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Space Business and Policy

Space commerce will be the driver of space settlement. The business/policy track examines the businesses that are leading the way to profitable space enterprise, and the policy issues that affect their ability to succeed. This track aims to be a teaching track on the principles and practices of successful space business.



Preliminary Agenda and Scheduled Speakers



Friday: Room: Rhodes (2nd Floor)
Time: 10 am - 10:50 am
Panel Discussion: Prize Model 2.0: The Business Plan Competition as an Incubator of Space Entrepreneurship
Moderator: Thomas Andrew Olson (Bio)
Founding Partner, Exodus Consulting Group.
Aaron Kemmer (Bio)
CEO, Made in Space, Inc.
Bruce Pittman (Bio)
Founder and President, Profit Engineering Technologies. Senior Vice President and Senior Operating Officer, NSS
Rick Sanford (Bio)
President, SpaceGroundAmalgam, LLC. Partner, Hudson Fairfax Group
Time: 11 am - 11:50 am
In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Roundtable
In the past year, three companies have been featured in prominent news stories about their plans for commercial mining of space resources. The leaders of these companies compare and contrast their business plans.
Chris Lewicki (Bio)
President and Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources
David Gump (Bio)
CEO, Deep Space Industries Inc.
Jim Keravala (Bio)
Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Shackleton Energy Company Inc.
Time: 12 pm - 2 pm
Lunch
Time: 2 pm - 2:50 pm
Presentation Title: The Deep Space Industries Approach to Sustainable Space Resource Development
Deep Space Industries was formed one year ago at ISDC when experienced technical and management leaders sat down together to formulate a plan for the prospecting, retrieval and processing of space resources, starting with asteroids but encompassing lunar and Martian moon resources as well. DSI unveiled its plan in January 2013, one that starts with low-cost cubesat-based spacecraft to carry out the prospecting phase.
David Gump (Bio)
CEO, Deep Space Industries Inc.
Time: 3 pm - 3:50 pm
Presentation Title: Golden Spike and the Next Wave of Human Lunar Exploration
Golden Spike co-founder Doug Griffith will walk the audience through the technical and business architectures that the company plans to use to send foreign space and science agency astronauts to the surface of the Moon beginning in 2020.
Doug Griffith (Bio)
Co-founder and General Counsel of Golden Spike Company
Time: 4 pm - 4:50 pm
Presentation Title: A Business Plan For Asteroid Mining
A look at Planetary Resources Inc.'s near-term and longer-term plans for asteroid mining.
Chris Lewicki (Bio)
President and Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources

Saturday: Room: Mykonos (2nd Floor)
Time: 10 am - 10:10 am
Presentation Title: To Be Announced
NASA/NSS Student Space Settlement Contest Presentation
Time: 10:10 am - 11 am
Presentation Title: The First Space Manufactured Product
Space-manufactured products have been anticipated for a long time, but slow to appear. Zero Gravity Solutions today announces the first such product.
Richard Godwin (Bio)
President, CEO and Director, Zero Gravity Solutions Inc.
Time: 11 am - 11:50 am
Presentation Title: A Propellant Depot Foundation for the Solar System Economy
Shackleton Energy was founded from the space, mining, energy and exploration sectors to establish an expanding propellant depot architecture across the inner solar system. Following successful robotic precursor missions, our industrial astronauts combined with robotic mining capability will make first landing on the South Pole of the Moon by mid-2019 to begin deliveries of propellant to our first depots in early 2020. Customers, partners, technologies, and most importantly, the investor classes aligned with the risk profiles involved have been identified and all the components for a viable business are available. Infrastructure investment in space programs has traditionally been the province of governments, but sustainable expansion requires commercial leadership and this is now the responsibility of dynamic new industry. The technologies and know-how are ready to be applied. Launch services to LEO are available and the industrial capability exists in the aerospace, mining and energy sectors to enable Shackleton Energy to build an in-orbit and Lunar infrastructure.
Jim Keravala (Bio)
Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Shackleton Energy Company Inc.
Time: 12 pm - 2 pm
Lunch
Time: 2 pm - 2:10 pm
Presentation Title: To Be Announced
NASA/NSS Student Space Settlement Contest Presentation
Time: 2:10 pm - 2:50 pm
Presentation Title: "Crowdfunding For Space Businesses: Potential Revcenues, Platforms and Resources Needed." Jay Wittner (Moderator)
Looking for funding for your space concept? Join our panel for an introduction to crowdfunding. What platform is best? What revenues are possible? How much work is involved? Will it work for you? Panel members have already raised about $170,000 through Kickstarter for space projects.
Moderator: Jay Wittner (Bio)
Board of Directors, National Space Society
Participant: Gary Bickford (Bio)
Audit Analytics
Participant: Ken Murphy (Bio)
President, Moon Society
Participant: Michael Laine (Bio)
President and Founder, LiftPort Inc
Participant: Steven Jorgenson (Bio)
Co-founder and Current Portfolio Manager of the Viridian Fund
Time: 3 pm - 3:50 pm
Presentation Title: Commercial Utilization of the ISS National Laboratory
The presentation addresses the history of the "Center of Advancement for the Science in Space" and will discuss past and future research opportunities and the commercial advantages to using the International Space Station National Laboratory . It will discuss progress and advances in commercial development of the National Lab capabilities and opportunities for companies and researchers to utilize the National Lab.
Brian Harris (Bio)
Director, Program and Marketplace Development, CASIS
Time: 4 pm - 4:10 pm
Presentation Title: To Be Announced
NASA/NSS Student Space Settlement Contest Presentation
Time: 4:10 pm - 4:50 pm
Presentation Title: The Cost of Risk-Aversion: How an Obsession With Safety Hobbles Progress in Human Spaceflight
The history of exploration of new lands, science and technologies has always entailed risk to the health and lives of the explorers. Yet, when it comes to exploring and developing the high frontier of space, the harshest frontier ever, the highest value is apparently not the accomplishment of those goals, but of eliminating the possibility of injury or death of the humans carrying them out. Our approach to safety has been fundamentally irrational, expensive and even dangerous, while generating minimal accomplishment for maximal cost. A more balanced approach is proposed here.
Rand Simberg (Bio)
President, Interglbal Media LLC



