Innovation Theater

innovation-theaterMark your calendars to visit SpaceCom’s Innovation Theater (booth 152) for interactive presentations about cutting-edge products, service innovations and research fueling space commercialization.

Plus, engage experts directly to learn how to put these tools to work for your organization to spur growth and profitability!


10:30 a.m.

The Gravity Well: An Astronomical Mystery and the Best Promise for Our Nation’s Future

sgtThe region beyond Earth is a steep, rugged terrain filled with challenges and vast wealth. As with the New World a few centuries ago, government is establishing a foothold and building bases. Creative entrepreneurs are following. Within a generation, this frontier can sustain an economy — mining, manufacturing, science, technology — that dwarfs the one back on this planet. We can ensure the survival of humanity, win the respect of other nations and draw more young Americans into science, engineering and technology.

• Presenter: Stephen Sandford, Former NASA Engineer and Executive, Author and Current Director, Systems Engineering, at SGT, Inc.


11:00 a.m.

Additive Manufacturing: Moving from Prototyping to Production

EOSEOS’ Aerospace Manager Scott Killian highlights what the factory of the future looks like and how additive manufacturing is advancing from prototyping to industrial production.

• Presenter: Scott Killian, Aerospace Manager, EOS


11:30 a.m.

Houston Spaceport: Realizing the Vision

Houston Spaceport_Houston AirportsHear what’s new at the Houston Spaceport for 2016 as well as what’s in development for 2017 and the years to follow. It’s been an exciting year for the spaceport, and with major improvements slated for 2017, the Houston Airport System will continue to realize the vision for the world’s first truly urban spaceport.

• Presenter: Arturo Machuca, General Manager, Ellington Airport & Houston


12:00 p.m.

SCIS: Securing the Space Industry

scis-logo-colorSecuritas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc. (SCIS) is the leading expert in physical, technology, remote, launch and courier security services in the aerospace and defense industries. As the largest, most experienced security provider to the aerospace industry, SCIS has the necessary knowledge and infrastructure to provide premier services from groundbreaking construction through advanced operational enterprises.

• Presenter: Nick Re, President — Aerospace & Defense, SCIS


1:30 p.m.

The Effect of Microgravity on Developing Nanochannel Technology for Controlled Drug Delivery

houston-methodistHear about spaceflight research focused on developing nanochannel technology for an implantable, controlled drug delivery system. Dr. Alessandro Grattoni of Houston Methodist Research Institute discusses his team’s recent International Space Station experiment aimed at better understanding how molecules diffuse in confined spaces, a study supported by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).

• Presenter: Alessandro Grattoni, PhD, Chair, Department of Nanomedicine, Houston Methodist Research Institute


2:00 p.m.

Waco, TX: Spaceport, SpaceX and More!

mcsdc-logoWaco, TX, is quickly becoming a center of commercial space activity. With a technical workforce, advanced research, pioneering industry leaders and a developing spaceport, the ingredients are in place for a successful formula. Hear about the work being done to leverage these unique assets for the emerging space industry.

• Presenters: Todd Buchs, Assistant Vice Provost for Research, Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative; Kris Collins, Executive Director, McLennan County Spaceport Development Corporation; Adam Hutchison, Provost, Texas State Technical College


2:30 p.m.

In Orbit Satellite Servicing

sponsor-orbitalAdvances in on-orbit servicing technologies and how they are being applied to develop and field Orbital ATK’s Space Logistics LLC Commercial Servicing Vehicle fleet.

• Presenter: Frank DeMauro, Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Programs Division, Orbital ATK


3:00 p.m.

Big Pharma and CASIS: Partnerships for Clinical Innovation and Translational Research on the International Space Station

lilly-cmykThe International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory is space to innovate. Hear representatives from Eli Lilly & Company and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) discuss how space improves drug design and enables development processes that improve therapeutic outcomes.

