Low Earth Orbit Kinetic Space Safety Workshop

Unique format and results-driven approach

4–5 May 2022 • Lausanne, Switzerland

About

The LEO Kinetic Space Safety Workshop aims to provide specific solutions and pragmatic actions to enhance collisional space safety in low Earth orbit (LEO). The workshop will bring together international experts, space practitioners and others to debate specific solutions over the course of two days. Keynote speakers will detail the current state-of-the-art in spacecraft impact tolerance, collision avoidance, debris prevention and debris remediation. Interactive roundtable discussions will assess the identified proposals, focusing on their benefit, cost and maturity.

The workshop will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland and online.

Program

Tuesday May 3, 2022

19:00 — Welcome Reception

Wednesday May 4, 2022

9:00 — Welcome and Introduction
  • Welcome: Jean-Paul Kneib (EPFL)
  • Introduction: Thomas Schildknecht (University of Bern)
  • Introductory Remarks: Jan Wörner (German Academy of Science and Engineering; former ESA Director General)
  • Workshop Kickoff: Tim Maclay (ClearSpace)
  • Preliminary Poll Results: Moataz AbdelAzim (LeoLabs) (Slides)

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9:45 — Stakeholder Perspective - Keynote
  • Jim Bridenstine (Acorn Growth Companies; former NASA Administrator)

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10:30 — Break
11:00 — Stakeholder Perspective - Roundtables

Moderator: Brian Weeden (Secure World Foundation)

  • 11:00–11:45: Stakeholder Panel
    • Marit Undseth (OECD)
    • Mark Mozena (Planet)
    • Christie Iacomini (Prime Movers Lab)
  • 11:45–12:30: Policymaker Panel
    • Laurent Francillout (CNES)
    • Isaac Holliss (NZSA)
    • Ezinne Uzo-Okoro (OSTP)

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12:30 — Lunch
  • Lunch at SwissTech Convention Center included in the registration
13:30 — Impact Tolerance - Keynotes
  • 13:30–14:00: Impact Protection
    • Shannon Ryan (Deakin University)
  • 14:00–14:30: Fault Tolerance
    • Walt Everetts (Iridium)

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14:30 — Impact Tolerance - Roundtable
  • Moderator: Tim Maclay (ClearSpace)
  • Panelists:
    • Charlotte Bewick (OHB SE)
    • Doug Engelhardt (Maxar Technologies)
    • Marco Concha (Amazon Kuiper)
    • Frank Schäfer (Fraunhofer EMI)

 

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15:30 — Break
16:00 — Collision Avoidance - Keynotes
  • 16:00–16:30: Overview of Collision Avoidance Analytics
    • Dan Oltrogge (COMSPOC)
  • 16:30–17:00: Overview of Collision Avoidance Operations
    • Walt Everetts (Iridium)
  • 17:00–17:30: Keynote
    • Lauri Newman (NASA)

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17:30 — Keynote Listener Reports
  • Romain Buchs (ClearSpace)
  • Marlon Sorge (The Aerospace Corporation)

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Thursday May 5, 2022

9:00 — Collision Avoidance - Roundtables

Moderators: Dan Oltrogge (COMSPOC) and Walt Everetts (Iridium)

  • 9:00–9:45: Collision Avoidance Analytics Roundtable
    • Alessandro Rossi (IFAC-CNR)
    • Matt Hejduk (NASA)
    • Ryan Shepperd (Iridium)
    • Klaus Merz (ESA)
    • John Guiney (OneWeb)
  • 9:45–10:30: Collision Avoidance Operations and Decision Support Roundtable
    • Marlon Sorge (The Aerospace Corporation)
    • David Goldstein (SpaceX)
    • Tim Flohrer (ESA)
    • Marco Concha (Amazon Kuiper)

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10:30 — Break
11:00 — Debris Prevention (Mitigation) - Keynote
  • Christophe Bonnal (CNES)

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11:30 — Debris Prevention (Mitigation) - Roundtable
  • Moderator: Chris Kunstadter (AXA XL)
  • Panelists:
    • Julien Cantegreil (SpaceAble)
    • Tim Maclay (ClearSpace)
    • Jan Schmidt (Helvetia Insurance)
    • Doug Engelhardt (Maxar Technologies)