Speaker's Bio


VIP
Gary Bickford
Audit Analytics

Gary Bickford has combined long term professional involvement in technology development companies with a lifelong personal interest in space and belief in the future of humans in space. In late 2010 and early 2011, Mr. Bickford recognized that the time had come where it was now possible for commercial enterprises and individuals to work together to open the next phase, commercial near-earth and lunar operations. The opportunity now exists for enterprising individuals and organizations to construct the ‘bleeding edge' businesses that will in the future become the basis for space habitation, manufacturing and commerce - the orbital 'Silicon Valley' is here. Mr. Bickford believes that among the companies who participate in this endeavor today, will be the core institutions for the future of humans in space, and wants to help make this happen. Mr. Bickford's career has been in computers and software, including his first startup, one of the first image scanning and vectorizing companies, where he was the inventor and founding VP of R&D for AUDRE, Inc., which built systems for scanning and converting maps and engineering drawings into CAD data. AUDRE went public in the middle 1980s, achieving listing on the AMEX ‘emerging companies' list and a capitalization in excess of $250 million. Later Mr. Bickford became a Project Scientist at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute and worked at CMU spin-off companies including RedZone Robotics (Dr. Red Whittaker's nuclear robotics company), where as Control Systems Manager, he won and managed an SBIR Phase II $500,000 research grant. Mr. Bickford is presently employed at Audit Analytics, which performs data mining and information extraction regarding publicly held companies and other entities, providing data and services to accountants, government regulators and investment entities.

VIP
Richard Godwin
President, CEO and Director, Zero Gravity Solutions Inc.

Richard Godwin is president and CEO of Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc., a new public company committed to becoming the first company to industrialize Low Earth Orbit. Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc. has the capability of producing the first high value – low volume products from space that can ONLY be manufactured in long-term microgravity. While working recently as a business consultant for SpaceX on their nascent DragonLab program, Mr. Godwin was introduced to very powerful technology in the form of IP created by John Wayne Kennedy and proven on six NASA sponsored flights of science payloads to ISS. As a result of that introduction, Mr. Godwin accepted his current position as president and CEO of Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc., which now owns this IP. Mr. Godwin will be presenting his company's technology at the Business Track session on Saturday.

Mr. Godwin is well known to ISDC, as he was an at large NSS Board Director for eight years. He has been a space advocate for over 20 years and is a one of the founders and the president of Apogee Books, a publishing company with an award-winning line of space books.

VIP
David Gump
CEO, Deep Space Industries Inc.

