Recap of Space Generation Fusion Forum 2018

SGFF Delegate Handbook

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What is the Space Generation Fusion Forum

Held annually in scenic Colorado Springs in conjunction with the Space Symposium, the Space Generation Fusion Forum is a two-day, high-intensity, fast-paced professional development and networking event focused on the international and US space industry. Delegates are students and young professionals from around the world and various facets of the space sector including science, engineering, law/policy, business/commerce, medicine, media, military, and government. Through discussion tracks, expert panels, keynote presentations, and interactive activities, these selected delegates will “fuse” their perspectives.

By attending the Space Generation Fusion Forum, delegates will learn, share their knowledge, network with fellow students and young professionals in the space industry, and meet the industry’s leaders and experts.

All output produced by the Space Generation Fusion Forum is compiled into a report to be presented at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, as well as other conferences around the world.

Who should attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum

We invite students and young professionals between the age of 18 to 35 (as of April 16, 2018) who are nationals of United Nations member states and are passionate about the space industry to apply to be part of the delegation. Past delegates have attended from around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines.

Delegate applications for the 2018 Space Generation Fusion Forum are now open until 10 February 2018. Follow SGAC on social media to keep up to date!

Our Theme

“Into the Mainstream”

As space begins to enter the mainstream in our daily culture, the next generation will have to tackle problems ranging from regular launches interfering with air traffic patterns and increasingly congested orbits requiring space traffic management, to the lack of public excitement and therefore funding as trips to the Moon and Mars become more regular.

Simultaneously, the International Space Station, which has served as an anchor for space exploration, international collaboration, and commercial opportunities for the last 20 years, is reaching the end of its support cycle with increasing rhetoric of moving on to other projects. Once space becomes an even more obvious and ubiquitous part of our everyday lives, can we step beyond the engineering driven space exploration towards a more diverse group of occupations and nationalities in order to maintain a high level of sustainability in space?


Sunday, April 15

AM Master of Ceremonies: Mr. McClain Goggin (SGFF 2018 Program Coordinator)

08:00 – 08:15 | Shuttle from Hotel Elegante to Cheyenne Lodge

08:15 – 09:00 | Delegate Registration & Breakfast

09:00 – 09:30 | Opening Remarks: Ms. Clementine Decoopman (Executive Director, SGAC) & Ms. Chantelle Dubois (SGFF 2018 Manager, SGAC)

09:30 – 09:45 | Host Keynote: Mr. Steve Eisenhart (Senior VP, Strategic & International Affairs, Space Foundation)

09:45 – 10:45 | Interactive Session: Navigating Your Career with Confidence & Joy, Ms. Debra D. Facktor (VP and General Manager, Strategic Operations, Ball Aerospace)

10:45 – 11:00 | Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:15 | Discussion Track: Subject Matter Expert Introductions

  • DT1: Innovative Influences of Space on Earth – Mr. Rodrigo da Costa (Galileo Services Programme Manager, European GNSS Agency)
  • DT2: Entrepreneurship in the Space Industry – Ms. Taryn Tomlinson (Senior Engineer, Chief of Staff, Canadian Space Agency)
  • DT3: Space Tech and Innovation – Mr. Steve Jurczyk (Associate Administrator, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate)
  • DT4: Humans in Space – Mr. Richard Hieb (Astronaut (retired), NASA)
  • DT5: Space Science – Dr. Jonathan Arenberg (Space Science Missions Chief Engineer, Space Center of Excellence, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems)
  • DT6: National Security in International Space – Dr. Peter Hays (Adjunct Professor, George Washington Space Policy Institute and Senior Analyst, Falcon Research)

11:15 – 12:00 | Discussion Track: Session 1

12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch and Lunch Keynote: Ms. Lisa B. Callahan (VP and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company)

PM Master of Ceremonies: Ms. Tara Halt (SGFF 2018 Program Coordinator)

13:00 – 13:25 | Astronaut Keynote: Mr. Richard Hieb (Astronaut (Retired), NASA)

13:25 – 13:35 | Speaker: Mr. Kyle Acierno (Managing Director, Europe, iSpace)

13:35 – 14:20 | Interactive Panel: Cooperation in Deep Space Exploration moderated by Mr. Anthony Yuen (SGFF 2018 Delegate Coordinator)

  • Mr. Robert Chambers (Director, Human Spaceflight Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin)
  • Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund (Chair of the Executive Board, DLR)
  • Mr. Clay Mowry (Vice President for Global Sales, Marketing, and Customer Experience, Blue Origin)
  • Mr. Steve Jurczyk (Associate Administrator, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate)

