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The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight and the commercial space industry, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s member companies, which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers, and service providers, are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Board of Directors

Taber MacCallum
Taber MacCallum

Taber MacCallum

CSF Chairman

Space Perspective is a human spaceflight company dedicated to making the powerful experience of seeing the curvature of the Earth in the blackness of space accessible to millions of people, companies and governments via high-altitude balloon operating with a capsule at the edge of space. Founded by the award-winning serial aerospace entrepreneur team of Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, Space Perspective is built on their successful 30-year track record including Biosphere 2, Paragon Space Development Corp, StratEx, and World View. Bloomberg Business Journal called the Poynter MacCallum team “Masters of the Stratosphere.”

Mr. MacCallum is Chairman of the Board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, whose mission is to advance commercial human spaceflight and the entire commercial space industry, to pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. Taber also serves on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson.

Taber MacCallum is co-founder, director and founding Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of World View Enterprises Inc., the world’s first fully integrated stratospheric ballooning company,locating manufacturing, vehicle integration, test, launch, operations and recovery together in a purpose-built facility. Under Taber’s technical leadership World View pioneered a new class of solar powered long duration stratospheric vehicle called a Stratollite. The stratospheric balloon technology uses regenerative air ballast for buoyancy and trajectory control to offer unique perspectives of Earth from the edge of space. The Silicon Valley-backed company offers enterprise and government agencies low-cost, long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight, unavailable by any other means. Stratollite applications include: communications in remote locations to connect the remaining 4-billiion people without reliable connectivity; remote sensing applications that DARPA has called “game changing;” weather insights that can increase tornado predictions from minutes to hours; and many research applications. The Stratollite was featured on the cover of the most widely read aerospace journal, Aerospace America. Working with Pima County, World View founded and operates Spaceport Tucson.

Prior to World View, he was the co-founder, CEO and CTO of Paragon Space Development Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of hazardous environment life support equipment. He also served as the CTO and safety officer for StratEx, a project that launched Google Executive Alan Eustace to the edge of space under a helium balloon for his world record-breaking flight in 2014, after which he dove back to Earth from over 135,000 feet, breaking the speed of sound. Technical innovations included stratospheric balloon launch systems, transonic flight stabilization, and the first newly designed operational space suit to fly in 40 years. The space suit is now on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. A documentary called 14 minutes from Earth on the StratEx team and the extraordinary engineering and human feat was published in 2016.

Mr. MacCallum is a founding member of the Biosphere 2 design team, and one of eight original crew members that spent two years inside the materially sealed three-acre ecological system, which demonstrated the viability of artificial biospheres for use on Earth and in long-duration interplanetary travel.

Taber has sailed to over 40 ports and more than 30,000 miles around the world, serving at every level of command. He is an Advanced Diving Instructor and served as Dive Master on projects including reintroduction of captive research dolphins to the wild, ship salvage operations, Biosphere 2 Ocean collections, and deep-water specimen collecting expeditions in every ocean and most of the world’s seas.

Mr. MacCallum was the Principal Investigator on five space microgravity experiments starting in 1988 on the Soviet BioSatellite, then the U.S. Space Shuttle, Russian Mir Space Station and International Space Station. The four-month experiments on Mir produced the first animals to have completed their life cycle off the Earth.

He also served as Chief Technology Officer for Inspiration Mars, which detailed plans for an almost 2-year fly-by mission around Mars with two crew members, and published performance data from a complete life support system, demonstrating recycling of wastewater and oxygen.

Mr. MacCallum holds a variety of technology patents, most notably including Biosphere 2’sAtmospheric Monitoring System, the Boeing CST-100 spacecraft Humidity Control System,thermal radiators for Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spacecraft, a hazardous water diving suit for the U.S Navy, the StratEx stable supersonic flight spacesuit, a waste water recovery system for Mars now going to the International Space Station, the World View stratospheric parafoil flight system, and several in breakthrough stratospheric altitude control navigation technology for the World View Stratollite.

Taber MacCallum

CSF Chairman
Space Perspective, Inc.
Taber MacCallum

Taber MacCallum

CSF Chairman

Space Perspective is a human spaceflight company dedicated to making the powerful experience of seeing the curvature of the Earth in the blackness of space accessible to millions of people, companies and governments via high-altitude balloon operating with a capsule at the edge of space. Founded by the award-winning serial aerospace entrepreneur team of Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, Space Perspective is built on their successful 30-year track record including Biosphere 2, Paragon Space Development Corp, StratEx, and World View. Bloomberg Business Journal called the Poynter MacCallum team “Masters of the Stratosphere.”

Mr. MacCallum is Chairman of the Board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, whose mission is to advance commercial human spaceflight and the entire commercial space industry, to pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. Taber also serves on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson.

Taber MacCallum is co-founder, director and founding Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of World View Enterprises Inc., the world’s first fully integrated stratospheric ballooning company,locating manufacturing, vehicle integration, test, launch, operations and recovery together in a purpose-built facility. Under Taber’s technical leadership World View pioneered a new class of solar powered long duration stratospheric vehicle called a Stratollite. The stratospheric balloon technology uses regenerative air ballast for buoyancy and trajectory control to offer unique perspectives of Earth from the edge of space. The Silicon Valley-backed company offers enterprise and government agencies low-cost, long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight, unavailable by any other means. Stratollite applications include: communications in remote locations to connect the remaining 4-billiion people without reliable connectivity; remote sensing applications that DARPA has called “game changing;” weather insights that can increase tornado predictions from minutes to hours; and many research applications. The Stratollite was featured on the cover of the most widely read aerospace journal, Aerospace America. Working with Pima County, World View founded and operates Spaceport Tucson.

Prior to World View, he was the co-founder, CEO and CTO of Paragon Space Development Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of hazardous environment life support equipment. He also served as the CTO and safety officer for StratEx, a project that launched Google Executive Alan Eustace to the edge of space under a helium balloon for his world record-breaking flight in 2014, after which he dove back to Earth from over 135,000 feet, breaking the speed of sound. Technical innovations included stratospheric balloon launch systems, transonic flight stabilization, and the first newly designed operational space suit to fly in 40 years. The space suit is now on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. A documentary called 14 minutes from Earth on the StratEx team and the extraordinary engineering and human feat was published in 2016.

Mr. MacCallum is a founding member of the Biosphere 2 design team, and one of eight original crew members that spent two years inside the materially sealed three-acre ecological system, which demonstrated the viability of artificial biospheres for use on Earth and in long-duration interplanetary travel.

Taber has sailed to over 40 ports and more than 30,000 miles around the world, serving at every level of command. He is an Advanced Diving Instructor and served as Dive Master on projects including reintroduction of captive research dolphins to the wild, ship salvage operations, Biosphere 2 Ocean collections, and deep-water specimen collecting expeditions in every ocean and most of the world’s seas.

Mr. MacCallum was the Principal Investigator on five space microgravity experiments starting in 1988 on the Soviet BioSatellite, then the U.S. Space Shuttle, Russian Mir Space Station and International Space Station. The four-month experiments on Mir produced the first animals to have completed their life cycle off the Earth.

He also served as Chief Technology Officer for Inspiration Mars, which detailed plans for an almost 2-year fly-by mission around Mars with two crew members, and published performance data from a complete life support system, demonstrating recycling of wastewater and oxygen.

Mr. MacCallum holds a variety of technology patents, most notably including Biosphere 2’sAtmospheric Monitoring System, the Boeing CST-100 spacecraft Humidity Control System,thermal radiators for Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spacecraft, a hazardous water diving suit for the U.S Navy, the StratEx stable supersonic flight spacesuit, a waste water recovery system for Mars now going to the International Space Station, the World View stratospheric parafoil flight system, and several in breakthrough stratospheric altitude control navigation technology for the World View Stratollite.

George Whitesides
George Whitesides

George Whitesides

CSF Vice-Chairman

George Whitesides is the CEO of Virgin Galactic, the US-based space tourism company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic has developed the WhiteKnightTwo carrier vehicle and SpaceShipTwo air-launched space vehicle. The SpaceShipTwo vehicle is based on the X Prize winning SpaceShipOne, which was piloted twice into space and now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In his role as  CEO, Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of VG to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Most recently, Whitesides served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor that the agency confers. Prior to his role at NASA, Whitesides served as Executive Director of the National Space Society and Chairman of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group of the Federal Aviation Authority Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. Whitesides’ earlier career experience in the aerospace industry took place at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Blastoff Corporation and the Zero Gravity Corporation. A licensed private pilot and parabolic flight coach, Whitesides is a graduate of Cambridge and Princeton Universities and a former Fulbright Scholar.

George Whitesides

CSF Vice-Chairman
Virgin Galactic
George Whitesides

George Whitesides

CSF Vice-Chairman

George Whitesides is the CEO of Virgin Galactic, the US-based space tourism company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic has developed the WhiteKnightTwo carrier vehicle and SpaceShipTwo air-launched space vehicle. The SpaceShipTwo vehicle is based on the X Prize winning SpaceShipOne, which was piloted twice into space and now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In his role as  CEO, Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of VG to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Most recently, Whitesides served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor that the agency confers. Prior to his role at NASA, Whitesides served as Executive Director of the National Space Society and Chairman of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group of the Federal Aviation Authority Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. Whitesides’ earlier career experience in the aerospace industry took place at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Blastoff Corporation and the Zero Gravity Corporation. A licensed private pilot and parabolic flight coach, Whitesides is a graduate of Cambridge and Princeton Universities and a former Fulbright Scholar.

Karina Drees
Karina Drees

Karina Drees

CSF Treasurer

Karina Drees is the CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port, home to numerous companies manufacturing and testing airplanes and space equipment. As CEO, Drees is responsible for maintaining more than 3,000 acres of property and managing 150 tenant contracts. She oversees all air and space operations at the airport and manages procedures, business operations and regional partnership development. Drees leads the implementation of strategic initiatives for the benefit of the companies operating in Mojave as well as the region. Prior to MASP, Drees held senior positions in strategy and business development for growing technology companies in the Washington DC area. Drees has a BS from Arizona State University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Karina Drees

CSF Treasurer
Mojave Air and Space Port
Karina Drees

Karina Drees

CSF Treasurer

Karina Drees is the CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port, home to numerous companies manufacturing and testing airplanes and space equipment. As CEO, Drees is responsible for maintaining more than 3,000 acres of property and managing 150 tenant contracts. She oversees all air and space operations at the airport and manages procedures, business operations and regional partnership development. Drees leads the implementation of strategic initiatives for the benefit of the companies operating in Mojave as well as the region. Prior to MASP, Drees held senior positions in strategy and business development for growing technology companies in the Washington DC area. Drees has a BS from Arizona State University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Tim Hughes
Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

CSF Officer

Tim Hughes leads the legal, regulatory, and global policy efforts at SpaceX. Joining in 2005 as the company’s first in‐house counsel, Tim has defined SpaceX’s legal and government affairs functions from the ground up, helping to take the company from true start‐up to one of the world’s most recognizable and innovative technology firms. Based in Washington, DC, his responsibilities span the company’s broad corporate, contracting, export control, insurance, litigation and launch licensing portfolios, as well as SpaceX’s domestic and international policy agenda.

