MIT Samberg Conference Center, March 11th, 2018

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

  • 0930-1000

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

Liftoff: The rise of the launch providers

  • 1000-1045

A panel discussion between several launch providers on the current state and future growth potential of the small satellite launch market.


networking break

  • 1045-1115

Light refreshments served.

not just startups: making defense agile

  • 1115-1145

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

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

encouraging safe growth: The regulation of space

  • 1145-1215

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.

"We are go for Lunch"

  • 1215-1315

Lunch served.

The international space community: global growth

  • 1315-1400

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

staying connected: enabling reliable space-based communication

  • 1400-1430

A presentation from Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) on their efforts to build a reliable international network of ground stations for communicating with small satellites.

Katherine Monson / Business Development Director, KSAT

enabling the future: Funding the new space age

  • 1430-1515

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

Tess Hatch / Investor, Bessemer Venture Partners

Hunter Ashmore / Investing Principal, Boeing HorizonX


networking break

  • 1515-1545

Light refreshments served.

charting new trajectories: innovative investment strategies

  • 1545-1615

A presentation on Boeing HorizonX's guiding strategy of identifying startups developing revolutionary concepts around the world and their involvement with the emerging New Space industry.

Logan Jones / Managing Director of New Business Horizons, Boeing HorizonX

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

  • 1615-1645

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

Mark Sirangelo / Corporate VP of Space Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation

Concluding Remarks

  • 1645-1650

Steven Link / Co-President, MIT ASIC

networking reception

  • 1650-1800

Appetizers and drinks served.