19 – 21 March 2019 | St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2019 Agenda

    • Tuesday, 19 March, 2019
    •  
      8:32 AM  -  8:35 AM
      Opening
      Welcome Address
      Speaker:
      8:35 AM  -  8:40 AM
      Keynote Address
       

      Keynotes and Plenary

      8:40 AM  -  9:10 AM
      Enabling effective technology transfer and collaboration across industries
      How can interdisciplinary business models be developed to enlarge the space ecosystem? What are the immediate opportunities for technology transfer, and where can longer term plans be put in place? How can the space industry engage with major existing sectors such as aviation, logistics, energy and mining to capitalise on expertise and technology that will enable the utilisation of space resources? And what will real world experience for autonomous systems, AI and machine learning mean for space?
      9:20 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Developing a space economy for the socio-economic benefit of all
      Creating a space ecosystem. Integrating the development of a space economy with sustainable development goals What will increased, more affordable access to space mean for the sector, and what new opportunities will open up? Will space be effectively commercialised as access expands and how will this support development and access to the space industry? Are the biggest initial opportunities going to be upstream or downstream? What fundamental changes need to happen in the way investments in technology are made? How can the space industry effectively contribute to transformational social, economic and environmental change?
      Moderator:
      10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Networking Break
      10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Head of Agencies Panel - building a global space programme
      How will collaborative space exploration projects further our understanding of the universe? How can large and established space agencies best support emerging partners? Building budgets – is more money the simplest solution to making a space future a reality?
      Moderator:
      11:30 AM  -  12:25 PM
      Head of Agencies Panel - The objectives of space programmes
      What are the real roadblocks for humanity’s future in space? Which technologies and innovations developed in this multinational environment will have a real impact on Earth and how will they be effectively utilised? How can space programme support developments goals? How can space agencies identify and implement their own unique proposition?
      Moderator:
      12:15 PM  -  12:25 PM
      VIP Entrance and Official Opening
      12:25 PM  -  12:45 PM
      Opening Keynote Interview
      12:45 PM  -  12:50 PM
      Ministerial Speech
      Speaker:
      12:50 PM  -  1:20 PM
      Developing partnerships for international benefits
      How can space agencies best work together outside of traditional industry groupings? Where are the most obvious opportunities to work with commercial partners? How should agencies weight their focus on science and exploration vs. supporting commercial development and space applications?
      Moderator:
      1:20 PM  -  1:35 PM
      IAC 2020 Panel
      1:35 PM  -  2:30 PM
      Lunch
       

      Concurrent Session

      2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Opportunity Space Workshop
      Location: Meeting Room 1

      The Opportunity Space workshop is a gathering of influential United Arab Emirates leaders to discuss and identify opportunities for the UAE in the space sector. The workshop aims to help stakeholders from UAE entities to understand how the space industry can enhance their services and capabilities and enable the future development of the UAE.

      The workshop will demonstrate opportunities for UAE organisations to become more involved in space and capitalise on space opportunities, both as consumers of space services, data and applications and as technology and investment partners.

      Schedule:

      14:30 – 14:40:
      Welcome and intro to workshop
      14:40 – 14:55:
      Start-Up Space: investment in the 21st century space economy; Q&A – Manny Shar
      14:55 – 15:10:
      International partnerships and UAE sustainable development goals; Q&A – Stuart Martin
      15:10 – 15:25:
      Space for terrestrial applications; Q&A – Agnieszka Lukaszczyk
      15:25 – 15:40:
      The future space economy; Q&A – Kyle Acierno
      15:40 – 16:00:
      Networking break

      Workshop objectives:

      • Bryce Space and Technology will focus on and highlight the investment opportunities for the UAE and the breadth of start-ups operating in the space industry that can support terrestrial use cases/applications
      • Satellite Applications Catapult will provide an international partnerships perspective, including the different opportunities that space can play a role in supporting UAE Sustainable Development Goals, and enhance services and capabilities for citizens and businesses
      • Planet will highlight the different applications of space technologies that they are developing, show-casing how the UAE can capitalise on imagery and the wide-array of terrestrial applications
      • ispace will explore what the future holds for the space industry on the 50th Anniversary of the lunar landings as we look to return to the Moon
       

