Press Release

ATLAS Space Operations Announces First Annual Michigan Space Forum

By SpaceRef Editor
April 11, 2018
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ATLAS Space Operations, Inc. announced today registration is now open for the inaugural Michigan Space Forum being held June 8, 2018 at Northwestern Michigan College, in Traverse City, Michigan.

The Michigan Space Forum will host more than 20 prominent speakers and panelists from the space and tech industries, including entrepreneurs, aerospace engineers, and business leaders. Headlining the event as Keynote Speaker is Jim Cantrell, who will speak on a new model for space launch, likening rockets to racecars. Cantrell has a distinguished pedigree of space entrepreneurship. In addition to being the co-founder and CEO of Vector Launch, his distinguished career also includes co-founding SpaceX as well as Moon Express.

In describing the Michigan Space Forum, ATLAS CEO, Sean McDaniel said, “It will be an opportunity for key figures in our industry [Space] to identify and discuss the trending innovations and emerging technologies that are setting the pace and shaping the direction of growth in the various segments.” When asked about selecting Traverse City for the location, McDaniel added, “The amount of support and enthusiasm we [ATLAS] received since our relocation here [Traverse City] has been truly inspiring. It’s clear the growing space industry is a true benefit for the state of Michigan, and we felt strongly about providing a showcase opportunity here.”

“We’ve received lots of positive support for this event, from potential speakers, panelists, and sponsors – all eager to participate,” said ATLAS’ Chief Strategy Officer, Mike Carey. “The speakers and panelists we’re booking for Michigan Space [Forum] collectively represent much of the excitement and innovation that’s responsible for the rapid growth in today’s space industry.”

In addition to the keynote speaker, panel discussions scheduled for the Michigan Space Forum include the development of future space entrepreneurs; vehicle diversity in the launch segment; technologies used for viewing the Earth from space; the Internet of Things (IoT) and how data acquired from space is shaping the future; and the advancement of Michigan’s Space Industry.

Other speakers and panelist for the Forum include industry leaders representing Virgin Orbit, Boreal Space, PlanetIQ and many others. Also participating in panels will be leaders from New Zealand based Rocket Lab and Venture Southland. Educational leaders from the University of Michigan and Michigan Technological University will also be taking part in the showcase.

For more information on the Michigan Space Forum and registration please visit

About ATLAS:

ATLAS Space Operations, listed by Stanley Morgan as a Top 12 disruptor in the satellite industry, is a ground-to-space communications service provider. By providing a revolutionary approach to satellite communications driven by new thinking and new technology, ATLAS brings more data down from space, faster, and more affordably than ever before.

For more information on ATLAS, please visit

SpaceRef staff editor.