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Space Commerce Workshop

Space Commerce Workshop

Get the workshop report (PDF), including key themes, recommendations, and presentations.

The Department of Commerce (DOC) Boulder Laboratories, the DOC Office of Space Commerce, and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) are presenting a one-day workshop to bring together industry, academia, and federal government organizations to identify key technology and measurement barriers to deploying and safely operating commercial space technology. This workshop will identify technical grand challenges for space commerce and civil space traffic management and inform DOC coordination of resources to apply to identified challenges. Outcomes of this workshop will be provided to the Office of Space Commerce and made available to other organizations with interests in space commerce technology and policy.


  • Managing Data for Space Traffic Management
  • Models and Algorithms for Space Situational Awareness
  • Spectrum for Space Services
  • Partnerships with DOC
  • Emerging Technologies for Space Commerce

Further information: docspace [at] (docspace[at]nist[dot]gov)

Confirmed speakers

  • Kevin O’Connell, Director, Office of Space Commerce
  • Alexander Salter, Comparative Economics Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of Economics, Texas Tech University
  • Mary Saunders, VP, Government Relations and Public Policy, ANSI
  • Conrad Lautenbacher, CEO GeoOptics
  • Waleed Abdalati, CIRES Director, Professor of Geography, University of Colorado
  • Carroll Thomas, NIST, Director of Holling Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Derek Khlopin, Senior Advisor at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Walt Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director
  • Douglas Terrier, Chief Technologist, NASA
  • Christopher Allison, Systems Engineer Sr., Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Michael Hurowitz, Founder and CTO, Orbital Micro Systems
  • Ian Christensen, Director of Private Sector Programs, Secure World Foundation
  • Tanya Ramond, Director of Product Management, Bridgecomm
  • Scott Palo, Charles Victor Schelke Endowed Professor Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Christian Meyer, VP of Space Systems, Maxar
  • Barry Noakes, Chief Engineer in Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Jaime Londono, VP Advanced Programs & Spectrum Management, EchoStar Corporation
  • Glenn Feldhake, NASA International Spectrum Program Manager
  • Marcus Holzinger, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado
  • Scott McIntosh, Deputy Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • J.-C. Liou, NASA Chief Scientist for Orbital Debris
  • Michele Gaudreault, Deputy Chief Scientist, Air Force Space Command
  • Bob Rutledge, Operations Chief, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center
  • Marya Andrepont, Director of Technology Integration, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Jeff Aristoff, Vice President, Space Systems, Numerica Corporation
  • Scott Rayder, Senior Advisor to University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) President
  • Jim Cooper, Senior Systems Engineer, Space Situational Awareness, Analytical Graphics, Inc.
  • Amber Charlesworth, State Department Office of Space and Advanced Technology
  • Charlie McGillis, Executive Director of Customer Engagement and Strategy, Slingshot Aerospace
  • David Rodvold, Chief Scientist, Bluestaq


Agenda (Printable PDF)

8:00am - 5:15pm MT

NIST has arranged a limited block of discounted hotel rooms for registered attendees.  Because there is limited parking on the NIST  Boulder Campus, NIST has arranged bus transportation to and from NIST from the hotel.

Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel

500 Flatiron Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021

$169/night plus tax

Book Online Now (deadline to reserve your discounted room and guaranteed transportation to NIST - August 30, 2019):


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Acceptable Photo Identification:

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For US Permanent Residents: Permanent Resident/Green card for photo identification

Created June 27, 2019, Updated May 12, 2020