Prior to joining SpaceX, Tim served as Majority Counsel to the Committee on Science and Technology in the United States House of Representatives. In this capacity, he provided counsel to the Science Committee, with a particular focus on the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee and Space Shuttle Columbia accident investigation. Tim was the principal attorney responsible for drafting and shepherding the passage of ground‐breaking commercial human spaceflight legislation, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (P.L. 108‐492), which established the legal and regulatory framework for commercial human spaceflight in the United States.
A graduate of William and Mary Law School and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Tim previously served as a senior associate with the Communications and Litigation groups of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, as well as in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the United States Secret Service.

Tim Hughes

CSF Officer
SpaceX
Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

CSF Officer

Tim Hughes leads the legal, regulatory, and global policy efforts at SpaceX. Joining in 2005 as the company’s first in‐house counsel, Tim has defined SpaceX’s legal and government affairs functions from the ground up, helping to take the company from true start‐up to one of the world’s most recognizable and innovative technology firms. Based in Washington, DC, his responsibilities span the company’s broad corporate, contracting, export control, insurance, litigation and launch licensing portfolios, as well as SpaceX’s domestic and international policy agenda.

Prior to joining SpaceX, Tim served as Majority Counsel to the Committee on Science and Technology in the United States House of Representatives. In this capacity, he provided counsel to the Science Committee, with a particular focus on the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee and Space Shuttle Columbia accident investigation. Tim was the principal attorney responsible for drafting and shepherding the passage of ground‐breaking commercial human spaceflight legislation, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (P.L. 108‐492), which established the legal and regulatory framework for commercial human spaceflight in the United States.
A graduate of William and Mary Law School and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Tim previously served as a senior associate with the Communications and Litigation groups of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, as well as in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the United States Secret Service.

Todd Lindner
Todd Lindner

Todd Lindner

CSF Officer

Todd Lindner serves as Senior Manager of Planning and Spaceport Development for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which owns and manages Cecil Field Spaceport. In August of 2006, Mr. Lindner was assigned the task of establishing a spaceport at Cecil Field. In this role, he was responsible for the successful completion of the spaceport licensing process and oversight of the development and operation of the Cecil Field Spaceport. He has coordinated all activities related to the Cecil Field Spaceport and provided guidance on aviation and space related issues to the Authority’s Board of Directors and staff. From 1989 to 1997 Mr. Lindner served as a corporate pilot operating business jets and turboprop aircraft before transitioning into Aviation Management. In June of 2005, Mr. Lindner was employed by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) as the Administrator of Planning before being promoted to Senior Manager of Planning and Spaceport Development. Mr. Lindner graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1986 with a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace and 1998 with a Masters Degree in Aviation Management and Administration. Mr. Lindner is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Todd Lindner

CSF Officer
Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Todd Lindner

Todd Lindner

CSF Officer

Todd Lindner serves as Senior Manager of Planning and Spaceport Development for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which owns and manages Cecil Field Spaceport. In August of 2006, Mr. Lindner was assigned the task of establishing a spaceport at Cecil Field. In this role, he was responsible for the successful completion of the spaceport licensing process and oversight of the development and operation of the Cecil Field Spaceport. He has coordinated all activities related to the Cecil Field Spaceport and provided guidance on aviation and space related issues to the Authority’s Board of Directors and staff. From 1989 to 1997 Mr. Lindner served as a corporate pilot operating business jets and turboprop aircraft before transitioning into Aviation Management. In June of 2005, Mr. Lindner was employed by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) as the Administrator of Planning before being promoted to Senior Manager of Planning and Spaceport Development. Mr. Lindner graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1986 with a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace and 1998 with a Masters Degree in Aviation Management and Administration. Mr. Lindner is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Bretton Alexander
Bretton Alexander

Bretton Alexander

CSF Officer

for Blue Origin, a developer of rocket engines and space transportation capabilities. Brett is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal and, from October 2009 to October 2011, was a member of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). Brett has served as a member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) since 2008.

Brett previously served as a senior policy analyst for space issues in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he played a central role in development of the Vision for Space Exploration announced by President Bush in 2004.

From December 2006 to May 2011, Brett served as President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the industry association of businesses and organizations working to make commercial human spaceflight a reality. From 2008 to 2011, Brett was also a consultant in the space industry. From 2007 to 2008, Brett served as the executive director for space at the X PRIZE Foundation. He was senior advisor to Transformational Space Corporation (t/Space) from 2005 to 2007. Prior to the White House, Mr. Alexander held positions in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, The Aerospace Corporation, and ANSER Corporation.

Mr. Alexander holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bretton Alexander

CSF Officer
Blue Origin
Bretton Alexander

Bretton Alexander

CSF Officer

for Blue Origin, a developer of rocket engines and space transportation capabilities. Brett is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal and, from October 2009 to October 2011, was a member of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). Brett has served as a member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) since 2008.

Brett previously served as a senior policy analyst for space issues in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he played a central role in development of the Vision for Space Exploration announced by President Bush in 2004.

From December 2006 to May 2011, Brett served as President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the industry association of businesses and organizations working to make commercial human spaceflight a reality. From 2008 to 2011, Brett was also a consultant in the space industry. From 2007 to 2008, Brett served as the executive director for space at the X PRIZE Foundation. He was senior advisor to Transformational Space Corporation (t/Space) from 2005 to 2007. Prior to the White House, Mr. Alexander held positions in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, The Aerospace Corporation, and ANSER Corporation.

Mr. Alexander holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Richard Pruss
Richard Pruss

Richard Pruss

CSF Officer

Richard Pruss, PE, is Director of Aerospace and Government Programs. These markets have serviced nearly every launch pad in the United States and for NASA as well as provided for a number of government agencies including NAVFAC, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the NRO and more. Mr. Pruss has an established and successful track record of leadership in project management, business development, and structural engineering.

Mr. Pruss’ entire career has focused around the aerospace industry, including support for federal and commercial aerospace clients. This includes design and study assessments for facilities to support the Constellation Program from 2006-2008. The study assessed cost, schedule, and implementation impacts to utilize existing facilities versus the development of new facilities. He has also completed the renovation of existing NASA facilities to support the Space Launch Systems program. The renovation of historic facilities is instrumental in the transition of government only space activities to a combination of commercial and government assets propelling the United States into space. This experience has been instrumental to Mr. Pruss becoming an expert on facility re-purposing to provide the most cost-effective programs for the aerospace industry.

Mr. Pruss also has extensive experience with commercial spaceports. He led the design team for the Wallops Flight Facility Launch Pad 0A in Virginia. At the time, this was the first greenfield launch facility built in the United States in 20 years. Mr. Pruss has also led the development of commercial facilities at Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska at Kodiak Island and Space Florida with their commercial launch development at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

For BRPH, Mr. Pruss is responsible for business strategy, financial performance, successful execution and growth for his markets. He sets the strategic direction through the enhancement of the client service experience, management of current and prospective client relationships and capacity, as well as strengthening market position through the continuous development of efficient management processes. Mr. Pruss provides oversight to project managers and discipline directors. His leadership is based on an in-depth technical background and thorough understanding of aerospace and government facilities and project management.

Following two launch incidents that damaged spaceports at Wallops Island, VA and Kodiak, AK, Mr. Pruss led return to flight activities with post-accident walk down facility assessments and cost and schedule development to facilitate a fast-paced return to flight schedule.

Mr. Pruss has served as principal-in-charge on a number of complex, large-scale projects, including Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska Return to Flight, Kodiak AK; Orbiter Processing Facility, KSC; Launch Pad 0A Return to Flight, Wallops Island, VA; Design Modifications to Multi-Payload Processing Facility, KSC; ULA Factory Optimization Project

Richard Pruss

CSF Officer
BRPH
Richard Pruss

Richard Pruss

CSF Officer

Richard Pruss, PE, is Director of Aerospace and Government Programs. These markets have serviced nearly every launch pad in the United States and for NASA as well as provided for a number of government agencies including NAVFAC, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the NRO and more. Mr. Pruss has an established and successful track record of leadership in project management, business development, and structural engineering.

Mr. Pruss’ entire career has focused around the aerospace industry, including support for federal and commercial aerospace clients. This includes design and study assessments for facilities to support the Constellation Program from 2006-2008. The study assessed cost, schedule, and implementation impacts to utilize existing facilities versus the development of new facilities. He has also completed the renovation of existing NASA facilities to support the Space Launch Systems program. The renovation of historic facilities is instrumental in the transition of government only space activities to a combination of commercial and government assets propelling the United States into space. This experience has been instrumental to Mr. Pruss becoming an expert on facility re-purposing to provide the most cost-effective programs for the aerospace industry.

Mr. Pruss also has extensive experience with commercial spaceports. He led the design team for the Wallops Flight Facility Launch Pad 0A in Virginia. At the time, this was the first greenfield launch facility built in the United States in 20 years. Mr. Pruss has also led the development of commercial facilities at Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska at Kodiak Island and Space Florida with their commercial launch development at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

For BRPH, Mr. Pruss is responsible for business strategy, financial performance, successful execution and growth for his markets. He sets the strategic direction through the enhancement of the client service experience, management of current and prospective client relationships and capacity, as well as strengthening market position through the continuous development of efficient management processes. Mr. Pruss provides oversight to project managers and discipline directors. His leadership is based on an in-depth technical background and thorough understanding of aerospace and government facilities and project management.

Following two launch incidents that damaged spaceports at Wallops Island, VA and Kodiak, AK, Mr. Pruss led return to flight activities with post-accident walk down facility assessments and cost and schedule development to facilitate a fast-paced return to flight schedule.

Mr. Pruss has served as principal-in-charge on a number of complex, large-scale projects, including Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska Return to Flight, Kodiak AK; Orbiter Processing Facility, KSC; Launch Pad 0A Return to Flight, Wallops Island, VA; Design Modifications to Multi-Payload Processing Facility, KSC; ULA Factory Optimization Project

Jim Bell
Jim Bell

Jim Bell

Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth & Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an active astronomer and planetary scientist who has been involved in a number of robotic solar system exploration missions and investigations using the Hubble Space Telescope, Mars rovers, the Voyager missions, and orbiters sent to Mars, the Moon, and several asteroids. His research focuses on the use of remote sensing imaging and spectroscopy to assess the geology, composition, and mineralogy of the surfaces of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. Jim is the President of the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society, and is also an author of popular science books related to space exploration, including  Postcards from MarsThe Space Book, The Interstellar Age, and The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide.

 

Bell has a dual B.S. from Caltech in Aeronautics and Geological & Planetary Sciences, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in Geology & Geophysics. When not studying the solar system through the eyes of robotic avatars, he is an avid baseball fan and player, and an occasional Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddler.

Jim Bell

Arizona State University
Jim Bell

Jim Bell

Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth & Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an active astronomer and planetary scientist who has been involved in a number of robotic solar system exploration missions and investigations using the Hubble Space Telescope, Mars rovers, the Voyager missions, and orbiters sent to Mars, the Moon, and several asteroids. His research focuses on the use of remote sensing imaging and spectroscopy to assess the geology, composition, and mineralogy of the surfaces of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. Jim is the President of the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society, and is also an author of popular science books related to space exploration, including  Postcards from MarsThe Space Book, The Interstellar Age, and The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide.

