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Day 1 ‚ÄĒ 18 JANUARY 2024

Step inside the warm and inviting Space for Inspiration Opening Reception and start an amazing space journey with us!

Welcome to the Opening Session of the ESA Annual Conference on Commercial Space Exploration, a pivotal moment where innovation, collaboration, and the future of space converge. Let’s step together into an atmosphere charged with excitement and anticipation as we set the scene for a transformative journey.

The Opening Session is structured as follows:

  1. Welcome by Lisa Burke, Moderator of the Conference
  2. Keynote on European Space Exploration Programme by Daniel Neuenschwander, Director of Human & Robotic Exploration Programmes (ESA)
  3. Keynote on the Moonlight Initiative by Francisco-Javier Benedicto Ruiz, Director of Navigation (ESA)
  4. Keynote on Commercialisation and Exploration by Luca Del Monte, Head of Commercialisation Department (ESA)

ESA Astronaut and LEO Cargo Return Service Team Leader Samantha Cristoforetti will address the outcome of the Space Summit and dive into the planned development of Europe’s first LEO Cargo Return Service.

This session is structured as a panel discussion on the upcoming Commercial LEO Destinations.

Speakers: 

  • Samantha Cristoforetti, LEO Cargo Return Service Team Leader & Astronaut (ESA)
  • Robyn Gatens,¬†Director of International Space Station for Space Operations (NASA)
  • David Caponio, Senior Vice President of Product & Business Development (VAST)
  • Christian Maender, Executive Vice President, Space Commercialisation (Axiom Space)
  • Manfred Jaumann, Vice President & Head of Low Earth Orbit and Suborbital Programmes (Airbus Defence and Space)
  • Franco Fenoglio, Head of Manned & Robotic Exploration Programmes¬†(Thales Alenia Space Italia)

Fuel your connections at the Space for Inspiration Networking Break! Join us for a refreshing pause in the day’s proceedings, where stimulating conversations blend seamlessly with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. The Networking Break is more than just a pause: it’s also an opportunity to explore our exhibition area!

This session includes a series of exciting presentations followed by a dynamic panel discussion.

Presentations:

  • ispace and its pioneering role in the Earth-Moon ecosystem: the story of the 1st commercial mission to the Moon – Charlotte Nassey, Senior Government Affairs & Policy Officer (ispace)
  • Intuitive Machines & SpaceApps: landing very close with Nova-C & LUVMI-X –¬†Richard Aked,¬†Managing Director (Space Applications Services NV)
  • Astrobotic Technology & Lunar Logistic Services: PEREGRINE and the first mission launch –¬†Philippe Watillon,¬†Founder & Chief Executive Officer (Lunar Logistic Services)
  • Blue Origin: the Blue Moon –¬†Logan Ware,¬†Commercial Director Europe (Blue Origin)

Panel Discussion:

  • Julien-Alexandre Lamamy, Managing Director (ispace)
  • Richard Aked,¬†Managing Director (Space Applications Services NV)
  • Philippe Watillon,¬†Founder & CEO (Lunar Logistic Services)
  • Logan Ware,¬†Commercial Director Europe (Blue Origin)
  • Ahmed Fadl,¬†Integration Manager CLPS (NASA)
  • Giorgio Cifani,¬†Future Argonaut Missions Study Lead (ESA)

Enjoy your meal while connecting with fellow participants Рbecause great conversations are best paired with food! Step into the inviting ambiance of the ESTEC canteen and enjoy a breath of fresh air. Lunch tickets will be provided. 

This session is going to be divided into three main parts, respectively:

Panel: ESA perspective on the BSGN Industry Accelerators and Multi-domain collaboration

  • Kenza Benamar,¬†Technology R&D Engineer (ESA)
  • Christian Walter,¬†Applications Engineer (ESA)
  • Bernhard Hufenbach,¬†Commercialisation & Innovation Team Leader (ESA)
  • Kais Barmawi,Commercialisation & Programme Management Expert (ESA)

Keynotes: Commercial services for life science research and production in LEO

  • Yuri: Elevating the Growth of Commercial LEO Life Science & Manufacturing Markets – Felix Steiner, Space Access Lead (Yuri)
  • Bioreactor Express Service – David Stefano Zolesi,¬†Managing Director & President (Kayser Space Ltd)
  • ICE Cubes Service, Hilde Stenuit,¬†Business Developer & Scientist Lead (Space Applications Services NV/SA)

