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Expanding Access to Space Through Affordable and Responsive Capabilities at SmallSat & Space Access Summit

The 2018 SmallSat & Space Access Summit encourages members of the DoD, Intelligence Community, military services, and critical organizations to come together to discuss solutions and techniques to exploit the space domain. This year’s summit will highlight the technology currently underway and the challenges that exist in enhancing space access and employing smallsats to ensure space superiority.

Alexandria, VA, March 28, 2018 --( On May 30-31, 2018, thought leaders and key policy-makers across the DoD, Intelligence Community, military services, and critical organizations will convene at Defense Strategies Institute’s SmallSat & Space Access Summit, for two days of actionable discussions and debate. At the summit, participants will explore the US Government's significant interest in commercial satellite data, protecting our space capabilities through disaggregation of space assets, and employing the flexibility and reliability of smallsats to aid mission success.

"As the space domain becomes increasingly contested and congested with competing adversaries, it is of utmost importance that the United States remain superior by advancing technology and incorporating low-cost flexible smallsats into orbits as auxiliary payloads," states Trina Chiodi, Program Manager at DSI. “In order to do this effectively, the US Government must partner with the private sector to design smallsats which deliver diverse and advanced capabilities at a fraction of the cost of legacy satellite systems.”

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of summits’ content and focus areas. The summit’s non-partisan approach provides the ability to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.

To this end, the SmallSat & Space Access Summit will offer 16 sessions with diverse senior leader speakers including:

* Maj Gen David Thompson, USAF, Special Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command
* Maj Gen Robert Rego (Ret), USAF, Strategic Missions Advisor, USSTRATCOM
* Brig Gen Mark Baird, USAF, Director, Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition (SAF/AQ)
*Col Shahnaz Punjani, USAF, Director, Space Rapid Capabilities Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, AFSC
* Tina Harrington, Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate, NRO

Topics will include:
- Advantages and disadvantages of employing small satellite capabilities to meet operational requirements
- Application of small satellites to gather intelligence to enable military to effectively monitor emerging crises
- Understanding the effectiveness of microsatellites to operate in LEO and the type of data that can be gained from these smallsats
- Applying small satellites over larger ones due to cost competitive flexibility to design, build, and deploy satellites that are best suited for a given application
- Ability of CubeSats to offer standardized form-factor and containerization which enables mass production and easier launch vehicle integration
- Perspective towards the limitations and constraints of payload sizes, power, and interface specifications of the current cubesats being developed
- Efficiently acquiring commercial space technology to deliver military requirements in a timely manner

Thanks for your consideration and for any questions you may send my way.
DSI welcomes any questions to have posed during the forum: questions should align with the topics of the sessions.

Seating is limited –
In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Early Registration has now begun. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and state personnel attend complimentary. Those interested in participating in the SmallSat & Space Access Summit can visit Defense Strategies Institute's website at

Anyone interested in learning more or sending questions contact Morgan at, 1-201-266-0058.

**Summit is closed to Press / No Recordings**
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Morgan Colfax

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