David co-founded three companies in commercial space, most recently Astrobotic Technology for the exploration and development of lunar resources. Astrobotic in its first four years gathered $12 million in NASA technology development contracts and put a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle under contract for its first mission. NASA also recognized David's expertise with multiple invitations to deliver presentations at its conferences and workshops including the agency's 2012 Global Exploration Conference. As president of Transformational Space Corp. (t/Space), David led a team that NASA selected to provide it with advice and technology development for its return to the Moon. NASA then selected t/Space as a finalist for the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program that SpaceX and Orbital Sciences won in the next round. In addition, David negotiated and directed the first TV commercial filmed on the International Space Station, as well as creating space entertainment software sold by Walmart, Best Buy, and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.

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Doug Griffith
Co-founder and General Counsel, Golden Spike Company

Doug Griffith is a co-founder and general counsel of Golden Spike Company. His 16-year legal career has focused exclusively on the aviation and commercial human spaceflight industries. Prior to attending law school Doug received his degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, flying AH-1W attack helicopters in Operation Desert Storm and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. Upon graduating from Loyola Law School in 1996, Doug joined Kern & Wooley LLP, where he spent five years representing aircraft and component manufacturers, including Parker Hannifin Corporation and McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company, in air crash litigation. He then joined the Aviation Practice Group of the international law firm Paul Hastings, representing airlines in regulatory and labor matters. In 2005 Doug started his own practice, becoming an expert in the emerging commercial human spaceflight industry and applying his aviation law expertise to the legal needs of that sector.

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Brian Harris
Director, Program and Marketplace Development, CASIS

Brian Harris, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) Director of Marketplace and Product Development, has more than 25 years of experience in the management of NASA and commercial aerospace hardware and technology systems development for operational deployment, with expertise in the execution of strategic business growth in engineering services, spacecraft development and operations and associated ground support systems. Brian was involved with the National Lab pathfinder program focused on microgravity research in the areas of materials processing and vaccine development.

VIP
Steven Jorgenson
Co-founder and Current Portfolio Manager of the Viridian Fund

Steven Jorgenson has eleven years of professional money management experience at the institutional level, having previously worked for trading firms at the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, as a Member of the Chicago Stock Exchange, and as Portfolio Manager of a private corporate bond fund. Mr. Jorgenson is the co-founder and current Portfolio Manager of the Viridian Fund, a Florida-based hedge fund specializing in equity options trading. Mr. Jorgenson graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with double majors in Bacteriology, and Biology, as well as a Certificate of Business. Mr. Jorgenson is also a Director of the Space Literacy Foundation, a member of the Space Angels Network, an active angel investor in space-related businesses, and is eager to apply his financial and business expertise directly to the challenges of the New Space industry.

VIP
Aaron Kemmer
CEO,Made in Space, Inc.

Aaron Kemmer is a business manager, program developer, and entrepreneur from Clearwater, Florida. As a business owner, Kemmer currently serves as the CEO of Made in Space, Inc. and has served six years as the past President and Chairman of Semprove, Inc., a software, hardware, and publishing company. A graduate in Communication and Leadership from the University of Florida, Kemmer's roles include overseeing and managing projects involving dozens of contractors and employees.

He is the co-founder of Made in Space, Inc., where his responsibilities include strategic planning, program development, and systems management. Papers he has authored include "3D Printing in Space: Enabling New Markets and Accelerating the Growth of Orbital Infrastructure," which was featured at NASA's the Space Studies Institute 14th Space Manufacturing Conference in October 2010. He is an advisor to several companies, including SUpost, Movis, and YouTip. He is also serving as a 2012 TP Advisor for Singularity University based at NASA Research Park as well as a New Space 2012 Business Plan Advisor.

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Jim Keravala
Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Shackleton Energy Company Inc.

Jim has been a leader of international teams in the aerospace, finance, and technology sectors for over 20 years. An expert in space systems and infrastructure, Jim combines a deep knowledge of international business and technology trends with practical expertise in building cross-cultural teams that cut across diverse sectors. In the early 1990s, he was responsible for establishing a commercial space development office in Moscow where he led a team of ten senior Russian engineers and staff members. He helped lead the effort to transform the Russian launch industry from centralized planning to free market economics. In 1998, Jim became Launch Manager at the Surrey Space Centre in England, handling launch operations for commercial and governmental clients worldwide — including NASA, ESA, and the United States Air Force. As part of the Surrey team he assisted emerging nations in establishing local space capabilities — including engineering facilities, spacecraft fabrication centers, and national space agencies. In 2004, he left Surrey to lead cross-cultural teams that focused on capital intensive projects in infrastructure finance, transport and development. This executive experience gave Jim a unique perspective on the establishment of large scale programs. Moving to Silicon Valley, Jim raised venture capital for one of his companies and he is on the board of space and software technology companies that he has cofounded. Jim is also a member of Faculty at Singularity University for Technology Synthesis and Mapping, Chairman of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics San Francisco Section, a member of the Economics, and Investment Committee of the International Astronautical Federation. In 2012 he was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics.