Keynotes: Refuelling for transportation in LEO and beyond

  • Air Liquide refuelling: from terrestrial experience to in-orbit operations¬†– Bertrand Baratte,¬†Director of Space Market for Global Market & Technologies (Air Liquide)
  • Orbit Fab Limited: How Refuelling Will Advance the Final Frontier¬†– Manny Shar,¬†Managing Director (Orbit Fab)

This session is dedicated to discussing a European-wide road mapping effort for guiding Europe’s ISAM strategy to inform and shape future technologies, application markets and services within the next 10 years.

Discussion Areas:

  • The strategic case for a consolidated and industry-driven European-wide ISAM roadmap
  • The groundwork for guiding the Advanced Manufacturing component of the ISAM roadmap
  • Announcing the official release of ‘Why Space’: a pivotal publication highlighting the diverse capabilities and opportunities in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, driven and enabled by space
  • Framework formation for ISAM Strategy committee: Discussing the establishment of a dedicated committee, along with the mechanisms, timelines and consultation processes necessary for effective development of the Roadmap

Speakers:

  • Advenit Makaya,¬†Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (ESA)
  • Thomas Sinn,¬†Chief Executive Officer (DCUBED)
  • Philip Carvil, Head of Clusters (UK Research and Innovation | Science and Technology Facilities Council)
  • Hamid Soorghali,¬†Senior Strategy Consultant (Satellite Applications Catapult)

Recharge your afternoon with a cup of inspiration at the Afternoon Networking Break! Join us for coffee and connections as we take a brief pause to rejuvenate. Share insights, network with peers, and enjoy a stimulating break. Your next great conversation awaits ‚Äď see you at the coffee station!
Don’t forget to stop by our exhibition area!

This session will give an overview of all the BSGN Industry accelerators ESA has established to accelerate demand in key market segments in the LEO and Lunar economy. Each accelerator presentation will be accompanied by a presentation from one of the selected projects.

  • MEDES: Life Science and Health Industry Accelerator – Adeline Martin, Business Developer and Project Manager (MEDES – Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology)
    – Project presentation: Prometheus Life Technologies –¬†Raphael Roettgen,¬†CEO (Prometheus Life Technologies)
  • SCE: Agriculture and Food Industry Accelerator –¬†Markus H√§user, Chief Executive Officer (Space Cooperative Europe SCE)
    – Project presentation: Sophie’s BioNutrients –¬†Eugene Wang,¬†Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer (Sophie’s BioNutrients)
  • Satellite Applications Catapult: Advanced Materials and In-orbit manufacturing Industry Accelerator –¬†Hamid Soorghali,¬†Senior Strategy Consultant (Satellite Applications Catapult)
    – Project presentation: DCUBED –¬†Thomas Sinn,¬†Chief Executive Officer & Founder (DCUBED)
  • ESRIC: Space Resources Industry Accelerator –¬†Alexander Godlewski, Business Accelerator Officer in Space Resources (ESRIC – European Space Resources Innovation Centre)

This session will focus on the emerging Lunar Economy and is going to be divided into three main parts, respectively:

Introduction
The session will be opened by Francesco Liucci, Innovation Management Officer at ESA

Presentation of Chandrayaan-3
Indian plans and success in Lunar Exploration by Jatan¬†Mehta,¬†Independent Space & Moon Exploration Writer (Jatan’s Space)

Panel Discussion
With representatives from TU Wien, Qosmosys, EURO2MOON, and Jatan Mehta, and Francesco Liucci as moderator, the discussion will revolve around the question ”Lunar Economy: What’s The Vision?”’and the different embraced perspectives.

  • Jatan¬†Mehta,¬†Independent Space & Moon Exploration Writer (Jatan’s Space)
  • Francois Dubrulle,¬†CEO (Qosmosys)
  • Julien-Alexandre Lamamy,¬†Vice President (EURO2MOON)
  • Sandra Haeuplik-Meusburger, Academic Director of the EMBA Space Architecture (TU Wien)

Wrap up the Space for Inspiration on a high note at our Closing Reception! Join us for an evening of celebration, networking, and delectable snacks. Reflect on the insights gained, forge final connections, and indulge in a culinary finale. This is more than just a reception; it’s a delicious conclusion to days filled with inspiration. Don’t miss the chance to unwind, mingle, and savor the last moments of this remarkable Day 1!

