Keynote Presentations


SpaceCom hosted an array of renowned keynote speakers who offered firsthand insight into how space technology have been changing industries around the world.

Opening Keynote

Tuesday, December 05, 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Robert M. Lightfoot

Acting Administrator





Keynote: Bryce 2017 Report on the State of Global Space Commerce

Tuesday, December 05, 9:30 – 10:00 AM

Carissa Christensen

Chief Executive Officer

Bryce Space and Technology



This statistics rich presentation will give the status of the commercial space sector from both a business to government and business to business perspective. Data will include launch forecasts, satellite deployments for Earth Observation and communications, space tourism, cislunar and deep space commercial activities, private investments in space, and much more. Specific attention will be given to the size and characteristics of the emerging Earth observation market for terrestrial industry buyers and the related business analytics.


Keynote: Status Quo and Evolution of the Italian Space Ecosystem

Tuesday, December 05, 10:45 – 11:00 AM

Anilkumar Dave

Head of Innovation and Transfer of Technologies Unit

ASI – Italian Space Agency



Evolution of the Italian Space ecosystem is influenced by Italy’s industrial heritage, the scientific excellence, the research tradition along with the global competition. The result is a network of interactions, policies, and birth of new organisms and applications. In his keynote, Anilkumar Dave will explore the history and technology, design and art, science and industry that are determining the present and shaping (and securing) the future of the Italian Space sector that involves all stakeholders, policy makers and nationals actors.


Keynote Luncheon: Applying Space Technology to Health and Medicine: Where Will the Technology Take Us?

Tuesday, December 05, 12:00 – 1:15 PM

Dr. Daniel Kraft

Chair for Medicine

Singularity University



Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient’s bedside. He will show how these technologies were influenced by space technology and how they could impact future human deep space missions.


Keynote: Seeing a Better World from Space

Wednesday, December 06, 8:45 – 9:15 AM

Walter Scott

Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President




DigitalGlobe’s satellite images that captured flooding from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were indispensable to first responders and to the resulting recovery efforts. As the industry lauds innovative new entrants into the Earth Observation commercial sector, it’s worth noting that DigitalGlobe and its founder Dr. Walter Scott are celebrating their 25th anniversary of providing commercial imaging and big data analytic solutions to both government and commercial customers. In his keynote, Dr. Scott will share the evolution of DigitalGlobe, its challenges and successes, and most importantly its mission to create a level of global transparency to a much broader audience, enabling all of us to see a better world.


Keynote: The Role of Satellites in the Digital Society of Tomorrow

Thursday, December 07, 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Rupert Pearce

Chief Executive Officer




Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce will explore the central role of satellite communications in enabling the emerging global Gigabit Society of tomorrow, where millions of connections will exist between people, devices, and things. The global reach of satellite can not only support local development, growth and innovation through reliable broadband and narrowband connectivity, but can also support the rapid globalization of local innovation. Rupert Pearce`s speech will give examples of how investments in satellite services can have a profound effect across society, ranging from industry, health, and education to sustainability, global trade, agriculture and fisheries, e-government and facilitating the development of smart cities and smart societies.


Keynote: Embodied Cognition for a Mission to Mars

Thursday, December 07, 10:45 – 11:30 AM

Dr. Christopher Codella

Chief Technology Officer, Government Cognitive Computing




Grady Booch

Chief Architect for Watson/M


Embodied cognition brings artificial intelligence to the physical world. By placing an AI in a robot, an avatar, an object in your hand, or even in the walls of an operating room, conference room, or spacecraft, we take the ability of that system to understand and reason and draw it closer to the natural ways in which humans live and work. In so doing, we can augment human intelligence and ability. IBM’s Grady Booch and Chris Codella will trace the evolution of this initiative, show its application using Watson services to flight operations and pilot assistance, and offer and what the future might hold for a mission to Mars.


Keynote: United Launch Alliance Boosting the Future

Thursday, December 07, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Bernard Kutter

Chief Scientist and Advanced Program Manager

United Launch Alliance




The global population is growing exponentially. Collective standard of living is growing at an even faster rate. Will Earth be able to support its human population 20, 50, 100 years from now? Space beckons with nearly limitless resources that that can sustain our civilization indefinitely. ULA is developing the transportation that will enable access to these resources and return finished products to support our life on Earth. ULA’s next-gen rockets strapped to its upper stage vehicle called Vulcan ACES will power long duration deep space missions never before possible. This capability will enable the access to space resources, construction of permanent space habitats, and development of space based industry—all for the benefit of humankind.

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