09:00

Introduction

Sheikha Al Maskari, Chief Innovation Officer, UAE Space Agency

09:05

UAE Space Agency Speech

HE Dr Mohammed al Ahbabi, Director General, UAE Space Agency

09:10

MBRSC speech

HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

09:15

Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning Speech

HE Dr. Yanghee Choi, Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea

09:20

International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Keynote Address

Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, CNES and President, International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

09:30

UAE Visions of New Technology Applications

Speakers:
Khaled Al Hashmi, Director of Space Missions, UAE Space Agency
Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer, Thuraya
Amer Mohammad Al Sayegh, Senior Director, Space Systems Development Dept, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

Moderator:
Steve Skladanek, President and Chairman of the board, Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services

10:00

Worldwide Trends in New Technology

Speakers:
Ryan Reid, Chief Engineer, Boeing Satellite Systems
Tom Wilson, President, Space Logistics LLC, Orbital ATK
Laurent Jaffart, Vice President - Head of Future Programmes, Airbus
Tom Freeman, Senior Vice President - Land Mobile, Kymeta Corporation

Moderator:
Steve Skladanek, President and Chairman of the board, Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services

10:35

Refreshments

11:30

Official Opening

Sheikha Al Maskari, Chief Innovation Officer, UAE Space Agency

11:35

Welcome Keynote

HE Dr. Khalifa Al-Romaithi, Chairman, UAE Space Agency

11:40

Keynote Address

HH Prince Dr Turki Bin Saud Bin Mohammad Al Saud, President, King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology

11:45

Space Agency Leaders Panel

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How will collaborative space exploration projects further our understanding of the universe?

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Which technologies and innovations developed in this multinational environment will have a real impact on earth and how will they be effectively commercialised?

   

Speakers:
HE Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General, UAE Space Agency
Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, CNES and President, International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Roberto Battiston, President, Italian Space Agency (ASI)
Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board, DLR
Yuichi Yamaura, Vice President, JAXA
Alice Bunn, Director of Policy, UK Space Agency

Moderator:
Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

12:30

Lunch

14:00

Game Changing Launch Systems

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How will new launch technologies change the way we go to space?

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What launch facilities need to be developed and how will high frequency launch platforms be integrated into existing airspace?

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Which platforms will succeed and who will be the primary users?

   

Speakers:
Denis Lyskov, CEO, Glavkosmos
Jean Marc Astorg, Director of Launch, French Space Ageny (CNES)
Ryo Nakamura, Director, Deputy General Manager, Business Development Department, Space Systems Division, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Ryan Wiltshire, Business Development Director, SpaceX
Dimitriy Bogdanov, CEO, ECM space Technologies

Moderator:
George Whitesides, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Galactic (US)

Interplanetary Science Symposium (14:00-15:30)

Exploring current missions outside of Earth's orbit and looking at the future of humanity in space. Updates on the UAE Hope mission. Looking at the future of Interplanetary resources and space mining.
   

Presentations:
Richard Pournelle, Senior Vice President, Nanoracks
Rahul Narayan, Founder, Team Indus
Omran Sharaf, Project Manager, Mission to Mars, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
Peter Marquez, Vice President of Global Engagement, Planetary Resources
Bernard Foing, Chair, ESTEC Staff Association Committee and Chief Scientist, ESTEC/ESA
Takafumi Matsui, Deputy Chairman, Committee on National Space Policy of Japan

15:30

Developing Commercial Space

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What will increased, more affordable access to space mean for the sector, and what new opportunities will open up?

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Speakers:
Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Space Flight Federation
Michael Gold, Vice President, Washington, DC Operations, Space Systems Loral (SSL)
Gerd Gruppe, Director of Space Administration, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Mohammed Khan, Vice President - Government, Commercial & International Initiatives, Orbital ATK
Luigi Pasquali, CEO, Telespazio

Moderator:
Talal Al Kaissi, Director of U.S. / U.A.E. Space Affairs, UAE Embassy Trade & Commercial Office, USA

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Observation and Planetary Science Symposium (15:30-17:30)

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Delivering value from earth observation.

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Presentations:
Haris Kontoes, Research Director, Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing, National Observatory of Athens
Eng. Adnan Al Rais, Deputy Project Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center
Wade Larson, President and CEO, UrtheCast
Guy Limouzin, Vice-President Sales Earth Observation Space Systems, Airbus Defence and Space

 
15:30

Space on Earth

16:00 International Collaboration for EO Missions    
16:30 Remote Sensing and Weather Monitoring
17:00 Commercial Applications of EO
17:30

End of Symposium

16:30

Financing Space

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What are the true economics in space?

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How can return on investment be calculated?

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What will be the impact of changing economics on space architecture and engineering and the funding of R&D projects, innovative technologies and new space?

   

Speakers:
Joerg Kreisel, CEO, JKIC & Chairman SpaceCrowd by Space Ventures
Mark Boggett, Managing Director, Seraphim Capital
Marcell Tessenyi, CEO, Blue Skies
Chad Anderson, Managing Director, Space Angels Network

Moderator:
Danny Sebright, President, U.S. U.A.E. Business Council

17:30

End of Day One

09:00

Welcoming Address

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Plenary International Keynotes

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Inspirational and Game Changing Topics - Addressing Space's Big Challenges

09:10

Space and the Arab World

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What does space mean to the Arab World?

