3rd Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit

September 23-24, 2020 | Alexandria, VA

The 2020 SmallSat & Space Access Summit will convene members of the DoD, IC, and space industry to address the role small satellite capabilities play realizing critical national security goals. Senior leaders will discuss how these SmallSat technologies can be leveraged to fulfill urgent defense, scientific, and commercial needs. Attendees at the Summit will have the unique opportunity to hear from leading US Government officials about ensuring undeterred space access, improving satellite technologies, advancing launch capabilities, and the future national hybrid space architecture.  


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2019 Speakers Included:

Shawn Barnes, SES
Deputy Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for Space

Dr. Fred Kennedy
Space Development Agency

Dr. Karen St. Germain
Director, Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Chirag Parikh
Deputy Director for Counterproliferation
National Geospatial Information Agency

Brig Gen Wayne Monteith, USAF (Ret)
Associate Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation

Jose Albuquerque
Division Chief, Satellite Division, International Bureau

Roger Hunter
Program Manager, Small Spacecraft Technology Program

Download the Agenda for Complete List of Speakers


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

Historically, satellites have been massive in size and expensive to both develop and launch. In the past, this has limited both flexibility in and access to space. Today, the US has turned its attention toward the advancement of small satellites, which are often more cost-effective and pragmatic. The advantages of small satellites are not just their drastically reduced cost, but also their ease of launch, mission flexibility and ability to strengthen overall capability in the space domain.

Defense Strategies Institute’s 3rd Annual SmallSat and Space Access Summit will address the development of SmallSat technologies and the challenges of achieving successful vehicle launches. Speakers will examine the policies for, and acquisition and development of, space capabilities aimed at ensuring US superiority in both national defense and scientific contexts. Furthermore, this event will highlight the role of commercial partners in furthering R&D and the development of a hybrid space architecture for national defense.

Speakers from across the DoD, IC, Federal Agencies, and commercial sector will share their insights into the future direction of satellite technologies and the challenges of fielding SmallSat constellations. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to engage with senior leaders about recent changes to the national space enterprise and current critical capability gaps.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits’ content and focus areas. We seek to bring together the respected leaders from the DoD and IC, leading research centers, and industry technology providers. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision-makers and solution providers.



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Topics to be Covered at the 2019 Summit:

- Assessing the advantages of employing small satellite capabilities to meet operational requirements

- Leveraging small satellites to gather data and enable the effective monitoring of emerging crises

- Operating micro-satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO)

- Examining the limitations and constraints of the payload sizes, power, and interface specifications of current small spacecrafts

- Utilizing commercial space technology to successfully deliver military requirements

- Highlighting how industry can provide reliable and affordable access to space

- Improving launch and landing capabilities to ensure mission success and safety

- Addressing the implications of the growing small satellite market for the space launch industry


At our Symposium You Have the Ability To:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the US Space domain.

  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance

  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are given the opportunity to address our speaker faculty with their questions, comments or ideas.

Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The 2019 SmallSat & Space Access Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

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Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

- DSI’s summit directly supports DoD and IC priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

- DSI’s summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

- This summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.