 

Bell has a dual B.S. from Caltech in Aeronautics and Geological & Planetary Sciences, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in Geology & Geophysics. When not studying the solar system through the eyes of robotic avatars, he is an avid baseball fan and player, and an occasional Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddler.

Michael Suffredini
Michael Suffredini

Michael Suffredini

Michael Suffredini is President, CEO and co-founder of Axiom Space, Inc. The Axiom Space vision is to make living and working in Earth orbit commonplace as a means to a robust economy in low Earth orbit. Mr. Suffredini has 30+ years of experience in human spaceflight, and served as NASA’s ISS Program manager for a decade prior to his retirement in later 2015. As ISS Program manager, Mike was responsible for the development, assembly, operation and utilization of the 460-metric ton, permanently manned international orbiting laboratory complex. During his tenure, Mr. Suffredini successfully lead the transition of the ISS program from a development and assembly focus to a research and commercial utilization focus, opening avenues for a new commercial marketplace in space. Mr. Suffredini is the recipient of numerous awards including the NASA Distinguished Service medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership medal, the National Air and Space Museum Trophy and the Yuri Gagarin Medal.

Michael Suffredini

Axiom Space
Michael Suffredini

Michael Suffredini

Michael Suffredini is President, CEO and co-founder of Axiom Space, Inc. The Axiom Space vision is to make living and working in Earth orbit commonplace as a means to a robust economy in low Earth orbit. Mr. Suffredini has 30+ years of experience in human spaceflight, and served as NASA’s ISS Program manager for a decade prior to his retirement in later 2015. As ISS Program manager, Mike was responsible for the development, assembly, operation and utilization of the 460-metric ton, permanently manned international orbiting laboratory complex. During his tenure, Mr. Suffredini successfully lead the transition of the ISS program from a development and assembly focus to a research and commercial utilization focus, opening avenues for a new commercial marketplace in space. Mr. Suffredini is the recipient of numerous awards including the NASA Distinguished Service medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership medal, the National Air and Space Museum Trophy and the Yuri Gagarin Medal.

Jeff Matthews
Jeff Matthews

Jeff Matthews

Jeff Matthews is a Specialist Leader at Deloitte Consulting with 18 years of experience in finance, innovation, and business development in the aerospace industry and other high-growth technology sectors. He has participated as an advisor in venture capital raises totaling over $600m for frontier technology companies, primarily focused on space and emerging software technologies, providing capital solicitation strategies to startups and market analysis and due diligence to investors. Jeff is a demonstrated thought leader in technology enablement, venture capital strategy, performance management, enterprise transformation, startup development, and aerospace.

Jeff Matthews

Deloitte
Jeff Matthews

Jeff Matthews

Jeff Matthews is a Specialist Leader at Deloitte Consulting with 18 years of experience in finance, innovation, and business development in the aerospace industry and other high-growth technology sectors. He has participated as an advisor in venture capital raises totaling over $600m for frontier technology companies, primarily focused on space and emerging software technologies, providing capital solicitation strategies to startups and market analysis and due diligence to investors. Jeff is a demonstrated thought leader in technology enablement, venture capital strategy, performance management, enterprise transformation, startup development, and aerospace.

Dr. Joseph Vockley
Dr. Joseph Vockley

Dr. Joseph Vockley

Dr. Joseph Vockley serves as President and Executive Director of The ISS National Laboratory. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic leadership of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Vockley built and led multi-disciplined scientific and bioinformatic research teams in the public and biotechnology sectors and in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

During his career, Dr. Vockley served as the director of The Cancer Genome Atlas project office at the National Cancer Institute, a member of the senior leadership team of the APOLLO project of the Cancer Moonshot Program at Walter Reed Medical Center, and the Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the Inova Translational Medicine Institute. In addition to the management of large-scale scientific projects, Dr. Vockley’s expertise includes genomics, precision medicine, bioinformatics, biobanking, molecular diagnostics, cancer research, and metabolic genetics. He is inventor on numerous patents for genes and gene signatures, bioinformatics tools and methods for the analysis of large-scale data.

Dr. Vockley earned his B.S. in microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Delaware. His postdoctoral fellowship and clinical genetics residency were at the University of California, Los Angeles and Cedar Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Joseph Vockley

ISS National Laboratory
Dr. Joseph Vockley

Dr. Joseph Vockley

Dr. Joseph Vockley serves as President and Executive Director of The ISS National Laboratory. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic leadership of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Vockley built and led multi-disciplined scientific and bioinformatic research teams in the public and biotechnology sectors and in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

During his career, Dr. Vockley served as the director of The Cancer Genome Atlas project office at the National Cancer Institute, a member of the senior leadership team of the APOLLO project of the Cancer Moonshot Program at Walter Reed Medical Center, and the Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the Inova Translational Medicine Institute. In addition to the management of large-scale scientific projects, Dr. Vockley’s expertise includes genomics, precision medicine, bioinformatics, biobanking, molecular diagnostics, cancer research, and metabolic genetics. He is inventor on numerous patents for genes and gene signatures, bioinformatics tools and methods for the analysis of large-scale data.

Dr. Vockley earned his B.S. in microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Delaware. His postdoctoral fellowship and clinical genetics residency were at the University of California, Los Angeles and Cedar Sinai Medical Center.

Chris Shank
Chris Shank

Chris Shank

Chris Shank is the Vice President for Civil and National Security Space at Maxar Technologies. As part of the Global Field Operations team, Chris will manage sales, business development, account management and service delivery across Maxar’s civil national security customer base.

Chris previously held various leadership roles in the military, U.S. government and commercial industry for over 25 years. Before joining Maxar, Chris was the Director of the Strategic Capabilities Office at the U.S. Department of Defense. In this role, he led the development of new and innovative ways to shape and counter emerging threats across all domains, bringing unexpected and game-changing capabilities to the Joint Force.

Chris has also held leadership roles at Van Scoyoc Associates, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Honeywell Aerospace, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA. He served as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years with assignments at Space Command, National Reconnaissance Office, and Pentagon. Chris holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.

Chris Shank

MAXAR
Chris Shank

Chris Shank

Chris Shank is the Vice President for Civil and National Security Space at Maxar Technologies. As part of the Global Field Operations team, Chris will manage sales, business development, account management and service delivery across Maxar’s civil national security customer base.

Chris previously held various leadership roles in the military, U.S. government and commercial industry for over 25 years. Before joining Maxar, Chris was the Director of the Strategic Capabilities Office at the U.S. Department of Defense. In this role, he led the development of new and innovative ways to shape and counter emerging threats across all domains, bringing unexpected and game-changing capabilities to the Joint Force.

Chris has also held leadership roles at Van Scoyoc Associates, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Honeywell Aerospace, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA. He served as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years with assignments at Space Command, National Reconnaissance Office, and Pentagon. Chris holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.

John Trischitti III
John Trischitti III

John Trischitti III

In 2019 John Trischitti III was named Executive Director of the Midland Development Corporation, an organization which creates opportunities for businesses and strengthens and diversifies Midland’seconomy through outreach, education and by providing support.

A West Texas native, Trischitti received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayland Baptist University and received his Master’s from the University of North Texas. Trischitti served as the Director of the Midland County Public Libraries from 2011 to 2019.

A TED Talk speaker, Trischitti is a former Texas Librarian of the Year and served on the Texas StateLibrary and Archives Commission’s Library Systems Act Board, the accreditation Board for public libraries in Texas. He is a frequent speaker and program presenter on children’s literature and early childhood education initiatives and leadership.

Mr. Trischitti was sworn into office in January 2019 as the Midland ISD School board Trustee for District 5. He also currently serves on the Midland Air and Spaceport Board and the Basin PBS board. In addition to his local civic service, Mr. Trischitti is a member of numerous local and state organizations.

John Trischitti III

Midland International Air and Space Port
John Trischitti III

John Trischitti III

In 2019 John Trischitti III was named Executive Director of the Midland Development Corporation, an organization which creates opportunities for businesses and strengthens and diversifies Midland’seconomy through outreach, education and by providing support.

A West Texas native, Trischitti received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayland Baptist University and received his Master’s from the University of North Texas. Trischitti served as the Director of the Midland County Public Libraries from 2011 to 2019.

A TED Talk speaker, Trischitti is a former Texas Librarian of the Year and served on the Texas StateLibrary and Archives Commission’s Library Systems Act Board, the accreditation Board for public libraries in Texas. He is a frequent speaker and program presenter on children’s literature and early childhood education initiatives and leadership.

Mr. Trischitti was sworn into office in January 2019 as the Midland ISD School board Trustee for District 5. He also currently serves on the Midland Air and Spaceport Board and the Basin PBS board. In addition to his local civic service, Mr. Trischitti is a member of numerous local and state organizations.

Bob Richards
Bob Richards

Bob Richards

Bob Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation, and Moon Express, Inc., a lunar resources company competing in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob chairs the space commerce committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company’s technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. Bob is an evangelist of the “NewSpace” movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA, 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of “Blueprint for Space” (Smithsonian Institution 1992); “Return to the Moon” (Apogee Books 2005) and “The Farthest Shore” (ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”

Bob Richards

Moon Express
Bob Richards

Bob Richards

Bob Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation, and Moon Express, Inc., a lunar resources company competing in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob chairs the space commerce committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company’s technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. Bob is an evangelist of the “NewSpace” movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA, 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of “Blueprint for Space” (Smithsonian Institution 1992); “Return to the Moon” (Apogee Books 2005) and “The Farthest Shore” (ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”

Robbie Schingler
Robbie Schingler

Robbie Schingler

Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Planet. In the eight years since founding Planet with two former NASA alumni, Robbie has led the company’s long term strategy that has included three acquisitions and business growth that currently serves more than 30,000 users and 500 customers, in over 40 countries. Prior to Planet, Robbie spent nine years at NASA, where he helped build the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Robbie later served as NASA’s Open Government Representative to the White House and Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA. He received an MBA from Georgetown University, a masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a B.S. in Physics from Santa Clara University. Robbie was a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow.

Robbie Schingler

Planet
Robbie Schingler

Robbie Schingler

Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Planet. In the eight years since founding Planet with two former NASA alumni, Robbie has led the company’s long term strategy that has included three acquisitions and business growth that currently serves more than 30,000 users and 500 customers, in over 40 countries. Prior to Planet, Robbie spent nine years at NASA, where he helped build the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Robbie later served as NASA’s Open Government Representative to the White House and Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA. He received an MBA from Georgetown University, a masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a B.S. in Physics from Santa Clara University. Robbie was a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow.

Shawn Linam
Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam is the CEO and co-founder of Qwaltec, a Tempe, Arizona woman-owned small business that provides mission control expertise for space systems operations. She has extensive experience in mission readiness and training for numerous government and commercial space programs. She began her career in mission operations at NASA where she worked as an astronaut and flight controller instructor for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. She has a Biomedical Engineering degree from Mississippi State University and claims she “stumbled into space” where she found her passion.