14:20 – 14:35 | Coffee Break

14:35 – 15:00 | Speaker: Mr. Eric Choi ( ‎Senior Business Development Manager, ‎Magellan Aerospace & Award-Winning Author and Editor)

15:00 – 16:05 | Discussion Track: Session 2

16:05 – 16:15 | Speaker: Brooke Owens Fellowship Programme: Ms. Karen Kuhlman and Ms. Karen Rucker (Brooke Owen Fellowship Program)

16:15 – 16:35 | Closing Keynote: Mr. Robbie Schingler (Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Planet)

16:35 – 16:40 | End of Remarks: Ms. Chantelle Dubois (SGFF 2018 Manager, SGAC)

16:40 – 17:00 | Group Photos

17:00 – 17:15 | Shuttle from Cheyenne Lodge to Hotel Elegante

17:30 – 19:30 | Delegate Dinner

  • 18:00-18:30 awards and pin ceremony
  • 18:30-19:30 “Into the Unknown” Documentary Screening followed by JWST panel
    • Dr. Jonathan Arenberg (Space Science Missions Chief Engineer, Space Center of Excellence, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems)
    • Ms. Allison Barto (Program Manager, James Webb Space Telscope, Ball Aerospace)
    • Ms. Carleen R. Beste (Director, Global Corporate Citizenship and Manager, Northrop Grumman Foundation)
    • Mr. Martin Frederick (Corporate Director, Civil Space Programs, Northrop Grumman Corporation)

19:30 – 19:45 | Shuttle from Hotel Elegante to Space Foundation HQ

19:45 – 21:00 | Yuri’s Night at the Space Foundation HQ

21:00 – 21:15 | Shuttle from Space Foundation HQ to Hotel Elegante

Monday, April 16

Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Tobias Niederwieser (SGFF 2018 Program Coordinator)

07:45 – 08:00 | Shuttle from Hotel Elegante to Cheyenne Lodge

08:00 – 08:15 | Breakfast

08:15 – 08:20 | Opening Remarks: Ms. Chantelle Dubois (SGFF 2018 Manager, SGAC)

08:20 – 08:50 | Opening Keynote: Ms. Victoria Samson (Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation)

08:50 – 09:50 | Discussion Groups: Presentations

09:45 – 10:25 | Interactive Session – “New Race to Space”: Dr. Jan Woerner (Director General, European Space Agency)

10:25 – 10:40 | Coffee Break with Smores

10:40 – 11:10 | Closing Keynote: Mr. Carlo des Dorides (Executive Director, European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency)

11:10 – 11:20 | Opportunities with SGAC: Ms. Clementine Decoopman (Executive Director, SGAC)

11:20 – 11:30 | Closing Remarks: Ms.Chantelle Dubois (SGFF 2018 Manager, SGAC) &  Ms. Lauren Smith (SGFF 2018 Deputy Manager, SGAC)

11:30 – 11:45 | Shuttle from Cheyenne Lodge to Broadmoor Hotel for the Space Symposium

Space Symposium, New Generation Space Leaders Activities

All SGFF 2018 Delegates will have access to the Space Symposium/NewGen Activities on Monday (please keep your SGFF 2018 badge on for entry)

12:00 – 13:00 | Vice President Presentation (limited seating available/will be streamed)

13:00 – 14:30 | New Generation Space Leaders: Mission Overview and Welcome Luncheon

15:00 – 17:00 | New Generation Space Leaders: Speed Mentoring

17:00 – 18:00 | New Generation Space Leaders: Networking Reception with Mentors

18:30 – 19:30 | 34th Space Symposium Opening Ceremony

19:30 – 21:00 | Grand Opening of the Ball Aerospace Exhibit Center and Pavillion

Space Symposium Registration Required
See full Space Symposium Agenda:

Tuesday, April 17th

17:00 – 19:00 | Ignite the Night: 10 Startups, 5 Judges, 1 Winner (registration required)

Wednesday, April 18

9:30-10:30 | Networking brunch and Coffee Talk “What’s Next? The Future of LEO and the ISS”

Thursday, April 19

10:00-11:30 |  Propelling the New Generation Workforce

14:00-14:20 | Report of the 7th Space Generation Fusion Forum

21:00-23:55 | Reception in Honour of the New Generation Space Leaders

Sponsor or Partner with the Space Generation Fusion Forum

Would you like to become official sponsors or partners of the Space Generation Fusion Forum? You will be part of this unique event enabling young professionals all over the world to gather and discuss key space topics, and at the same time increasing your visibility internationally and at the 34th Annual Space Symposium.

For more information, please contact:

SGFF Manager, Chantelle Dubois ([email protected])

SGAC Executive Director, Clementine Decoopman ([email protected])

Download the 2018 Sponsorship Prospectus  [PDF-1.7Mb]