Program Manager, Small Spacecraft Technology Program, NASA

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
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 are available at a discounted rate at:
801 North St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Hotel Discount Reservation Link
(Two walking blocks to venue)
Event details
Organizer : DSI
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-20361