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CIS-LUNAR SPACE: Research for Today, Training for Tomorrow

March 23 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cislunar space

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) invites members of media to attend its annual symposium “CIS-LUNAR SPACE: Research for Today, Training for Tomorrow” at the Holiday Inn, Washington DC, National Mall. The Symposium is being held in partnership with the Space Policy Institute of The George Washington University.

Media interested in attending must RSVP by March 13th to [email protected]


The half-day symposium, scheduled from 12 Noon – 5:00 pm EDT, on March 23, 2023, will bring together prominent business, government and academic leaders to discuss how evolving Cis-Lunar capabilities contribute to science, commerce and security.

Keynote Speaker: Robert Cabana, Associate Administrator, NASA

Panel 1: Cis-Lunar Technical Challenges and Opportunities

Accelerating activity in Cis-Lunar Space necessitates new scientific advances in energy, communications, and logistics. Space is also becoming an arena for technological shows of economic and military force. Panelists will discuss the technical challenges and opportunities in the coming decades.

– James Free, NASA Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development
– Bardi Younes, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation
– Lindsey Millard, Principal Director for Space, Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
– Emma Rainey, Senior Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Panel 2: Commercial Innovations and Opportunities in Cis-Lunar Space

Panelists will provide insight for universities preparing for near-term government and commercial research opportunities in cislunar space. With rapidly increasing spaceflight activities in Cis-Lunar space, attendees will hear from government and commercial sector leaders about upcoming innovations and potential opportunities for their respective institutions in space research development

– Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
– Justin Kasper, Chief of Technology, Advanced Technologies, BWX Technologies, Inc.
– Curtis Hernandes, Principal for Space Policy, Amazon Web Services
– Dan Hendrickson, Vice President of Business Development, Astrobotic Corporation

Reception: Beginning at 4:45 pm EDT, a reception celebrating USRA will follow for all attendees (including media)

Media Coverage

All sessions will be on-the-record and may be video- or audio-recorded by accredited journalists, provided symposium proceedings are not disrupted. A press room and mult-box will be available on-site. Interviews may be conducted after all sessions conclude at the speakers’ individual discretion.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using #USRAedu, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USRAedu.

Media Credentials, Inquiries

All media should register for a badge to attend symposium sessions and the reception. Reporters, producers and photojournalists with valid media credentials are encouraged to pre-register via email with their name, news affiliation, title and phone number to Suraiya Farukhi ([email protected]; (443) 812- 6945) by 5:00 pm Friday, March 17, 2023. All media requests received after this deadline will be handled onsite at the symposium on Thursday, March 23. Both pre-registered and onsite registrants are required to provide a business card, press pass or equivalent identification at the media registration desk the day of the symposium. Registration for press is complimentary.

The event will be livestreamed. Details to follow.

More information about USRA and this symposium are available at newsroom.usra.edu

Media Contact:
Suraiya Farukhi, Ph.D.
Director, Communications, USRA
[email protected]
cell: (443) 812-6945


March 23
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Holiday Inn Washington National Mall
550 C St SW
Washington, DC 20024 United States
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