Sid Stewart

Speaking at: Insights and Lessons Learned from a Hosted Payload Practitioner

Sid Stewart is the portfolio manager for the Satellite Solutions group within the Mission Solutions business area at Harris Corporation, Space and Intelligence Systems. The Satellite Solutions group at Harris provides affordable remote sensing mission solutions to commercial and government customers worldwide. Mr. Stewart joined Harris in 1985 as an electrical engineer.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Stewart held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and program management. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the NASA Space Flight Awareness Award. Mr. Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. Mr. Stewart is also a graduate of the Harris Leadership Directions Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Mr. Stewart is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) organization. He is an instructor for numerous Harris internal training programs including Project Engineering, Program Management, Earned Value Management Systems, and Subcontract Program Management.

Christopher Baugh
President and Founder
Northern Sky Research (NSR)

Speaking at: Status Check: Are Small Sats Pushing the Envelope?

Mr. Baugh serves as the President and Founder of Northern Sky Research (NSR), which he created in 2000 to provide independent, actionable market research and consulting services to the satellite industry.  Mr. Baugh directs all NSR multi-client research reports and single-client consulting projects, and manages a global team of analysts that stand at the forefront of satellite industry expertise.

Before forming NSR, Mr. Baugh served as Senior Analyst for Pioneer Consulting where he covered all aspects of the satellite market. Prior to Pioneer, Mr. Baugh was an International Trade Specialist and Economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. While at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Baugh was a recipient of the Charles F. Meissner Memorial Award for his work on trade negotiations in the International Trade Administration.

Mr. Baugh also has extensive legislative and analytical experience from his work for the Committee on International Relations and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, both in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Baugh holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Carolyn Belle
Senior Analyst

Speaking at: Status Check: Are Small Sats Pushing the Envelope?

Ms. Belle joined NSR as an analyst in 2014. Her main focus is satellite manufacturing and launch markets, and in particular the trends surrounding creation of diversified space architectures.  She also contributes to research in government and military communications markets in addition to participating in the diverse tailored consulting projects undertaken at NSR.

Ms. Belle comes to NSR from the Research and Analysis team at the Space Foundation, where she contributed to the creation of the publication The Space Report 2014. Her research efforts primarily addressed new and emerging space products and services. This position was preceded by an internship with the Space Foundation during which Ms. Belle explored the policy considerations and efficacy of international space endeavours such as the International Space Station.

Ms. Belle received a Master’s degree in Space Management from the International Space University in 2013. Prior to attending ISU, she coordinated programs for a science outreach non-profit in Colorado. Her Bachelor’s degree was awarded from The Colorado College in 2010 with a focus in Biology and Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Belle completed several internships at the NASA Ames Research Center in microbiology and atmospheric chemistry.

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch
Senior Vice President for Government Strategy and Policy
Inmarsat Government Services

Speaking at: SmallSats and Space Debris: Taking Responsibility in Space

With 20 years of defense, aerospace and executive leadership experience, Rebecca is a former member of the Senior Executive Service in the Department of Defense, served as the Program Executive Officer for SATCOM, Teleport, and Services at the Defense Information Systems Agency.

She has responsibility for shaping Inmarsat’s strategic direction and policy with respect to government, and also leads the government outreach and advocacy program for Global Xpress.

Maj. James Crane
SMC/Hosted Payloads Office
US Air Force

Speaking at: NASA’s TEMPO Instrument -- a Pathfinder for Hosted Payloads

Major James Crane is the Deputy Branch Chief of Hosted Payload Office, Space and Missiles Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base. As Deputy Chief, he manages the office HoPS contract and assists in the operation of the Hosted Payload Office which is composed of 12 team members.
Prior to assuming his current position, Maj Crane was the Range and Network Division’s Chief architect, where he evaluated future architectures for the Air Force Satellite Control Network and the Launch and Test Range at Vandenberg air force base, CA and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.
Major Crane received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in 2004.



