Space Tech 2015 Brings Industry Leaders to Long Beach

Long Beach, California, May 12, 2015--The space business is changing. While US military and government face shrinking budgets, collaborating with the burgeoning commercial space sector can help provide the expertise and technology required to continue delivering missions safely and cost effectively. Meanwhile, small satellites plus affordable launchers promise nothing less than the democratization of space.

A stellar line-up of speakers will address all these issues in three days of panel discussions and presentations when the Space Tech Expo & Conference returns to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center May 19 through 21. The conference is backed by a major expo featuring more than 200 exhibitors and a wide-ranging program of free technical briefing sessions.

Commercial collaboration is the theme for Day 1. The conference gets straight down to business with a keynote panel on the launch services market, with Arianespace President Clay Mowry, Orbital ATK Vice President Mark Pieczynski, Col Douglas W Pentecost, Chief, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Systems Division, Launch Enterprise System Program Office, Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC), and United Launch Alliance COO Dan Collins.

Barry Matsumori from SpaceX, Jess Sponable from DARPA, Doug Young from Northrop Grumman, Sean Mahoney from Masten and Bretton Alexander from Blue Origin will discuss reusability and affordability. Wayne Ordway, NASA’s Commercial Crew Associate Program Manager, will look at the way forward with senior representatives from program partners Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX.

Day 2 sees the focus switch to military space. The keynote panel brings a four-strong team from SMC to discuss how the center will face the challenges of continued budget cuts and the ways missions are changing as the Air Force moves to smaller, shorter-life systems.

Senior executives from Honeywell, Intelsat, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon will debate ground system cost reduction. Another panel will look at meteorological support for the 21st century warfighter. Presentations also include an analysis of International Space Station resupply missions.

Small satellites are the theme of Day 3, with a keynote address from NASA’s chief technologist, Dr David Miller. Panels will look at the economics of small satellites, enabling technologies to improve their performance and new routes to orbit.

The exhibition hall will showcase thousands of products covering satellite systems, launch vehicle and spacecraft design, engineering, testing and the entire manufacturing supply chain. The program of free sessions will cover topics ranging from crew accommodation on future manned spacecraft to satellite data security and 3D-printed rocket engines.

“This is a crucial time for industry and government to combine resources to push forward our leadership in space, and events like the Space Tech Conference help advance the industry,” says Al Tadros, VP, civil and DoD business, Space Systems/Loral. Tadros will take part in a Day 1 panel on how the US military and government can benefit from the dynamic commercial space industry.

Expo admission is free, and conference prices start at just $445, with 50% discounts for military, government and academics.

Space Tech Expo & Conference Venue & Opening Times

Hall C - Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

300 East Ocean Boulevard

Long Beach, California 90802

Tel: +1 562 436 3636 Fax: +1 562 436 9491

Exhibition opening times

Tuesday, May 19: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 21: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Conference Hours

Tuesday, May 19: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 21: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.