Shawn is active in promoting STEM for girls and is a former Girl Scout leader and STEM director for the Girls Rule Foundation.

Shawn Linam

Qwaltec
Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam is the CEO and co-founder of Qwaltec, a Tempe, Arizona woman-owned small business that provides mission control expertise for space systems operations. She has extensive experience in mission readiness and training for numerous government and commercial space programs. She began her career in mission operations at NASA where she worked as an astronaut and flight controller instructor for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. She has a Biomedical Engineering degree from Mississippi State University and claims she “stumbled into space” where she found her passion.

Shawn is active in promoting STEM for girls and is a former Girl Scout leader and STEM director for the Girls Rule Foundation.

John Roth
John Roth

John Roth

Mr. Roth currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Sierra Nevada Space Systems where he is responsible for new business acquisition and customer relations for all product lines which include Spacecraft, Propulsion & Environmental Systems, Space Technologies, and Space Exploration.  Mr. Roth served as President of MicroSat Systems Inc. from 2002 until its acquisition by Sierra Nevada Corporation in 2008.

Prior to joining MicroSat Systems, Mr. Roth was Vice President of the Electronic Combat Business Unit for Litton Advanced Systems.  Programs under his leadership included major defense systems such as the Joint Strike Fighter Electronic Warfare suite, ICAP III electronic warfare suite for the Navy E-2C carrier aircraft, and the Advanced Integrated Electronic Warfare System (AIEWS) for Navy surface ships. Prior to joining Litton, Mr. Roth was Director of Colorado Springs Operations for Lockheed Martin Electronic Defense Systems which provided direct support to the Air Force Space Command’s Space Warfare Center at Falcon AFB. Mr. Roth has also held positions at Litton Amecom as Director of Advanced Programs, at HRB-Singer as Electronic Warfare Programs Manager, and at Hughes Aircraft Ground Systems Group as Manager of the Processor Architecture group.

Mr. Roth holds a BS in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.  He has attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education program in Management and Leadership and the Wharton Business School Executive Education Program in Finance and has served on the board of directors of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, the Advisory Board of the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, the National Executive Space Council for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and the Board of Directors for the Center for Space Entrepreneurship. Mr. Roth is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

John Roth

Sierra Nevada Corporation
John Roth

John Roth

Mr. Roth currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Sierra Nevada Space Systems where he is responsible for new business acquisition and customer relations for all product lines which include Spacecraft, Propulsion & Environmental Systems, Space Technologies, and Space Exploration.  Mr. Roth served as President of MicroSat Systems Inc. from 2002 until its acquisition by Sierra Nevada Corporation in 2008.

Prior to joining MicroSat Systems, Mr. Roth was Vice President of the Electronic Combat Business Unit for Litton Advanced Systems.  Programs under his leadership included major defense systems such as the Joint Strike Fighter Electronic Warfare suite, ICAP III electronic warfare suite for the Navy E-2C carrier aircraft, and the Advanced Integrated Electronic Warfare System (AIEWS) for Navy surface ships. Prior to joining Litton, Mr. Roth was Director of Colorado Springs Operations for Lockheed Martin Electronic Defense Systems which provided direct support to the Air Force Space Command’s Space Warfare Center at Falcon AFB. Mr. Roth has also held positions at Litton Amecom as Director of Advanced Programs, at HRB-Singer as Electronic Warfare Programs Manager, and at Hughes Aircraft Ground Systems Group as Manager of the Processor Architecture group.

Mr. Roth holds a BS in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.  He has attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education program in Management and Leadership and the Wharton Business School Executive Education Program in Finance and has served on the board of directors of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, the Advisory Board of the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, the National Executive Space Council for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and the Board of Directors for the Center for Space Entrepreneurship. Mr. Roth is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Frank DiBello
Frank DiBello

Frank DiBello

Frank DiBello, Space Florida President and CEO, was selected in May 2009 to lead the organization, which serves as the single point of contact for aerospace-related economic development in Florida. In this position, Mr. DiBello develops and executes programs designed to retain, grow and expand aerospace business in Florida. He also focuses on the development of Florida aerospace workforce retention and vendor appreciation programs.Mr. DiBello has more than 40 years of direct aerospace and defense industry-related experience. In addition to his current role at Space Florida, DiBello is the founding partner for Aerospace Capital Partners, an infrastructure investment fund in formation, investing in aerospace, technology and telecommunications initiatives. He is also the president and CEO of a strategic advisory and investment banking firm serving the aerospace and high-technology industry. He also served as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s Aerospace Finance Corporation, established by the Florida legislature to assist financing the needs of new and established companies applying aerospace technologies to space, aviation and defense markets. Formerly, Mr. DiBello served as the founding officer and vice chairman of SpaceVest Management Group, Inc., the sponsoring organization of the SpaceVest family of funds, and as managing director of several SpaceVest Venture Capital Funds. Over the course of his career, DiBello was appointed by NASA to serve on a number of critical space commissions and committees. As such, he assumed responsibility for overseeing a five-year national outreach program to support NASA’s mission of stimulating industrial interest in the Space Station and in space-related research, development and applications. DiBello has also participated in numerous strategic, financial, and market assessments for multinational space industry clients.

Mr. DiBello taught at the Defense Systems Management College and International Space University. He received his BS in Mathematics from Villanova University and did graduate study work at American University and George Washington University.

Frank DiBello

Space Florida
Frank DiBello

Frank DiBello

Frank DiBello, Space Florida President and CEO, was selected in May 2009 to lead the organization, which serves as the single point of contact for aerospace-related economic development in Florida. In this position, Mr. DiBello develops and executes programs designed to retain, grow and expand aerospace business in Florida. He also focuses on the development of Florida aerospace workforce retention and vendor appreciation programs.Mr. DiBello has more than 40 years of direct aerospace and defense industry-related experience. In addition to his current role at Space Florida, DiBello is the founding partner for Aerospace Capital Partners, an infrastructure investment fund in formation, investing in aerospace, technology and telecommunications initiatives. He is also the president and CEO of a strategic advisory and investment banking firm serving the aerospace and high-technology industry. He also served as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s Aerospace Finance Corporation, established by the Florida legislature to assist financing the needs of new and established companies applying aerospace technologies to space, aviation and defense markets. Formerly, Mr. DiBello served as the founding officer and vice chairman of SpaceVest Management Group, Inc., the sponsoring organization of the SpaceVest family of funds, and as managing director of several SpaceVest Venture Capital Funds. Over the course of his career, DiBello was appointed by NASA to serve on a number of critical space commissions and committees. As such, he assumed responsibility for overseeing a five-year national outreach program to support NASA’s mission of stimulating industrial interest in the Space Station and in space-related research, development and applications. DiBello has also participated in numerous strategic, financial, and market assessments for multinational space industry clients.

Mr. DiBello taught at the Defense Systems Management College and International Space University. He received his BS in Mathematics from Villanova University and did graduate study work at American University and George Washington University.

Daniel Hicks
Daniel Hicks

Daniel Hicks

Dan Hicks is the CEO of Spaceport America.

He began his 34-year career with the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in 1982 as a Test Conductor within the Materiel Test Directorate. There in1991, he became the Supervisory General Engineer of the Patriot Missile System, leading the execution of all aspects of developmental testing and combined developmental/operational testing in the acquisition of a major military system. Dan went on to become the acting Division Chief, where he managed the activities of the three branches in the Division: Air and Missile Defense, Tactical Missiles and Targets, and Space, Sensor and Interoperability. These programs focused on theater missile and national missile defense, air defense battle management, U.S. Army directed energy and space programs, space related programs/applications under NASA, DoD, foreign and other commercial programs.

Later, Mr. Hicks was appointed by the Commanding General to stand up a new Business Development Directorate with qualified engineers and scientists responsible for the strategic planning, transformation, business development, marketing, and staff functions for U.S. Army WSMR. His responsibilities included leading the overall business development and instrumentation and test infrastructure development. Here he led the successful merger of two directorates into one, maximizing investment dollars based on customer requirements, which created direct cost savings for U.S. Army WSMR.

Following that assignment Dan became the Technical Director of WSMR, the Chief of Staff, and in 2013, the Deputy Executive Director. In these leadership roles, he was responsible for assisting the Commanding General and the Executive Director in the operations of the entire WSMR, with over eleven billion dollars of infrastructure and a noontime population of approximately twelve thousand personnel. At present, Mr. Hicks is responsible for the direct oversight of the command planning functions for the range where he has just completed ‘WSMR 2046,’ a 30 year strategic plan and maintains oversight for all external relationships; congressional and state legislatures; federal, state, and local agencies; and other community and business stakeholders.

Daniel Hicks

Spaceport America
Daniel Hicks

Daniel Hicks

Dan Hicks is the CEO of Spaceport America.

He began his 34-year career with the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in 1982 as a Test Conductor within the Materiel Test Directorate. There in1991, he became the Supervisory General Engineer of the Patriot Missile System, leading the execution of all aspects of developmental testing and combined developmental/operational testing in the acquisition of a major military system. Dan went on to become the acting Division Chief, where he managed the activities of the three branches in the Division: Air and Missile Defense, Tactical Missiles and Targets, and Space, Sensor and Interoperability. These programs focused on theater missile and national missile defense, air defense battle management, U.S. Army directed energy and space programs, space related programs/applications under NASA, DoD, foreign and other commercial programs.

Later, Mr. Hicks was appointed by the Commanding General to stand up a new Business Development Directorate with qualified engineers and scientists responsible for the strategic planning, transformation, business development, marketing, and staff functions for U.S. Army WSMR. His responsibilities included leading the overall business development and instrumentation and test infrastructure development. Here he led the successful merger of two directorates into one, maximizing investment dollars based on customer requirements, which created direct cost savings for U.S. Army WSMR.

Following that assignment Dan became the Technical Director of WSMR, the Chief of Staff, and in 2013, the Deputy Executive Director. In these leadership roles, he was responsible for assisting the Commanding General and the Executive Director in the operations of the entire WSMR, with over eleven billion dollars of infrastructure and a noontime population of approximately twelve thousand personnel. At present, Mr. Hicks is responsible for the direct oversight of the command planning functions for the range where he has just completed ‘WSMR 2046,’ a 30 year strategic plan and maintains oversight for all external relationships; congressional and state legislatures; federal, state, and local agencies; and other community and business stakeholders.

Steve Howard
Steve Howard

Steve Howard

Steve L. Howard has served as the County Administrator since 2007. Prior to that, he worked in various management positions for Polk, Seminole, and Desoto Counties in Florida, and the City of Punta Gorda.

Steve is a graduate of Bellevue University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Coast University. In addition, he is a graduate of the ICMA Senior Executive Institute Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. He is also a graduate of The Florida Center for Public Management’s nationally recognized Certified Public Manager program at The Florida State University.

He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager, Certified Public Manager, Certified Public Purchasing Officer and Certified Professional Public Buyer.

Steve Howard

Spaceport Camden
Steve Howard

Steve Howard

Steve L. Howard has served as the County Administrator since 2007. Prior to that, he worked in various management positions for Polk, Seminole, and Desoto Counties in Florida, and the City of Punta Gorda.