2003 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
2009 Master’s degree in electrical engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio
2010 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2014 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, by correspondence

February 2003 – June 2006, Foreign Threat Analyst, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright Patterson
June 2006 – March 2007, Executive Officer, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
March 2007 – April 2009, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
May 2009 – April 2011, Deputy Responsive Systems Group Lead, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
April 2011 – March 2012, Deputy Responsive Space Tech Area Lead, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
March 2012 – July 2013, Deputy Space Comm/PNT Mission Lead, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
July 2013 – Apr 2016, Chief Architect, Range and Network Division, Los Angeles AFB, California
April 2016 – Present, Deputy Chief, Hosted Payload Office, Los Angeles AFB, California

Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Crane J. and Havrilla M (2009). Effect of Center-Conductor Misalignment on Stripline Characteristic Impedance Paper presented at the IEEE Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society Conference.
“Full-Wave Based Validation of Stripline Field Applicator for Low Frequency Material Measurements, ” Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering and Management, March 2009 2001

Second Lieutenant February 20, 2004
First Lieutenant February 20, 2006
Captain February 20, 2008
Major February 1, 2014

Stephen Eisele
Senior Business Executive
Surrey Satellite Technology US

Speaking at: Status Check: Are Small Sats Pushing the Envelope?

As a senior business development executive for Surrey Satellite Technology US, Stephen Eisele is responsible for engaging with commercial and government customers and collaborating with them on advancing their key programs from subsystems to platforms and mission fulfillment. He also helps lead Surrey’s business growth opportunities through strategic partnerships, enterprise marketing, and advancing new space technology and innovation developed from within the company’s core offerings.

Stephen previously served as vice president of Space Services Inc, a commercial space holdings and investment company, where he managed multi-million dollar companies and start-ups; served as head of sales and marketing for Excalibur Almaz (EA), an international space exploration company created to provide routine, affordable access to and from space; and also worked as the marketing coordinator for the X PRIZE Foundation’s Google Lunar Lander Challenge in 2007. Prior to working with entrepreneurial aerospace firms, Stephen worked as a senior analyst for DFI International (now Avascent Group) in Washington, DC, managing and researching numerous projects for Fortune 100 aerospace and defense firms.


Stephen holds a bachelor of arts in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University and a master of arts in international economics and strategic studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he received the William C. Foster Award for “sound scholarship and a record of distinguished service and leadership.” He also holds a master’s certificate from the International Space University in space business.

Stephen Hall
TEMPO Mission Project Manager
NASA Langley Research Center

Speaking at: NASA’s TEMPO Instrument -- a Pathfinder for Hosted Payloads

Mr. Hall is a Project Manager (PM) within the Flight Projects Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton Virginia and serves as the Project Manager for the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) Mission Project. TEMPO is a scanning ultraviolet/visible spectrometer which will measure chemical species critical to air quality and climate over Greater North America.  The instrument will be a hosted payload on a commercial geosynchronous satellite using the US Air Force’s Hosted Payloads Solutions (HoPS) contract.

Mr. Hall has 28 years of project management, engineering, and satellite operations experience.  Prior to his current assignment, Steve was the Deputy Project Manager (DPM) for the CERES Flight Model 6 Project; a Earth radiation budget instrument which will be launched on NOAA’s first Joint Polar Satellite System in 2017.  Mr. Hall also served as the DPM for the SAGE III mission, a $125M flight project which will integrate one of the first-ever NASA Earth science payloads on the International Space Station.  Mr. Hall was responsible for the overall assembly, integration, test, and delivery of the SAGE III Payload.

Prior to being selected as a DPM, Mr. Hall was the Chief Engineer for the CHRONOS proposal team in which he led the design concept the CHRONOS hosted payload instrument. Mr. Hall was also the Mission Operations Manager for the planned $900M CLARREO project for which he was responsible for the planning, development, and design of the mission operations and ground system architecture.