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Speakers:
Dr. Mahmoud Hussain, Acting Chairman, National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS)
Dr. Azzedine Oussedik, Director General, Algerian Space Agency
Engineer Salem Humaid Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre
Mohammed Ahmed Al Amer, Chairman, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Bahrain

Moderator:
HE Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General, UAE Space Agency

09:50

What the Future in Space Means for Humanity?

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Outlining current and future missions and exploring what our objectives in space should be.

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Speakers:
Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)
Sarah Amiri, Deputy Project Manager - Science Lead of Emirates Mars Mission, Mohamed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
Sandy Magnus, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Executive Director, Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)
Rick Tumlinson, Chairman, Deep Space Industries (DSI)

Moderator:
Lisa Callahan, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company - Civil Space

10:50

Morning Refreshments

11:10

Enabling Space-Faring Nations to Work Together as a Team. The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS)

The future of space exploration fundamentally depends on how well the space-faring nations can work together as a team.  The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS), whose membership includes all major space agencies, provide critical coordination, integration and development of internationally-agreed and interoperable space communication standards.  These standards enable space agencies to reduce life cycle costs and risks to both science and exploration missions.  All space missions in operations or in the planning stages are dependent on interoperable communication and navigation standards produced by CCSDS. For new space agencies this is an opportunity  to learn and explore current space communication infrastructure available to them.

 

Speakers:
Naser Al Rashedi, Director of Space Policy and Regulations, UAE Space Agency
James Afarin, ‎Chair of the CCSDS Management Council), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Eduardo Bergamini, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais

Moderator:
Dr. Michael Simpson, Executive Director, Secure World Foundation

Space Security Symposium (11:10 – 13:30)

Protecting Space Assets: Protecting space assets is now a critical priority for national security planners. Expensive national space and satellite infrastructure is at constant risk of sabotage, forcing a complete re-evaluation of the way we think about defence and security. How is resilience being built in and what do collective security and new partnerships mean for military space policies and programmes?

 

Speakers:
Peter Hays, Associate Director for Studies, Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies, United States Air Force Academy (USAF Academy)
Brett Biddington, Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA)
Olga Stelmakh, Postdoctoral Fellow in Space Governance, Coordinator of the International Study on Global Space Governance, McGill Institute of Air and Space Law
Luca Rossettini, CEO and Founder, D-Orbit SRL

  
11:30Developing a National Space Security Policy
12:00Challenges to Securing National Space Assets and Infrastructure
12:30Building International Collaboration and Partnerships
13:30Space and Cyberspace: Big data and space. What will cloud-based satellite services meanfor the industry? How are non-traditional uses of satellite data going to open up new avenues and how will operators manage big data and dissemination for competitive downstream sectors?
11:50

Unlocking the Potential of Cubesats

Exploring the capabilities of miniaturized satellite,. Expanding access to orbital services and lowering costs. Capitalising on the potential of quick upgrades and iterative technologies though satellite swarms

 

Speakers:
Dr. Saif Al Mheiri, Assistant Professor, Masdar Institute of Science and Technologye
Ahmed Bani Younes, Assistant Professor, Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research (KUSTAR)
John Stuart, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Swedish Space Corporation

12:30

Satellite Communications Symposium (12:30 – 13:30)

Assessing global demand for satellite capacity - new technologies, new satellites, and new frequency allocations for new needs. What opportunities can be exploited from the ongoing convergence of MSS and FSS and the demand for video and broadband capacity? Can emerging markets compensate for falling markets in established economies and how must operators position themselves to capitalise?

 

Speakers:
Mitsuhiro Sakamoto, ‎Senior Division Head in the Space Services Department, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Tom Freeman, Senior Vice President - Land Mobile, Kymeta Corporation
Ali Al Hashemi, General Manager, Yah Service
Tariq Al Awadhi, Executive Director for Spectrum Management, Telecommunications Regulations Authority
Ahmed Al Shamsi, Chief Technology Officer, Thuraya
Riyadh Al Adely, Managing Director, Skystream

   
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13:30

Networking Lunch

14:30

Space Law and Regulation

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Is the policy and regulatory environment keeping pace with changing technology?

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What political and legal governance needs to be put in space, and how are the players in space working together to build a sustainable and robust regulatory environment?

   

Speaker:
Sumaya al Hajeri, Licencing Specialist, UAE Space Agency
Prof. Mahulena Hofmann, SES Chair in Satellite Communications and Media Law, University of Luxembourg
Marco Ferrazzani, ESA Legal Counsel, Head of Legal Services Department, European Space Agency (ESA)
Olga Stelmakh, Postdoctoral Fellow in Space Governance, Coordinator of the International Study on Global Space Governance, McGill Institute of Air and Space Law
Luca Rossettini, CEO and Founder, D-Orbit SRL

Moderator:
Michael Gold, Vice President, Washington, DC Operations, Space Systems Loral (SSL)

15:30

Space Education and National Development

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Developing the workforce of the future.

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How can the industry work together to make space a compelling and attractive career path and how must we ensure future skills challenges are identified and overcome?

   

Speakers:
Scott Madry, CEO, The Global Space Institute (GSI)
Anu Ojha, Director, UK National Space Academy
Kamiel Gabriel, Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Tod Laursen, President, Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research
Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Science Projects, Director, Leicester Institute of Space & Earth Observation and Professor of Astrophysics & Space Science, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester
Naoko Yamazaki, Astronaut and the member of the Committee on National Space Policy of Japan
Bjorn Kjerfve, Chancellor, American University of Sharjah

Moderator:
Sheikha Al Maskari, Chief Innovation Officer, UAE Space Agency

16:30

End of Congress