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12:30 — Lunch
  • Lunch at SwissTech Convention Center included in the registration
14:00 — Debris Remediation - Keynotes
  • 14:00–14:20: Overview of Remediation
    • Darren McKnight (LeoLabs)
  • 14:20–14:45: ADR Keynote
    • Muriel Richard-Noca (ClearSpace)

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14:45 — Debris Remediation - Roundtable
  • Moderators: Darren McKnight (LeoLabs) and Satomi Kawamoto (JAXA)
  • Panelists:
    • Toby Harris (Astroscale)
    • Romain Buchs (ClearSpace)
    • Jun Kuramoto (ALE)
    • Alexander Hall (Airbus Defence and Space)

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15:45 — Break
16:15 — Keynote Listener Reports
  • Adam Marsh (LeoLabs)
  • Mark Skinner (The Aerospace Corporation)

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16:45 — Re-Polling Session and "Team Photos"
17:15 — Wrap-up
  • Darren McKnight (LeoLabs)
  • Chris Kunstadter (AXA XL)
  • Moataz AbdelAzim (LeoLabs)

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19:30 — Gala Dinner

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Program subject to last minute changes.

Background

The accelerating pace of commercial space activity and the increasing frequency of debris generating events have led to an unprecedented growth of the population of objects in low Earth orbit (LEO). Industry, governments and others are concerned for the near-term safety of operational satellites and the longer-term stability of the space environment. Space safety and sustainability have galvanized stakeholder communities, but specific, meaningful solutions remain largely elusive.

The LEO Kinetic Space Safety Workshop aims to provide specific solutions and pragmatic actions to enhance LEO collisional space safety. The workshop will bring together international experts, space practitioners and others to debate specific solutions over the course of two days. Keynote speakers will detail the current state-of-the-art in spacecraft impact tolerance, collision avoidance, debris prevention and debris remediation. Interactive roundtable discussions will assess the identified proposals, focusing on their benefit, cost and maturity.

The planning committee for this workshop, which includes Darren McKnight (Senior Technical Fellow, LeoLabs), Tim Maclay (CTO, ClearSpace), Chris Kunstadter (Global Head of Space, AXA XL), Christophe Bonnal (Senior Expert, CNES), Brian Weeden (Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation), Dan Oltrogge (Director, Integrated Operations and Research, COMSPOC), Hugh Lewis (Professor, Southampton University), Satomi Kawamoto (JAXA), Marie-Valentine Florin (IRGC Executive Director, EPFL), Frank Schäfer (Deputy director, EMI Fraunhofer) and Walt Everetts (VP, Satellite Operations and Ground Development, Iridium), will lead a series of keynotes and round table discussions to refine our collective understanding of the cost, benefit, and maturity of various space safety activities.

Survey

The workshop uses a three-step process combining a comprehensive industry survey and a hybrid workshop (i.e., in-person and virtual). It aims to create a prioritized list of kinetic space safety activities for use by the space community to drive policy, regulation, development activities, and operational practices.

Before the workshop, a community polling allows any interested party to identify and assess solutions for kinetic space safety (delay April 15th). After the workshop, the organizers intend to publish two papers: a position paper, informed by the workshop, with specific recommendations that will serve as a call to action for addressing these challenges, and a compilation and analysis of the results of the community polling.

The need is urgent. The objective is clear.


The path is undefined. Help us build it!

Speakers

Moataz AbdelAzim

Moataz AbdelAzim

Commercial Sales Manager

LeoLabs

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Charlotte Bewick

Charlotte Bewick

Head of Scientific Missions Predevelopment Department

OHB System

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Christophe Bonnal

Christophe Bonnal

Senior Expert

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES)

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Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine

Senior Advisor

Acorn Growth Companies

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Romain Buchs

Romain Buchs

Space Policy Analyst

ClearSpace

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Julien Cantegreil

Julien Cantegreil

CEO

SpaceAble

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Marco Concha

Marco Concha

Flight Dynamics Engineering Manager

Amazon Kuiper

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Doug Engelhardt

Doug Engelhardt

Technical Fellow and Satellite Navigation Systems Architect

Maxar Technologies
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Walter Everetts

Walter Everetts

Vice President, Space and Ground Services

Iridium Communications
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Tim Flohrer