• Presenters: Michael S. Roberts, PhD, Deputy Chief Scientist, CASIS; Kenneth A. Savin, PhD, Advisor of Clinical Innovation, Eli Lilly & Company


3:30 pm

Putting STEAM into Space Commerce

sciartexchangeLet’s engage the world in the future of space & terrestrial commerce. SciArt Exchange is partnering with SpaceCom and other interested organizations to develop an international middle school artwork competition and year-long tour. The contest theme will explore issues at the intersection of many terrestrial industries, potentially related to oceans, climate, remote medicine, natural resource husbandry, etc.  Through the design of this activity, partners will inspire science/engineering and art/music/humanities students to learn about and participate in multiple space, science and technology fields. “Putting STEAM into Space Commerce” is the latest competition in the Humans in Space Art Program series, currently managed by SciArt Exchange. Past Program activities have engaged 1000’s of participants and 100,000’s of artwork viewers and listeners worldwide in the future of space exploration.

• Presenter: Jancy McPhee, Executive Director, SciArt Exchange

4:00 p.m.

Iridium PRIME Hosted Payload Accommodation Service

iridiumIridium offers affordable turnkey hosted payload services with launches starting in 2018. Each space vehicle accommodates 200 kg of customer payload mass and provides 650 watts of payload power. Iridium serves each client’s command and data distribution needs with the world’s only space-based mesh network. Payload connections are continuous with typically less than half-second latency anywhere in the orbit. See Iridium to craft the most cost-effective application for your space enterprise.

• Presenter: David A. Anhalt, Vice President and General Manager, Iridium PRIME



10:00 a.m.

Space Nation — A Nation Where Space Travel Empowers the Future for All People

logo-space-nationA physicist and a farmer’s son from Finland. When other kids drove mopeds around the village, Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola drew spaceships, borrowed books about space from libraries around Finland and envisioned working in space. After his studies in physics, he worked as a management educator and trainer for years before refining his leadership and business skills in an executive role. In 2013, he was ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, to make the dreams that he had as a kid into reality. Kalle co-founded Cohu Experience and began the venture known today as Space Nation.

• Presenter: Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola, CEO, Cohu Experiment/Space Nation


10:30 a.m.

Integrating Samples on the MISSE-FF

alpha-space-test-research-allianceThe Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) facility is available as a long-term Technology Demonstration and Materials Testing facility on the International Space Station. This facility has viewing in the Ram, Wake and Zenith directions for the testing of different aspects of the space environment simultaneously. The commercial nature of this facility now allows for any material from any private organization to be tested and evaluated post-flight, without becoming involved with the point solution techniques used on previous MISSE Missions. Sample installation and return is to be governed by an Interface Definition Document that defines and controls the entire process. Alpha Space is dedicated to the gathering of data on samples and will proactively work with any sample developer to meet the needs of the developer for flight on the MISSE facility. The Alpha Space team is a leader in the area of commercial research on the ISS and is committed to the successful operations of experiments and the successful completion of the MISSE objectives.

• Presenter: Johnnie Engelhardt, MISSE Build and Integration Project Manager


11:30 a.m.

Cyber Mission Resiliency



12:00 p.m.

Innovations in Research and Healthcare for Mission to Mars

KBRWyle_We Deliver (002)KBRwyle develops unique and innovative spaceflight systems for life science research and health care operations. Our scientists lead cutting-edge research on the key risks to astronaut health for exploration missions while our engineering teams develop and test new medical technologies and environmental monitoring required for a trip to Mars.

• Presenter: Michelle Frieling, Manager, Flight and Medical Operations, KBRwyle


12:30 p.m.

The Emerging Role of Commercial Spaceflight in Earth Remote Sensing Science

140206_NewSpace_logoThe Arizona State University (ASU) Space Technology and Science (or “NewSpace”) Initiative establishes and fosters partnerships between ASU and next-generation non-governmental space exploration science and technology companies. These partnerships enable new avenues of research and development in space, merging commercial and science and technology goals into a mutually beneficial path to move forward. One area of focus for NewSpace is the emerging role the commercial sector can play in Earth remote sensing science and data acquisition. Remote sensing data from Earth-orbiting satellites can be utilized in a wide array of fields. Creating low-cost commercial options can open up opportunities for universities, private companies, and federal and local (i.e., state) governments to acquire data for their own specific purposes. In particular, access to high cadence imaging—on the order of hours to days—can provide critical data for fields such as natural hazard prediction and mitigation, urban geography, and agriculture. Here we discuss opportunities for the commercial sector in these realms, and how partnerships with ASU NewSpace can make a mutually beneficial impact to the creators, providers and users of remote sensing data.

