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.


2020 Confirmed Speakers Include:

Dr. Derek Tournear, SES
Space Development Agency

Dr. Karen St. Germain
Director, Earth Science Division
Science Mission Directorate

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

Lt Gen Larry James (Ret), USAF
Deputy Director
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Pete Muend
Director, Commercial Systems Program Office
National Reconnaissance Office


Col Russell Teehan, USAF
Space Portfolio Architect
Space and Missile Systems Center


Download the 2020 Agenda


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 of Discussion:


– Rapidly Deploying Small Satellite Capabilities to Meet Joint Operational Requirements

– Developing a Resilient Hybrid Space Architecture

– Leveraging Small Satellites to Gather Data and Enable the Effective Monitoring of Emerging Crises, National Security Priorities, and Scientific Mission

– Efforts to Improve Launch Capabilities and Broaden Space Access

– Leveraging Commercial Space Launch to Successfully Deliver Military Payloads

– Strengthening the US Commercial Space Economy

– Highlighting New Government Acquisition Mechanisms

– Understanding How Recent DoD Organizational Changes Further Enable Space Development and US Competitive Advantage

– Understanding AI’s Role in Enabling Space Capabilities


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 2020 SmallSat & Space Access Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

Download the Sponsorship and Exhibiting Prospectus Here.

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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.