Prior to joining NASA, Mr. Hall was Space Operations Officer for 21 years in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Hall held numerous positions directing and performing satellite operations, project management, as well as satellite systems engineering. Mr. Hall was also a commander of a satellite operations detachment where he was responsible for the oversight of the entire $270M mission. After 9-11, Mr. Hall worked multiple Homeland Defense projects; including inter-agency coordination, sensor system development and integration, and leadership of deployable technical advisory teams.

Mr. Hall holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Grove City College and an MS in Operations Research-Space Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology.


Dr. David A. Hardy
Associate Deputy Under Secretary
U.S. Air Force (Space), Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force

Speaking at: Analysis of Hosted Payload and Smallsat Solutions

Dr. David A. Hardy, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Dr. Hardy leads the Air Force’s center of expertise for directed energy technology, developing and transitioning research technologies into military systems. The directorate provides pervasive, world-class directed energy and imaging research technol-ogies for users across the Air Force and the Department of Defense. He is responsible for more than 800 military and civilian scientists, engineers, contractors, and support people and an annual budget exceeding $300 million. He manages numerous state-of-the-art research laboratories and testing structures at Kirtland AFB, and several unique facilities, which include the Starfire Optical Range at Kirtland AFB; a testing site at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range, N.M; and the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site in Hawaii.

Dr. Hardy entered the Air Force as a first lieutenant in 1976, receiving his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Duke University, Durham, N.C. He began his civilian career at Hanscom AFB, Mass. Before joining the Directed Energy Directorate, Dr. Hardy served as the Associate Director for Space Technology at AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate also located at Kirtland AFB. In this position, he had oversight of AFRL’s space science and technology investments and managed the directorate’s science and technology portfolio. Dr. Hardy also worked as the AFRL senior space experimentalist and Chief, Battlespace Environment Division, where he administered all research within the Air Force to specify and predict the nature of the space environment. He also served as an adviser on space science and technology to the Air Force Space Command, the Space and Missile Systems Center, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and other organizations. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2006.

Dr. Hardy has published more than 125 papers in national and international journals, and has been directly responsible for the development and flight of more than 35 scientific and operational space flight systems.

Tina M. Harrington
Director, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Acquisition Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Speaking at: Spy Satellites Trending Toward the Smallsat Model

Ms. Tina Harrington, a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, is Director, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Acquisition Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Chantilly, Va.  As SIGINT Director, she leads a joint team responsible for the design, development, and acquisition of United States Signals Intelligence Space Systems for the Intelligence Community, military services, and allied partners.

Ms. Harrington grew up in Southern California and Colorado.  She began her career as a technical staff member undergraduate with The Aerospace Corporation. She supported multiple programs in this role including Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) and MILSTAR. Upon graduation from college in 1991, Ms. Harrington became a full-time Member of the Technical Staff (MTS). Her initial assignments in the Engineering Technology Group included support to GPS and RADCAL, an experimental satellite. She also supported several NRO programs including support to multiple architecture studies that determined the SIGINT path. In 1995 she transition to full time support to the NRO where she served in a system engineering role on the development of the next generation of SIGINT systems.  She also performed as a mission thread lead, coordinating and executing all aspects of the initialization and checkout of a new satellite. In 2002, Ms Harrington transitioned to a management position with the Aerospace Corporation, continuing to support the NRO.

