Fusion Forum 2017

Application Procedure


Please read this page thoroughly before proceeding to submit your application. The information pertained on this page should help ensure the application process, application assessment, and the required steps are clear before submission. We look forward to reviewing your application!


SGFF 2017 Round 1

Round 1 applications will be accepted from 1 December, 2016 to 30 January, 2017 (or 13 January, 2017 if you are applying for the Global Grants Programme -- see below). You must be an eligible and registered member of the Space Generation Advisory Council in order to apply to the Space Generation Fusion Forum. Becoming a member of SGAC is free! You can read more about the benefits of membership, and create an account. You will need to log in before proceeding to the application form.
Your application will be considered and competitively assessed in the following aspects:
  • Motivation
  • Experiences
  • Ideas and perspectives
  • Willingness to engage in new and unfamiliar topics

The delegate selection process for SGFF is highly competitive. Information you provide will be used to evaluate your application to be a delegate at the 6th Space Generation Fusion Forum. 

You are welcome to write a paragraph or a series of bullet points for each question. Remember we can only assess you on the information provided, so feel free to add details where appropriate (e.g. “interned at JSC for 3 months in mission operations” vs “completed internship” when discussing experiences, or “I would like to show how the energy industry and Aerospace can collaborate” vs “I have new perspectives” when discussing unique insights).

You should hear about the result of your application by 6 February, 2017. Successful applicants will receive the SGFF Round 2 application, as well as information on how to pay for registration.

SGFF 2017 Round 2

Round 2 applications will be sent to successful Round 1 candidates. This application will help the SGFF Delegate Coordinators determine which discussion track you will participate on. More details on how Round 2 applications will be assessed will be available soon.


Space Generation Global Grants Programme

Global Grant Programme applications are separate from the general SGFF application forms. In the SGFF  2017 Round 1 application forms, you will be asked whether or not you would like to apply for a Space Generation Global Grant. If you selected "yes", SGAC's Scholarships Coordinators will be in touch with further information. If you selected "no", you will not be contacted regarding the Global Grants Programme. 

Round 1 applications must be submitted by 13 January, 2017 if you wish to apply for the Global Grants Programme. 

For more information on the Space Generation Global Grants, please visit: 2017 Global Grants Programme


Registration Cost

Full-time Student: $175 USD*
Young Professional: $210 USD**

* Proof of enrollment in a post-secondary institution must be submitted by email to عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته. to receive the Full-time Student rate. Acceptable proof includes: student ID with expiration date, an official letter from the university or an academic advisor, web transcript, etc.
** Young professionals are individuals between the age of 18 to 35 as of April 3rd, 2017 who are not students.

Successful SGFF 2017 Round 1 Applicants will receive a link to EventBrite where payment can be made by credit card or PayPal. Your spot is not secured until the registration payment is received. Registration payment is non-refundable. 

Included in the cost of registration:

  • Entry to the 2017 Space Generation Fusion Forum
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Coffee breaks for Day 1 and Day 2
  • Delegate materials, including sponsored "swag"
  • Entry to the opening ceremony of the 33rd Space Symposium
  • One (1) complimentary ticket to Yuri's Night at the Space Foundation Discovery Center (Sunday April 2nd)
  • Discount for registration to the 33rd Space Symposium 



Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest!


 Last updated: 31 January, 2017 

SGFF 2017 Theme


The Evolving Space Frontier

The new space frontier is not simply the purely physical one to be pioneered by human and robot explorers, but also the current edges of law, policy, and regulation that must be pushed back to enable this development. Now more than ever, this frontier is rapidly evolving - and we must foster the spirit of adaptability across all disciplines to meet these challenges.

The 6th Space Generation Fusion Forum (SGFF) will explore this as a full spectrum approach to discuss the legal, policy, technology and scientific aspects of the global space sector, as well as the innovation of new ideas for commercial ventures in the space startups arena.

SGFF 2017 will celebrate the discovery of new ideas and inspire the next generation to continue to be explorers in every aspect as they prepare to become the pioneers of the exciting and evolving frontiers of space.


