Innovation Theater

Thank you for stopping by SpaceCom’s Innovation Theater in Booth 250 for interactive presentations related to cutting-edge products, service innovations and research fueling space commercialization, and business innovation.




5:00 PM – 5:20 PM

Fathom Academy and a Workforce for Space

This presentation focuses on the utilization of technologically advanced neutral-buoyancy tanks to train commercial astronauts.

• Presenter: Barton Bollfrass, CEO, Fathom Academy


5:30 PM – 5:50 PM

Wearable Computers on the Edge of the Cloud

Discusses sensing & signal processing advances Texas A&M is making in this area for the consumer market, and connects it with a collaborative space project with NASA/JSC.

• Presenter: Dr. Roozbeh Jafari, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M Engineering


6:00 PM – 6:20 PM

I Come in Peace

• Presenter: Martellus Bennett, Creative Director of Awesomeness


6:30 PM – 6:50 PM

Future Commercial Cygnus Capabilities

Presentation Description: Orbital ATK’s Cygnus vehicle has provided the International Space Station with critical cargo resupply services for over four years. Future Cygnus vehicles will have enhanced capabilities to support scientific research and technology demonstration. These new capabilities are presented, including Cygnus-Lab and Cygnus Free Flyer.

• Presenter: Frank Demauro, VP & General Manager, Advanced Programs Division, Space Systems Group, Orbital ATK




10:30 AM – 10:50 AM

Oceaneering Media Vault

Oceaneering has designed a cloud based Media Vault that stores and geospatially tags data sets from drone video and sensor data which can be used to link point-cloud 3D renderings to physical assets located miles offshore.

Oceaneering dedicates a team of engineers to tag data in a meaningful manner to the client and streamlines the data governance process by systematically coordinating with each region and business unit from a modular perspective which scales flawlessly as new data sets and workflows are introduced.

• Presenter: Timothy Gallagher, Business Development Manager, Oceaneering


11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Turning Your Product Development Process into a Competitive Advantage

Complex connected devices have sparked massive innovation across industries. And with major forces like digital transformation, intense competition, and regulatory requirements impacting development teams worldwide, it is critical to keep teams aligned throughout the development process. By aligning teams around requirements – what is being built, for whom, and why – teams can stay aligned to reduce cycle times, get to market faster, and with products their customers love.

• Presenter: Trevor Smith, Marketing Programs Manager, Jama Software


11:30 AM – 11:50 AM

Estimation of a PSD from a Known Noise Source

Random vibration control systems produce a Power Spectral Density (PSD) plot by averaging Fast Fourier Transforms. Modern controllers can set the DOF, or number of frames involved in the averaged PSD signal. The PSD is a way to present a random signal—which by nature “bounces” about the mean, at times making high excursions from the mean—in a format that makes it easy to determine the validity of a test. This process takes time as many frames of data are collected in order to generate the PSD and a test can appear to be out of tolerance until the controller has enough data. Something is awry with a PSD that achieves total in-tolerance immediately after starting or during level changes, and this can create dangerous over or under test conditions within specific frequency bands and should be avoided. This presentation intends to treat some of the inherent properties of the PSD and some faulty PSD methods that attempt to circumvent these inherent properties.

• Presenters: Kevin Van Popering, Applications Engineer, Vibration Research


12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Commercial Capabilities for ISS Research and Development

The International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory is a unique research platform that utilizes the environment of space to advance research and development (R&D) on the ground that will define tomorrow’s world. The ISS National Laboratory is also a platform that enables entrepreneurs and their businesses to provide commercial tools, facilities, and services in low Earth orbit. This Innovation Theater session will feature several companies leading the way in providing commercial R&D services to help give your research or technology a competitive edge.

• Presenters from CASIS, Made in Space, Nanoracks, and HNu Photonics


1:00 PM – 1:20 PM

Oceaneering® Advanced Technologies

Oceaneering is more than just a offshore oil and gas service provider. Our Advanced Technologies (ADTECH) Group provides products and services to a variety of commercial and government customers including NASA, the US Navy, and global theme parks. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of ADTECH business areas and more comprehensive information pertaining to our Space Systems capabilities.

• Presenter: Carl Walz, Director of Business Development, Oceaneering International, Inc.


1:30 PM – 1:50 PM

Meeting At The Edge with VMware IoT Solutions

As enterprises embrace IoT, they struggle with management, security and scale. See how VMware solutions can help.

• Presenter: Avanti Kenjalkar, Senior Product Marketing Manager, VMware


2:30 PM – 2:50 PM

NASA Medical Innovations: Ultrasound, Training, and Telemedicine

KRBwyle scientists are leading innovations that are being implemented across multiple industries. The development of novel ultrasound techniques for space also have application in terrestrial medicine. Ultrasound is the primary medical imaging capability used on the International Space Station and has been a key technology for understanding physiological adaptations in astronauts, including flight-related vision changes.

• Presenter: Doug Ebert, Senior Scientist/Human Health and Performance Fellow, KBRwyle


3:00 PM – 3:20 PM




3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Wind River




4:00 PM – 4:20 PM

Houston – Innovation City

Presenting the recent development of Houston’s Innovation Economy and start-up ecosystem.

• Presenter: Jon Nordby, VP of Innovation, The Greater Houston Partnership


4:30 PM – 4:50 PM

Utilizing External Exposure Capability on MISSE

The 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, Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance




10:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Italian Trade Agency





11:00 AM – 11:20 AM




11:30 AM – 11:50 AM

A Commercial Cislunar Transportation Architecture

Space tugs, Moon shuttle and propellant stations for in-space transportation.

• Presenter: Dallas Bienhoff, Founder, Cislunar Space Development Company, LLC




12:00 PM – 12:20 PM

Near Realtime Monitoring of the Seas

The presentation outlines application areas for satellite monitoring in the maritime space. Radar satellite imaging is for example to optimize ship routes, to monitor the marine environment for oil spills and to protect against illegal activities on our seas.

• Presenter: Christoffer Winquist, ICEYE


1:00 PM – 1:20 PM




1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m

Astronauts Making The Business Case

This special SpaceCom panel of decorated astronauts will discuss how technology transfer from their space experiences helped them in creating business opportunities. The panel will discuss the challenges of transitioning from governmental to entrepreneurial environments and explore the commercial potential of space technologies into the future.

Astronauts to include:

  • Greg Johnson, Executive Director, CASIS (moderator)
  • Scott Altman, Engineering, Aerospace and Mission Systems, ASRC Federal
  • Franklin Chang Díaz, CEO, Ad Astra Rocket Company
  • Frank Culbertson, President, Space Systems Group, Orbital ATK
  • Carl Walz, Director, Business Development, Oceaneering International, Inc
  • Dave Wolf, Managing Director, EarthTomorrow, Inc.


Panelists will be available to take pictures with attendees after the discussion. A book signing table will be set up as well.

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