• Presenter: Tanya Harrison Phd.


1:00 p.m.

The Poles of the Moon and Cislunar Development

Recent robotic exploration of the Moon has elucidated several properties of the poles that show that these areas can serve as humanity’s first “off-shore” coaling station on the sea of cislunar space. The Moon’s spin axis obliquity is 1.6° and in consequence, the Sun is always on the horizon at the poles. Because the Moon has craters and mountain peaks, some areas near the poles are in sunlight for significant fractions of the 708-hour day. One area near the south pole is in sunlight more than 90% of the year; periods of darkness occur at irregular intervals (being caused solely by local topography) and last only tens of hours. This discovery means that electrical power can be generated nearly constantly with solar arrays, permitting permanent habitation of the Moon. The polar dark areas are extremely cold, as low as 25 K (-248° C), but all dark areas are colder than 100 K, the upper limit for water to be stable at the surface. Several lines of independent evidence indicate the presence of significant amounts of water ice (100 million to 10 billion tones) and other volatile substances in these dark areas. Although water is the main component of polar ice, other species include CO2, SO2, CH4, NH3 and simple organic molecules, like ethylene (C2H4).

The presence of significant deposits of ice close to areas of near-permanent sunlight indicates that lunar water can be mined and processed to support human life and make rocket propellant. This utility makes the Moon an essential part of any future plan to industrially develop space. A cislunar, space-based transportation system, fueled by propellant made from lunar water, creates the ability to access not only the lunar surface, but all points of cislunar space between Earth and Moon. Some of these trans-LEO orbits are home to a wide variety of satellites that have critical national economic and security value. Thus, the creation of a space transportation system – fueled and provisioned by lunar water and other products – allows routine access by people and machines to all of cislunar space. Such a system creates new spacefaring capability, including enabling human missions to the planets.

• Presenter: Paul D. Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute


1:30 p.m.

Maritime Terminals — New Tec

scot-sat-ltdScot Sat Ltd. was founded in 2012 to use new design and manufacturing techniques for the development of a new stabilized VSAT antenna for the maritime market. The antenna was to be a 60cm parabolic, 3 axis established with built in IDirect X7 modem, multi-region  LNB and 6 watt BUC. The antenna also had to be less than 30 kg in weight, including the box and packaging. As opposed to building with metals, we used 3D print technology and plastics to design and build first our prototype and production models. As well as for the frame, we used plastics with metal coatings for some of the microwave elements. The antenna designed for the new Intelsat Epic fleet of satellites is currently being launched.

• Presenter: Steve McCabe, CEO, Scot Sat Ltd.


2:00 p.m.

BioDisruption® Facing Modern Business Challenges

biodisruption_logo_hdAfter the data revolution comes the BioDisruption®. BioDisruption® foresees that the fusion of the biological and the virtual, the natural and the man-made, will reconfigure the boundaries of all sectors of human activity. It will push innovation as we know it to a next, unprecedented level: “InnovationATGC®,” where the very code on which innovation is written is mutating from the data-driven binary to the biologically inspired. Come and discover how BioDisruption® will impact your sector in one or more of the following dimensions: the BioDisruption® of Habitat (how human living conditions are reengineered), the BioDisruption® of Performance (how man and machine interface and merge to boost performance to unprecedented levels), the BioDisruption® of Economics (how wealth and value are created), the BioDisruption® of Fabrication (how things are made and materials transformed), the BioDisruption® of the Living (how technologies are manipulating the living), all culminating into the BioDisruption® of the Intelligence (the very intelligence and underlying conceptual models that determine how systems are conceived and operated). What strategy will you implement to use the biodisruptive power to your own advantage — before it disrupts you?

• Presenter: Ms. Isabelle Raugel, Managing Partner, Biodisruption