Annual GSA Spaceport Summit

GSA Spaceport Summit 2024 group photo

The Global Spaceport Alliance’s annual GSA Spaceport Summit record attendance! 

GSA had a record attendance at the 9th Annual GSA Spaceport Summit! The annual GSA Spaceport Summit was a unique forum among peers of spaceport facility executive managers from around the world. The Summit focused on the future a commercial global network of spaceports.

Participants identified 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.

If you missed it, Commercial Space Week presented by SpaceCom, begins with GSA Spaceport Summit on January 27, 2025. The Space Mobility Conference will be on Jan 28, 2025 with SpaceCom on Jan 28-30, 2025. 

*Members receive three tickets to the GSA Spaceport Summit, discounts for SpaceCom and the Space Mobility Conference, and promotional opportunities during the Summit. Become a member!

 

Gallery of
2024 GSA Spaceport Summit

Gallery of
2024 GSA Spaceport Summit

JOIN AS A MEMBER and receive 3 tickets (up to a $1,875 value) PLUS discounts at Space Mobility and SpaceCom (up to $400 off per ticket)! 

Also receive EXCLUSIVE promotional opportunities!

2024 SPEAKERS: 

Pam Underwood
Director, Office of Spaceports,
Office of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

Colonel Shannon DaSilva
Deputy Director of Operations
Space Systems Command
USSF

Joel A. Pizá-Batiz, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Ports Authority

Joel A. Pizá-Batiz
Executive Director, Puerto Rico Ports Authority

Ken Davidian
Vice President
North American Operations
International Space University

Oscar Garcia Founder, Chairman, & CEO InterFlight Global Corporation

Oscar Garcia
Founder, Chairman, & CEO
InterFlight Global Corporation

Lt. General (Ret.) David J. Buck President, BRPH Mission

Lt. General (Ret.)
David J. Buck
President, BRPH Mission

Ken Hodgkins Co-Chair Off-World Approach The Hague Institute for Global Justice

Ken Hodgkins
Co-Chair Off-World Approach
The Hague Institute for Global Justice

George Nield Chairman Global Spaceport Alliance

George Nield
Chairman
Global Spaceport Alliance

James Causey, Executive Director Global Spaceport Alliance

James Causey
Executive Director
Global Spaceport Alliance

Steve Wolfe Deputy Executive Director Global Spaceport Alliance

Steve Wolfe
Deputy Executive Director
Global Spaceport Alliance

2024 Sessions:

  • Keynote Presentation – Jim Bridenstine, OSIDA and former NASA Administrator
  • Chairman Report: Latest News Impacting the Spaceport Ecosystem
  • FAA’s Office of Space Transportation: A Year of Opportunity
  • U.S. Space Force: Progress Report
  • Spaceport Value to National Security
  • Expanding Puerto Rico’s Transportation System to Include Space Travel
  • Member Reports
  • International Space University
  • The Hague Institute
  • Point-to-Point Horizon Panel Discussion
  • Workforce Development Program with Spaceport America Cup

Advanced Rates
11/1/23 – 1/28/24
On-Site
GSA Member
(*3 tickets included in membership;
Membership also includes Space Week discounts for other conferences)
Included in membership benefits
(up to 3 tickets*)
Included in membership benefits
(up to 3 tickets*)
Additional
GSA Member Tickets
$325 – Please contact GSA**$375
Non-Member$625$625
Academia/Government$315$315
Student$75 Please contact GSA**$75
USSF & USAF
Military members
FREE – Please contact GSA**$75

*3 tickets included in membership; Membership also includes Space Week discounts for other conferences.

**Please click HERE if you are requesting special tickets for additional members, students, or USSF/USAF military members. 

Where:

Dates:

GSA Spaceport Summit – Monday, January 29

Space Mobility Conference – Jan 30-31

SpaceCom –  Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2024

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Halls E
9800 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

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2023 Schedule

8:00 AM: Check-in and Registration
Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Merrick & Co.