Inspiration and Context

The year 2017 has two special anniversaries: on October 4th, 1957 Sputnik 1 would become the first satellite to be launched into orbit. Just over a decade later, the Outer Space Treaty would come into effect on October 10th, 1967. This marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of the first satellite into space, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, the framework for all space law and policy today.

In the past 50 and 60 years, the space sector has evolved rapidly. We have gone from a single satellite emitting a beacon back to Earth, to having over 1,200 functional satellites currently in orbit assisting us with everyday life and monitoring of our planet. Space technology has evolved and created spin-off technologies which have impacted everything from how we communicate to the way surgeries are carried out. We have gone from the very first treaties on how nations access space, to now exploring the legal and ethical implications of asteroid mining, Mars colonization, and beyond by government and private entities.

It is a very exciting time to be a part of the space industry during such a pivotal period in its evolution, and we are pleased to celebrate these milestones during the 2017 Space Generation Fusion Forum.


Discussion Tracks


During the 6th Space Generation Fusion Forum, delegates will participate in one of five discussion tracks led by subject matter experts. The outcome of the discussions will be compiled into a report and presented at UNCOPUOS and other conferences globally.

Dr. Mike Hawes, Vice President & Orion Program Manager of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, moderating the Human Spaceflight discussion track at the 2016 SGFF


Human Spaceflight

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Industry Mentor: Dr. Michael Hawes, Vice President and Orion Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

2017 commenced with the loss of the last man to stand on the Moon, with no near-term plans for once again sending humans to other bodies of our solar system. Even as government and commercial players discuss the return of humans to the Moon, visitation of an asteroid, or exploration of Martian orbit, the debate regarding how to structure and fund human spaceflight continues. Should human exploration be preceded by robotic research? Do we have the necessary engineering and psychological know-how to sustain human life through long-duration space travel? Which destinations should be prioritized? What role does international collaboration play in human spaceflight efforts? This topic will explore the multifaceted nature of implementing human spaceflight, looking at proposed roadmaps and weighing the challenges facing this enduring aspiration.


Space for Earth

Sponsored by the European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Industry Mentor: Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director, European GNSS Agency (GSA)

While the general public often perceives space as a distant activity with little bearing on Earth, the growth in space-based navigation, communications, and remote sensing capabilities has translated to a more connected and self-aware world. Yet untapped opportunities remain to leverage space for the benefit of life on Earth. In which ways might space services be designed, implemented, and marketed to create value? How can increased accuracy from new GNSS systems like Galileo impact industry and government operations, or even create entirely new services? Does the launch of new systems leveraging advanced technology and unique architectures offer a new opportunity to address challenges such as disaster response and mitigation? How can space-based assets contribute to sustainable development, aiding efforts to optimize economic growth, monitor natural resources, and build stable societies? How should civil and commercial opportunities and obligations be balanced, to effectively support citizen needs? What role might space play in the rise of Big Data? This discussion track will explore the ways in which satellites impact life on Earth, and how we can further leverage the space activities of tomorrow to enhance the societal and commercial return.


Investing in Space/The New Space Economy

Sponsored by the Secure World Foundation

Industry Mentor: Andrew Rush, President, Made in Space

The emerging in-space economy is marked by the expansion of activities in Earth orbit (and possibly beyond it) that generate economic value. This includes new approaches to collecting and transmitting data on satellites and the development and deployment of non-traditional services and applications. New approaches include smallsats, CubeSats, constellation concepts, commercial uses of the ISS National Lab, satellite servicing and space debris mitigation services, space mining companies, and commercial space stations. Launch providers are trying to make access to space more affordable through such means as reusability, rideshare services, and smaller launch vehicles focused on smallsats. However, it is still uncertain which approaches will realize dramatic improvements in cost and launch volume. This track will address the variety of factors affecting new commercial activities in LEO/cislunar space, particularly how some companies are tackling the demand side of the equation. How can these new ideas (e.g. establish low-cost launch infrastructure, develop commercial space stations) be successfully implemented? What are the barriers (e.g. technical, policy, financial) that still need to be overcome?



