When: Friday, 20th October 2017, 6:30pm. To be followed by a reception.  (Complimentary food and drinks provided)

Where: International Student House of Washington DC, Great Hall, 1825 R St NW, Washington DC, USA 



Building on the success of the numerous SGAC events in the United States, this local Washington D.C. event will focus on international space cooperation and space utilization, following similar objectives to local SGAC events currently being held around the world. This event is supported and hosted by the International Student House in Washington D.C. and the Space Generation Advisory Council. The event is a panel format with guests from space agencies, embassy space attaches, and space industry representatives.



The SGAC is a global non-governmental organization and network, which aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry and academia. SGAC was established as one of the recommendations of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) held in Vienna in 1999. SGAC has Permanent Observer Status in the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) and regularly presents at its annual meeting and its two subcommittee meetings. SGAC has been contributing to the discussion by making statements and presentations on the various work that SGAC’s network produces throughout the year. This includes the reporting of the recommendations gathered at its events.

The International Student House (ISH) is a non-profit organization in the heart of Washington, DC, providing exceptional residential experience to a highly diverse international community of graduate students, interns, and visiting scholars. The House promotes inter-cultural dialogue, encourages life-long connections, and fosters global citizenship.



The Space Cooperation and Diplomacy (SCD) is the first event to be held by SGAC in collaboration with the ISH. The objective of the SCD event is as follows.

  1. To strengthen the regional network of the students and young professionals in the Washington D.C. region;
  2. To provide a perspective of space cooperation and diplomacy to the participants from the top professionals in the area;
  3. To examine and consider key questions in space cooperation and diplomacy that the community is facing. The panel format allows participants to discuss and to provide inputs from the next generation; and
  4. To allow tomorrow’s leaders to have the opportunity to interact with today’s space leaders and professionals in the region through the cooperation.



Expert Panel


Micheline Tabache

Micheline Tabache
Head, Washington DC Office
European Space Agency

Isao Kotani
Deputy Director, Washington DC Office
Japan Aerospace Exploration  Agency

Dr. Juergen Drescher
Head, Washington DC Office
German Aerospace Center

Dr. Thomas Snitch
Director, Federal Relations
Bowling Green State University

Bruno Sarli
Space Generation Advisory Council





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The Speed Mentoring Event is a great chance that kick-start connections that build over time, create chance meetings and the to meet with students, early stage professionals, experienced mentors and even possibly a future employer in the space operations industry.

Share a table with top SpaceOps representatives to ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about  their personal experiences which shaped their professional careers.

This event is energizing for both the young space professionals as well as the senior mentors, providing both groups with a unique networking opportunity.


 Registrations are Now Open for Speed Mentoring Event!


The deadline for registration is 10 May 2016.


How it Works!  

Each Student or Young Professional (Mentee) sits at one of the tables with 1 Mentor. Each Mentor gets 10 minutes at the table to talk about their personal career background, advice on how to develop a career/life path, and answer questions (Examples: “what was one difficult challenge you faced in your career and how did you overcome it?; What are 3 tips you learned over the years that you wish you knew earlier as a student or young professional?). After 10 minutes, the mentor must rotate to the next table and meet a new set of Mentees!

Korean Cultural Dinner: Immediately following the Speed Mentoring Event, all the participants will be invited to the Korean Cultural Dinner, where they will be able to further network and follow up on discussions with the mentors.

Places are limited, so book your place at the SpaceOps Speed Mentoring session today!



Mentor Biographies


Alice Bowman
Space Mission Operations Group Supervisor & New Horizons Mission Operations Manager
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Alice Bowman works for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where she is the Space Mission Operations Group Supervisor and the New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM).  She supervises approximately 40 staff that operate Deep Space and Earth orbiting spacecraft to include TIMED, STEREO, New Horizons, Van Allen probes and Solar Probe Plus.  As the New Horizons MOM, Alice leads the team that controls NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on its voyage to Pluto and beyond, from “mission control” at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.  Alice has a degree in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA and has over 27 years of experience in space operations. She has been a member of the SpaceOps committee since 2009.


Sean Burns
Head of the Real-Time Services and System Operations Division

Sean Burns is the Head of the Real-Time Services and System Operations Division at EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. Sean holds degrees in Mathematics and Computing, System Engineering and also a Masters in Business Administration.

Sean has involved in the operations of Meteorological Satellites for over 28 years. He has worked in all areas of satellite and ground segment operations, and most recently has been involved in defining the operations concepts for the next generation of meteorological satellites. He is a member of the SpaceOps organisation and is passionate about giving space operations knowledge to students and young professionals.