8:30 AM: GSA Accomplishments in 2022
James Causey, Executive Director, Global Spaceport Alliance
Andrew Nelson, Vice President of Aerospace, RS&H

8:45 AM: Chairman Reports: Latest News Impacting the Spaceport Ecosystem
Dr. George Nield, Chair, Global Spaceport Alliance

9:15 AM: FAA’s Office of Space Transportation: A Year of Opportunity
Kelvin Coleman, Associate Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

9:45 AM: US Space Force: Progress Report
Col. James T. Horne, III, Deputy Director, Launch and Range Operations, Space Systems Command, Patrick Space Force Base

10:15 AM: GSA Initiative 1: A Global Rapid Response and Readiness Network Commercial and Military Space Activities
Dr. George Nield, Chair, Chair, Global Spaceport Alliance
Col. James T. Horne, III, Deputy Director, Launch and Range Operations, Space Systems Command, Patrick Space Force Base
Lt. General (Ret.) David J. Buck
, President, BRPH Mission Solutions (Invited)

11:00 AM: Break Sponsored by RS&H

11:20 AM: GSA Initiative 2: Building the Future Global Workforce For Aerospace
Alice Carruth, Public Information Officer, Spaceport America

11:45 AM: Member Reports: Lessons Learned & Operational Updates

12:30 PM: Lunch Sponsored by BRPH

1:15 PM: Member Reports: Lessons Learned & Operational Updates

2:00 PM: Working Group Reports:
Point to Point: Oscar Garcia, Founder & CEO, InterFlight Global Corp.
Academic Partnerships: Alice Carruth, Public Information Officer, Spaceport America
Policy: Matt Anderson, Senior Advisor of Government Affairs, Air Liquide
Infrastructure Funding: Victoria Mechtly, Business Development Aerospace & Federal, RS&H

2:45 PM: Break Sponsored by RS&H

3:15 PM: Innovative Cluster Development in the U.K.
Paul Cremin, Commercial Spaceflight Regulation & Policy Lead, U.K. Dept. for Transportation
Melissa Thorpe, Head of Spaceport Cornwall, Spaceport Cornwall
Roy Kirk, Project Director, Highland and Islands Enterprise

3:45 PM:
Resources Spaceports Need to Know About
Dr. George Nield, Chairman, Global Spaceport Alliance (Moderator)
Nate Whigham, President, EN Capital

A Possible Federal Tax Credit Option for Commercial Space Infrsatructure
Patricia Hynes, Director, New Mexico FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation

An Essential Resource: Spaceports Online Reference Guide
Craig J. Smith, Executive Director, Oklahoma Air and Spaceport

Get to Know Your Federal and Local Officials

4:30 PM: Offshore Launch Options
Tom Marotta, CEO & Founder, The Spaceport Company

4:45 PM: Marketing Your Spaceport
Izzy House, Facilitator, Author, Spaceport Marketing

5:15 PM: Group Discussion on Next Steps for 2023

5:45 PM: Group Photograph

6:00 PM: Adjourn

GSA Spaceport Summits

AGENDA

9th Annual GSA Spaceport Summit

Building the Spaceport Ecosystem

January 29, 2024 in Orlando – REGISTER

 

8:30 AM – Check-in and Registration

Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Merrick & Co.

 

9:00 AM – GSA Accomplishments in 2023

James Causey, Executive Director, GSA

 

RS&H News

Andrew Nelson, Vice President, RS&H

 

9:15 AM – Keynote Presentation

Jim Bridenstine, OSIDA and former NASA Administrator

 

9:45 AM – Chairman Report: Latest News Impacting the Spaceport Ecosystem

Dr. George Nield, Chair, Global Spaceport Alliance

 

10:15 AM – FAA’s Office of Space Transportation: A Year of Opportunity

Pam Underwood, Director, Office of Spaceports, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

 

10.45 AM – Break Sponsored by RS&H

 

11:15 AM – U.S. Space Force: Progress Report

Colonel Shannon DaSilva, Deputy Director of Operations, Space Systems Command, USSF

                     

11:45 AM –  Panel discussions: Spaceport Value to National Security

Dr. George Nield, Chair, Global Spaceport Alliance – Moderator

Lt. General (Ret.) David J. Buck, President, BRPH Mission Solutions

Pam Underwood, Director, Office of Spaceports, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

Colonel Shannon DaSilva, Deputy Director of Operations, Space Systems Command, USSF

 

12:30 PM – Lunch Sponsored by BRPH

 

1:15 PM – Expanding Puerto Rico’s Transportation System to Include Space Travel

Joel A. Pizá-Batiz, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Ports Authority

 

1:30 PM – Member Reports

 

3:00 PM –  Break Sponsored by RS&H

 

3.30 PM – International Space University

Ken Davidian, Vice President, North American Operations, International Space University

 

4:00 PM – The Hague Institute

Ken Hodgkins, Co-Chair Off-World Approach, The Hague Institute for Global Justice

 