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Michael Laine
President and Founder, LiftPort Inc

Mr. Laine has been involved with Terrestrial Space Elevator and Lunar Space Elevator research since the 2001 NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts study. He founded LiftPort Inc. shortly after the NIAC study. LiftPort is focused on moving the space elevator concept forward. In 2012 he successfully lead a Kickstarter campaign to recapitalize LiftPort that dramatically exceeded its goal and brought in over $100,000 and the support of over 3,000 backers. Mr. Laine manages a talented and diverse team from academia, government, commercial and military communities. Mr. Laine was instrumental in the creation of the NASA Centennial Challenges related to this idea, and years later, it was his former team-members who won the competition. Mr. Laine’s business acumen and management, coupled with his media, marketing and outreach skills have transformed this project from an obscure NIAC paper study to a real world program with tangible results. Mr. Laine is President of the International Space University’s US Alumni Association, and a Director with the Space Literacy Foundation, Leeward Space Foundation, and ISDHub. He is currently enrolled in ISU’s MBA program. Mr. Laine maintains an Advisor role with the International Space Elevator Consortium. Mr. Laine served in the Marine Corps for several years where he was meritoriously promoted, earned the Navy Achievement Medal, and his unit was awarded the Marine Unit Citation. In addition to his space activities Mr. Laine has experience in both the real estate and investment arenas. He has owned and managed commercial real estate and had discretionary trading authority over millions when handling investments for clients.

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Chris Lewicki
President and Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources

Mr. Lewicki has been intimately involved with the lifecycle of NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander. Lewicki performed system engineering development and participated in assembly, test and launch operations for both Mars missions. He was Flight Director for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the Surface Mission Manager for Phoenix. The recipient of two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, Lewicki has an asteroid named in his honor: 13609 Lewicki. Chris holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona. At Planetary Resources, Mr. Lewicki is responsible for the strategic development of the company's mission and vision, engagement with customers and the scientific community, serves as technical compass, and leads day to day operations.

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Ken Murphy
President, the Moon Society

Ken Murphy has over 20 years of experience in international banking and finance, from an internship at Shearson Lehman Brothers that included a stint in their Paris offices, to portfolio manager of a $1billion portfolio of syndicated loans at Beal Bank. In between he worked his way from teller at Marine Midland Bank to financial analyst at NatWest Bank, credit analyst at Credit Lyonnais, and Wall Street analyst at Banque Nationale de Paris. After a brief interlude Mr. Murphy returned to the banking field as an investment analyst at CSG Investments, the IB arm of Beal Bank. In 2012, he went independent. In 1999, as part of his civic service in NYC Mr. Murphy put together a Model UN simulation on the UN Outer Space Treaties, which led to his participation as a delegate to the Space Generation Forum at the UNISPACE III conference in Vienna. In 2000 he went to International Space University and in 2001 received a Masters degree in Space Studies, cum laude. His program included an internship at Boeing’s Humans Spaceflight & Exploration division, and an independent project on Cislunar Infrastructure Architectures. In 2002 he served as program support for the NASA Academy at Goddard Space Flight Center, and in 2003 joined the National Space Society where he served a term on their Board of Directors. In 2007 he co-chaired the International Space Development Conference, and in 2011 became president of The Moon Society. Mr. Murphy is a frequent public speaker on the Moon, and organizes a Moon Day event in July each year.

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Thomas Andrew Olson
Founding Partner, Exodus Consulting Group.

For nearly three decades, Mr. Olson has been a business systems engineer and analyst in the Communications, Aerospace, and Publishing sectors. In addition, he has worked in an investment analysis and operations capacity in the Financial Services area (cash and fund management). A serial entrepreneur, he co-founded Exodus Group as a "catalyst" helping tech startups and Angel/VC/Institutional investors find each other. He served on the original organizing committee for the 'Space Investment Summits', a semi-annual event that brought together interested investors and space entrepreneurs for knowledge sharing and professional networking. Exodus Group has been the project management contractor for the Space Frontier Foundation's annual NewSpace Business Plan Competition since 2011.