Paolo Ferri
Head of Mission Operations Department
European Space Agency

Mr. Ferri is a Theoretical Physicist and studied at Pavia University (Italy). He joined the European Space Agency in ESOC in 1984 as a visiting scientist in support of science operations for the EXOSAT X-ray astronomy satellite. He moved to the spacecraft operations field in 1986 - operations engineer for the EURECA microgravity mission. From 1993 to 1997 he was the Spacecraft Operations Manager for Cluster. From 1996 to 2006 he was the Spacecraft Operations Manager for Rosetta.

From 2006 to 2013 he was the Head of the Solar and Planetary Mission Operations Division. In this period he was also Flight Director for Rosetta, Venus Express and GOCE. From 2013 he became the Head of the Mission Operations Department, in charge of mission operations for all ESA unmanned missions


Dr. Cho Young HAN, Ph.D.
Principal Researcher, System Engineer, CAS500 Systems Engineering & Integration Team, CAS500(Compact Advanced Satellite 500) Program Office,
Satellite R&D Head Office
Korea Aerospace Research Institute

Dr. Han has 1 awarded and 3 domestic patents and has written 3 books and 1 book chapter and has had 13 technical papers published in international journals, 40 technical papers published in domestic journals, 35 international conference papers, and 81 domestic conference papers. Based on the success of COMS programme, he was granted the Minister Award from Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.


Mr. Rafael Krawiec
Executive Vice President
Swedish Space Corporation, Satellite Management Services

Mr. Rafael Krawiec is Executive Vice President of Swedish Space Corporation, Satellite Management Services for region Asia, Pacific and Oceania. He has master degree in Computer Engineering and over 20 years of experience in project/program management and operations in telecom and satellite industries.


Philip Liebrecht
Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN)
National Aeronautical and Space Administration

Mr. Philip Liebrecht is the Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) since July 2009.  The SCaN Program is organized within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC and provides communications and navigation capabilities for all of NASA’s flight missions from the International Space Station (ISS) in low Earth orbit, to Voyager 1 in interstellar space.

The organization supports national and international scientific and aerospace customers in addition to NASA flight missions, and works in partnership with Industry, other Government agencies and International partners to achieve its mission.  As the Deputy Program Manager, Mr. Liebrecht leads the strategic space communications architecture planning for NASA and serves as head of the agency delegations to several international organizations chartered to establish internationally interoperable operations architectures and standards for the future.

Prior to joining NASA Headquarters, Mr. Liebrecht served for over thirty years in various positions of leadership at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt Maryland.


Hélène Pasquier
Head of Generic Ground Systems Section in the Products and Grounds Systems Department
CNES (French Space Agency)

Hélène Pasquier is Head of Generic Ground Systems Section in the Products and Grounds Systems Department of CNES (French Space Agency). As such she develops generic and reusable Monitoring & Control software systems part of CNES Mission Operations Systems.

She is acting in research & technology studies and coordinates the use of the international standards (ECSS, CCSDS Mission Operations and Cross Support Services) within the Mission Operations Systems developed by the Products and Grounds Systems Department.

Hélène has been closely cooperating with ESA for Ground Systems Harmonisation and has been an active member of the SpaceOps Technical Program Committee since 2008. Since 1982 at CNES, she took key positions in Earth Observation programs (SPOT, Pleiades HR) and Science Ground Systems (CADMOS French USOC, …) in the area of Mission Operations Systems and Payload Operations & Data Systems. Hélène Pasquier is graduated in Computer Science Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France (ENSIMAG, INPG).


Michael Schmidt
Head of the Studies and Special Projects Division in the Operations Department
European Space Agency (ESA)

Michael Schmidt has been working at the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany since 1990.

His activities include:

  • Cooperation with NASA in the area of Data Relay Satellites
  • LEOP support for Earth Observation Satellites
  • Spacecraft Operations Manager for the satellites INTEGRAL and XMM
  • ESA representative in various international working groups, such as Spaceops and Interagency Operations Working Group (IOAG)
  • In charge of the operations of Proba satellite missions in ESA
Dr. Harry Shaw, D.Sc.
Goddard Space Flight Center - Space Network Project             

Dr. Shaw has over 30 years of experience in computer networking, microwave communications, information theory, microelectronics and space communications. He supports the NASA/GSFC Space Network project which operates the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite spacecraft constellation by managing upgrades to the ground segment and supporting customers adapting to new services. He is now coordinating efforts within the Space Network to support future Cubesat customers. He is involved in technology development and has received two patents. He also works with university partners to advance space communications technology.

  • Doctor of Science, Electrical Engineering, George Washington University, 2013
  • Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, George Washington University, 2001
  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, University of Maryland University College, 1993


SpaceOps 2016

Cubesat Space Operations Student Workshop

15 May 2016

Daejeon Convention Center

Daejeon, South Korea 

Applications for Cubesat Space Operations Student Workshop are now open!