4:15 PM – Point-to-Point Horizon Panel Discussion

 

Dr. George Nield, Chair, Global Spaceport Alliance – Moderator

Oscar Garcia, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, InterFlight Global Corporation

Ken Hodgkins, Co-Chair Off-World Approach, The Hague Institute for Global Justice

 

4.45 PM – Workforce Development Program with Spaceport America Cup

Steven Wolfe, Deputy Executive Director, Global Spaceport Alliance          

 

5:00 PM – Full Group Discussion

 

5:45 PM – Group Photograph

 

6:00 PM – Adjourn

The 8th Annual GSA Spaceport Summit with membership caucus

February 20, 2023 | Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Download Final 2023 GSA Caucus Report

The GSA Spaceport Summit (Global Spaceport Alliance’s Annual Membership Caucus) 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.

Keynotes

 

2023 Speakers:

James Causey, Executive Director, Global Spaceport Alliance
Andrew Nelson, Vice President of Aerospace, RS&H

Dr. George Nield, Chair, Global Spaceport Alliance

Kelvin Coleman, Associate Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

Col. James T. HorneIII, Deputy Director, Launch and Range Operations, Space Systems Command, Patrick Space Force Base

Lt. General (Ret.) David J. Buck, President, BRPH Mission Solutions

Alice Carruth, Public Information Officer, Spaceport America

Paul Cremin, Commercial Spaceflight Regulation & Policy Lead, U.K. Dept. for Transportation
Melissa Thorpe, Head of Spaceport Cornwall, Spaceport Cornwall
Roy Kirk, Project Director, Highland and Islands Enterprise

Nate Whigham, President, EN Capital

Patricia Hynes, Director, New Mexico FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation

Craig J. Smith, Executive Director, Oklahoma Air and Spaceport

Tom Marotta, CEO & Founder, The Spaceport Company

Izzy House, Facilitator, Author, Spaceport Marketing

Working Group Reports:
Point to Point: Oscar Garcia, Founder & CEO, InterFlight Global Corp.
Academic Partnerships: Alice Carruth, Public Information Officer, Spaceport America
Policy: Matt Anderson, Senior Advisor of Government Affairs, Air Liquide

Infrastructure Funding: Victoria Mechtly, Business Development Aerospace & Federal, RS&H 

For more information about the GSA Membership Caucus and how to join the Global Spaceport Alliance contact Steve Wolfe at swolfe@globalspaceportalliance.com

NOT A GSA MEMBER?

Contact Steve Wolfe at swolfe@globalspaceportalliance.com or visit our membership page for information on how to join!

The 7th Annual GSA Spaceport Summit with membership caucus

January 10, 2022 | Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL

Download Final 2022 GSA Caucus Report

The Global Spaceport Alliance’s Annual Membership Caucus 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.

Agenda

7th Annual GSA Membership Caucus

Building the Spaceport Ecosystem

8:00 AM – Check-in and Registration
8:30 AM – Opening Remarks
8:45 AM – Chairman’s Report | Dr. George Nield – Chair, Global Spaceport Alliance
9:00 AM – FAA Report from the Office of Spaceports | Pam Underwood – Director, Office of Spaceports
9:30 AM – The Range of the Future | Lt. Gen. (Ret.) David J. Buck – President, BRPH Missions Solutions
10:00 AM – Space Tourism as a Core Spaceport Activity | Taber MacCallum – Founder & Co-CEO, Space Perspective
10:30 AM – Break
11:00 AM – Member Reports, Lessons Learned & Operational Updates
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Member Reports, Lessons Learned & Operational Updates
1:45 PM – Six GSA Working Group Reports
2:30 PM – Role of Spaceports in the U.S. Space Force | Col. James T. Horne – Deputy Director, Launch and Range Operations, Space Systems Command, Patrick Space Force Base
3:00 PM – Break
3:30 PM – Group discussion
4:30 PM – GSA 2022 Action Plan
4:45 PM – Group Photograph
5:00 PM – Adjourn

For more information about the GSA Membership Caucus and how to join the Global Spaceport Alliance contact Steve Wolfe at swolfe@globalspaceportalliance.com.

NOT A GSA MEMBER?

Contact Steve Wolfe at swolfe@globalspaceportalliance.com or visit our membership page for information on how to join!

November 10 – 12, 2020 | Virtual GSA Spaceport Summit

RS&H | 2020 Titles Sponsor

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.

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

Featured GSA Summit Speakers

 

Attendees

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

Summit Reports

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