Science & Exploration

Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

Industry Mentor: Jon Arenberg, Chief Systems Engineer - James Webb Telescope, Northrop Grumman

A quest for knowledge and passion for exploration lies at the heart of humanity’s earliest interactions with space. Yet even as space agencies and universities around the world pursue scientific objectives in space, questions remain as to how best to channel efforts and undertake scientific missions. How can we balance the cost and scientific output of missions: what is the relative value of more low cost missions compared to fewer high cost missions?Is there an expanded role for industry to play in science and exploration, beyond as the contractor for construction and launch? What efforts can be made to include more nations in scientific pursuits, particularly those that have an interest but not yet the budget or expertise to conduct solo missions? How can the public once again become engaged with space exploration?


Space Sustainability & Security

Industry Mentor: Phil Larson, Assistant Dean - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder

Space activities are not merely activities that take place in outer space, isolated from Earth. On the contrary, space activities have a grave impact on both our planet and our long-term ability to utilize the space environment. Considering the dual use nature of satellites, for example, we must address the security of commercial and governmental assets and the potential dangers of space militarization. The US military is already shifting its mindset and approach towards viewing space as a “contested environment”. At the same time, growing interest in smallsats and constellation based architectures obligates a discussion of space traffic management and debris mitigation. With the increasing role of the private sector in the space domain, our generation will be challenged to incentivize private enterprises to collaborate and preserve the space environment. These and other issues concerning space sustainability and security will be discussed within this discussion track.


Speakers and Moderators

In ascending alphabetical order by surname


Dr. Jon Arenberg

Chief Systems Engineering, James Webb Telescope
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Jonathan Arenberg is with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. His work experience includes optical, space and laser systems, working on such astronomical programs as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, James Webb Space Telescope and development of the Starshade. In addition to his work on astronomical systems, he has worked on major high-energy and tactical laser systems, laser component engineering, metrology and optical inspection issues.  Dr. Arenberg holds a BS in physics and an MS and PhD in engineering, all from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is the author of over 160 conference presentations, papers and book chapters and holds 1 European and 11 U.S. Patents in a wide variety of areas of science and technology. He is a co-author of a forthcoming book on systems engineering for astronomy, from SPIE press.  Dr. Arenberg is currently the Chief Engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope and Space Science Missions at Northrop Grumman and an SPIE Fellow. [Source]


James Bridenstine

Oklahoma's First District

Congressman Jim Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he was selected to serve as Chairman of the House Environment Subcommittee. 

Bridenstine began his Naval aviation career flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier.  It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and gathered most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrierarrested landings.  While on active duty, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN. 

After leaving active duty, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Bridenstine’s background includes a triple major at Rice University, a MBA from Cornell University, 9 years active duty in the United States Navy, and business experience in real estate, ranching, aerospace, and defense contracting.

Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2010 flying missions in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs and most recently transitioned to the 137th Air Refueling Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, where he will fly with an MC-12 squadron stationed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. [Source]


Dr. Ben Clark

Co-Investigator, Geochemistry, Planetary Protection
Lockheed Martin

Dr. Benton C. Clark is Chief Scientist, Flight Systems, at Lockheed Martin Astronautics. He received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Columbia University in 1968. He was responsible for conceiving and developing the x-ray fluorescence spectrometers used for geochemical analyses of Martian soil samples onboard the Viking landers. He was Co-I for development of the lightflash detector and sunshade for the Particle Impact Analyzer (PIA) experiment, flown successfully on the Giotto mission. He has introduced the concept of key roles for cometary particulates and formation of comet ponds as an enabling step for the abiotic origin of life. He chairs the External Advisory Committee for the NASA Center for Research and Training in Exobiology at the University of California San Diego and Salk Institute. He has received the NASA Public Service Medal, the Wright Brothers Award, the Air Force Service Medal, and has been selected Inventor of the Year for Martin Marietta Corporation and Author of the Year for Martin Marietta Astronautics. [Source]


Ariane Cornell

Strategy and Business Development
Blue Origin

Ariane Cornell works on the Strategy and Business Development team for Blue Origin, LLC, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. At Blue Origin, she is the head of astronaut strategy and sales, but she also supports the engine and orbital launch portfolios. 