Steve is a graduate of Bellevue University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Coast University. In addition, he is a graduate of the ICMA Senior Executive Institute Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. He is also a graduate of The Florida Center for Public Management’s nationally recognized Certified Public Manager program at The Florida State University.

He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager, Certified Public Manager, Certified Public Purchasing Officer and Certified Professional Public Buyer.

Alan Stern
Alan Stern

Alan Stern

Alan Stern is Associate Vice President of the Southwest Research Institute’s Space Science and Engineering Division in Boulder, Colorado, and chair of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG). Stern previously served as NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. As chief executive of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Stern directed a wide variety of research and scientific exploration programs for Earth studies, space weather, the solar system, and the universe beyond. Stern is a planetary scientist and an author who has published more than 175 technical papers and 40 popular articles. Stern has a long association with NASA, serving as the principal investigator on a number of planetary and lunar missions, including the New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission. He was the principal investigator of the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System, which flew on two space shuttle missions, STS-85 in 1997 and STS-93 in 1999.

Stern holds a doctorate in astrophysics and planetary science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and planetary atmospheres and bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Texas, Austin. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings.

Alan Stern

Southwest Research Institute
Alan Stern

Alan Stern

Alan Stern is Associate Vice President of the Southwest Research Institute’s Space Science and Engineering Division in Boulder, Colorado, and chair of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG). Stern previously served as NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. As chief executive of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Stern directed a wide variety of research and scientific exploration programs for Earth studies, space weather, the solar system, and the universe beyond. Stern is a planetary scientist and an author who has published more than 175 technical papers and 40 popular articles. Stern has a long association with NASA, serving as the principal investigator on a number of planetary and lunar missions, including the New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission. He was the principal investigator of the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System, which flew on two space shuttle missions, STS-85 in 1997 and STS-93 in 1999.

Stern holds a doctorate in astrophysics and planetary science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and planetary atmospheres and bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Texas, Austin. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings.

Dale Nash
Dale Nash

Dale Nash

Dale Nash became the Executive Director of Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) in July 2012. The Virginia Space Flight Authority developed and continues to operate the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Dale brings over 30 years’ worth of experience in the space flight industry to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He began his career in Utah, where he spent 11 years working for the Department of Defense on ballistic missile and solid rocket motors with Hercules Aerospace Company and Thiokol (ATK). The next step in his career took him to Florida, where he spent 14 years conducting launch operations and program management on NASA’s Space Shuttle and Orion programs with the United Launch Alliance and ATK. Finally, prior to joining VCSFA, he spent five and a half years as the CEO of Alaska Aerospace, the company that owns and operates  the Kodiak Launch Complex.

Dale has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Master’s degree in Management and Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Dale Nash

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority
Dale Nash

Dale Nash

Dale Nash became the Executive Director of Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) in July 2012. The Virginia Space Flight Authority developed and continues to operate the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Dale brings over 30 years’ worth of experience in the space flight industry to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He began his career in Utah, where he spent 11 years working for the Department of Defense on ballistic missile and solid rocket motors with Hercules Aerospace Company and Thiokol (ATK). The next step in his career took him to Florida, where he spent 14 years conducting launch operations and program management on NASA’s Space Shuttle and Orion programs with the United Launch Alliance and ATK. Finally, prior to joining VCSFA, he spent five and a half years as the CEO of Alaska Aerospace, the company that owns and operates  the Kodiak Launch Complex.

Dale has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Master’s degree in Management and Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Ryan Hartman
Ryan Hartman

Ryan Hartman

Ryan Hartman, Chief Executive Officer of World View

Prior to joining World View, Mr. Hartman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Insitu, a pioneer in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned aircraft systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in military and commercial applications.  Mr. Hartman brings over 20 years of experience in unmanned flight systems and aerial remote sensing to World View.  In addition to his tenure at Insitu, Mr. Hartman previously led Raytheon’s Unmanned Systems Directorate of the Advance Programs Division.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Ryan Hartman

World View
Ryan Hartman

Ryan Hartman

Ryan Hartman, Chief Executive Officer of World View

Prior to joining World View, Mr. Hartman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Insitu, a pioneer in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned aircraft systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in military and commercial applications.  Mr. Hartman brings over 20 years of experience in unmanned flight systems and aerial remote sensing to World View.  In addition to his tenure at Insitu, Mr. Hartman previously led Raytheon’s Unmanned Systems Directorate of the Advance Programs Division.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Michael Paul
Michael Paul

Michael Paul

CSF Associate Board Member
Michael  Paul is the Space Exploration Mission Formulation Lead for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.  He is developing missions for the future of solar system exploration, building on APL’s success exploring Mercury, Pluto and other exotic targets.

Michael Paul

CSF Associate Board Member
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Michael Paul

Michael Paul

CSF Associate Board Member
Michael  Paul is the Space Exploration Mission Formulation Lead for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.  He is developing missions for the future of solar system exploration, building on APL’s success exploring Mercury, Pluto and other exotic targets.
Ron Dolan
Ron Dolan

Ron Dolan

CSF Associate Board Member

Ron Dolan joined TIP Technologies as Executive Vice President in March of 2014 and was appointed President October 1, 2014. Mr. Dolan has significant and proven experience in the technology marketplace. With more than 30 years of leadership supporting product development, marketing, sales, and innovation through thought leadership, Dolan continues to be a transformational and strategic executive.

Ron is focused on a results based methodology that brings products and services together to solve real world issues. Executing this principle allows the delivery of superior quality management software (TIPQA), shop floor execution (TIPSFE) software, and consulting services to discrete manufacturers around the world.

Ron is active in the Space, Aviation and Defense industries and is a member of the AIA Board of Governors, serving on the Supplier Management Council.

Most recently Mr. Dolan served with Exact Software, N.A. where he led the Americas organization to its largest sales increase and profitability by consistently expanding the current customer use of products and services and significantly increasing new customer acquisition.

Mr. Dolan has served in senior executive positions for global organizations delivering solution for manufacturing (ERP/SCM), banking (Asset Mgmt.), customer development and management (CRM). During his career, Dolan has developed RAMPS ™ sales methodology and continues to be a strategic advisor and board member to several software and services sales focused organization.

Dolan is active in the Knights of Columbus and other community organizations.

Dolan is an alumni VMI (Virginia Military Institute) Class of 78, undergraduate English and received his MBA, in 1993.

Ron Dolan

CSF Associate Board Member
Tip Technologies
Ron Dolan

Ron Dolan

CSF Associate Board Member

Ron Dolan joined TIP Technologies as Executive Vice President in March of 2014 and was appointed President October 1, 2014. Mr. Dolan has significant and proven experience in the technology marketplace. With more than 30 years of leadership supporting product development, marketing, sales, and innovation through thought leadership, Dolan continues to be a transformational and strategic executive.

Ron is focused on a results based methodology that brings products and services together to solve real world issues. Executing this principle allows the delivery of superior quality management software (TIPQA), shop floor execution (TIPSFE) software, and consulting services to discrete manufacturers around the world.

Ron is active in the Space, Aviation and Defense industries and is a member of the AIA Board of Governors, serving on the Supplier Management Council.

Most recently Mr. Dolan served with Exact Software, N.A. where he led the Americas organization to its largest sales increase and profitability by consistently expanding the current customer use of products and services and significantly increasing new customer acquisition.

Mr. Dolan has served in senior executive positions for global organizations delivering solution for manufacturing (ERP/SCM), banking (Asset Mgmt.), customer development and management (CRM). During his career, Dolan has developed RAMPS ™ sales methodology and continues to be a strategic advisor and board member to several software and services sales focused organization.

Dolan is active in the Knights of Columbus and other community organizations.

Dolan is an alumni VMI (Virginia Military Institute) Class of 78, undergraduate English and received his MBA, in 1993.

Bella Miranda
Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda

Patron Chair

Bella Miranda is an Executive Consultant, Executive Strategic Planning Coach and Life Coach to a wide array of influential people in Fortune 100 Companies, CEO’s, Entertainment Moguls and Professional Sports Affiliates. She is a captivating public speaker and author of an upcoming self-help book based on her training philosophies and success.

Bella is of the firm belief that “to know the future, you must examine the past.”  Her extensive travels to over 30 countries have given her a sense of cultural diversity and perspective that offers further dimension to the guidance she provides her clients. Already armed with this worldly experience, Bella is primed to venture even further into the universe in her quest for knowledge and insight. Because of this, she is passionate about the human exploration of outer space through spaceflight.

Bella’s mother was one of the first female vice presidents of Lockheed Martin and, in addition to being honored with numerous awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), Bella has always considered her an empowering businesswoman and a great friend. Bella’s mantra, “Find Your Truth. Find Your Path. Find Your Destiny,” weaves its way through the inward and outward pursuit of her future goals. This mantra is paramount to her own personal success and that of the clients she advises, and she will continue to explore it in her expeditions to outer space.

Bella holds a certification in Micro Expression from the Emotional Intelligence Academy and is a Robbins-Madanes (Tony Robbins and his mentor Cloe Madanes) Life Coach. She is also trained in Body Language Surveillance and is in the process of acquiring her certification in Positive Psychology.

In 2018, she will complete a certification in Innovation & Strategy from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and another in Applying Psychology in the Workplace from the Cambridge Institution of Continuing Education. That same year, she will also complete Cosmonaut Training to help provide an insight into the future of space travel.

As an affiliate of the National Speakers Association, Bella has participated in many Virgin Unite Leadership Gatherings and is active in the Unite Disruptors Group. She is also an Astronauts for Hire (A4H) sponsor and sits on the Patrons Board for Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Bella engages in numerous philanthropic endeavors and charity events to stop animal poaching. Whatever time that remains in her busy schedule is devoted to nonprofit organizations focusing on families affected by cancer, helping children, environmental advocacy, planet protection and the Mars Movement.

In addition to being a certified yoga instructor, Bella is a student of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), biofeedback and Eastern meditative practices. She is also trained in jujitsu, krav maga and singing.

Bella currently resides in Texas and California.

Bella Miranda

Patron Chair
Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda

Patron Chair

Bella Miranda is an Executive Consultant, Executive Strategic Planning Coach and Life Coach to a wide array of influential people in Fortune 100 Companies, CEO’s, Entertainment Moguls and Professional Sports Affiliates. She is a captivating public speaker and author of an upcoming self-help book based on her training philosophies and success.

Bella is of the firm belief that “to know the future, you must examine the past.”  Her extensive travels to over 30 countries have given her a sense of cultural diversity and perspective that offers further dimension to the guidance she provides her clients. Already armed with this worldly experience, Bella is primed to venture even further into the universe in her quest for knowledge and insight. Because of this, she is passionate about the human exploration of outer space through spaceflight.

Bella’s mother was one of the first female vice presidents of Lockheed Martin and, in addition to being honored with numerous awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), Bella has always considered her an empowering businesswoman and a great friend. Bella’s mantra, “Find Your Truth. Find Your Path. Find Your Destiny,” weaves its way through the inward and outward pursuit of her future goals. This mantra is paramount to her own personal success and that of the clients she advises, and she will continue to explore it in her expeditions to outer space.