      Symposium: Space Policy and Law Symposium

      2:30 PM  -  3:10 PM
      Policies and frameworks to spur innovation
      Is the policy and regulatory environment keeping pace with changing technology? What political and legal governance needs to be put in place, and how are the players in space working together to build a sustainable and robust regulatory environment?
      Moderator:
      3:10 PM  -  3:50 PM
      Space Traffic Management and Situational Awareness
      How will space debris and congested earth orbit be controlled? Is there a realistic technology solution in the near future? How can space law and regulation evolve in a collaborative way to manage security of space assets and fair use of space? Will satellite servicing that increases the useful life of platforms increase or decrease dangers?
      Moderator:
      3:50 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Long term sustainability of the space environment
      Threats to the safety of operations, security and long-term sustainability of space platforms. How can measures be put in place to enable ongoing secure space, and enable open access to space commons?
      Moderator:
      4:30 PM  -  5:10 PM
      Mining and utilisation of space resources
      Can a race for resource ownership be healthy and can it be regulated in a way that enables and encourages investment from both public and private sectors? If space is truly international can space resources be owned? How will prospecting rights work and how will revenues and taxes be handled? Will there be an unregulated space gold rush?
      Moderator:
       

      Symposium: Space Security and Defence Symposium

      2:30 PM  -  3:10 PM
      UAE R&D: Partnerships, Benefits and Considerations
      Discussing the roles, activities, and achievements of the space agency and local universities in the Emirates Science and Innovation Group, established in 2016 to consolidate the efforts in the space sector through a series of quarterly workshops. How do the local universities and research center support the national space program? How does the UAESA align the roles of universities with the national strategic objectives in space? What activities have the universities engaged in to build local capabilities in the UAE in the area of space? Are solicited or unsolicited R&D activities preferred and why?
      Speakers:
      3:10 PM  -  3:50 PM
      Developing and implementing a coherent national space security policy
      How can space security be effectively integrated with national security policy? What are the regulatory roadblocks and which stakeholders should be involved? How do you ensure collaboration with international partners and allies without lowering security? Are the biggest threats national actors or hackers and space asset terrorists?
      Moderator:
      3:50 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Protecting national infrastructure
      Protecting space assets is now a critical priority for national security planners. Expensive national space and satellite infrastructure is at constant risk of sabotage, forcing a complete re-evaluation of the way we think about defence and security. How is resilience being built in, and what do collective security and new partnerships mean for military space policies and programmes?
      Moderator:
      4:30 PM  -  5:10 PM
      Enabling connectivity and space applications
      What are the major hurdles to highspeed connectivity? How can satellite solutions most effectively enhance customer experience and encourage uptake of space applications? How can end users be enabled to capitalize on satellite based capabilities?
      Speaker:
      5:10 PM  -  5:50 PM
      Building robust, interoperable MilSatCom
      Guaranteeing communication capability in theatres of operation lacking communications infrastructure and developing more robust, mobile, higher capacity, better secured and better assured communications. Forecasts for spending on global military communications systems and the growth of the military satellite terminal market in the MEA region. Growing demand for higher frequency Ka-band terminals and supporting multi-band and/or wideband operations. Analysing future component technology choice and demand.
      Speaker:
    • Wednesday, 20 March, 2019
    •  
      9:00 AM  -  9:05 AM
      Official Opening
      9:05 AM  -  9:07 AM
      Welcome Address
      Speaker:
      9:07 AM  -  9:10 AM
      International Happiness Day Address
       

