Agenda subject to change.
Plenary Day 1:
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Watch Sessions On Demand. Free registration required.
- 10:00–10:15 a.m. ET
Welcome Message: Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator
- 10:15-10:25 a.m. ET
Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Update
Kathy Lueders, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA
- 10:30–11:00 a.m. ET
NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Program Update
Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, NASA Science Mission Directorate
In June of this year, Congress approved NASA’s proposal to move responsibility for biological and physical sciences research to the SMD. The BPS team, formerly known as the Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications (SLPSRA) division, leads vital research being done in the microgravity environment of the ISS.
- 11:00–11:30 a.m. ET
The emergence of the Commercial Crew Program will lead to a rise in human activity onboard the ISS that has not been seen previously. This rise in human activity comes at a time when there are increased demands and use cases for researchers, innovators, and dreamers alike to leverage the orbiting laboratory. This session will provide viewers with an update on how the space station plays a critical role in enabling a more commercialized market in low Earth orbit. The session will include updates on the Commercial Crew Program, highlight upcoming facilities that may drive future partnerships, and discuss efforts made on the recently announced five-percent commercial allocation of NASA’s resources on the ISS.
- Phil McAlister, Director of Commercial Spaceflight Program, NASA
- Angela Hart, LEO Commercialization Manager, NASA
- Robyn Gatens, Acting Director, International Space Station, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA
- 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. ET
State of the ISS National Lab
In 2005, Congress declared the International Space Station a U.S. National Laboratory. The original intention of this designation was to enable researchers to leverage the unique environment of the space station to support research with the capacity to benefit life on Earth. Since that time, the ISS National Lab has sponsored hundreds of research investigations, and under the management of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS, manager of the ISS National Lab since 2011), has built strong demand and a robust pipeline of activity within the private-sector research community, commercial facility partners, academic institutions, and other government organizations. This discussion will focus on the forward-looking vision of the role of a National Laboratory in space and where efforts will be concentrated to drive research and development on the orbiting laboratory that brings value to the nation and builds a sustainable market in low Earth orbit.
- Jeff Foust, Senior Staff Writer, SpaceNews
- Alex MacDonald, Chief Economist and ISS National Lab Program Executive, NASA
- Ken Shields, Chief Operating Officer, CASIS
- Marybeth Edeen, Manager, ISS Research Integration Office, NASA
- 12:15–12:30 p.m. ET
- 12:30–12:45 p.m. ET
ISS Program Office Updates
Joel Montalbano, Manager, International Space Station Program, NASA
- 12:45–2:00 p.m. ET
Building the LEO Economy
Leadership in human spaceflight necessitates an innovative and sustainable low Earth orbit (LEO) program that leverages the International Space Station to incubate commercial opportunities and grow the demand for space services in LEO. More than 50 private entities have conducted commercial R&D on the ISS National Lab, much of which holds great promise. With past and current investments from a host of innovative companies and NASA, opportunity exists to expand R&D projects that enable in-space production. Recent announcements—including an award for a commercial module on the ISS and commercial projects designed to stimulate demand—are a start to what will propel U.S. industry toward the development of sustainable, scalable, and profitable non-NASA demand for services and products in LEO. A robust LEO economy is vital to continued progress in space and involves highly intertwined public and private interests. This panel will discuss the current progress, the market outlook, and the challenges that lie ahead in establishing a dynamic LEO economy.
- Mike Gold, Acting Associate Administrator Office of International and Interagency Relations, NASA
- Carissa Christenson, Chief Executive Officer, Bryce Analytics and Engineering
- Michael Suffredini, Co-founder and President/Chief Executive Officer, Axiom Space
- Richard DalBello, Vice President Business Development, Virgin Galactic
- Andrew Rush, Chief Executive Officer, Made In Space, NASA Advisory Council – Regulatory and Policy
- Nicole Wagner, President and Chief Executive Officer, LambdaVision
Plenary Day 2:
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Watch Sessions On Demand. Free registration required.
- 9:45–10:00 a.m. ET
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
- 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. ET
The R&D Continuum: How the ISS is Closing the Gap Toward Commercial Applications
Applied research seeks to find solutions by rapidly generating tangible results that address real-world problems. This research approach benefits consumer products, healthcare, and many other industries. However, many of the best success stories from ISS investigations began as “upstream R&D,” or fundamental science. Throughout history, upstream R&D has been critical to game-changing breakthroughs. Today, the novel environment of space allows investigators to achieve previously inaccessible advances in fundamental understanding that have the potential to drive paradigm shifts and enable key technological advances. These truly innovative discoveries have the potential to bridge the gap in the pathway from investigation to commercial application.
- Michael Roberts, Interim Chief Scientist, CASIS
- Alessandro Grattoni, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Nanomedicine, Houston Methodist Research Institute
- Matt Lynch, Principal Scientist, Procter & Gamble (with Q&A by William (Bill) Meyer, USRA at NASA GRC/NASA ACE Project Scientist)
- Aleksandar Ostrogorsky, Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
- 11:00–11:15 a.m. ET
- 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. ET
Maximizing Spaceflight Biological Data with Omics Analytics: The NASA GeneLab Database
NASA’s GeneLab includes an open-access repository of more than 250 omics datasets generated by biological experiments relevant to spaceflight,including research in simulated cosmic radiation and microgravity environments. In order to maximize the intelligibility of these data, particularly for users with a limited bioinformatics background, GeneLab has become a knowledge base platform converting raw genetic and proteomic signatures found in flight samples into biological and physiological meanings. A large community of more than 100 scientists has rallied behind GeneLab and organized into four Analysis Working Groups (AWGs: Animal, Plant, Microbe, and Multi-Omics). Together, the AWGs have gained scientific recognition worldwide by establishing a consortium in charge of adopting new complex standards for data analysis workflows and omics sample processing in a rapidly evolving field. This session will demonstrate the usage of the repository with smart search capability, an online controlled-access tool shed “Galaxy”to process user data with vetted standard workflows, a workspace for data sharing,and a data submission portal with ontology control for better metadata curation. The GeneLab visualization portal will also be demonstrated, showing how anyone without formal training in bioinformatics can now browse the space biology omics data to discover new biology and potential solutions to improve life in space.
