Past event: 2020 Small Sats & Space Access Summit

Ensuring US Space Superiority Through the Advancement of Small Spacecraft and Launch Capabilities

The 2020 SmallSat & Space Access Summit will convene members of the DoD, IC, and space industry to address the role small satellite capabilities play realizing critical national security goals. Senior leaders will discuss how these SmallSat technologies can be leveraged to fulfill urgent defense, scientific, and commercial needs. Attendees at the Summit will have the unique opportunity to hear from leading US Government officials about ensuring undeterred space access, improving satellite technologies, advancing launch capabilities, and the future national hybrid space architecture.

Topics to be Covered at the 2020 Summit:

  • Rapidly Deploying Small Satellite Capabilities to Meet Joint Operational Requirements
  • Developing a Resilient Hybrid Space Architecture
  • Leveraging Small Satellites to Gather Data and Enable the Effective Monitoring of Emerging Crises, National Security Priorities, and Scientific Mission
  • Efforts to Improve Launch Capabilities and Broaden Space Access
  • Leveraging Commercial Space Launch to Successfully Deliver Military Payloads
  • Strengthening the US Commercial Space Economy
  • Highlighting New Government Acquisition Mechanisms
  • Understanding How Recent DoD Organizational Changes Further Enable Space Development and US Competitive Advantage
  • Understanding AI's Role in Enabling Space Capabilities

Why You Should Attend This Summit:

Historically, satellites have been massive in size and expensive to both develop and launch. In the past, this has limited both flexibility in and access to space. Today, the US has turned its attention toward the advancement of small satellites, which are often 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 overall capability in the space domain.

Our 3rd Annual SmallSat and Space Access Summit will address the development of SmallSat technologies and the challenges of achieving successful vehicle launches. Speakers will examine the policies for, and acquisition and development of, space capabilities aimed at ensuring US superiority in both national defense and scientific contexts. Furthermore, this event will highlight the role of commercial partners in furthering R&D and the development of a hybrid space architecture for national defense.

Speakers from across the DoD, IC, Federal Agencies, and commercial sector will share their insights into the future direction of satellite technologies and the challenges of fielding SmallSat constellations. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to engage with senior leaders about recent changes to the national space enterprise and current critical capability gaps.

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.

Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The 2020 SmallSat & Space Access Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

Download the Sponsorship and Exhibiting Prospectus Here.

2020 Early Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Dr. Derek Tournear, SES, Director, Space Development Agency
  • Dr. Karen St. Germain, Director, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Brig Gen Wayne Monteith, USAF (Ret), Associate Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
  • Lt Gen Larry James (Ret), USAF, Deputy Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Col Russell Teehan, USAF, Space Portfolio Architect, Space and Missile Systems Center

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

There is NO parking available at the Conference Center, and street parking is limited to 2 hours.

Parking is available for a fee nearby at:
Waterfront At Old Town (One block away)
226 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US
$11 Daily Max – CASH ONLY

Canal Center (Three blocks away)
44 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, VA 22314
$10 Daily Max

Washington Square (Four blocks away)
652 Wythe St
Alexandria, VA 22314
$13 Daily Max

Please Note: Parking is NO LONGER AVAILABLE at the former Crowne Plaza Hotel (901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA)

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 to venue)
Event details
Organizer : DSI
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-22435