The Space for Inspiration Networking Dinner is the perfect culmination of your conference experience, making your evening full of connection, delightful cuisine, and vibrant conversations.
Registered participants to the dinner will receive a voucher with their conference badge upon arrival. Please note that access to the dinner is only available for pre-registered participants due to limited availability.

Day 2 ‚ÄĒ 19 JANUARY 2024

This session focuses on non-ISS free-flyer capabilities and their future role in the LEO economy for microgravity research, tech demos, product development, and in-space manufacturing. It is going to be structured into two main parts, respectively:

Keynotes

  • Nyx Earth capsule with return capability –¬†Stefan Zeller, Bid- and Account Manager (The Exploration Company)
  • Phoenix Return Capsule –¬†Sebastian Klaus,¬†Chief Executive Officer (Atmos Space Cargo)
  • Europe’s first reusable space transportation system –¬†Fabio Caramelli, Space Rider System Payload & Exploitation Manager (ESA)
  • Redshift Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) for hosted payloads in LEO –¬†Maria Terekhova,¬†Business Development Manager (Rocket Factory Augsburg)
  • Key market opportunities for LEO Free-Flyers –¬†Jose Salgado, Chief Marketing Officer (Space Commerce Matters)
  • ForgeStar platform for microgravity production, research, and experimentation needs –¬†Joshua Western, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder (Space Forge)

Panel Discussion

  • Fabio Caramelli, Space Rider System Payload & Exploitation Manager (ESA Space Rider)
  • Sebastian Klaus,¬†Chief Executive Officer (Atmos Space Cargo)
  • Jose Salgado, Chief Marketing Officer (Space Commerce Matters)
  • Maria Terekhova,¬†Business Development Manager (Rocket Factory Augsburg)
  • Sebastien Vincent-Bonnieu, Discipline Lead for Physical Sciences (ESA)
  • Joshua Western, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder (Space Forge)
  • Stefan Zeller, Bid- and Account Manager (The Exploration Company)

This session will revolve around three key main topics:

  1. Commercial Communication & Navigation
  2. Lunar Missions, Calls & Future Activities
  3. Commercial Communication & Navigation

Keynotes

  • General introduction to the session topics & Presentation of Terrae Novae –¬†Brice Dellandrea,¬†System Engineer on Moonlight Lunar Pathfinder and LCNS (ESA)
  • Moonlight Lunar Pathfinder –¬†Philip Davies, Lunar Communications Business Development (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd)
  • CLPS missions with a focus on CS3 – Ahmed Fadl, Integration Manager – Commercial Lunar Payload Services (NASA)
  • Ground Segment Commercialisation Opportunities –¬†Mehran Sarkarati, Senior Ground Systems Strategy and Commercialisation Manager (ESA)

Roundtable on Future Lunar Communication and Navigation Services and their interoperability

  • Overall status of LCNS with a focus on Lunar Economy Applications Fabrice Joly,¬†Head of Future Telecom Programme Consolidation Section (ESA)
  • Overall status of LNSS and perspectives from JAXA – Masaya Murata,¬†Lunar PNT Lead for Japan Lunar Navigation Satellite System (LNSS) (JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
  • Moonlight Lunar Navigation: a change of paradigm for lunar exploration – Javier Ventura-Traveset,¬†Navigation Science Manager (ESA)

Fuel your connections at the Space for Inspiration Networking Break! Join us for a refreshing pause in the day’s proceedings, where stimulating conversations blend seamlessly with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. The Networking Break is more than just a pause: it’s also an opportunity to explore our exhibition area!

This workshop will present ongoing projects in the field of Biomedicine and aim to define a regulatory roadmap for enabling biomedicine research and production in space.