Ariane was formerly based in Vienna, Austria as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC). She headed SGAC’s delegations to international conferences and the United Nations, as well as ran the organization’s operations, business development, strategy, and policy output. 

Previously, Ariane worked in international management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC.

Ariane earned an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in science, technology, and society, with a focus in management science and engineering, from Stanford University. [Source]


Pierre Delsaux

Deputy Director General
European Commission 

Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s.  After studying Law at the University of Liège, he obtained his Master of Law at the Northwestern University, Chicago, in 1983. He was Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice from 1984 to 1987.  He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991.  He started his career within the European Commission in the Directorate General for Competition.  He was appointed Director responsible for regulating the financial services in 2007.  Following this, in 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU.  Since December 2015, he is in charge of Space Policy and Defence.


Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar

Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar is President of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, an industry trade group supporting NASA’s programs of human exploration, development, and science in deep space.  Under her leadership the Coalition has grown from 5 companies to almost 70 over the past year, engaging in outreach and education regarding NASA’s programs and the value of national investment in exploration and R&D.

Earlier in her career Mary Lynne worked for The Boeing Company where she coordinated technical R&D destined for International Space Station operations, subsequently managing the Flight Operations Group supporting assembly, activation and checkout for 1/3 of the ISS assembly fights. Later, she acted as a special advisor to the NASA Astronaut Office before her appointment as Boeing’s first Chief Scientist for Commercial Utilization of the ISS.  Mary Lynne left Boeing in 2004 to start her own engineering and consulting firm, working with most major aerospace companies, the DoD, the FAA, and NASA.  More recently she served as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the International Space Station National Laboratory.  She left CASIS to accept her current position late in 2015.

Dr. Dittmar is a Fellow of the National Research Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Astronautics and Aeronautics, holds a NASA “Silver Snoopy” Award and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society.  From 2012-2014 she served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Human Spaceflight and is a co-author of the “Pathways to Exploration” report produced by the NRC in 2014.  She is beginning her second term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  She resides in Washington, D.C.


Carlo des Dorides

Executive Director
European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA)

As Executive Director of the GSA, Carlo des Dorides sets the vision of the Agency and ensures that the GSA accomplishes its mission of supporting the effective operation, maintenance and security of the Europe’s satellite navigation systems, Galileo and EGNOS, while guaranteeing optimal service levels and developing applications and services that ensure the satellites benefit end users.  He has almost three decades of experience managing space service focussed teams. He has held key management responsibilities at the European Commission and was responsible for the definition of the Galileo/EGNOS exploitation phase and the EGNOS operational phase. Before joining the Commission, he led the Concession Department at the European GNSS Supervisory Authority and served as Chief Negotiator of the Galileo Public-Private-Partnership/Concession contract at the Galileo Joint Undertaking. His career has focussed on program management and operations of advanced satellite systems. As Director of Programs and Engineering at ENAV, the Italian air navigation service provider, he was responsible for updating the technology of Italian airports and Area Control Centres. Prior to that he held several management positions in the aerospace private sector including Head of advanced telecommunication programs and Program Manager for major satellite telecommunication projects at Alenia Spazio. He holds a degree in engineering from the University of Rome and an M.B.A. from CUOA, Vicenza, Italy. [Source]


Steve Eisenhart

Sr. Vice President - Strategic & International Affairs
Space Foundation

As head of international affairs, Steve Eisenhart is principally responsible for the Space Foundation's global strategy and relationships with international space agencies and organizations, foreign embassies and U.S. organizations involved with global space programs. He is directly responsible for the program development and integration of key Space Foundation activities including the annual Space Symposium. He also supervises the Space Foundation's government affairs activities in the Washington, D.C., office including relationships with government agencies, other space advocacy organizations and associations and corporate interests.  Since joining the Space Foundation in 1996, Eisenhart has had a broad range of responsibilities, serving as senior vice president of strategic communications, director of communications and public affairs and communications manager. Eisenhart was a military public affairs official and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. [Source]


Dr. Michael Hawes

Vice-President & Orion Program Manager
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

W. Michael Hawes, DSc, is the Vice President and Orion Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Dr. Hawes joined Lockheed Martin in July 2011 after concluding a 33-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and was selected to head up Lockheed Martin’s Orion Program Office in 2014. 