- Sylvain Costes, GeneLab Project Manager, NASA
- Samrawit Gebre, GeneLab Deputy Project Manager, NASA
- 12:15–1:45 p.m. ET
- 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Investing in Space: Trends, Opportunities, and Risks
Investor focus on commercial space opportunities has grown in recent years, with close to $6 billion of annual early-stage funding in 2019 and total investment of close to $18 billion in 2015-2019 from an expanding mix of investment firms. While the recent COVID-19-driven economic contraction has been accompanied by a pull-back in investor appetite, particularly in some of the perceived higher-risk and competitively crowded sectors, we are also now witnessing strong successes such as SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission, which point to the opening of a new era with new opportunities. With representation from leading capital market participants from across the funding spectrum, this panel discussion will deliver valuable insight on the current state of play in space investment and how the investment landscape is expected to evolve over the coming year.
- Robert H. McCooey, Jr., Senior Vice President, Nasdaq’s Listing Services
- Chad Anderson, Managing Partner, Space Capital
- Ann Kim, Managing Director, Sector Head, Frontier Technology, Silicon Valley Bank
- Alex van Hoek, Partner, Apollo Global Management
- Shahin Farshchi, Partner, Lux Capital
- 3:00–3:15 p.m. ET
- 3:15–4:00 p.m. ET
An Overview of the Cold Atom Lab in Orbit
The Cold Atom Lab (CAL) is a pioneering quantum physics lab that uses the unique microgravity environment of the ISS to observe quantum phenomena that would otherwise be undetectable from Earth. During CAL’s first two years, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), managed by the California Institute of Technology, has conducted innovative research using CAL—from the production of the first Bose-Einstein Condensates in orbit to observation of the first atomic interferometer in space. Join members of the JPL CAL team as they discuss their continued progress toward the long-term goal of using microgravity to illuminate new features of the quantum world.
- Kamal Oudrhiri, CAL Project Manager, NASA
- Robert Thompson, CAL Project Scientist, NASA
Tuesday, September 22–Thursday, September 24, 2020
Plenary Day 3:
Thursday, October 22, 2020
- 9:45-9:55 a.m. ET
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
- 9:55–11:00 a.m. ET
Developing and Testing Materials for the Communication Hardware of the Future
The microgravity environment and unique vantage point of the ISS provide researchers with unparalleled opportunities to design, develop, manufacture, and test new materials that will enable the communications hardware of the future. Security, speed, and reliability are paramount in developing the communication networks of tomorrow. The ISS provides a platform for fabricating the next generation of optical fibers in microgravity—an environment free from the gravity-driven phenomena that cause imperfections during the fabrication of optical fibers on Earth. In addition, the orbit of the ISS—240 miles above the surface of the Earth—provides opportunities to test new radio frequency hardware and explore the new frontiers of quantum communications from space to Earth. This panel discussion will highlight a selection of existing research projects and explore the potential for new materials research in the field of communications.
- Ryan Reeves, Program Director, Advanced Materials, CASIS
- Howard C. Warner III, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Vice President and General Manager, Integrated Systems, Physical Optics Corporation
- Arthur Paolella, Senior Scientist L3Harris Technologies
- Matt Shaw, Microdevices Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- 11:00–11:15 a.m. ET
- 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET
Human Health on a Personal Level: Using Space to Address Disease
The microgravity environment of the ISS allows investigation into the causes and potential treatments for many life-threatening diseases. Researchers from small companies, research institutions, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and others are currently leveraging microgravity to advance our knowledge and treatment of major health challenges such as heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. This panel discussion will highlight a selection of these existing research projects and explore the potential for new research.
- Julie Robinson, Chief Scientist of the International Space Station, NASA
- Abba Zubair, Director of Transfusion Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy, Mayo Clinic
- Paul Reichert, Research Fellow, Merck Research Labs
- Valentina Fossati, Senior Research Investigator, New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute
- Se-Jin Lee, The Jackson Laboratory
- 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
20 Years of STEM Experiments on the ISS
This panel celebrates 20 years of student experiments using the ISS. The panel will begin with results from a new study of ISS education programs and their depth and reach. Panelists representing some of the major success stories will then share their experiences and insight. Panelists include representatives from Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS)—the first operational experiment on the ISS still in operation that has become an international program allowing students to use amateur radio to talk directly with ISS crew members, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—which engages thousands of students each year through in-orbit experiments, the Quest Institute—which has developed a series of low-cost ways for students to operate in-orbit experiments, EarthKAM—which enables thousands of students to take photos of Earth from the ISS, and the NASAHUNCH Program—a workforce development program in which students design and build experiments to be conducted on the ISS. Discussion will focus on the impact these experiences have on students and on the future of student experiments in space.
- Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Earth Scientist Geosyntec Consultants, former NASA Astronaut
- Dan Barstow, Senior Education Manager, CASIS
- Frank Bauer, Chair, Amateur Radio on the ISS
- Jeff Goldstein, Program Director, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
- Blake Ratcliff, Program Manager, NASA HUNCH Program
- Danny Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Quest Institute
- Katy Martin, Program Lead, Genes in Space