The SmallSat & Space Access Summit encourages members of the DoD, Intelligence Community, military services, and critical organizations to come together to discuss solutions and techniques to exploit the space domain. The application of small satellites is transforming space exploration and allowing the US Government and critical partners to gain vital intelligence. This year’s summit will highlight the technology currently underway and the challenges that exist in enhancing space access and employing smallsats to ensure space superiority.



May 2018 Speakers Included:



Shawn Barnes, SES, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Space Operations, HQAF




Maj Gen Robert Rego, USAF (Ret), Strategic Missions Advisor, USSTRATCOM




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Brig Gen Mark Baird, USAF, Director, Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition (SAF/AQ)



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Tina Harrington, Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate, NRO




William Nelson, SES, Director, Programs and Technology, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command


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Col Shahnaz Punjani, USAF, Director, Space Rapid Capabilities Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, AFSC



Why You Should Attend:

This educational summit will bring together senior Intelligence officials, military leaders, academia, and solution providers to discuss the developing technology, infrastructure, and policy surrounding the application of small spacecraft technology into the plan to dominate the space domain.

As the space domain becomes increasingly contested and congested with competing adversaries, it is of utmost importance that the United States remain superior by advancing technology and incorporating low-cost flexible smallsats into orbits as auxiliary payloads. In order to do this effectively, the US Government must partner with the private sector to design smallsats which deliver diverse and advanced capabilities at a fraction of the cost of legacy satellite systems.

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 US military commands, leading research centers, government agencies, 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.

Topics Covered at the May 2018 Summit:

– Advantages and disadvantages of employing small satellite capabilities to meet operational requirements

– Application of small satellites to gather intelligence to enable military to effectively monitor emerging crises

– Understanding the effectiveness of microsatellites to operate in LEO and the type of data that can be gained from these smallsats

– Applying small satellites over larger ones due to cost competitive flexibility to design, build, and deploy satellites that are best suited for a given application

– Ability of CubeSats to offer standardized form-factor and containerization which enables mass production and easier launch vehicle integration

– Perspective towards the limitations and constraints of payload sizes, power, and interface specifications of the current cubesats being developed

– Efficiently acquiring commercial space technology to deliver military requirements in a timely manner


At Our Summit You Will Have the Ability to:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing communications and networking leaders.

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 Symposium directly supports DoD, IC, DHS, and Government 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 Symposium 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 Symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.

(Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)



Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

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

Download the Sponsorship and Exhibiting Prospectus Here

Advisory Board

DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings.  In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all.  Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.