Past event: SmallSat & Space Access Summit

Leveraging Innovation to Enhance Small Spacecraft & Launch Capabilities at Missions Speed

We are proud to host the 6th Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit. This comprehensive two-day summit will bring together leaders across DoD, IC, Federal Government, and industry to discuss the advancements in commercial and government small spacecraft and launch capabilities.

Topics of Discussion:

  • Embracing SmallSat Technology to Enhance US Space Resiliency
  • Delivering Space-Based Capabilities to the Joint Warfighter through LEO SmallSat Constellations
  • Unifying US Space Operations and SATCOM Capabilities for Continued US Space Domain Dominance
  • Enhancing Space Capabilities through SmallSat Proliferation & Partner Collaboration
  • Increasing Collaboration, Integration, and Innovation across the IC Space Enterprise
  • Enabling the Growth and Technological Advancement of U.S. Commercial Space Industry
  • Leveraging SmallSat Capabilities at the NRO in Support of National Security
  • Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Enhanced SmallSat Data Processing

Why You Should Attend This Summit:

There are efforts among leaders across DoD to embrace more agile ways to buy satellites in order to make U.S. systems more resilient to threats. A key component of this strategy is the transition to smaller satellites that can be built and launched within a three-year period, compared to the decade (or in some cases longer) needed for traditional satellites. As DoD looks to embrace a more agile satellite procurement strategy, it has become clear that SmallSats will be a critical component towards meeting U.S. military needs for space-based systems.

Leaders from across DoD, the Federal Government, and commercial industry will highlight the accomplishments and developments of the last year, as well as discuss the challenges faced in building an agile and reliable space architecture that includes the proliferation of small satellite systems. A panel of experts will also convene to share their perspectives on the critical role that artificial intelligence and edge computing will play in shaping the future of the US space strategy, as well as the technologies and policies necessary to maintain a competitive and strategic advantage in the space domain.

Attendees of our 6th Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit will have the opportunity to directly engage with leaders and experts across the space enterprise in a robust discussion about the bold innovation and action that will enhance small spacecraft capabilities and assure US space domain dominance.

Our team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits’ content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in human and technical analysis from space leaders to key policymakers across both military and civilian offices. 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 Have the Ability To:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the US space enterprise.
  • 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

Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The SmallSat & Space Access Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.
Contact us for sponsorship information

2023 Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Lt Gen Phillip A. Garrant, USAF, Deputy Chief of Space Operations, Strategy, Plans, Programs and Requirements, USSF
  • Dr. Derek Tournear, SES, Director, Space Development Agency
  • Maj Gen John M. Olson, USAF, Mobilization Assistant to the Chief of Space Operations; JADC2 & ABMS Lead, USSF
  • Clare A. Grason, Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, USSF
  • Julie Kearney, Chief, Space Bureau, FCC
  • Karl A. Kensinger, Chief, Satellite Division, FCC
  • Sandra Auchter, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence - Denver
  • Daniel Murray, Executive Director, Office of Operational Safety, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
  • Steven “Bucky” Butow, Space Portfolio Director, DIU
  • Jeffrey Trauberman, Vice President - Government Affairs, Virgin Orbit National Systems
  • Dr. Barbara A. Cohen, Principal Investigator, Lunar Flashlight, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Chris Shank, Vice President, Maxar Technologies; Former Director, SCO, DOD
  • Event Moderator: Chuck Beames, Chairman, Small Satellite Alliance

Please fill in your name and email to receive the Summit Agenda of this event.


Sunset Room at National Harbor Marina
137 National Plaza, 20745
National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD

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171 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, Maryland 20745

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123 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, Maryland, United States, 20745

Parking details will be provided to registrants one week before the event in the “Event Logistics” e-mail.
Event details
Organizer : DSI
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-24286