Bella holds a certification in Micro Expression from the Emotional Intelligence Academy and is a Robbins-Madanes (Tony Robbins and his mentor Cloe Madanes) Life Coach. She is also trained in Body Language Surveillance and is in the process of acquiring her certification in Positive Psychology.

In 2018, she will complete a certification in Innovation & Strategy from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and another in Applying Psychology in the Workplace from the Cambridge Institution of Continuing Education. That same year, she will also complete Cosmonaut Training to help provide an insight into the future of space travel.

As an affiliate of the National Speakers Association, Bella has participated in many Virgin Unite Leadership Gatherings and is active in the Unite Disruptors Group. She is also an Astronauts for Hire (A4H) sponsor and sits on the Patrons Board for Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Bella engages in numerous philanthropic endeavors and charity events to stop animal poaching. Whatever time that remains in her busy schedule is devoted to nonprofit organizations focusing on families affected by cancer, helping children, environmental advocacy, planet protection and the Mars Movement.

In addition to being a certified yoga instructor, Bella is a student of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), biofeedback and Eastern meditative practices. She is also trained in jujitsu, krav maga and singing.

Bella currently resides in Texas and California.

Patrons

Esther Dyson
Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

Founding Patron

Esther Dyson(@edyson on twitter) is chairman of EDventure Holdings and executive founder of the Way to Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a 10-year nonprofit project to help five small US communities cultivate health among their residents and to develop new business models for doing so. Overall, Dyson works to leverage new business models, new technologies and new markets (both economic and political).

From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut to two-time space tourist Charles Simonyi.  Apart from this brief sabbatical, she is an active board member for a variety of companies, including XCOR Aerospace, 23andMe, Luxoft, Meetup, Pressreader, Voxiva, and Yandex (Russia – YNDX).  Her past investments include Icon Aircraft (light sport aircraft), Nanoracks, and Space Adventures (which organizes programs such as hers for space tourists) in aerospace.

Dyson also sits on the boards of several nonprofits including Waypaver Labs, the Long Now Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation, and Open Humans Foundation and is a patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  She has a BA in economics from Harvard and started her serious career as a fact-checker/reporter for Forbes Magazine (1974-77).  From 1977 to 1982 she worked on Wall Street as a securities analyst, covering companies such as Federal Express, Apple Computer and Electronic Data Systems.  From 1983 to 2004 she wrote/edited Release 1.0, a monthly analysis of the PC/Internet business, and ran the yearly PC Forum, the industry’s leading executive conference (no sponsors), as head of her own company EDventure Holdings.  She sold EDventure to CNET in 2004 and worked there for two years before going completely independent.  Along the way, she served as founding (non-exec) chairman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000. In addition, she wrote the best-selling, widely translated book “Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age,” published by Broadway Books, in 1997.  She posts photos at www.flickr.com/photos/edyson.

Esther Dyson

Founding Patron
Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

Founding Patron

Esther Dyson(@edyson on twitter) is chairman of EDventure Holdings and executive founder of the Way to Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a 10-year nonprofit project to help five small US communities cultivate health among their residents and to develop new business models for doing so. Overall, Dyson works to leverage new business models, new technologies and new markets (both economic and political).

From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut to two-time space tourist Charles Simonyi.  Apart from this brief sabbatical, she is an active board member for a variety of companies, including XCOR Aerospace, 23andMe, Luxoft, Meetup, Pressreader, Voxiva, and Yandex (Russia – YNDX).  Her past investments include Icon Aircraft (light sport aircraft), Nanoracks, and Space Adventures (which organizes programs such as hers for space tourists) in aerospace.

Dyson also sits on the boards of several nonprofits including Waypaver Labs, the Long Now Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation, and Open Humans Foundation and is a patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  She has a BA in economics from Harvard and started her serious career as a fact-checker/reporter for Forbes Magazine (1974-77).  From 1977 to 1982 she worked on Wall Street as a securities analyst, covering companies such as Federal Express, Apple Computer and Electronic Data Systems.  From 1983 to 2004 she wrote/edited Release 1.0, a monthly analysis of the PC/Internet business, and ran the yearly PC Forum, the industry’s leading executive conference (no sponsors), as head of her own company EDventure Holdings.  She sold EDventure to CNET in 2004 and worked there for two years before going completely independent.  Along the way, she served as founding (non-exec) chairman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000. In addition, she wrote the best-selling, widely translated book “Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age,” published by Broadway Books, in 1997.  She posts photos at www.flickr.com/photos/edyson.

Dylan Taylor
Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor

Founding Patron

Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration industry as a CEO, investor, thought leader and futurist. Currently, Dylan serves as Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, a multi-national space holding firm that acquires and integrates leading space exploration enterprises globally.

Dylan has been cited by Harvard University, SpaceNews, the BBC, Pitchbook, CNBC and others as having played a seminal role in the growth of the private space industry. As an early-stage investor in more than 50 emerging ventures, including Accion, Kepler, York, Vector Space, Astrobotic, Made in Space, Relativity, and Planet, Dylan is widely considered the most active private space investor in the world. 

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure within his industry. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. As a writer and columnist, he has written several widely read pieces on the future of the space industry for SpaceNews, ROOM and Apogeo Spatial. As a speaker, Dylan has keynoted many of the major space conferences around the world and has appeared regularly on Bloomberg, Fox Business, and CNBC.

Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The historic item is now housed in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Dylan has also had an extensive philanthropic impact on the space industry. In 2017, Dylan founded the nonprofit, Space for Humanity, which seeks to democratize space exploration and develop solutions to global issues through the scope of human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. Additionally, Dylan is the Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which seeks to promote the growth of commercial space activity. Additionally Dylan serves as a strategic advisor for both the Archmission and the Human Spaceflight Program. Dylan is also the founder of the popular space philosophy website 2211.world as well as the Ad Astra Dinners, a Jeffersonian styled dinner series featuring some of the world’s leading influencers discussing the future of humanity in space.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to creating a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with numerous personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. 

Dylan Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona, where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and in 2018 was named Alumnus of the year. In 2013, he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

In his spare time, Dylan enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons and spending time outdoors. He is married to author Gabrielle V. Taylor and has two teenage daughters.

Dylan Taylor

Founding Patron
Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor

Founding Patron

Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration industry as a CEO, investor, thought leader and futurist. Currently, Dylan serves as Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, a multi-national space holding firm that acquires and integrates leading space exploration enterprises globally.

Dylan has been cited by Harvard University, SpaceNews, the BBC, Pitchbook, CNBC and others as having played a seminal role in the growth of the private space industry. As an early-stage investor in more than 50 emerging ventures, including Accion, Kepler, York, Vector Space, Astrobotic, Made in Space, Relativity, and Planet, Dylan is widely considered the most active private space investor in the world. 

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure within his industry. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. As a writer and columnist, he has written several widely read pieces on the future of the space industry for SpaceNews, ROOM and Apogeo Spatial. As a speaker, Dylan has keynoted many of the major space conferences around the world and has appeared regularly on Bloomberg, Fox Business, and CNBC.

Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The historic item is now housed in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Dylan has also had an extensive philanthropic impact on the space industry. In 2017, Dylan founded the nonprofit, Space for Humanity, which seeks to democratize space exploration and develop solutions to global issues through the scope of human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. Additionally, Dylan is the Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which seeks to promote the growth of commercial space activity. Additionally Dylan serves as a strategic advisor for both the Archmission and the Human Spaceflight Program. Dylan is also the founder of the popular space philosophy website 2211.world as well as the Ad Astra Dinners, a Jeffersonian styled dinner series featuring some of the world’s leading influencers discussing the future of humanity in space.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to creating a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with numerous personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. 

Dylan Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona, where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and in 2018 was named Alumnus of the year. In 2013, he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

In his spare time, Dylan enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons and spending time outdoors. He is married to author Gabrielle V. Taylor and has two teenage daughters.

Ryan Frederic
Ryan Frederic

Ryan Frederic

Ryan Frederic is an Entrepreneur and Senior Executive. Frederic was the CEO and Co-Founder of Applied Defense Solutions (ADS), which provides data analytics products and services throughout the satellite mission life cycle. ADS is a leader in aerospace engineering, software development, and space situational awareness. Frederic founded ADS in 2004 and recently sold the company to L3 Technologies. In addition to ADS, Frederic co-founded Water Management Solutions and Forever Fit Physical Therapy & Wellness. Frederic is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

Ryan Frederic

Ryan Frederic

Ryan Frederic

Ryan Frederic is an Entrepreneur and Senior Executive. Frederic was the CEO and Co-Founder of Applied Defense Solutions (ADS), which provides data analytics products and services throughout the satellite mission life cycle. ADS is a leader in aerospace engineering, software development, and space situational awareness. Frederic founded ADS in 2004 and recently sold the company to L3 Technologies. In addition to ADS, Frederic co-founded Water Management Solutions and Forever Fit Physical Therapy & Wellness. Frederic is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

William Miller
William Miller

William Miller

Mr. William “Bill” D. Miller is both an accomplished business executive and strategist with an impressive history of success, spearheading all aspects of the development, operation, and optimization of cutting-edge organizations. Bill has been researching and investing private equity in leading-edge New Space startups with sustainable business models. Thus far, he’s invested in two new launch companies and a satellite communications technology company and is a general partner of the Space Angels Network, which is the largest angel fund in the space industry.

Bill began his career while still in grad school, starting up a software/hardware firm, Intercomputer Communications Corp., from scratch. He established and grew this lucrative business from an initial $40K investment to produce $36M in income annually in less than a decade. Growth rates surpassed 100% for 11 consecutive years with sustainable profits for each year. Upon the sale of Intercomputer Communications Corp., Bill was recruited by Digital Communications Associates, a $240M NYSE computer software company. Initially as VP & CTO, he formulated their strategy for the next 10 years, which positioned the business for future success. As a result, he was promoted to President of a newly created division, where he oversaw the development of most of the company’s future technologies and grew revenues to ~$22M/year in a short time period.

Bill obtained his B.S. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He also completed Graduate Studies in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati as well as Georgia Institute of Technology. Bill has served on the Board of Directors for several corporations, including Digital Communications Associates Corp. and Intercomputer Communications Corp.

William Miller

William Miller

William Miller

Mr. William “Bill” D. Miller is both an accomplished business executive and strategist with an impressive history of success, spearheading all aspects of the development, operation, and optimization of cutting-edge organizations. Bill has been researching and investing private equity in leading-edge New Space startups with sustainable business models. Thus far, he’s invested in two new launch companies and a satellite communications technology company and is a general partner of the Space Angels Network, which is the largest angel fund in the space industry.

Bill began his career while still in grad school, starting up a software/hardware firm, Intercomputer Communications Corp., from scratch. He established and grew this lucrative business from an initial $40K investment to produce $36M in income annually in less than a decade. Growth rates surpassed 100% for 11 consecutive years with sustainable profits for each year. Upon the sale of Intercomputer Communications Corp., Bill was recruited by Digital Communications Associates, a $240M NYSE computer software company. Initially as VP & CTO, he formulated their strategy for the next 10 years, which positioned the business for future success. As a result, he was promoted to President of a newly created division, where he oversaw the development of most of the company’s future technologies and grew revenues to ~$22M/year in a short time period.