      Keynotes and Plenary

      9:10 AM  -  9:50 AM
      Arab Space Leaders Panel
      What does space mean to the Arab World? Showcasing the region's capabilities and profiling its development as a space hub. How are space activities advancing science, technology, and research, promoting economic vitality and diversity, inspiring the pursuit of advanced education, and establishing new and lasting international partnerships?
      Moderator:
      9:50 AM  -  10:10 AM
      Development of the UAE space sector: vision to reality
      Where is the UAE space programme today? How has the space sector developed in the UAE and what have been the key milestones in high level policy, regulation and programmes? How has vision been made reality? How the key UAE stakeholders are engaging with international partners and what is the vision for the next decade? How do we demonstrate the importance of space to the UAE’s Economic Development Programme, and drive awareness of UAE space activities and space capabilities?
      Moderator:
      10:10 AM  -  10:50 PM
      The future of manned space flight
      What are the major challenges to sending humans into space? What infrastructure should be developed to better enable science, exploration or tourism? Who will pay? What are the activities that will generate a genuine economic impact for manned space programmes? Which technologies will have a continued impact?
      Moderator:
      10:50 AM  -  11:10 AM
      Networking Break
      11:10 AM  -  11:50 AM
      Exploration strategies – manned or unmanned? Moon, Mars or asteroid?
      What should be our big objective in space? Should we return to the Moon or focus on reaching out to Mars? What will be the drivers for the next round of development in space, and how can we ensure that space industry and space resources are made a success swiftly? Will there be a new, commercially driven space race, or can Mars be reached only by multinational cooperation? How missions like the UAE’s Hope are probe contributing to the development of plans for manned exploration? How can smaller and emerging space agencies find their USP in space exploration?
      Moderator:
      11:50 AM  -  12:30 PM
      Government role in promoting investment in space
      How do governments create an enabling environment for space investments and the creation of space ecosystems that translates into ancillary benefits within and outside space industry?
      Moderator:
      12:30 PM  -  1:10 PM
      Innovation in space
      Promoting innovation in the space industry through establishing active collaboration between Satellite Operators, Industry and Academia
      Moderator:
       

      Low Earth Symposium

      9:10 AM  -  9:50 AM
      Low cost access to space and high frequency launch
      How will new launch technologies change the way we go to space? What launch facilities need to be developed and how will high frequency launch platforms be integrated into existing airspace? Which platforms will succeed and who will be the primary users of low cost launch?
      Moderator:
      9:50 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Enabling space access
      How are new launch services enabling greater access to orbit? What are the systems and technologies that need to be in place to effectively support launchers and small satellites? Enabling mission flexibility and affordability.
      Moderator:
      10:30 AM  -  11:10 AM
      The future of manned space stations
      How will the ISS be replaced and should it be? Can commercial partners step up to carry the load of LEO space research while agencies focus on exploration? Commercial replacement of platforms in LEO
      Moderator:
      11:10 AM  -  11:40 AM
      Networking Break
      11:40 AM  -  12:20 PM
      Space manufacturing and industry
      Is in-space manufacturing going to be realistic in the near future? How can the technical and commercial challenges be overcome? How can in space manufacturing be a game changer? What are the threats to the sector?
      Moderator:
      12:20 PM  -  1:10 PM
      New technologies and new applications
      Software defined satellites, satellites that can be reconfigured in orbit, order and delivery through ecommerce platforms, cubesats and swarms – whichapplications will tansform the satellite businessin the next decade? New and emerging markets demand innovative and creative business models, but can any underlying trends be identified and capitalised on to take the lead in the next wave of developments? How can legacy infrastructure be repurposed for new applications?
      Moderator:
       

      Concurrent Session

      10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
      The Role of Risk-taking and Effective Leadership – Panel and Group Discussions
      Location: Meeting Room 1

      In 2019 the Global Space Congress and Next Gen, in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council, explore the role of risk-taking and how it serves an effective leadership. In the context of the space industry, risk aversion is not an option. Find out why risk is an opportunity, how to be smart about risk and how you can lead through risk taking. The experts’ panel session will be followed by structured breakout group discussions offering direct engagement and interaction between the delegates and the panelists.
      Moderator:
      12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Steps toward happiness and positivity
      Location: Meeting Room 1
      Workshop Leader:
      1:10 PM  -  2:00 PM
      Lunch
       

