Space Symposium Day Two: Addressing Commercial LEO Development and National Security Space

Redwire’s second day at Space Symposium featured a full slate of content including an engaging discussion around the future of low-Earth orbit with former NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, a discussion on the importance of space during times of conflict, and a panel exploring the norms of behavior in commercial space. Redwire premiered a Space Symposium tech talk series at the Redwire booth (#1374) featuring industry experts that focused on trending topics across the industry.

Tech Talks 

Suzanne Gillen, Redwire VP of Government Relations and Business Development, Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Mike Gold, Redwire EVP of Civil Space and External Affairs

The day began with a tech talk with former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Redwire VP of Government Relations and Business Development Suzanne Gillen, and Redwire EVP of Civil Space and External Affairs Mike Gold. They discussed the importance of building destinations in low-Earth orbit (LEO), the need of public-private partnerships for commercial LEO development and how the private sector can help accelerate LEO destinations and infrastructure. The group also discussed debris mitigation, in-space assembly and manufacturing (ISAM) technology, the future of the Artemis missions, and human landing systems.  

“The future of technology is in microgravity, and we are proud to be part of the Orbital Reef team…to create the future we all want,” said Gold. 

“It is important for our country to have multiple human landing systems that are competing on cost, innovation and safety, and that are going to get customers that are not NASA,” said Bridenstine. “If we have that, it’s going to be a better system and it’s going to be more cost effective for the American taxpayer.”  

Rob Zitz, President of Rob Zitz & Associates, Dean Bellamy, Redwire EVP of National Security Space, Steve “Bucky” Butow, Director of Space Portfolio Defense Innovation Unit, Dr. Andy Williams, Deputy Technology Executive Officer for Space S&T AFRL

In today’s second tech talk, Redwire’s Executive Vice President of National Security Space, Dean Bellamy, led a conversation about the importance of space during conflicts on Earth. He shared the stage with Rob Zitz, President of Rob Zitz & Associates, Steve “Bucky” Butow, Director of Space Portfolio Defense Innovation Unit, and Dr. Andy Williams, Deputy Technology Executive Officer for Space S&T AFRL. They discussed how space is no longer a sanctuary, but a warfighting domain. For our national security space architecture to operate through a conflict and support advanced missile defense, we must be more resilient and persistent. The group discussed how the Hybrid Architecture will add resilience and persistence by combining government and commercial space systems into an integrated architecture.  

“I would say it’s important to know when you look around this room, really for government the industry is here,” said Bellamy. “We’re rolling up our sleeves every day, we’re working hard to continue to innovate.” 

Other Happenings 

Redwire Executive Vice President of Civil Space Business Development & External Affairs Mike Gold participated in a panel on “Norms of Behavior: A Cross Sectional Look.” He was joined by Dr. Bhavya Lal, Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Budget and Finance at NASA, and Gabriel Swiney, Attorney Adviser for the U.S. Department of State to discuss recent ISAM strategies and the Artemis Accords.  

Dr. Bhavya Lal, Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Budget and Finance at NASA, Mike Gold, EVP of Civil Space Business Development & External Affairs at Redwire, Gabriel Swiney, Attorney Adviser for the U.S. Department of State

“Norms of behavior are as important for commercial companies if not more important than they are for government. We need predictability, we need certainty,” said Gold. “There is incredible value in public-private partnerships and the reason public-private partnerships work is you get private sector investment. If we don’t have norms, if we don’t have rules, it will scare away critical investments that have enabled a second golden age of space and produced innovations critical for science, commercial, and national security.” 

Upcoming Events 

Tomorrow, Redwire will sponsor a reception with SGAC, Euroconsult and Space Foundation at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in the Colorado Ballroom. This will take place immediately following the programming for the Space Exploration track at the Cheyenne, curated by Euroconsult. Redwire Chairman and CEO Peter Cannito will host an Executive Interview virtually tomorrow morning. 

Redwire is hosting daily in-booth talks throughout the conference, with more exciting discussions on the way. Tomorrow, head to Redwire’s booth or tune in to the livestream to hear about how Redwire is contributing to the construction of a commercial space station with Blue Origin, Sierra Space and Boeing. Redwire’s tech talks will be livestreamed across Redwire’s social media channels. See the schedule for tomorrow below: 

10:45-12:00 p.m. MT 

Panel: Leveraging the Synergy of Proliferated LEO and GEO Systems for National Security Missions 

Featuring: Lt. Gen. David Buck, USAF (Ret.), President of BPRH Mission Solutions, Col. Dean Bellamy, USAF (Ret.), EVP of National Security Space at Redwire, Richard Aves, EVP at Parsons Tony Colucci & Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer at Spacelink, Capt. Robert Curbeam, USN (Ret.), SVP of Space Capture at Maxar, Stacy Kubicek, VP & GM of Missions Solutions at Lockheed Martin  

Location: International Center 

2:15-3:15 p.m. MT 

Panel: Enabling Commercial Opportunities in Lunar Exploration 

Featuring: Al Tadros, Chief Growth Officer & EVP of Space Infrastructure at Redwire, Dan Hendrickson from Astrobotic, Giuseppe Lenzo from Telespazio, Sam Peterson from the Swedish Space Corporation 

Location: Cheyenne Mountain Resort 

4:00-4:30 p.m. MT 

Tech Talk: Orbital Reef: Living and Working in Space 

Featuring: Mike Gold, EVP of Civil Space Business Development at Redwire, Randy Lillard, Orbital Reef Program Manager at Blue Origin, Scott Asbury, Sr. Director Space Destinations and Orbital Reef Program Manager at Sierra Space, Kevin Foley, Program Manager of Commercial Space Projects at Boeing 

Location: Redwire Booth #1374 

5:15-7:15 p.m. MT 

Sponsored Reception:  

Featuring: Redwire, SGAC, Euroconsult and Space Foundation 

Location: Cheyenne Mountain Resort in the Colorado Ballroom  

Virtual Executive Interview with Redwire Chairman and CEO Peter Cannito, airs virtually on Wednesday, April 6.  Moderator: Space Foundation  

Stop by the Redwire Booth to check out the featured technology and tech talks, or follow Redwire on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook for daily updates and to watch the tech talks live.   

You can also check out the full schedule of events on our website. 

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