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Bruce Pittman
Founder and President, Profit Engineering Technologies. Senior Vice President and Senior Operating Officer, NSS

Bruce Pittman is the founder and president of Profit Engineering Technologies and is currently working as a contractor at NASA as the Director of Flight Projects and Chief System Engineer in the NASA Space Portal and the Emerging Space Office at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. In this position Mr. Pittman supports programs ranging from suborbital human-tended research; orbital applications of the International Space Station and other orbiting commercial facilities; low cost, reliable access to space, reusable space infrastructure as well as cis-lunar commercialization. He has been involved in high technology system development, project management and system engineering in a variety of industries for over 30 years.

Mr. Pittman has also been a founder and member of the startup team in a number of early growth companies including SpaceHab, Kistler Aerospace, New Focus, Product Factory, Prometheus II Ltd. and Industrial Sound and Motion. As a consultant Mr. Pittman has worked with many Fortune 500 companies including Westinghouse, Northrop Grumman, Varian, Texas Instruments, TRW and Boeing as well as government agencies including NASA and DOE.

Mr. Pittman has a BS in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from U. C. Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. Mr. Pittman is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is the chairman of the AIAA Commercial Space Group. In 2012 Mr. Pittman was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Space Society (NSS) and in 2013 he was elected as Senior Vice President and Senior Operating Officer of NSS. In addition to his technical work Mr. Pittman has also been a member of the adjunct faculty in the Graduate Engineering School at Santa Clara University for over 25 years.

For his technical work Mr. Pittman has been awarded 2 NASA Special Achievement Awards, four NASA Group Achievement Awards. In 2011 NASA award him the Exceptional Public Service Medal for “exceptional leadership in pioneering the development of commercial space for public benefit”. In 2012 he was presented with the “Service to the Frontier” award by the Space Frontier Foundation.

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Rick Sanford
President, SpaceGroundAmalgam, LLC. Partner, Hudson Fairfax Group

Rick is an executive leader with over 26 years of experience in solution development, market creation and business development distinguished by double]digit annual revenue growth for multinational companies. He is an acknowledged thought leader with program, project and international team leadership experience in the U.S., Germany, France, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, and Japan. Rick is an expert at aligning technologies and process with business and mission objectives to provide maximum return on investment.

Rick started his career in the United States Air Force, spent a decade working in engineering & counter-narcotics programs with the U.S. Department of State, studied Computer Information Systems at Strayer College and recently completed over 12 years with Cisco Systems, Inc. where he was responsible for building the U.S. National Security business and founding the company's Space business as part of the Global Government Solutions Group. Further to his responsibilities at SGA, Rick is also a Partner with Hudson Fairfax Group; a strategic investment firm specializing in business development and sales acceleration in cybersecurity, intelligence, networks, space and defense.

Rick serves on the Board of the International Space University in Strasbourg France. He is a frequent guest lecturer, keynote speaker, conference moderator and panelist and has been featured in numerous articles in trade, national and international press.

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Rand Simberg
President, Interglbal Media LLC

Rand Simberg is a recovering aerospace engineer with over a third of a century of experience in the space industry, with multiple engineering degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and West Coast University in Los Angeles. Since 1993, after over a decade in engineering and management at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California and with Rockwell International in Downey, California, he has been an entrepreneur and consultant in space technology, business development, regulatory, and market issues relating to commercial and personal spaceflight. An adjunct scholar with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, he has written many pieces for Popular Mechanics, Fox News, America Online, PJMedia, National Review, Reason magazine, The Weekly Standard, the Washington Times, TCSDaily, and others, and extensive essays on space policy and technology for the quarterly journal The New Atlantis. Safety is Not an Option is his first book.

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Jay Wittner
Board of Directors, National Space Society

Jay Wittner has been a member of the National Space Society and other space advocacy groups since 1986. After joining the NSS Board of Directors in 2000, he has served NSS in several capacities: Vice President of Membership, and member of the Executive Committee and Buzz Aldrin Council. Since attending his first ISDC in 1989, he has participated in over a dozen of the Society's annual conferences.

He serves as Executive Director of the Space Literacy Foundation (SLF). The SLF is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the benefits of space exploration and development. The SLF works with planetariums, science museums, space advocacy groups, and other groups focused on space related activities. The SLF provides these groups with space education content and equips them with cutting edge video communications tools they can use to educate the public about space. The SLF also provides advice and assistance regarding best practices for member communications and development activities.


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