Bill obtained his B.S. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He also completed Graduate Studies in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati as well as Georgia Institute of Technology. Bill has served on the Board of Directors for several corporations, including Digital Communications Associates Corp. and Intercomputer Communications Corp.

Bella Miranda
Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda is an Executive Consultant, Executive Strategic Planning Coach and Life Coach to a wide array of influential people in Fortune 100 Companies, CEO’s, Entertainment Moguls and Professional Sports Affiliates. She is a captivating public speaker and author of an upcoming self-help book based on her training philosophies and success.

Bella is of the firm belief that “to know the future, you must examine the past.”  Her extensive travels to over 30 countries have given her a sense of cultural diversity and perspective that offers further dimension to the guidance she provides her clients. Already armed with this worldly experience, Bella is primed to venture even further into the universe in her quest for knowledge and insight. Because of this, she is passionate about the human exploration of outer space through spaceflight.

Bella’s mother was one of the first female vice presidents of Lockheed Martin and, in addition to being honored with numerous awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), Bella has always considered her an empowering businesswoman and a great friend. Bella’s mantra, “Find Your Truth. Find Your Path. Find Your Destiny,” weaves its way through the inward and outward pursuit of her future goals. This mantra is paramount to her own personal success and that of the clients she advises, and she will continue to explore it in her expeditions to outer space.

Bella holds a certification in Micro Expression from the Emotional Intelligence Academy and is a Robbins-Madanes (Tony Robbins and his mentor Cloe Madanes) Life Coach. She is also trained in Body Language Surveillance and is in the process of acquiring her certification in Positive Psychology.

In 2018, she will complete a certification in Innovation & Strategy from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and another in Applying Psychology in the Workplace from the Cambridge Institution of Continuing Education. That same year, she will also complete Cosmonaut Training to help provide an insight into the future of space travel.

As an affiliate of the National Speakers Association, Bella has participated in many Virgin Unite Leadership Gatherings and is active in the Unite Disruptors Group. She is also an Astronauts for Hire (A4H) sponsor and sits on the Patrons Board for Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Bella engages in numerous philanthropic endeavors and charity events to stop animal poaching. Whatever time that remains in her busy schedule is devoted to nonprofit organizations focusing on families affected by cancer, helping children, environmental advocacy, planet protection and the Mars Movement.

In addition to being a certified yoga instructor, Bella is a student of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), biofeedback and Eastern meditative practices. She is also trained in jujitsu, krav maga and singing.

Bella currently resides in Texas and California.

Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda

Bella Miranda is an Executive Consultant, Executive Strategic Planning Coach and Life Coach to a wide array of influential people in Fortune 100 Companies, CEO’s, Entertainment Moguls and Professional Sports Affiliates. She is a captivating public speaker and author of an upcoming self-help book based on her training philosophies and success.

Bella is of the firm belief that “to know the future, you must examine the past.”  Her extensive travels to over 30 countries have given her a sense of cultural diversity and perspective that offers further dimension to the guidance she provides her clients. Already armed with this worldly experience, Bella is primed to venture even further into the universe in her quest for knowledge and insight. Because of this, she is passionate about the human exploration of outer space through spaceflight.

Bella’s mother was one of the first female vice presidents of Lockheed Martin and, in addition to being honored with numerous awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), Bella has always considered her an empowering businesswoman and a great friend. Bella’s mantra, “Find Your Truth. Find Your Path. Find Your Destiny,” weaves its way through the inward and outward pursuit of her future goals. This mantra is paramount to her own personal success and that of the clients she advises, and she will continue to explore it in her expeditions to outer space.

Bella holds a certification in Micro Expression from the Emotional Intelligence Academy and is a Robbins-Madanes (Tony Robbins and his mentor Cloe Madanes) Life Coach. She is also trained in Body Language Surveillance and is in the process of acquiring her certification in Positive Psychology.

In 2018, she will complete a certification in Innovation & Strategy from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and another in Applying Psychology in the Workplace from the Cambridge Institution of Continuing Education. That same year, she will also complete Cosmonaut Training to help provide an insight into the future of space travel.

As an affiliate of the National Speakers Association, Bella has participated in many Virgin Unite Leadership Gatherings and is active in the Unite Disruptors Group. She is also an Astronauts for Hire (A4H) sponsor and sits on the Patrons Board for Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Bella engages in numerous philanthropic endeavors and charity events to stop animal poaching. Whatever time that remains in her busy schedule is devoted to nonprofit organizations focusing on families affected by cancer, helping children, environmental advocacy, planet protection and the Mars Movement.

In addition to being a certified yoga instructor, Bella is a student of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), biofeedback and Eastern meditative practices. She is also trained in jujitsu, krav maga and singing.

Bella currently resides in Texas and California.

Brad Perkins
Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins is a physician, scientist and entrepreneur.  He is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Sapiens Data Science, Inc., (sapiensDS.com and @sapiensDS) based in San Francisco, CA: “Sapiens turns science into action”.

Prior to co-founding Sapiens in 2018, Brad was the founding Chief Medical Officer (2014-17) for Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) where he designed, built and operated the Health Nucleus, a leading precision medicine research platform with genomics pioneer JC Venter.

Brad served as EVP (2009-2013) for Strategy and Innovation and Chief Transformation Officer at Vanguard Health Systems, a multi-state integrated health system in the run-up to its IPO with 46,000 employees and revenue of $6B+ and subsequent sale to another publicly-traded healthcare company.

Brad started his career (1989) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he led and was involved in many high profile scientific successes and investigations in the US and globally; he led the 2001 US anthrax bioterrorism investigations following 9/11.  He served as the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer (2003-2009) at CDC.  Brad has an MD and MBA, and is Board-certified in Internal Medicine.

He is an active private investor in human health and commercial spaceflight. He is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors, Esther Dyson’s Wellville Advisory Board and Patron Member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  He lives and works in San Diego and San Francisco.

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins

Brad Perkins is a physician, scientist and entrepreneur.  He is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Sapiens Data Science, Inc., (sapiensDS.com and @sapiensDS) based in San Francisco, CA: “Sapiens turns science into action”.

Prior to co-founding Sapiens in 2018, Brad was the founding Chief Medical Officer (2014-17) for Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) where he designed, built and operated the Health Nucleus, a leading precision medicine research platform with genomics pioneer JC Venter.

Brad served as EVP (2009-2013) for Strategy and Innovation and Chief Transformation Officer at Vanguard Health Systems, a multi-state integrated health system in the run-up to its IPO with 46,000 employees and revenue of $6B+ and subsequent sale to another publicly-traded healthcare company.

Brad started his career (1989) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he led and was involved in many high profile scientific successes and investigations in the US and globally; he led the 2001 US anthrax bioterrorism investigations following 9/11.  He served as the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer (2003-2009) at CDC.  Brad has an MD and MBA, and is Board-certified in Internal Medicine.

He is an active private investor in human health and commercial spaceflight. He is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors, Esther Dyson’s Wellville Advisory Board and Patron Member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  He lives and works in San Diego and San Francisco.

Lisa Rich
Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich is a lifelong, serial entrepreneur, strategist and active venture capitalist. Lisa runs Hemisphere Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm she and her husband and partner Jeff Rich founded in 2014. Hemisphere is focused on frontier technologies – synthetic biology, robotics, drones and space; the firm has invested in 230+ early stage companies, including 17 in the Space sector.

Lisa works closely with early-stage companies to build their strategy, partnerships and funding rounds. Also, together with Jeff, Lisa operates Xplore, a privately-funded space exploration company focused on expanding knowlege of our solar system.

She holds a B.S. in English from Loyola University Chicago and M.S. Marketing Communication from the Stuart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

She is a member and supporter of the Planetary Society, B612 and The Keck Foundation.

Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich is a lifelong, serial entrepreneur, strategist and active venture capitalist. Lisa runs Hemisphere Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm she and her husband and partner Jeff Rich founded in 2014. Hemisphere is focused on frontier technologies – synthetic biology, robotics, drones and space; the firm has invested in 230+ early stage companies, including 17 in the Space sector.

Lisa works closely with early-stage companies to build their strategy, partnerships and funding rounds. Also, together with Jeff, Lisa operates Xplore, a privately-funded space exploration company focused on expanding knowlege of our solar system.

She holds a B.S. in English from Loyola University Chicago and M.S. Marketing Communication from the Stuart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

She is a member and supporter of the Planetary Society, B612 and The Keck Foundation.

Namira Salim
Namira Salim

Namira Salim

Namira Salim is internationally renowned as the first Space Tourist from South Asia, Middle East and Monaco to go to space aboard Virgin Galactic–the first private space-line of the world.  Sir Richard Branson, Chairman Virgin Group, personally introduced Namira to the world press in Dubai in 2006, as one of the earliest Founders of Virgin Galactic.

 

She is an active promoter of Commercialization of Space, the new age of space exploration and an advocate of peaceful uses of Space via Space Trust, her non-profit initiative—focused on making Space the New Frontier for Peace.  Its lead initiative, (Zero-Gravity) 0G Summit, spearheads the thought leadership of utilizing space as a sustainable tool for peace-making on Earth by engaging world leaders via innovative Space Diplomacy in the Age of NewSpace. She works in close cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and is a regular speaker at top space industry events.

 

Namira has undertaken pioneering peace expeditions to all three poles of the world, and is the first Pakistani and first woman from Monaco and the UAE to have reached the North and South Poles in 2007/08, as well as the first Asian to skydive (tandem) over Mount Everest, during the first historic Everest Skydive in 2008.

 

She holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.  She has held official peace themed exhibitions during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris and held events under the Patronage of Royalty from Monaco and Dubai.  Namira has served as Honourary Ambassador for Pakistan in 2007 and Honourary Consul of Pakistan to the Principality of Monaco from 2011-2013, having spearheaded diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2009. She is based in Monaco since 20 years.

Namira Salim

Namira Salim

Namira Salim

Namira Salim is internationally renowned as the first Space Tourist from South Asia, Middle East and Monaco to go to space aboard Virgin Galactic–the first private space-line of the world.  Sir Richard Branson, Chairman Virgin Group, personally introduced Namira to the world press in Dubai in 2006, as one of the earliest Founders of Virgin Galactic.

 

She is an active promoter of Commercialization of Space, the new age of space exploration and an advocate of peaceful uses of Space via Space Trust, her non-profit initiative—focused on making Space the New Frontier for Peace.  Its lead initiative, (Zero-Gravity) 0G Summit, spearheads the thought leadership of utilizing space as a sustainable tool for peace-making on Earth by engaging world leaders via innovative Space Diplomacy in the Age of NewSpace. She works in close cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and is a regular speaker at top space industry events.

 

Namira has undertaken pioneering peace expeditions to all three poles of the world, and is the first Pakistani and first woman from Monaco and the UAE to have reached the North and South Poles in 2007/08, as well as the first Asian to skydive (tandem) over Mount Everest, during the first historic Everest Skydive in 2008.

 

She holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.  She has held official peace themed exhibitions during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris and held events under the Patronage of Royalty from Monaco and Dubai.  Namira has served as Honourary Ambassador for Pakistan in 2007 and Honourary Consul of Pakistan to the Principality of Monaco from 2011-2013, having spearheaded diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2009. She is based in Monaco since 20 years.

