This year’s event will be held at MIT on March 15th, 2019

For your reference, see an example agenda from last year’s event


Pre-conference welcome and check-in

  • 0800-0900

Light breakfast & coffee served.

Lift-off: Welcome speech

  • 0900-0905

Background on MIT Sloan Astropreneurship and Space Industry Club (ASIC) and the logistics of the New Space Age Conference.

Barret Schlegelmilch / Co-President, MIT ASIC

charting new territory: our next frontiers in space

  • 0905-0930

An overview of the current state of the space industry and the next boundaries that humanity is pushing through international collaboration on our way to the stars.

Dr. Dava Newman / MIT Apollo Program Professor, Former NASA Deputy Administrator

enabling our interplanetary future: the cislunar economy

  • 0930-0955

A presentation on United Launch Alliance's roadmap towards a sustainable cislunar economy and beyond.

Bernard Kutter / Advanced Programs Group Chief Scientist, United Launch Alliance

The international space community: global growth

  • 0955-1040

A panel discussion on the current state and collaborative nature of the international space industry with representatives of companies from Singapore, Norway, Switzerland, and the USA.

Katherine Monson / Business Development Director, Kongsberg Satellite Services (Norway)

Nobu Okada / Founder and CEO, Astroscale (Singapore)

Sidney Nakahodo / Co-Founder and CEO, New York Space Alliance (USA)

Fabien Jordan / Founder and CEO, Astrocast (Switzerland)

Moderator: Srinivasa Aditya Bhattaru / PhD Candidate, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

networking break

  • 1040-1105

Light refreshments served.


  • 1105-1130

Hear from Blue Origin about the current development of their new orbital rocket New Glenn and other exciting updates.

Dr. Erika Wagner / Business Development Manager, Blue Origin

Space sweepers: solving the orbital debris problem

  • 1130-1155

A presentation on the issue of orbital debris and how Astroscale is building a sustainable business around solving this important problem.

Nobu Okada / Founder and CEO, Astroscale

encouraging safe growth: The regulation of space

  • 1155-1220

A presentation by the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transporation on their role in encouraging safe and sustainable growth in the private space industry through regulation.

Ken Davidian / Director of Research, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation

"We are go for Lunch"

  • 1220-1320

Lunch served.


  • 1320-1345

Learn how the original Iridium telecommunication constellation was saved from destruction and how this paved the way for the new Iridium NEXT constellation.

Dan Colussy / Former CEO and Chairman, Iridium Holdings LLC

charting new trajectories: innovatiVE SATELLITE DEVELOPMENT

  • 1345-1410

A presentation on Boeing's work in advancing the frontier of small satellite technology.

Christian Dommell / Small Satellite Innovation Lead, Boeing Phantom Works

enabling the future: Funding the new space age

  • 1410-1455

A panel discussion by representatives from several organizations that have become increasingly involved in funding space-focused ventures.

Hunter Ashmore / Investing Principal, Boeing HorizonX

Roshan Patel / Associate, Space Angels

Matt Thoms / Vice President, Allied Minds

Harry Dhillon / Corporate Development Lead, Lockheed Martin Space

Moderator: Steven Link / SM and MBA Candidate, MIT Leaders for Global Operations Fellow

networking break

  • 1455-1520

Light refreshments served.


  • 1520-1545

Hear from former nuclear submarine officer and current NASA astronaut Captain Stephen Bowen (USN) about NASA's human spaceflight activities and their interactions with the commercial space industry.

CAPT Stephen Bowen / Astronaut, NASA

not just startups: making defense agile

  • 1545-1610

A discussion about Praxis, Inc.'s efforts to deliver innovative and economically sound solutions to some of space's biggest challenges.

Tony Marzi / General Manager, Praxis, Inc. (A Technology Service Corporation Company)

SEMBLER And space innovations: HOW DRAPER empowers commercial space

  • 1610-1635

Learn about the advancements that Draper is bringing to the commercial space industry through cutting-edge research and partnerships.

Alan Campbell / Simulation Group Leader and Sembler Program Manager, Draper

Kim Slater / Earth and Space Science Lead, Draper

bUILDING ON the past: bringing hard-won experience to the new space AGE

  • 1635-1700

Learn about Sierra Nevada Corporation's development of the Dream Chaser space plane and plans for its future use.

Gregg Burgess / VP of Technology, Space Systems Group, Sierra Nevada Corporation

Concluding Remarks

  • 1700-1705

Steven Link / Co-President, MIT ASIC

networking reception

  • 1705-1800

Appetizers and drinks served.