      Symposium: Space Data & Applications Symposium

      2:00 PM  -  2:40 PM
      The potential of AI for the future of Space
      Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to deliver huge benefits in this industry and essential in any Space Traffic management program. What we class as AI today will be just the normal environment in 5-10 years. Ideally what the satellite industry needs is an assistant that grows with us and that we understand how to use. Our environment is unique, so that tool should be too. With something like AI in place, we can gain valuable help to support our engineers with everyday tasks, enabling them to do their job better.
      Moderator:
      2:40 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Accelerating the take-up of emerging technologies and applications by service end users
      Understand how space data is being used for town planning, traffic safety and autonomous vehicles, secure communication lines, healthcare, branchless banking and retail innovation. Assessing global demand for satellite capability - new technologies and new satellites for new needs. Do we know who the prime end-users of space services really are – and more importantly do they?
      3:00 PM  -  3:40 PM
      Case studies – enabling entities across all sectors to realise the potential of space infrastructure
      What are the new approaches to using orbital infrastructure for earthbound problems? How can we utilise space-based environmental intelligence for emerging nations with individual environmental challenges? In what new ways will space contribute to urban planning, agriculture and manufacturing? How can space assist in reaching and exceeding SDGs?
      3:20 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Delivering value from earth observation
      How is earth observation adapting to meet future requirements and a growing range of applications for Earth and low earth observation capabilities? Both consolidation and new market entrants are changing the dynamics of the sector, but what does this mean for suppliers and end users and are clients really getting more value? Where can AI be a game changer?
       

      Symposium: Space Investment and Ecosystem

      2:00 PM  -  2:40 PM
      What are the true economics of space - Making commercial space commercially viable
      Where is finance and investment going to come from in the future and who is investing in space? How can return on investment be calculated? What will the impact of changing economics be on space architecture and engineering and the funding of R&D projects, innovative technologies and new space?
      Moderator:
      2:40 PM  -  3:20 PM
      Space investment
      What are the new models for speedy and agile investment? Why aren't aerospace VCs quick and nimble? How can we move fast to invest in exceptional, inspired founders undertaking ground-breaking innovation in mobility, security, and the future of space? How can we stimulate continuous investment in aerospace from grass roots up?
      Moderator:
      3:20 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Capacity Building - creating a space workforce
      How are UAE educational institutions working to build a workforce for a space economy? What are the key programmes and initiatives in place? How academic institutions best work with industry to ensure graduates leave with the necessary skills to excel? What partnerships have been most successful and where are the future opportunities?
      Moderator:
      4:00 PM  -  4:40 PM
      Space risk and insurance
      How can the global space community better understand space risks and the impact new technologies and innovations will have? How can we find ways to best mitigate risks, making space a safer place to do business?
      Moderator:
       

      Concurrent Sessions

      2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Life Cycle of Satellite Design and Development by Khalifa University
      Location: Meeting Room 1

      This an introductory workshop designed for engineers, scientists, and managers of different backgrounds and experience levels who are interested in space mission planning, designing, and analysis. This workshop introduces the fundamental concepts of space systems by combining both the engineering and science aspects involved. The complete space system architecture will be discussed for an overview of how space projects normally operate. Then, a more detailed description of spacecraft subsystem technologies will be discussed providing a complete overview from a system engineering perspective. The participants will see examples for completed/ongoing CubeSat projects such as MYSat-1, MYSat-2, MeznSat, etc. Specific details on the testing and verification of satellites will also be discussed.
      3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Speed Mentoring
      Location: Exhibition Floor

      In a world where skill training cannot keep up with emerging technology, the need for mentoring is bigger than ever. Mentorship is identified as a key driver of success and is highly sought after by young people. However, young people often find it hard to find a mentor. In 2019 the Global Space Congress and Next Gen Leaders, in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council, fill in this gap by inviting experts from the space industry who will share their experience and offer advice to young professionals and students.
      3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      UAE Approach to Space Policy & Regulatory Framework, Enabling the Space Industry & Innovation  (Workshop)
      Location: Meeting Room 2
      Led By:
      4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
      Event Horizon Workshop – Lead by UAE Space Agency
      Location: Meeting Room 3
    • Thursday, 21 March, 2019
    •  
      9:00 AM  -  9:05 AM
      Official Opening
      Speaker:
      9:05 AM  -  9:10 AM
      Welcome Address
       

