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    New Horizons Forum

    New Horizons Forum 

    The theme for this year’s New Horizons Forum is “Transforming Air and Space Transportation for the Future.” The forum features keynote speakers from government and industry who will share their perspectives on the new challenges, future opportunities, and emerging trends reflecting the theme. The New Horizons Forum also features panel discussions during which leaders from industry, government, and academia will address current issues and future trends in aerospace technology research and development, and STEM education. Speaker bios can be found here.

    Launch Vehicles

    Monday, 9 January
    Keynote: General William L. Shelton, Commander, Air Force Space Command

    Sponsored By: Lockheed Martin

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    Panel Topic: Launch Vehicles and Services: the Customers’ Perspective
    Panel Moderator:
    Antonio Elias, Orbital Sciences, Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Programs, Orbital Sciences

    Michele Franci, SES
    Michael R. Luther, NASA
    David A. Steffy, Orbital Sciences
    Suzi McBride, Iridium
    John Wagner, Space and Missile Systems Center


    Tuesday, 10 January
    Michael Huerta, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    Panel Topic: Cultivating 21st Century Spacecraft, Aircraft, and Air/Space Traffic Management
    Panel Moderator: Patti Grace Smith, Space Transportation, FAA


    William Pomerantz, Vice President of Special Projects, Virgin Galactic
    Daniel, Dumbacher, NASA
    Vicki Cox, FAA
    James Hileman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics


    Wednesday, 11 January
    Keynote: Al Romig, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
    Panel Topic: Role of Commonality, Interoperability and Autonomy in Current and Future UAS
    Panel Moderator: Michael Leahy, Northrop Grumman  


    Randall L. Rothe, Phantom Works, Boeing Defense, Space and Security
    John G. Clark, Lockheed Martin
    Douglas A. Gregory, General Dynamics AIS, Chair of UCS Working Group
    Brian Schechter, Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems
    Kerry J. Fisherkeller, Northrop Grumman
    Edgar G. Waggoner, NASA Headquarters
    Brian Holguin, FAA Washington ARTCC

    Herb Schlickenmaier, Crown Consulting, Inc.

    Aerospace Education Issues & Challenges

    Thursday, 12 January
    Keynote: Brig Gen Dana H. Born, US Air Force Academy
    Panel Moderator: Carl Wieman, Executive Office of the President

    Annalisa Weigel, MIT
    James Stofan, Office of Education, NASA Headquarters
    Susan Ying, The Boeing Company
    Les McFawn, Wright Brothers Institute