June 5-6 2024 | The Sunset Room, National Harbor, MD

All information below pertains to the 2024 Summit. 2025 details coming soon!

  Defense Strategies Institute is proud to host the 7th Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit. This comprehensive two-day event will bring together leaders across DoD, Federal Government, IC and industry to discuss the advancements in commercial and government small spacecraft and launch capabilities. This forum will also address current efforts toward building an agile and reliable space architecture that includes the proliferation of small satellite systems.

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2024 Confirmed Speakers Included:

Maj Gen Gregory J. Gagnon, USSF
Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Intelligence,

Maj Gen Christopher S. Povak, USSF
Deputy Director,

Lt Gen Nina Armagno, USSF (Ret)
Board of Directors,
Rocket Lab

Stephanie L. Possehl, SES
Space and Missile Defense, OUSD (A&S)

Kris O. Acosta, DISES
Director of System of Systems Engineering & Net Assessment,

Download the 2024 Agenda


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

The global small satellite market will more than double between 2022 and 2028, increasing from $3.2 billion to $7 billion, primarily being driven by the increasing need for secure satellite communications, for both military missions and commercial applications. At the 7th Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit, decision-makers from across DoD, the Federal Government, IC and commercial industry will highlight the accomplishments and developments of the last year, as well as discuss the challenges faced in building an agile and reliable space architecture that includes the proliferation of small satellite systems.

As DoD continues to embrace a more agile satellite procurement strategy, the proliferation of small satellite constellations remains a critical component towards meeting U.S. military needs. Senior-level leaders from across the Military Services & Federal Government will highlight the accomplishments and developments of the last year on various small satellite projects, as well as discuss the technologies and policies that will be needed to overcome the next set of challenges in deploying/securing such satellites. Attendees at the 7th Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit will have the opportunity to directly engage with leaders and experts across the space enterprise, in a robust discussion about the bold innovation and action that will enhance small spacecraft capabilities and assure US space domain dominance. Finally, a panel of experts will convene to discuss efforts toward leveraging commercial innovation to enhance launch capabilities for federal small satellite initiatives.

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, Federal Government, IC and industry technology providers, in the satellite & space community. 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.


2023 Participating Organizations Included:

US Space Force, Space Development Agency, Space Bureau- FCC, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, Space Systems Command, Space and Missile Defense, OUSD (A&S), CDAO, DIU, FAA, NGA- Denver, NASA, Kirtland AFB, NOAA, NAVAIR, Army Futures Command, British Defence Staff, USSPACECOM, J8, BAE Space Systems. Aerojet Rocketdyne, York Space Systems, Loft Federal, Peraton, Viasat, THe Boeing Company, Space Cowboy ADR, Emergent Space Technologies, Rocket Lab, SpiderOak, Lockheed Martin, L3Harris Technologies, Blue Origin, Orbital Transports, CGI Federal, Terran Orbital, CACI, SAIC, Raytheon, Kepler Communications US


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

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


Topics to be Covered at the 2024 Summit:

- Elevating US Space Resilience through Small Satellite Integration

- Enabling Hybrid Space-Terrestrial Satellite Networks for Strategic USSF Advantage

- Leveraging Commercial Innovation to Enhance Launch Capabilities for Federal Small Satellite Initiatives

- Developing Advanced Small Satellite Capabilities for Enhanced Space Domain Awareness

- Driving Optimization for a Leaner, Faster, More Resilient US Space Force

- Bridging Innovation and Regulation: OSTP's Impact on Small Satellite Policy and Space Access Strategy

- Bolstering NRO Launch Capabilities to Advance National Security Objectives


At Our Summit 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 small satellite and space communities.

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 encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.


Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD, Federal Government & 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.

The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.


*Summit is Closed to The Press / No Recordings*