Fostering Sustainable Satellite Servicing

When: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Where: Washington, D.C.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosted a conference in Washington, DC, to open dialogue within the international space community regarding on-orbit satellite servicing. The conference, "Fostering Sustainable Satellite Servicing," was held Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Arlington, Va. This conference was open to the international space, satellite and related-technologies communities, and included international speakers. A catalyst for making on-orbit re-purposing a reality is DARPA's Phoenix program. Phoenix aims to develop and demonstrate technologies to cooperatively harvest and re-use valuable components from retired, non-working satellites in GEO to create new space systems at greatly reduced cost.

The following short movie was created by DARPA to show potential operating concepts for their Phoenix satellite servicing program:

 The event agenda, along with selected presentations, is below.


Welcome and Overview

David Barnhart, DARPA Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office
Bill Mackey, Space Affairs Counselor, Canadian Space Agency, Canadian Embassy


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Importance for the future of space activities
Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel, DARPA Acting Director


Sampling of Activities and Projects

Moderator: Victoria Samson, Secure World Foundation
David Barnhart, DARPA (Phoenix)
Bryan McGuirk, ViviSat (GEO Vivisat)
Dan King, MDA (SIS)
Juergen Drescher, DLR (DEOS)
Manny Leinz, Boeing (Orbital Express)
Ben Reed, NASA (Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office)
Mitsushige Oda, JAXA, (ETS-VII)


Coffee Break


Session 1 - Policy and Legal Issues
Goal: Identification of key policy, legal or regulatory impediments to technology transition

Moderator: Scott Pace, Professor of Practice of International Affairs and Director Space Policy Institute, George Washington University
Duncan Blake, Royal Australian Air Force
Joanne Gabrynowicz, Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law and Director National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law Center
Ram Jakhu, Professor, McGill University, Faculty of Law
Phil Meek, retired Air Force Space Command General Counsel




Session 2 - Information Sharing, Operational Considerations and Safety
Goal:  How to develop data connectivity to develop sustainable servicing

Moderator:  Brian Weeden, Secure World Foundation
Dan King, MDA (Space Missions)
Bryan Benedict, Intelsat General (Space Data Association)
Tim Rush, AON (Space Insurance)
Sarah Factor, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Space Policy
Myron Diftler, NASA-JSC (Robotic Operations)


Coffee Break


Session 3 - International Security and Stability
Goal:  How to maintain stability through multi-national activities in space.

Moderator: Bruce MacDonald, Senior Director, US Institute of Peace
Eva Bernhardsdotter, Researcher, Swedish Defense Research Agency
Joan Johnson-Freese, Professor,  Naval War College
Jim Fergusson, Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba and Director for Centre for Defence and Security Studies


Highlights, significant questions and areas for continued discussion

David Barnhart, DARPA


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Last updated on December 11, 2013