Key Issues Workshop at Space Symposium


Despite anxiety concerning the effect of the recent government sequestration on attendance, the HPA proceeded as planned with its Key Issues Workshop April 8 at the Broadmoor Hotel during the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, and the result was a better-than-expected turnout.

The format of the workshop demonstrated both industry’s and the U.S. Government’s ingenuity at finding cost-effective solutions in the face of budget cuts. Despite restrictions on travel, officers at the Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, and NASA officials at both headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, were able to participate in a lively discussion together with the attendees onsite at the symposium by two-way video teleconference.

The program included keynote addresses by individuals who are leading the way in hosted payloads: Lt. Gen. John Hyten, who attended the workshop in person; NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, addressing the audience from Washington, D.C.; and Col. Scott Beidleman, who addressed the audience from the Los Angeles Air Force Base.

The workshop facilitated open interaction between government and industry, tackling key issues that are potential obstacles for more widespread use of hosted payloads. The open discussion demonstrated that progress has been made over the past few years, and that industry will see more operational payloads hosted on commercial satellites in the future.