Commercial Spaceport Summit

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Jim Bridenstine
NASA Administrator

Stu Witt
Former Head of Mojave Spaceport

November 10-12, 2020
Virtual Series

The Commercial Spaceport Summit is a platform for spaceport facility executive managers from around the world to connect. The Summit serves as a facilitated multi-nation dialogue on the future commercial potential that a global network of spaceports will help to stimulate. Participants of the Commercial Spaceport Summit will identify common challenges and brainstorm what initiatives, activities, and actions can be taken to lay the foundation for commerce within an international network of spaceports.

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

The GSA Summit is a members only event. Please click here to find out about how to join the GSA.

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

Press and government interest in attending the GSA Summit should contact swolfe@spacecomexpo.com.

Attendees Include:

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

Why You Should Attend:

  • See best practices from other spaceports
  • Establish and strengthen network contacts of peers
  • Work through common challenges with your peers
  • Attend SpaceCom and interact with supplier and launch service customers

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