      Young Space Leaders Forum

      9:10 AM  -  9:50 AM
      UAE Space Agency Advisory Committee Panel
      Inspirational insight from the industry leaders charged with overseeing the UAE Space agency. How did these individuals build their careers, what opportunities do they see for young Emiratis, and how can the UAE best build a space economy from grass roots?
      Moderator:
      9:50 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Diversity in Space
      Exploring how space programmes can be enhanced through increased access to diversity initiatives. How can the space industry encourage greater diversity in its workforce, and gather underutilised skills sets? How can we ensure that a workforce in space is truly representative of diversity on Earth?
      Moderator:
      10:30 AM  -  10:50 AM
      Break
      10:50 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Building a career in the space industry. Traditional and non-traditional education paths
      Does the current system serve the needs of industry and people? Should the curriculum change and how? What are the critical skills one requires to stay ahead of the curve? How do partnerships between industry and academia address learning as key to the future?
      Moderator:
      11:30 AM  -  12:10 PM
      Creating an ecosystem that enables innovation and entrepreneurship. The value chain of innovation
      Every industry requires a continuous flow of new ideas and participants that feed into it. How do you create an environment that enables innovation and business ideas come to life? What are the elements necessary to nurture creativity and entrepreneurial spirit and turn them into concrete results? What are the major challenges? What does it take to get your startup off the ground?
      Moderator:
      12:10 PM  -  12:50 PM
      Building mentorship networks
      In a world where technology changes faster than creating jobs, the need for mentoring is bigger than ever. Why is it important to build a network of mentors? Should the framework be formal or informal? What do you need to be looking for in a mentor? How do you guarantee the success of a mentor-mentee relationship and what are its primary objectives?
      Moderator:
      12:50 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Space and space science in the media
      How does the art of communication contribute to increased public awareness and understanding of space and space science? How is science strategically marketed and communicated in order to gain public understanding and support? Should science be “tweetable”? What is the role of media in generating public support for space projects? How important is it to bring the public impact of science to the fore through media? The importance of role models and the role of the entertainment industry in promoting STEM.
      Moderator:
       

      Concurrent Sessions

      9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Researching on the International Space Station with NanoRacks: A Pathway for Everyone by NanoRacks
      Location: Second Stage

      NanoRacks, the #1 commercial user of the International Space Station, is pleased to welcome students, industry, and government organisations to a special workshop in order to learn about the incredible research opportunities available through the International Space Station and beyond. NanoRacks has launched over 730 experiments and satellites to the Space Station to date – ranging from elementary school to professional researchers, startups, and government organisations around the world. Join us as we share how space is now truly available to anyone (and affordable!), and how our team is here to make reaching space easier than ever before!
      11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM
      Living and working in Space – science on the International Space Station by Compass
      Location: Second Stage

      What science is currently being done on the International Space Station and how can this research help on Earth & for long-term space missions? How are the first Emirati astronauts training for their spaceflight in 2019? Students will see and sample real NASA freeze dried space food.

      Instant Space Engineering Challenge

      Presenting a 21st Century learning skills engineering instant space challenge. The students will be challenged to come up with a prototype design for a Mars Mission life support system with a limited amount of time and resources. These challenges are designed to help participants understand that by working collaboratively and following their innate curiosity, they can approach any problem with confidence and tenacity. Students will understand the need for taking an innovative approach to problem solving. Students will be divided into small groups of 5-7 participants for the challenges. The instructors will evaluate and provide feedback to the student teams after the challenge.
      Workshop Leader:
      12:45 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Satellite Data Analysis by the United Arab Emirates Space Agency and Khalifa University
      Location: Second Stage

      A short course on Remote Sensing and Image Analysis. The main objective of this course is to provide an understanding of technology and applications of satellite remote sensing in mapping and monitoring the natural environment. It covers a wide range of remote sensing tools and techniques used to address environmental issues at local, regional and global scales. The course will introduce applications of optical, thermal and radar remote sensing data. Technical topics include multi-spectral and multi-temporal analysis, supervised and unsupervised classification, change detection, radar interferometry, etc.
      1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
      Lunch

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