Commercial Spaceport Summit

2020 Featured GSA Summit Speakers

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Jim Bridenstine
NASA Administrator

Stu Witt
Former Head of Mojave Spaceport

November 10-12, 2020
Virtual Series

The Global Spaceport Alliance’s Annual Commercial Spaceport Summit is a unique forum among peers of spaceport facility executive managers from around the world. The Summit is a facilitated dialogue on the future commercial potential that a global network of spaceports will help to stimulate. Participants identify common challenges and brainstorm what initiatives, activities, and actions can be taken in the next few years to lay the foundation for enabling commerce to flourish across the international network of spaceports.

In consideration of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 GSA Summit was held virtually in three 2-hour sessions November 10-12. The entire event was recorded and available for viewing to any GSA member not able to attend the meetings.

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6th Annual Spaceport Summit Virtual Agenda Outline:

November 10, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET: State of the Industry

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Keynote: “Spaceports and NASA Needs”
    JIM BRIDENSTINE, NASA Administrator
  • Member Updates 
  • Featured Speaker: “An Industry Perspective”
    JANET KAVANDI, Senior Vice President, Space Systems, Sierra Nevada Corp. and Former NASA Astronaut and Center Director
  • Working Group Report on Point-to-Point Transportation 
  • Working Group Report on Space Support Vehicles 

November 11, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET: Spaceport Infrastructure & Funding

  • Welcome 
  • Keynote: “International Cooperation”
    KEN HODGKINS, Former Director, Office of Space and Advanced Technology, U.S. Department of State
  • Member Updates 
  • Featured Speaker: “Where Are We Headed?”
    STUART WITT, former head of Mojave Spaceport 
  • Working Group Report on Spaceport Infrastructure Funding 
  • Working Group Report on Communicating the Value of Space to Regional Economies 

November 12, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET: Planning for the Future

  • Welcome
  • Keynote: “Human Spaceflight Research”
    MELCHOR ANTUNANO, MD, Director, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, FAA
  • Member Updates 
  • Featured Speaker: “The View from Capitol Hill”
    JO-ANNE SEARS, Partner, Velocity Government Relations
  • Working Group Report on Academic Partnerships 
  • GSA Plans for 2021 and Beyond

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Attendees Include:

  • Directors and staff of Domestic and International spaceports
  • Commercial space supplier
  • Launch services providers
  • Mayors or relevant public officials of cities that host spaceports
  • Government Agencies, FAA & CAA (UK)
  • Finance/Insurance
  • Law Firms/Legal
  • Facility Contractors

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