Prior to joining the Orion Program, he served as the Director for Human Space Flight Programs with Lockheed Martin’s Washington Operations organization.  In this role he was responsible for representing the Human Space Flight/ Space Systems Company organization with the Administration and the congress. 

During his 33 year career with NASA, Dr. Hawes served as the Associate Administrator for Independent Program and Cost Evaluation (IPCE) where he was responsible for providing objective studies and analyses in support of policy, program, and budget decisions by the NASA Administrator.  He also served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration in the Office of Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, and supported the Space Shuttle Program focusing on Return to Flight actions as well as the transition and disposition of Space Shuttle assets following the program’s conclusion.  

In addition, Dr. Hawes served as the Deputy Associate Administrator, International Space Station (ISS) and Program Director for the ISS at NASA Headquarters where he directed the space station budget; established and implemented station policy and coordinated external communications; and liaison activities with the Administration, congress, industry and the station's international partners. During his tenure with the ISS Program, 13 Space Shuttle assembly mission were completed, the critical Russian Service Module launched, the first five Expedition crew launches were accomplished.  All assembly missions were completed successfully as major components were integrated in space without ever seeing their counterparts on the ground. 

 Dr. Hawes received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and Masters and Doctor of Science of Engineering Management degrees from the George Washington University in 1996 and 2006 respectively.  He is also a graduate in Program Management from the Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, Va. [Source]


Sylvain Laporte

Canadian Space Agency

Sylvain Laporte is the President of the Canadian Space Agency. Before being appointed, Laporte was the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, a federal organization responsible for enforcing the Patent Act and managing requests related to trademarks, copyright, industrial design protection and patents. In that role, he was also Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trademarks. Previously, Laporte held the position of Executive Director, Industrial Technologies Office, at Industry Canada, where he was responsible for managing financial contribution programs in research and development for the aerospace, defense, security and space industries. Before joining public service, Laporte worked for the Canada Post Corporation in various sectors, such as marketing, retail, logistics and information technology. He gained extensive experience as an aerospace engineer over the course of his 20-year career with the Canadian Forces and held various positions in fields such as engineering, maintenance, and human resource management. Laporte holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean and a master's degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston. [Source]


Phil Larson

Assistant Dean - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University of Colorado, Boulder

Phil Larson – who was senior advisor for space and innovation at the White House, where he served from 2009 to 2014 – joined CU Boulder in February 2017. Most recently, Larson was part of Elon Musk's SpaceX team, supporting communications efforts as well as managing corporate projects.

During his time at the White House, Larson worked closely with Dr. John P. Holdren, President Obama’s science and technology advisor, on the nation’s science, technology and innovation priorities. Larson coordinated strategic communications across multiple federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, and Energy. He also spent time in the White House Office of Management and Budget helping to craft NASA's budget and policy priorities.

At SpaceX, Larson was part of the company’s strategic communications efforts and led the overall digital strategy. He led major communications rollouts, including a university student STEM competition, and a first-of-its-kind Mars partnership with NASA. He also collaborated with the FAA, NASA, Department of Defense, U.S. industry and foreign entities on SpaceX launch campaigns.

At CU Boulder, Larson leads overall strategy and planning for the college. He oversees engineering communications efforts internal to the College, across campus, and with external stakeholders.

Larson is a member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Commercial Space Operations advisory board, as well as the Science and Entertainment Exchange at the National Academy of Sciences. He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace studies, with minors in space studies, psychology, human factors and communications, from Embry-Riddle. He completed graduate coursework in science and technology policy from The George Washington University before taking a job in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2009. [With Modifications, Source]


Paul Lockhart

Former NASA Astronaut
USAF (Ret.)