Ms. Harrington joined the Central Intelligence Agency in May 2006 assigned to the Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T/OD&E), with duty in the NRO LSPO, SIGINT Directorate. Upon entry, she served as Deputy Director, Systems Engineering LSPO. In 2007, as part of the NRO larger transformation, Ms. Harrington stood up and directed the new LSPO Missions Department. This role included responsibility for all payload hardware, mission analysis, payload software development, and mission engineering in support of future and ongoing initiatives. In 2009, Ms. Harrington became the Deputy Director of the Low Earth Orbit System Program Office (LSPO) where her responsibilities were program management of the acquisition and development of a state-of-the-art satellite collection system to include technical, operations, budget, schedule, and personnel. In 2010, Ms. Harrington joined the Air Force as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader to take the role of the Chief Scientist Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition National Reconnaissance Office where her responsibilities included leading intelligence community and Department of Defense studies on satellite based signals intelligence architectures for 2020 and beyond. In 2012, Ms Harrington was assigned as Director of the Systems Engineering Directorate, NRO, where her role was to lead the requirements, interfaces, and schedule development for the NRO future architecture to ensure that the new integrated system would accomplish mission needs.

Vincent D. Kołakowski
 COMSATCOM Technical Support Branch, SATCOM Division, Infrastructure Directorate
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Speaking at: What is the True Definition of “Flexible Satellite Capacity” for Budget-Conscious Government Agencies

Mr. Kolakowski currently serves as a DoD Certified Program Management Level III Acquisition Program Controls Planner for the Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Technical Support Branch, SATCOM Division, Infrastructure Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).   He has over 20 years in Government service, including various Law Enforcement and Human Resources positions held with the Army before joining the Defense Information Systems Agency in June 2003. He served in the Manpower, Security, and Personnel Directorate from 2003 to 2006.  From 2006 thru 2009, Mr. Kolakowski served as the Information Management Control Officer (IMCO) and Forms Manager for both DISA and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L).  He has been in his current position as a COMSATCOM Acquisition Program Controls Planner since 2009.



Douglas Loverro

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Speaking at: SmallSats and Space Debris: Taking Responsibility in Space

Mr. Douglas L. Loverro, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. In this role, he is responsible for establishing policy and guidance to assure United States and allied warfighters the benefits of Space capabilities and to help guide the Department’s strategy for addressing space-related issues.  He also leads Departmental activities in international space cooperation.

Mr. Loverro most recently served as the Executive Director for Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center where he also served as the Air Force’s Deputy Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Space.  In that capacity, he was responsible to the commander and PEO for the development, deployment, and sustainment of all Department of Air Force space systems and was a key spokesman for addressing the growing importance of space systems and the steps needed to assure them for the future.  He has been involved in the planning and acquisition of Department of Defense (DoD) and Space Intelligence systems for over twenty years, both in and out of uniform.

Mr. Loverro is credited with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments in aerospace development including the invention of the supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser, the initiation of the DoD’s Global Broadcast Service, establishing the foundation for all Global Positioning System modernization, and leading the push for greater use of commercial manufacturing and capabilities for future DoD space and launch systems. He retired from active duty in February 2006 upon selection as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. He assumed his current role in March 2013.

Russ Matijevich
Vice President of Sales
HawkEye 360

Speaking at: Status Check: Are Small Sats Pushing the Envelope?

Russ “Mr Wizard” Matijevich is Vice President of Sales at HawkEye 360 where he leads the company’s business and product development initiatives plus develops and manages relationships with commercial, government, and international clientele. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with more than 25 years of space, satellite, and aeronautics experience. During his military career, he led teams on world-wide deployments, integrating space-based solutions into tactical environments; routinely briefed high-level military and civil officials on complex national security space issues; and managed high-budget aerospace technology programs. Since his retirement from active duty in 2011, Russ has served in key business development positions with SAIC and Northrop Grumman, and owns his own consulting firm focused on aerospace technology market analysis. An accomplished competitive sailboat racer, he also enjoys songwriting and playing his guitar in church.

Dr. Jeremy Palmer
Program Manager
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Speaking at: Delivering and Attaching Hosted Payloads Post-Launch

Dr. Jeremy Palmer joined DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office as a program manager (PM) in May 2015. His interest is focused on space systems engineering, including structural and dynamic elements, and additive manufacturing technology.