Workshop leads:

  • Oriane Blanquie, Scientific Officer (European Medicines Agency)
  • Christiane Hahn,¬†Exploration Scientist in Space Biology (ESA)
  • Veronika Jekerle, Head of Pharmaceutical Quality (European Medicines Agency)
  • Francine Le P√©chon-Joubert,¬†Laywer Partner, IP Specialist, Operations Division (De Gaulle Fleurance & Associ√©s)
  • Hilde Stenuit,¬†Business Developer & Scientist Lead (Space Applications Services NV/SA)
  • C√©cile Th√©ard-Jallu, Laywer Partner (De Gaulle Fleurance & Associ√©s)

This session will be divided into two parts: a first part dedicated to presentations, and a second part which will be a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Lunar Dust Plumes: Mitigation Strategies through In-Situ Construction‚Äô.

Presentations

  • General introduction and overview of space resources opportunities at ESA – Victoria Schein, YGT in Space Resources Engineering (ESA)
  • SpaceResources.lu initiative – Bob Lamboray, Senior Project Manager (Luxembourg Space Agency)
  • Lunar Habit Masterplan, a groundbreaking modular moon base concept – Xavier De Kestelier,¬†Head of Design (Hassell) &¬†James Golding, Technical Director in Character Tech (Epic Games)
  • OffWorld‚Äôs latest technology advancements in ISRU –¬†Kyle Acierno,¬†Managing Director (OffWorld)
  • The moon facility at Spaceport Rostock, Europe’s largest private lunar test facility – Lucas Lasse Hansen,¬†Mechanical Design Engineer & PhD Student (Planetary Transportation Systems)
  • The LUNA facility at ESA EAC, Cologne – Juergen Schlutz, Facility Development & Utilisation Engineer (ESA)

Panel Discussion

  • Xavier De Kestelier,¬†Head of Design (Hassell)
  • Kyle Acierno,¬†Managing Director (OffWorld)
  • Frank Koch,¬†Chief Moon Operator (Planetary Transportation Systems)
  • Advenit Makaya,¬†Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (ESA)
  • Juergen Schlutz, Facility Development & Utilisation Engineer (ESA)

Enjoy your meal while connecting with fellow participants Рbecause great conversations are best paired with food! Step into the inviting ambiance of the ESTEC canteen and enjoy a breath of fresh air. Lunch tickets will be provided. 

This session will cover funding opportunities via private investors and public funding programmes. It will also feature investment pitches from 5 companies.

Presentations from public investors

  • European Innovation Council (EIC) –¬†Stela Tkatchova, Programme Manager for Space
  • European Investment Fund (EIF) –¬†Nabil Ben Mahdi,¬†Business Development Manager &¬†Peter Coveliers,¬†Business Development Manager

Presentations from private investors

  • OTB Ventures –¬†Wojtek Walniczek,¬†Partner
  • Indaco Venture Partners –¬†Cosimo Calcagno,¬†Senior Investment Manager
  • Karista –¬†Emmanuel Daugeras,¬†Partner

Company pitches

  • Coreod Space: VR-based mental health protocols for Astronauts at long duration missions –¬†Elise Jab√®s,¬†Chief Executive Officer
  • BioOrbit: In-space production of protein crystals to develop novel drug formulations –¬†Katie King, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder¬†
  • ArcSpace: In-orbit assembly based on patented welding technique –¬†Guillaume Mohara,¬†Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
  • Sophie’s BioNutrients: Microalgae research on the ISS to improve indoor farming on Earth –¬†Eugene Wang,¬†Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer¬†
  • Space Villages:¬†Robotic spacecraft to use in orbit for deployment, installation and transferring large scale structures and assisting astronauts –¬†Natalia Lemarquis, Space Senior Executive (Space Villages)

Join us for the grand finale where inspiration takes the stage.
In the last presentation of this conference, Tiffany Vora will take us on a journey through exponential technologies focusing on the emerging Bio-Economy in space.
In the closing session, Daniel will reflect on the outcomes of the event and what the future holds for commercial space exploration.

Speakers:

  • Tiffany Vora, Vice Chair of Digital Biology & Medicine at Singularity University¬†
  • Bernhard Hufenbach,¬†Commercialisation & Innovation Team Leader at ESA

We thank all of the attendees, sponsors, and contributors who helped make this conference a huge success as we bid you farewell. Keep aiming high, and may the spirit of exploration lead us to an amazing future filled with countless opportunities for commercial space exploration. 

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