Paul Lockhart served 26 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot and test pilot before selection as a NASA astronaut. At NASA, Paul worked in the development of cutting edge technology avionics, and in 2002 piloted two Space Shuttle missions to the International Space Station, directing six space walks and logging 26 days in space.

Commissioned in the Air Force in 1981, Paul served 26 years on active duty before retiring in 2007 from his last assignment with the Air Staff at the Pentagon. During his service with the Air Force, he served as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and as an F-16 test pilot in Florida. As the Operations Officer for the 39th Flight Test Squadron in Florida, he directed testing for much of America’s current state-of-the-art weaponry. In 1996, Paul was selected by NASA to become an astronaut. Reporting to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in August 1996, he completed initial astronaut training in 1998. Paul was then assigned to the Astronaut Office Spacecraft Systems/Operations Branch where he worked various technical issues for the Space Shuttle Main Engine and a redesign of the Shuttle’s flight display. In 2002, Paul Lockhart flew as pilot on two Space Shuttle missions to the International Space Station (ISS), STS-111 and STS-113. During these missions he directed six space walks in repair and construction of the ISS. He accumulated over 26 days in space in support of these missions.

Post the Shuttle Columbia disaster, Lockhart returned to the Air Force by attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, England as an exchange officer. At RCDS, The Ministry of Defence’s premier institution for grooming senior leaders in the UK military and civil fields, he completed a year of Studies in International Conflict Resolution with 84 other fellow members representing 44 nations from around the world. After graduation, he was assigned to the Air Staff, Headquarters USAF, Pentagon, where he held the position of Director, Future Capabilities at the Air Forces Directorate of Studies and Analysis, Assessments, and Lessons Learned. Retiring from the Air Force at this position, Paul then spent two years supporting NASA and the Constellation program, America’s return to the moon and beyond. He also served as NASA’s liaison to federal agencies such as the DoD and the National Reconnaissance Office.

Originally from Texas, Paul has a B.A. in Mathematics from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas. With over 5,000 hours in more than 30 different aircraft and the Space Shuttle, Paul has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other awards. [With Modifications, Source]


Andrew Rush

Made in Space

Andrew Rush is president of Silicon Valley-based Made In Space, Inc. He oversees the operations, business development, and strategy of Made In Space as it continues to push boundaries at the forefront of in-space manufacturing, 3D printing in space, at sea, and in other extreme environments, and space colonization-related technologies. 

Previously, Andrew was an intellectual property attorney. He was one of the few intellectual property lawyers nationally with established industry specializations in aerospace and additive manufacturing. While in private practice, he was named partner before the age of 30 and became involved with Made In Space as General Counsel and manager of the company’s intellectual property portfolio. 

Andrew has also worked with Masten Space Systems. Before becoming an attorney, he was a research assistant in a solid state physics laboratory. 

Andrew holds a B.S. in physics and a J.D. from Stetson University. [Source]


Dr. Michael Simpson 

Executive Director
Secure World Foundation

Dr. Michael K. Simpson is the Executive Director of Secure World Foundation. Dr. Simpson joined SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). Dr. Simpson holds a post as Professor of Space Policy and International Law at ISU. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law and is a Senior Fellow of the International Institute of Space Commerce. After 23 years of service, Dr. Simpson retired from the Naval Reserve in 1993 with the rank of Commander.

Dr. Simpson's practical experience includes service as a Political Military Action Officer, observer representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, participating organization representative to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and member of the Association of Space Explorers International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation. He currently serves on the Commercial Spaceflight Safety and Space Security Committees of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and is a Vice Chair of the Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group.  He sits on the governing board of the World Space Week Association, and is a governor of the National Space Society in the United States.

Dr. Simpson received his Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude from Fordham University in 1970 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has also been elected to academic honor societies in the fields of political science and business management. He completed his Ph.D. at Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; holds a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University; and two Master of Arts degrees from The Fletcher School. He has also completed two prestigious one year courses in Europe: the French advanced defense institute (Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale) and the General Course of the London School of Economics and Political Science. [Source]


Dr. Jan Woerner

Director General
European Space Agency

Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Woerner became the ESA Director General on 1 July 2015. 