Prior to joining DARPA as a PM, Dr. Palmer supported DARPA/TTO as a Senior Lead Scientist for Booz Allen Hamilton and Principal Space Systems Engineer for System Planning Corporation. In these roles, he provided technical project leadership for lighter-than-air vehicle research as well as for a portfolio of national security space programs. Dr. Palmer has also served as a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, a National Research Council Resident Research Associate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and a New Product Introduction Project Lead for the General Electric Company.

Dr. Palmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. He received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Bea Perez
Chief Sustainability Officer

Speaking at: Global Sustainability from Space: Why Non-Traditional Investors are Buying Into Small Satellites

As The Coca-Cola Company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), Bea Perez advances a global sustainability strategy designed to help grow the business while making a lasting, positive difference for consumers, communities and the environment. Bea is leading a global effort to embed sustainability into operations. With her direction, the Coca-Cola system is making progress toward a comprehensive set of sustainability commitments across all areas of the business with a focus on women’s economic empowerment, water stewardship and well-being. She also directs the efforts of the Coca-Cola Foundation – the Company’s philanthropic arm.

Prior to establishing The Office of Sustainability, Bea served as Chief Marketing Officer for Coca-Cola North America. As one of Coca-Cola’s top marketers, she brought brands to life for consumers by developing strategic partnerships with American Idol, NASCAR, NBA, The Oscars and by working with notable celebrities like Ryan Seacrest and LeBron James.

Often recognized for her leadership, Bea is a member of the American Advertising Hall of Achievement and the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame. She has been recognized as a “Conservation Trailblazer” by The Trust for the Public Land. She was on Hispanic Executive magazine’s list of Top 10 Leaders, one of Green Building & Design magazine’s “10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability”, and she was featured as one of the “25 Most Powerful Latinas” on CNN and in People en Español.

Bea is also a strong advocate for community service, serving on several boards including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, the USO, International Council on Women’s Business Leadership and The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, among others. She also serves on the corporate board for Primerica.

Bea and her family reside in Atlanta.

Read more about Coca-Cola Sustainability here.

Dr. Gordon Roesler
Program Manager
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Speaking at: Delivering and Attaching Hosted Payloads Post-Launch

Dr. Gordon Roesler joined DARPA in May 2014 after working as a Senior Project Engineer at the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at the University of South Wales. His past research interests have included space systems, robotic naval vehicles, sensor systems, and energy systems. At DARPA, he is primarily interested in developing a capability for robotic servicing of satellites.

At the University of New South Wales, Dr. Roesler was responsible for concept development, systems engineering, and technical coordination of a multi-organization spacecraft design program. Before that, he served as Center Director for the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California (USC), where he initiated new programs in the application of computer science to energy systems. Prior to his work at USC, he worked as a Senior Physicist at the Science Applications International Corporation, where he proposed and managed a research program for a revolutionary wave-aware control system for small manned and unmanned boats. This is Dr. Roesler’s second sojourn as a Program Manager with DARPA; previously, he originated the Spacecraft for the Universal Modification of Orbits (SUMO) and Front-End Robotics Enabling Near-term Demonstration (FREND) programs.

Dr. Roesler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an avid sailor and glider pilot.

Greg Stover
Program Manager, Earth System Science Pathfinder Program

Speaking at: NASA’s TEMPO Instrument -- a Pathfinder for Hosted Payloads

Greg Stover

Program Manager, Earth System Science Pathfinder Program

NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC)

 Mr. Stover holds a Senior Executive Service (SES) position at NASA and serves as the Program Manager of the Earth System Science Pathfinder Program.  The ESSP program is a science-driven Program designed to provide an innovative approach to Earth science research by providing periodic, competitively selected opportunities to accommodate new and emergent scientific priorities.  ESSP is home to NASA’s Earth Venture class of missions: a series of uncoupled, relatively low-to-moderate cost, small to medium-sized, competitively selected, orbital and suborbital mission Projects that are built, tested, and launched in short time intervals. ESSP currently has 8 space and 11 sub-orbital projects that are either under development or in operation.