Click on the link and follow the application instructions:  REGISTER HERE

The deadline for registration is 10 May, 2016

Do you want to learn how to carry out space operations for cubesats? Or what the difference is in operating various complex missions? Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is collaborating with the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) to host the Space Operations Cubesat Student Workshop in Daejeon, South Korea. It will be held in conjunction to the SpaceOps 2016 conference, on the Sunday. During the one day event, students will have the opportunity to learn about different approaches to space operations and hear about your international peers working on their cubesat projects.

During this workshop, participants from around the world will learn about the different philosophies behind cubesat operations, the complexity of the satellites, and how contributions from private or European Member States are managed. Students will also have the opportunity to showcase their cubesat project, exchanging new ideas and a chance to receive waived conference registration fee in return!

After the lectures by each representative, all participants will have a chance to engage in discussions via a panel discussion.

The workshop is primarily be focused on students, but young professionals are welcome to join. If you aspire to work for a company, an international space agency, or if you are interested in starting your own satellite operations company, then this one day workshop is a great opportunity to learn about the challenges and excitement of space operations.


Registration Costs: Workshop Registration is free, however seats will be limited. Sign up today!

*Possible funding for SpaceOps 2016 registration will be provided to those selected to present their cubesat mission during the workshop.

How to Register: Sign up for SGAC ( and register for the workshop HERE.


Agenda Outline

 SpaceOps 2016 Agenda 

*Note: Order of Speakers and Presentation Topics Subject to Change*


Contact Information


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Workshop Speaker Biographies


Aitor Conde (GAUSS)

Aitor, originally from Spain, graduated in 2005 at the University of Deusto as a Telecommunications Engineer and worked in Brussels for 6 years in the multilateration radars of the RVSM Project at EUROCONTROL, measuring the heights of the aircrafts.As a space enthusiast he co-founded the Asociación Astroinnova in Spain, involved in popular science outreach and in the building of amateur space payloads. He was the lead engineer for the IRIS payload onboard the balloon borne Sunrise II Telescope launched in the North Pole in 2012.

In 2012 Aitor enrolled at “La Sapienza” University in Rome to attend a Master in Satellites and Space Platforms and worked for one year in Thales Alenia Space as a Telecommunications Payload Engineer.

Since early 2014 he works in GAUSS Srl, a small company in Rome that builds and launches microsatellites. He was responsible for the OBDH of the UniSat-6 satellite as well as for the building of the ground segment of GAUSS Srl. He is currently responsible for UniSat-6 satellite’s operations and he is currently involved in the development of the UniSat-7 satellite that will be launched in 2017. 


David Evans (ESA)

David Evans is a mission concept engineer at the European Space Agency and manages ESA's innovative OPS-SAT project. This is ESA’s first nanosatellite and the first mission in the world to be dedicated exclusively to advancing mission operations technology.

Dave started his career at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in 1992 and worked as a flight control engineer and simulation officer on EURECA, ERS-2 and CLUSTER-1. In 1997 he joined EUTELSAT, the world’s third largest telecommunications satellite operator, as their satellite control centre manager. He oversaw a period of intense expansion of the fleet involving 20 launches and 5 re-orbitings.  In 2007 he returned to ESOC, specializing in small spacecraft missions and advanced technology. He is the holder of several patents on housekeeping telemetry compression and the author of the popular “Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations” lecture courses.


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Dan King (MDA)

Dan King is the Director for Business Development at MDA Inc. in Toronto, Canada, and is responsible for new initiatives and applications for both the space and earth-based business areas at MDA Inc.  Mr. King has worked in the space industry for over 25 years spanning both commercial and government programs including the International Space Station, NASA Earth Observation Satellites, Motorola Iridium Satellite Constellation, US Air Force XSS-11, DARPA Orbital Express, NASA Hubble Robotic Servicing and MDA’s Space Infrastructure Servicing (SIS).  Mr. King holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University.


 Dan King
Scott Schaire (NASA)

Mr. Scott Schaire currently serves as the Near Earth Network (NEN) Wallops Manager.  The Near Earth Network (NEN) supports about 40 NASA and other agency satellites, collects about 30 hours of data/day, about 1.5 Terabytes/day, which is the equivalent of about 100 DVD-quality 2-hour movies.  The NEN constantly strives to reduce costs, improve the reliability of data collection, and meet new and evolving mission requirements.  Mr. Schaire assists the NEN Project Manager, by coordinating engineering resources at Wallops, providing an interface with other Wallops organizations to assist the NEN staff, and leading initiatives and studies to improve the NEN.