Previously, from March 2007 to June 2015, he served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). 

Jan Woerner was born in Kassel, Germany, in 1954. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University (TU) Berlin and TU Darmstadt, from where he graduated in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent one year in Japan, investigating earthquake safety of nuclear power plants. Until 1990, Mr Woerner worked for consulting civil engineers Koenig und Heunisch. 

In 1990 he returned to TU Darmstadt, where he was appointed as a professor of Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Test and Research Institute. Before being elected as President of TU Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the newly established Civil Engineering Faculty. Jan Woerner headed the university from 1995 to 2007 and succeeded in making it the first autonomous university of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Jan Woerner has been awarded numerous prizes and positions, such as the Prize of the Organisation of Friends of Technical University Darmstadt for ‘outstanding scientific performance’. He was also appointed to the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and to the Convention for Technical Sciences (acatech) and is a representative of the Technical Sciences Section of the Leopoldina, the national academy of sciences of Germany.

Jan Woerner has received honorary doctorates from New York State University at Buffalo (USA), technical universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, the Saint Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia) and École Centrale de Lyon (France). He has received the Federal Cross of Merit (Officer's cross, 1st class) of the Federal Republic of Germany for his continuous efforts regarding the next generation of scientists and Germany as a location for Science, Technology and Engineering. He has furthermore been awarded the honours of Knight of the French Légion d’Honneur.

Jan Woerner was Vice President of the Helmholtz Association and also a member of various national and international supervisory bodies, advisory councils and committees. He was a member of the administrative boards of École Centrale Paris, École Centrale de Lyon, TU Berlin, the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, the Arts and Music University in Frankfurt and has been a member of a number of supervisory boards including Carl Schenck AG, Röhm GmbH, TÜV Rheinland AG and Bilfinger SE. 

Furthermore, he was appointed to the energy expert group of the German Government. 

Before joining ESA as Director General, Jan Woerner was head of the German delegation to ESA from 2007 to 2015 and served as Chairman of the ESA Council from 2012 to 2014. [Source]


33rd Space Symposium Discount


The Space Generation Fusion Forum and the Space Symposium are two separate events.  If you wish to attend the Space Symposium, we encourage you to do so as a Space Generation Fusion Forum member at a significantly discounted registration rate! This includes access to the general program events, and all the New Generation Space Leaders Program.   

Information about the discount will be sent out to accepted delegates to the 6th Space Generation Fusion Forum. NOTE: This offer is only available to accepted 6th SGFF delegates and may not be shared, transferred, or used without authorization. 


Travel, Venue and Accommodation



The Space Generation Fusion Forum will take place at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs at their Cheyenne Lodge.

Delegates are responsible for their travel to/from the Colorado Springs area. Shuttle transportation will be provided from the Hotel Elegante to the Cheyenne Lodge during the event. 

Space Generation Fusion Forum 2017 Venue

Broadmoor Hotel
Broadmoor Hotel
Cheyenne Lodge
Cheyenne Lodge

The Space Generation Fusion Forum 2017 will be held at the Cheyenne Lodge of the Broadmoor Hotel. The Broadmoor Hotel is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and the Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star awards. The resort is located on 3,000 lush acres under the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain and offers an award-winning spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, three outdoor hot tubs, one lap pool; 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts; children's programmes; 24-hour room service, and 25 specialty retail shops.

Please note that the Cheyenne Lodge is a five minute drive from the main buildings of the Broadmoor Hotel.

Venue address:

A: Broadmoor Hotel
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs
Colorado, USA

B: Cheyenne Lodge
4199 S Club Dr.
Colorado Springs
Colorado, USA

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All Space Generation Fusion Forum delegates are required to make their own hotel arrangements in Colorado for the Forum. However, Hotel Accommodations have been secured for Delegates (at their own cost) at the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs, CO. (http://www.hotelelegante.com/ Details on group room block rates will be available in the coming weeks.

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