Mr. Stover is a graduate of the NASA SES Career Development Program (CDP).  His assignments during the SESCDP included Deputy Director Independent Program Assessment Office, Special Assistant to the Director of Engineering, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Huntsville, AL, and Deputy Director for Programs in the LaRC Engineering Directorate.

Mr. Stover has 25 years of experience at NASA. He was the Manager of the Constellation Program’s Orion Launch Abort System (LAS) from its inception in 2006 until September 2008. In that position, he was responsible for overall management and delivery of the LAS within the budget, schedule, and technical performance requirements, which were established and are controlled by the Crew Exploration Vehicle Project Office.

Previous space flight projects that Mr. Stover supported include the Aqua mission, which measures the Earth’s water cycle parameters; the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) mission, which uses a free-flying lidar to measure aerosol content in the atmosphere; and the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument suite, which measures the Earth’s radiation belts to provide a greater understanding of climate change.

Mr. Stover holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He has received several NASA group achievement and individual performance awards, as well as the Silver Snoopy.



Al Tadros
Hosted Payload Alliance

Speaking at: Hosted Payload Alliance “State of the Union”

Mr. Tadros works to develop business solutions with commercial and government agencies interested in communications and remote sensing space systems, as well as space robotics and exploration systems. He has 25 years of experience at SSL, and most recently helped to draw attention to the value of commercial satellite technologies and system solutions for government missions. During his extensive career, Mr. Tadros has collaborated on 13 missions and launch campaigns, many of which deployed pioneering communications and remote sensing systems.

He holds patents in the field of attitude control systems, and was responsible for early telerobotics research for the International Space Station. Mr. Tadros earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Stephen Volz
Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services

Speaking at: How Commercial Partners Can help NOAA Realize its Visions for New Weather Satellite Systems

Dr. Stephen Volz is the NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services. In this role Dr. Volz leads the acquisition and operation of the nation’s civil operational environmental satellite system. He also leads efforts for research and development of products and programs to archive and provide access to a variety of Earth observations.

Dr. Volz previously served as the Associate Director for Flight Programs in the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate where he managed all of NASA’s Earth Science flight missions and associated activities.

Prior to serving as the Flight Program Director, Dr. Volz was the Earth Science program executive for a series of Earth Science missions, including EO-3 GIFTS, CloudSat, CALIPSO, and ICESat, and he led the Senior Review for the Earth Science operating missions. Dr. Volz worked in industry at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation from 1997–2002, where he was the Project Manager for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility superfluid helium cryostat and other flight projects. From 1986–1997 Dr. Volz worked for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as an instrument manager, an I&T Manager, a systems engineer, and a cryogenic systems engineer on missions and instruments including the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), among others.

Dr. Volz is a member of several professional societies, including the American Physical Society (M’82), the American Astronomical Society (M’87), the American Geophysical Union (M’02), and the American Meteorological Society (M’08). He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an active member of and participant in the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), and a member of the GRSS Administration Committee (AdCom) for the period of 2013–2017.

Dr. Volz has a doctorate in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1986), a master’s in Physics from Illinois (1981), and a bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Virginia (1980). He has more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals.


Greg Wyler

Speaking at: Global Sustainability from Space: Why Non-Traditional Investors are Buying Into Small Satellites

In 2012, Greg founded OneWeb with the mission of enabling Internet access for everyone. Prior to OneWeb, in 2007 Greg founded O3b Networks, Ltd. O3b raised approximately 1.3bn USD to design and build a satellite constellation to provide fiber quality backhaul for telecom operators in the most remote markets around the world. Today, O3b has launched 12 satellites, which have attained individual link speeds in excess of 1gbps with only 130ms of latency. The system provides the highest capacity and lowest latency combination of any satellites built to date.