Tim Flohrer

Head of Space Debris Office

Marie-Valentine Florin

Marie-Valentine Florin

Executive Director

International Risk Governance Center (IRGC)
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Laurent Francillout

Laurent Francillout

Head of Space Security, Safety & Sustainability Division

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES)

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David Goldstein

David Goldstein

Principal Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Engineer

SpaceX

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John Guiney

John Guiney

Vice President, Fleet Management Segment

OneWeb

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Alexander Hall

Alexander Hall

Mission Systems Engineer

Airbus Defence and Space

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Toby Harris

Toby Harris

Global Head of Space Situational Awareness

Astroscale

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Matt Hejduk

Matt Hejduk

Chief engineer, Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis (CARA) Program

Isaac Hollis

Isaac Hollis

Principal Policy Advisor

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment of New Zealand

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Christie Iacomini

Christie Iacomini

VP of Engineering and Partner

Prime Movers Lab
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Satomi Kawamoto

Satomi Kawamoto

Senior Researcher and Manager

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

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Jean-Paul Kneib

Jean-Paul Kneib

Director of the Laboratory of Astrophysics (LASTRO) & Director of the EPFL Space Center (eSpace)

Chris Kunstadter

Chris Kunstadter

Global Head of Space

AXA XL

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Jun Kuramoto

Jun Kuramoto

External Relations Manager

Tim Maclay

Tim Maclay

CTO

ClearSpace
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Adam Marsh

Adam Marsh

Director of Customer Success

LeoLabs

Darren McKnight

Darren McKnight

Senior Technical Fellow

LeoLabs
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Klaus Merz

Klaus Merz

Senior Collision Avoidance Analyst

Mark Mozena

Mark Mozena

Senior Director, Government Affairs

Planet Labs
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Lauri Newman

Lauri Newman

Senior Technical Manager, Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis (CARA) Program

Dan Oltrogge

Dan Oltrogge

Director, Integrated Operations and Research

COMSPOC Corporation

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Muriel Richard-Noca

Muriel Richard-Noca

Co-Founder and Chief Engineer

ClearSpace

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Alessandro Rossi

Alessandro Rossi

Researcher

L’Istituto di Fisica Applicata “Nello Carrara”, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IFAC-CNR)

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Shannon Ryan

Shannon Ryan

Associate professor

Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute, Deakin University

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Frank Schäfer

Frank Schäfer

Head of Space Business Unit and Deputy Director

Fraunhofer EMI

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Thomas Schildknecht

Thomas Schildknecht

Vice Director

Astronomical Institute, University of Bern (AIUB)
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Jan Schmidt

Jan Schmidt

Head of Space

Helvetia Insurance

Ryan Shepperd

Ryan Shepperd

Mission Planning and Orbital Analyst, SSA Lead

Iridium Communications

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Mark Skinner

Mark Skinner

Senior Project Leader for Space Traffic Management

The Aerospace Corporation

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Marlon Sorge

Marlon Sorge

Principal Engineer

The Aerospace Corporation
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Marit Undseth

Marit Undseth

Space Policy Analyst

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
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Ezinne Uzo-Okoro

Ezinne Uzo-Okoro

Assistant Director for Space Policy

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
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Brian Weeden

Brian Weeden

Director of Program Planning

Secure World Foundation

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Jan Wörner

Jan Wörner

President

German Academy of Science and Engineering

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Venue

Address

SwissTech Convention Center
Route Louis-Favre 2
1024 Ecublens
Switzerland

For more information on the venue, visit the STCC website.

STCC Map

Concerning COVID: There are currently no restrictions in Switzerland. However, masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the registration desk, and we encourage anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask to please do so. If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you do not attend in person and join us online. If you need a COVID test, there is a testing site on the EPFL campus.

Registration

Sponsors

Contact Us

Registration and accommodation

Olivier Mouraux
Lausanne Tourisme
Av. Rhodanie 2, CP 975
CH – 1001 Lausanne
mouraux@lausanne-tourisme.ch
+41 21 613 73 15

General information and technical program

Darren McKnight
darren@leolabs.space

Tim Maclay
tim@clearspace.today

Chris Kunstadter
chris.kunstadter@axaxl.com

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