Prior to joining NEN, Mr. Schaire was a Small Satellite Manager, managing the GSFC/Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) support for the National Science Foundation (NSF) CubeSat Program and coordinating GSFC/WFF assistance to CubeSat teams including Systems, Mechanical, Electrical, Software, RF Engineering, use of laboratories and test equipment, participation in reviews, and ground station support.  Mr. Schaire has over 20 years project and program management experience and is well-versed in incorporating simplified management philosophy into relatively short-term projects.


 Scott Schaire
A.C. Charania (Virgin Galactic)

A.C. Charania is an entrepreneurial engineer and technical innovator possessing more than a decade of experience creating and advancing new aerospace ventures for both commercial and government customers. He has worked on projects for NASA, the U.S. Air Force, DARPA, large aerospace prime contractors, and the field of NewSpace ventures. He was a key founder/employee in three aerospace start-ups (SpaceWorks Enterprises, Generation Orbit, and Terminal Velocity Aerospace) and has initiated space projects with Japan and South Korea. He is currently Director of Strategy and Business Development at Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline. He helps to mature Virgin Galactic’s overall strategic roadmap by leading and building new technical initiatives as well as capturing customers for its LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle service. Mr. Charania holds a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics/Mathematics from Emory University.


 AC Charania
Andrew Monham (EUMETSAT)

Andrew Monham is the Low Earth Orbit Spacecraft Operations Manager for EUMETSAT, in Darmstadt, Germany, with operational responsibility for the large multi-sensor Metop series of satellites and other upcoming low earth orbit missions. Andrew started his space career in 1986 with ESA/ESOC where over a period of 13 years he had leading roles in both satellite and ground segment operations developments, in particular on the ERS-1 and ENVISAT satellite missions. Andrew also spent 5 years as Director of Operations in Germany in the commercial systems and services provider, Rhea System SA, before joining EUMETSAT in 2005. Andrew has a 1st Class Honours BSc and Diploma of Engineering in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Southampton University in England.


 Andrew Moham
Jae-Pil Park (NARA Space Technology)

Jae-Pil Park is a system engineer of CANYVAL-X mission and founder of NARA Space Technology. This is the first CubeSat Start-up Company in South Korea.

Jae-Pil Park received the B.S. degree in department of astronomy from the Yonsei University, South Korea, in 2012. He won the first Korean CubeSat contest hosted by Korea Aerospace Research Institute as a system engineer. Since then, he has been with Astrodynamics and Control Lab. at the Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, where he is currently the system engineer of CANYVAL-X mission in conjunction with NASA GSFC. He designed and developed CANYVAL-X mission concept and spacecraft system. He is also the founder and CEO of NARA Space Technology.




 Jae-Pil Park



YGNSS Workshop on Interoperability and International Cooperation

Boulder, Colorado, USA

1 November, 2015


Applications for the YGNSS workshop are now closed!

Thank you for your interest!


The introduction Galileo, Beidou and new systems in the satellite navigation scene that will cohabitate with GPS-III and the new versions of GLONASS raised a wide and deep discussion on how users can benefit from a multi-system scenario. The navigation community has set up mechanisms of international cooperation (ICG Working Group A, annual meetings of the Interoperability Working Group) towards achieving a cluster of systems that can potentially complement each other.

Interoperability is thus a subject that will be of paramount importance in the future, as it is today and will require a mentality of international cooperation. However is not a core topic in a traditional GNSS college course, this workshop intends to fill that gap with compelling lectures, discussions and a hands-on tutorial.

This workshop brings to the next generation of GNSS professionals the actors of today. Top industry, research and academia get together to discuss the issues and potential of International Cooperation towards Interoperability of GNSS systems.



Frank Bauer   FBauer-Aerospace Consulting Services
Linda Rowan UNAVCO
Sergio Camacho   CRECTEALC
Lu Xiaochun Chinese Academy of Science
Rafael Lucas Rodriguez   European Space Agency
Penina Axelrad University of Colorado


About YGNSS and SGAC

The Space Generation Advisory Council is a global non-governmental organization and network that aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.

YGNSS is a SGAC team aiming to help bring the maximum benefits of GNSS to society. YGNSS supports the International Committee on GNSS (ICG), an international forum for cooperation on Global Navigation Satellite Systems recognized by the United Nations.


Details and Schedule

Date and Time  1 Nov, 2015 (Sunday), 09:00 to 18:00 - Note: Nov. 1 is Daylights Savings Time (DST)
Location  The University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA - Betchell Room, DLC. University of Colorado, Boulder
Registration Fee  $15 USD


Registration Requirements

Eligibility: The application is open to all students and young professionals who are interested in Global Navigation Satellite Systems.

Application Form: If you want to participate, please fill the application form.

Payment: Workshop registration is completed when the payment is done. Payment can be made via  the Paypal button below.


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