Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: Sheppard, Mullin, 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 100

The FCBA International Telecommunications Committee will sponsor a CLE on Wednesday, April 4 from 6:00 – 8:15 p.m. entitled “Space Traffic Management.”  This program will be held at Sheppard, Mullin, 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 100.

We are at a very exciting time in the further development of space for communications, manned missions, commercial ventures and other innovative uses.  With this increased usage, whether it is constellations of non-geostationary orbit satellites, nanosats, increasing launch activities, manned missions or other commercial ventures, this challenges the current regimes governing space management.  This CLE will explore this area and how industry, the government and others are responding to this challenge domestically and internationally.


6:00 – 6:05 p.m.         Welcome and Introductions

6:05 – 6:25 p.m.         Space Traffic Management: The Administration’s Views

Earl Comstock, Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Department of Commerce

6:25 – 7:15 p.m.         Defining the Space Traffic Management Problems – Why Finding a Solution is Exceedingly Complicated

The first panel will discuss the growing need for space traffic management in light of the already crowded conditions in space and the plans for many more mega-constellations.  This CLE program will examine how developing solutions within the United States and globally is exceedingly complicated from both technical and regulatory perspectives.


Stephen Goodman, Counsel, Butzel Long and Co-Chair, FCBA International Telecommunications Committee


Karl Kensinger, Deputy Division Chief, Satellite Division of the International Bureau

Tim Maclay, Ph.D, Director of Mission Systems Engineering at OneWeb

Daniel L. Oltrogge, Director, Center for Space Standards and Innovation, Analytical Graphics, Incorporated

7:15 – 7:25 p.m.         Break

7:25 – 8:15 p.m.         Potential Solutions to the Intractable Problem of Space Traffic Management

The second panel will address some of the ways that we might be able to address the critical need for rules, cooperation and information sharing to create a system of effective Space Traffic Management.  The panelists will discuss the roles of government and private-sector actors in developing an effective system for maintaining outer space as a critical resource for communications and remote imaging satellites.


Jennifer A. Manner, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Echostar


Bhavya Lal, Ph.D., Research Staff Member, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute

Therese Jones, Senior Director of Policy, Satellite Industry Association

Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation

Dr. Michael Mineiro, Senior Counsel, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Space Subcommittee (invited)


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