5th Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit

June 23-24, 2021 | National Harbor, MD

The 2022 SmallSat & Space Access Summit will convene members of the DoD, IC, and space industry to address the role small satellite capabilities play in 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. 


2021 Confirmed Speakers Include:

Brig Gen Steven Whitney, USAF
Director, Space Programs
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition

Dr. Lindsay Millard
Principal Director for Space


Brig Gen Steve “Bucky” Butow, USAF
Director, Space Portfolio
Dr. Karen St. Germain
Director, Earth Science Division
Science Mission Directorate

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

Dr. Frank Turner
Technical Director
Space Development Agency


Download the 2021 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.

The 4th Annual SmallSat and Space Access Summit will address the development of SmallSat technologies and the challenges of achieving successful vehicle launches. Speakers will address the policy, acquisition, and technical development of space capabilities aimed at improving ease of access to space and overall US superiority in the space domain – in the context of both national defense and scientific exploration. Furthermore, this event will highlight the role of the space industry and commercial sector in furthering reliable space access and efforts to develop a national hybrid space architecture using small spacecraft in proliferated LEO.

Speakers from across the DoD, IC, Federal Agencies, and commercial sector will share their insights into the future direction of SmallSat applications, the challenges of fielding SmallSat constellations, advancements in capabilities, barriers to successful launches and the role industry plays in progressing US space superiority. 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

– Implementing a Resilient Hybrid Space Architecture

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

– Efforts to Improve Launch Capabilities and Broaden Space Access

– Integrating Commercially Developed Technology to Deliver Capabilities to the US Space Force

– Integrating Commercial Imagery to Support National Security

– Strengthening the US Commercial Space Economy

– Balancing Public Safety with Innovation in the Commercial Space Environment


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 insights and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The 2021 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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