The Space Security and Safety (SSS) Program at the University of Texas at Austin’s Strauss Center, and the Cockrell School of Engineering, in partnership with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Lockheed Martin, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), are excited to announce the 6th annual Space Traffic Management Conference, "Facing the Security Challenge." The conference will take place on Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the University of Texas at Austin. The conference will be organized by Daniel Porras (United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research Space Security Fellow), SSS Program Lead Dr. Moriba Jah, and non-resident SSS scholar Diane Howard.
Experts from all over the world will gather to discuss and exchange on space traffic management. Technical sessions will be devoted to several topics like Range Management, Airspace/Orbital Space Integration, Space Safety, Security, and Sustainability, Space Environment Effects and Impacts and Related Issues.
Roundtable Panel: Space Sustainability—A Commercial Perspective
5:00 – 6:00 pm CT / 6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Moderator: Danielle Wood
Doug Englehardt (Maxar)
Doug Engelhardt is currently serving as Satellite Navigation Systems Architect at Maxar Technologies (formerly DigitalGlobe). Doug joined DigitalGlobe over 20 years ago when it was starting up as one of the first commercial satellite imaging companies. Doug is actively involved in the Commercial Integration Cell at the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg. In 2019, Doug spent 9 months of the year on-site at the CSpOC, sharing commercial best practices with the 18th Space Control Squadron, specifically for automation, sensor tasking, and improved maneuver modeling. Prior to joining DigitalGlobe, Doug worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, navigating the Magellan spacecraft to Venus and around Venus for its radar mapping mission. Dr. Engelhardt earned his B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, and his PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder under the direction of Professor George Born.
Matt Shoupe (LEOLabs)
Matthew Shouppe is the Director of Commercial Space at LeoLabs, where he leads business development and go-to-market strategy for the company’s orbital tracking and collision prevention services for satellite operators. Matthew specializes in commercial software and web services for space mission analysis and operations, with an emphasis on flight dynamics and SSA applications supporting safety of flight. He has a master’s degree in Engineering Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and is a graduate of the Space Studies Program at the International Space University.
Charity Weeden (Astroscale)
Charity Weeden is Vice President, Global Space Policy at Astroscale US, coordinating and synchronizing Astroscale's global policy efforts towards spaceflight safety and long-term space sustainability. Charity brings a rich experience in aerospace operations, advocacy, and diplomacy. She is a 23-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, was previously Senior Director of Policy at the Satellite Industry Association, and formed a consulting business to support the space industry. Charity serves on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, is a fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, volunteers as President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Space and Satellite Professionals International, and is a mentor for the Brooke Owens Fellowship. Charity received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Masters Degree in Space Science from the University of North Dakota. She is an alumnus of the International Space University Summer Session Program.
Rick Tumlinson (New Worlds)