David Wallerstein
David Wallerstein

David Wallerstein

David A M Wallerstein, Chief eXploration Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent. Mr. Wallerstein joined the Company in 2001 and drives the company’s active participation in new and emerging technologies, business areas, and ideas from his base in Palo Alto, California. Mr. Wallerstein has worked on building Tencent’s international footprint and entrance into new business areas since 2001.

David Wallerstein

David Wallerstein

David Wallerstein

David A M Wallerstein, Chief eXploration Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent. Mr. Wallerstein joined the Company in 2001 and drives the company’s active participation in new and emerging technologies, business areas, and ideas from his base in Palo Alto, California. Mr. Wallerstein has worked on building Tencent’s international footprint and entrance into new business areas since 2001.

Stu Witt
Stu Witt

Stu Witt

Stuart O. Witt is founder and owner of S.O. Witt & Associates LLC consulting, established in January 2016.

Stuart is a 42 year veteran of the aerospace industry and continues to be a forward-leaning force for aviation and commercial space.

He was born and raised on Scodie Ranch in Onyx and attended school K12 in Isabella, graduating in 1970. He is a 1974 graduate of California State University Northridge, Naval Aviation Schools Command 1976, Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) 1980, and 1996 Graduate of the University of Maryland’s Center for Creative Leadership.

His military career took him to sea on USS JFK as a carrier based F-14 Tomcat pilot, and as an FA-18A project pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California. Between 1985 and 1993 he served as an Engineering Test Pilot on the B-1B, F-16C and F-23 with Westinghouse Electric Corp. From 1993-2002 he served as Executive Vice President of CTA Inc., where he directed engineering projects from Lower Manhattan to Oahu.

From 2002 until January 2016, he directed the expansion efforts at Mojave Air & Space Port as General Manager and CEO. In 2004 Mojave was designated the nation’s first inland spaceport, and played host to the world as Scaled Composites won the $10 Million Ansari X PRIZE, giving birth to the commercial manned spaceflight industry.

Stuart is Chairman Emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, where he was a founding executive member. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Kern Community College Board of Trustees. 

Stuart is credited with crafting and seeing through to Governor Brown’s signature new Space Flight Participant Liability reform in California known as AB2243.

Stuart is married to the former Susan Etoch and resides in Ridgecrest, California. They have three grown sons.

Stu Witt

Stu Witt

Stu Witt

Stuart O. Witt is founder and owner of S.O. Witt & Associates LLC consulting, established in January 2016.

Stuart is a 42 year veteran of the aerospace industry and continues to be a forward-leaning force for aviation and commercial space.

He was born and raised on Scodie Ranch in Onyx and attended school K12 in Isabella, graduating in 1970. He is a 1974 graduate of California State University Northridge, Naval Aviation Schools Command 1976, Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) 1980, and 1996 Graduate of the University of Maryland’s Center for Creative Leadership.

His military career took him to sea on USS JFK as a carrier based F-14 Tomcat pilot, and as an FA-18A project pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California. Between 1985 and 1993 he served as an Engineering Test Pilot on the B-1B, F-16C and F-23 with Westinghouse Electric Corp. From 1993-2002 he served as Executive Vice President of CTA Inc., where he directed engineering projects from Lower Manhattan to Oahu.

From 2002 until January 2016, he directed the expansion efforts at Mojave Air & Space Port as General Manager and CEO. In 2004 Mojave was designated the nation’s first inland spaceport, and played host to the world as Scaled Composites won the $10 Million Ansari X PRIZE, giving birth to the commercial manned spaceflight industry.

Stuart is Chairman Emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, where he was a founding executive member. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Kern Community College Board of Trustees. 

Stuart is credited with crafting and seeing through to Governor Brown’s signature new Space Flight Participant Liability reform in California known as AB2243.

Stuart is married to the former Susan Etoch and resides in Ridgecrest, California. They have three grown sons.

Meet our Staff

Eric Stallmer
Eric Stallmer

Eric Stallmer

President

Eric Stallmer is the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. CSF is the largest trade organization dedicated to promoting the development of commercial spaceflight, pursuing ever-higher levels of safety and sharing best practices and expertise throughout the industry. Under Stallmer’s leadership, CSF has worked tirelessly to craft the modern Commercial Space Launch Act, as well as to promote innovation as a national policy to spur the economy and create high technology jobs. In addition, CSF works to develop industry standards and encourages further growth in the commercial spaceflight industry.

Stallmer has been recently appointed to the National Space Council User Advisory Group (UAG), where he has provided testimony at the 2nd National Space Council meeting. He serves as co-chair of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airspace Integration Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) and is a member of the Space Launch and Reentry ARC and the Spaceport ARC. Stallmer is also a member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC).

Stallmer constantly promotes the industry and CSF member companies through his outreach to high-ranking government officials and high-profile media outlets. His professional comments have been featured in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NBC Today Show, ABC News, CBS News Radio, Fox News, The BBC, CNBC, SpaceNews and many more. Stallmer also promotes the mission of CSF through participation at multiple industry conferences throughout the year.

Stallmer has testified before both the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology as well as the Senate Commerce committee. He recently testified at a hearing titled, “The Commercial Space Launch Industry: Small Satellite Opportunities and Challenges.” There he encouraged Congress to support policies that will facilitate growth and innovation in the industry, and maintain the American space sector’s competitive leadership. He has served on numerous industry affiliated boards including the Future Space Leaders Foundation and is the former Chairman of the Washington Space Business Roundtable.

Before working at CSF, Stallmer served as the Vice President of Government Relations at Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI). Stallmer joined AGI in 2002. While there, Stallmer oversaw all Washington Operations and represented AGI’s commercial off-the-shelf products and technology to defense, intelligence, Congress and civil government sectors within the aerospace industry.
Stallmer came to AGI from The Space Transportation Association (STA), a non-profit, industry trade organization providing government representation to companies with a vested interest in the U.S space launch industry. Prior to that, Stallmer worked on Capitol Hill in the office of then Congressman Tom Coburn.

For more than two decades, Stallmer has served as an Officer in the United States Army and Army Reserves. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while engaged in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Army for Logistics, G-4.

Stallmer earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from Mount Saint Mary College. He and his wife Amy live in Arlington, Virginia with their three children, Charlie, Billy and Catherine.

Eric Stallmer

President
Eric Stallmer

Eric Stallmer

President

Eric Stallmer is the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. CSF is the largest trade organization dedicated to promoting the development of commercial spaceflight, pursuing ever-higher levels of safety and sharing best practices and expertise throughout the industry. Under Stallmer’s leadership, CSF has worked tirelessly to craft the modern Commercial Space Launch Act, as well as to promote innovation as a national policy to spur the economy and create high technology jobs. In addition, CSF works to develop industry standards and encourages further growth in the commercial spaceflight industry.

Stallmer has been recently appointed to the National Space Council User Advisory Group (UAG), where he has provided testimony at the 2nd National Space Council meeting. He serves as co-chair of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airspace Integration Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) and is a member of the Space Launch and Reentry ARC and the Spaceport ARC. Stallmer is also a member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC).

Stallmer constantly promotes the industry and CSF member companies through his outreach to high-ranking government officials and high-profile media outlets. His professional comments have been featured in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NBC Today Show, ABC News, CBS News Radio, Fox News, The BBC, CNBC, SpaceNews and many more. Stallmer also promotes the mission of CSF through participation at multiple industry conferences throughout the year.

Stallmer has testified before both the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology as well as the Senate Commerce committee. He recently testified at a hearing titled, “The Commercial Space Launch Industry: Small Satellite Opportunities and Challenges.” There he encouraged Congress to support policies that will facilitate growth and innovation in the industry, and maintain the American space sector’s competitive leadership. He has served on numerous industry affiliated boards including the Future Space Leaders Foundation and is the former Chairman of the Washington Space Business Roundtable.

Before working at CSF, Stallmer served as the Vice President of Government Relations at Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI). Stallmer joined AGI in 2002. While there, Stallmer oversaw all Washington Operations and represented AGI’s commercial off-the-shelf products and technology to defense, intelligence, Congress and civil government sectors within the aerospace industry.
Stallmer came to AGI from The Space Transportation Association (STA), a non-profit, industry trade organization providing government representation to companies with a vested interest in the U.S space launch industry. Prior to that, Stallmer worked on Capitol Hill in the office of then Congressman Tom Coburn.

For more than two decades, Stallmer has served as an Officer in the United States Army and Army Reserves. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while engaged in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Army for Logistics, G-4.

Stallmer earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from Mount Saint Mary College. He and his wife Amy live in Arlington, Virginia with their three children, Charlie, Billy and Catherine.

Tommy Sanford
Tommy Sanford

Tommy Sanford

Executive Director

Tommy Sanford is the Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Sanford leads the policy development and lobbying efforts at CSF, where he is focused on promoting policies that enable fair and open competition, spur innovation, and expand public-private partnerships.

 

Sanford has extensive experience in the aerospace sector including his most recent position at the Space Foundation, where he spent five years as Government Affairs Associate. At the Space Foundation, Tommy was responsible for analyzing and implementing policy strategies in the aerospace, defense, and international arenas. Prior to his position at the Space Foundation, Sanford worked at the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commercialization and on Capitol Hill for the House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Tommy Sanford

Executive Director
Tommy Sanford

Tommy Sanford

Executive Director

Tommy Sanford is the Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Sanford leads the policy development and lobbying efforts at CSF, where he is focused on promoting policies that enable fair and open competition, spur innovation, and expand public-private partnerships.

 

Sanford has extensive experience in the aerospace sector including his most recent position at the Space Foundation, where he spent five years as Government Affairs Associate. At the Space Foundation, Tommy was responsible for analyzing and implementing policy strategies in the aerospace, defense, and international arenas. Prior to his position at the Space Foundation, Sanford worked at the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commercialization and on Capitol Hill for the House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Alexandra Johnson
Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson

Manager, Marketing & Communications

Alexandra Johnson

Manager, Marketing & Communications
Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson

Manager, Marketing & Communications

Apply for an Internship

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is looking for energetic and personable interns with a passion for space. Internships typically last a semester and take place in our Washington, DC office. While here, interns will have an insider’s look into the world of commercial space policy, business, and government affairs. Those with a background in engineering, science, space policy, or students currently pursuing these fields, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Research and create white papers/briefs about commercial space policy issues
  • Attend and support meetings on Capitol Hill and with various government agencies
  • Attend and support meetings with our members, government officials, and congressional staff
  • Assist with administrative and organizational tasks
  • Network with other D.C. space professionals

Those interested should send a short cover letter and resume to alexandra@commercialspaceflight.org with the subject heading “DC Internship.” Eligible candidates include undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, and other qualified applicants. Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills are a must.

Only US Citizens may apply. Applications for Spring 2020 are open.

Contact Us

Our offices are located at:

Commercial Spaceflight Federation
1444 Eye St. NW, Suite 410

Washington, DC 20005

 

Alexandra Johnson

Manager, Marketing and Communications

alexandra@commercialspaceflight.org