Video: The European Union - U.S. 2nd Space Policy Conference

The EU-U.S. 2nd Space Policy Conference will cover the following issues:

1. Presentation of the Space Strategy for Europe and the U.S. perspective;

2. Space for society: what policymakers in the U.S. and the EU can do together;

3. New business models in space: What companies expect from policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic;

4. Using space in a secure and safe environment: Opportunities for like-minded partners.

The European Union has emerged as a significant actor in global space, with $13 billion invested in Galileo and Copernicus over 2014-2020. Now that its programs have become operational in a fast changing global context for space, the European Commission has proposed a new Space Strategy for Europe in October 2016. International cooperation is a core tenet of this strategy. The United States, as the European Union's prime partner and ally in space, has a keen interest in the new EU space strategy and its potential for new avenues of cooperation.

This conference will therefore discuss ways to foster the use of space-based services (Earth observation, navigation, satellite communications for broadband) and to develop cooperation in new areas such as space surveillance and tracking, space weather or space and security. It will also address new entrepreneurship and business opportunities in the space sector, how to strengthen U.S. and European capabilities, and challenges to current governing frameworks.

The program is as follows:

08:30 Registration and breakfast

09:00 Keynote speeches: Presentation of EU space strategy and U.S. perspective
Mr. Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General DG GROW, European Commission
Deputy Assistant Secretary Mr. Jonathan Margolis, U.S. Department of State, Space and Advanced Technologies

09:45 Panel 1: Space for Society: What Can Policy Makers in the U.S. and the EU Do Together?

- Ms. Sabine Lecrenier (moderator), Head of Unit "Space Policy & Research" DG GROW, European Commission
- Mr. Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General DG GROW, European Commission
Deputy Assistant Secretary Mr. Jonathan Margolis, U.S. Department of State, Space and Advanced Technologies
- Dr. Steve Volz, Assistant Administrator, NOAA NESDIS
- Mr. Douglas Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy

10:45 Coffee Break

11:00 Panel 2: New Business Models in Space. What Do Companies Expect from Policy Makers on Both Sides of the Atlantic?

- Mr. Jean-Luc Bald (moderator), First Secretary for Space, EU Delegation to the United States
- Mr. Rich DalBello, Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs, Virgin Galactic
- Mr. Antoine de Chassy, Business Development Executive, Spire Global
- Mr. Dan Hendrickson, Vice President of Business Development, Astrobotic Technology
- Mr. Peter Marquez, Vice President, Global Engagement, Planetary Resources

12:00 Panel 3: Using Space in a Secure and Safe Environment - Opportunities for Like-minded Partners

- Dr. Scott Pace (moderator), Director, Space Policy Institute
- Mr. Fran├žois Rivasseau, European External Action Service Special Envoy for Space
- Mr. Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director European Space Policy Institute
- Ms. Victoria Samson, Director Washington Office Secure World Foundation
- Mr. Eric Desautels, Director, Office of Emerging Security Challenges
- Mr. David Turner, Deputy Director, Office of Space & Advanced Technology, U.S. Department of State

12:45 Closing remarks - Dr. Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University

13:15 Lunch and networking

13:45 End

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