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    Conference Program

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    Discover the latest in space operations, development, and technology. SpaceOps 2014 provides the opportunity for you to share experiences, challenges, and innovative solutions with colleagues from around the globe, and take home new ideas and meet connections. 

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           Detailed Technical Agenda    
      Plenary Speakers   
      Networking and Special Activities  

    Plenary Speakers

    Monday, 5 May 2014
    Welcome Messages and Opening Session

    Charles Elachi   William Gerstenmaier   Sandy Magnus
    Charles Elachi
    Director, NASA JPL
    California Institute of Technology
      William Gerstenmaier
    Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA Headquarters
      Sandy Magnus
    Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Highlight Talk   Highlight Talk
    Jeff Norris    Neville Page Photo
    Jeff Norris
    Manager, Mission Operations Innovation Office
      Neville Page
    British-American film and television creature and concept designer

    Tuesday, 6 May 2014

    Plenary Panel: Control Center of the Future
    The Control Center, a combination of networks, computers, software, and people, is central to the conduct of space operations. New technologies such as human-computer interfaces, information representation, modeling and simulation, immersive displays and higher levels of interconnectedness promise to transform the Control Center and open up innovative ways of maintaining knowledge of our remote assets. This panel will explore the transformational technologies and resulting new operational paradigms that we might see in the Control Center in the next two decades.

    Jeff Norris   Jean-Luc Froeliger    Chris Kettering
    Moderator: Jeff Norris
    Manager, Mission Operations Innovation Office
      Panelist: Jean-Luc Froeliger
    VP of Satellite Operations and Engineering
      Panelist: Chris Kettering
    Director, Product Development Series and Support
    The Boeing Company

     Bill Possell

      Martin Wickler 2    John Muratore photo
    Panelist: Bill Possel
    Director of Mission Operations and Data Systems Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) University of Colorado at Boulder 
      Panelist: Martin Wickler
    Deputy Head of Mission Operations Department
      Panelist: John Muratore



    Wednesday, 7 May 2014

    Plenary Panel: Smallsat Operations

    In the last few years miniaturization took a quantum leap and with that the utility of smaller satellites considerably increased. It is commonly believed that even now and certainly in the near future, the small satellites including Cubesats will perform most, if not all the functions that larger satellites perform presently. Since many CubeSats and SmallSats are being built and operated by non-governmental entities including academia, this panel will explore the opportunities for innovation that lower cost and easier access to space affords. It will also address Operational Challenges for near Earth and Interplanetary missions. 

     Bester_Manfred   Peter Allan   William Devereaux  
     Moderator: Manfred Bester
    Director of Operations, Space Science Lab
    University of California, Berkeley
      Panelist: Peter Allan
    Head of the Space Data Division, Deputy Director of RAL Space Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
       Panelist: William Devereux
    Applied Physics Lab
    Hakan Kayal    Chris Boshuizen     Jamie Cutler
    Panelist: Hakan Kayal
    Supervisor, Engineer, and Technology Branch Space Department
    Computer Science Universitat Wurzburg 
      Panelist: Chris Boshuizen
    Planet Labs, Inc.
    Panelist: James Cutler
    Department of Aerospace Assistant Professor, University of Michigan   



    Thursday, 8 May 2014

    Plenary Panel: Commercial Space

    Space is no longer only accessible to governments, but many in the private sector are eyeing or are becoming major players in space related ventures. This panel will explore the new and innovative business models for profitable ventures into space and the the associated operations challenges. Space tourism, commercial spaceports, commercial space transportation (launching of satellites), reusable launch vehicles (RLV), commercial cargo and commercial crew, commercialization of space activities and commercial space exploration (e.g. asteroid mining) are only few examples of things to come.

     Alex McDonald     Ryan Johnson   Jeff Manber
    Moderator: Alex MacDonald
    Commercial Space Specialist, National Space Technology Applications Office, JPL
      Panelist: Ryan Johnson
    President and CEO
    The BlackBridge Group
      Panelist: Jeffrey Manber
    Managing Director
    NanoRacks LLC  
    John Olson
      Arno Wielders       James Wolff
    Panelist: John Olson
    Sierra Nevada Corporation
      Panelist: Arno Wielders
      Panelist: James Wolff
    Deep Space Industries



    Friday 9 May 2014

    Closing Session


    Highlight Talk    Highlight Talk    Presentation of 2016 
     Yongseung Kim    Michael Moses    Eunsup Sim
    Yongseung Kim
    The Executive Director of Satellite Information Research Laboratory
    Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
      Michael Moses
    Vice President of Operations for Virgin Galactic
    Dr. Eunsup Sim
    Vice President,
    Korea Aerospace Institute

    Networking and Special Activities

    Welcome Reception and Exhibits
    Monday 5 May 2014

    The conference participants and exhibitors are invited to attend the welcome reception in the Exhibition Hall. Included with conference registration. Extra tickets may be purchased.

    View the SpaceOps 2014 awards winners.


    Awards Dinner 
    Wednesday 7 May 2014

    California Science Center   Endeavour   California Science Center 2


    The Conference Awards Dinner will be held at the California Science Center, where we will dine under the Endeavour Shuttle, in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.  The event is from 1900 to 2100 hrs.   This year's SpaceOps awards recipients will be recognized. Tickets are included in the registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets may be purchased for $215.  

    Highlight Talk
     Gerhard Thiele 1
    Gerhard Thiele
    Head of the Strategy and Outreach Office in the Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations
    European Space Agency

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