Space Entrepreneurs and Orbital Engineers are excited to announce we're putting together a group to see an early screening of the critically acclaimed First Man about the life of Neil Armstrong.
We’ll gather as a group at McCormick and Schmick's Atrium Patio in Lincoln Square at 5pm, then we’ll make our way upstairs for the 7pm showing.
This will be an IMAX screening, and we've reserved a limited number of prime location seats, so make sure and grab your tickets soon! Ticket cost includes your ticket to the movie. We hope to see you there, and feel free to post your comments about the movie to get the conversation started!
Sean McClinton and Casey Backes
The politics and policy of space affects the future of our industry in many ways—both at the federal and local level. Come hear from Casey Dreier, Director of Space Policy at the Planetary Society, on how you can train yourself to be an effective advocate for space and how you can influence the future of the space industry via activism and outreach.
As Director of Space Policy, Casey leads the strategic planning and implementation of The Planetary Society's policy and advocacy efforts. These include working closely with other policy representatives in the space community, educating legislators and congressional staffers, and organizing Planetary Society members to become active space advocates. He also educates the public about space policy and history through writing, his monthly Space Policy Edition podcast, and unique online course offerings such as Space Advocacy 101.
He is a trusted source for space policy analysis for journalists and has been featured as a source in many general interest publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Vox and The Verge, to name a few. He is committed to demystifying the politics and policy of space for all audiences and has been an invited speaker at conferences such as The Atlantic's Washington Ideas Week and Politicon.
He is also an instructor at Western Washington University, where he teaches the occasional class on space history and policy.
It's time to get excited about summer and space in Seattle! The NewSpace Conference is returning to Seattle on June 26-28, and we're excited to bring you this preview of what's to come at the conference.
We welcome panelists Rob Hoyt of Tethers Unlimited, Christopher Richins of RBC Signals, former Astronaut Soyeon Yi of Loft Orbital, and Phil Brytzwa of SpaceFlight Industries to discuss how newspace companies are working to open space to more and more people. In this panel moderated by Sean McClinton, we'll talk about the growth and diversity of opportunities in space for people of all walks of life.
Join us for an evening of conversation and networking at the beautiful new ThinkSpace location on Lake Union, with a waterfront view of where Bill Boeing once started a small seaplane company in hopes of becoming a player in the budding aviation industry. Enjoy free light appetizers thanks to our sponsor Perkins Coie with a no-host bar while meeting industry influencers right here in Seattle. Special discount codes for the NewSpace Conference will be distributed to attendees.
About the Panelists
Rob Hoyt, Founder and CEO, Tethers Unlimited
Dr. Rob Hoyt is a relentlessly inventive Technologist and CEO with expertise in advanced space technologies, additive manufacturing, plasma physics, and scientific algorithms. He co-founded Tethers Unlimited Inc in 1994, built it into a multi-$M space and defense R&D firm, and is now building a spin-off venture, Firmamentum, to commercialize in-space manufacturing and construction services. He also co-founded ScienceOps Inc., a big-data algorithm and web analytics firm purchased by Acquisio in 2012. Over the past twenty-four years he has pioneered the development of technologies for in-space manufacturing of spacecraft components, affordable mitigation of orbital debris and radiation belts, and propellantless propulsion for spacecraft.
Christopher Richins, Founder and CEO, RBC Signals
Christopher Richins is Founder and CEO of RBC Signals, a provider of global satellite communication "infrastructure as a service." Richins began his career as an RF Communications Engineer at Boeing Sea Launch, where he supported multiple launch campaigns from the shipbased equatorial launch site. After business school, he completed an internship with SpaceX before joining Bain & Company as a management consultant. Post Bain, Richins held management roles at Arkyd Astronautics (Planetary Resources), Space Angels Network, Expedia, and Applause. Richins earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Fellow, a master's degree in Astronautics from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He lives with his family near Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Soyeon Yi
Dr. Soyeon Yi is South Korea’s first and only astronaut. Dr. Yi received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and her Ph.D. from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). Dr. Yi currently works in Strategic Business Development and Partnership for Loft Orbital. She enjoys singing, playing the piano, gardening, crafts and hiking. She presently lives in Puyallup, Washington, with her husband.
Phil Bryztwa, Director – Business Development, Spaceflight Industries
Phil Brzytwa leads up international sales and business development at Spaceflight Industries, helping arrange launch services for customers ranging from IoT CubeSat constellation startups to lunar landers. In addition to being an expert in the global launch market, Phil takes great pride at eating every type of local cuisine he can when travelling to visit customers around the world. Prior to working at Spaceflight, Phil worked in operations at Vestas Wind Systems, the global leader in wind energy. In his spare time, Phil races J24 sailboats on Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.
There are attorneys who work with the laws and policies that impact every satellite, every space mission, and really anything that reaches about 62 miles in altitude (depending on who you ask). The roots of the laws and international agreements encompassing space pre-date the cold war and are cemented in our national defense policies and foreign policy. This presentation will provide an informal overview of the cold-war origins of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and jump in time to modern defense and commercial policy. I want to introduce everyone to this unique field, teach the audience a few basic tenants of space law, and show off our internationally recognized program in Lincoln Nebraska.
Elsbeth Magilton is the Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications law programs at the University of Nebraska College of Law. After starting her career in web development Elsbeth shifted into technology policy during law school. She earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law and received a concentration in Cyberlaw. Elsbeth also studied at the William and Mary College of Law, completing (then) unique courses in cybercrime and working with the Center for Legal and Court Technology. Elsbeth is a huge science fiction fan and has always loved space. Applying her technical background and interest in space travel to the law is her passion. She travels to law schools, engineering schools, high schools, science fairs, and even comi-cons to talk to students and professionals about the impact laws and policies have on innovative industries - and how lawyers can help scientists and inventors. Elsbeth is admitted to practice law in the state of Nebraska and is member of the Nebraska Bar Association. She also has two curious and wonderfully wild children and is married to a chef who caters to musicians touring around the country.
A new venue, Elysian Brewery featuring Space Dust IPA, for Space Entrepreneurs inaugural Spacetoberfest!
Come and meet like-minded space industry professionals over good beer and food. Don't forget to bring some business cards.
Happy hour runs from 3-6 at Elysian.
When a major aircraft, spacecraft, or structural disaster occurs, forensics investigators employ computer simulations to re-create the system failures (as best they can). The talk will cover some of the ways that simulations contribute to the design and testing process, and highlight some forensic analysis of aircraft and spacecraft disasters.
About Sahl Martin
Sahl holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and an AA in Fire Science from Colombia Southern University. He has worked in electronic design automation, firefighting, and engineering simulation. He currently works as an account manager for Ansys, Inc., the largest provider of engineering simulation tools to a variety of industries: aerospace & defense, automotive, energy, electronics, industrial automation, and medical devices. Sahl lives in Gig Harbor with his wife and four kids
• Brief history of the space industry
• How we got here
• How to capitalize on current market opportunities & conditions
• Applications and future opportunities
Kyu's background is in aerospace, technology, and defense. Spectrum of roles he’s been in is wide, ranging from Aerospace Engineer to Sales & Marketing Director for a mobile app startup. He started his career as an intern at NASA Langley Research Center working in wind tunnels and labs. After graduating from University of Washington’s Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering program (B.S.), he was a flight performance engineer at Lockheed Martin for the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) program. After getting his Master's from Southern Methodist University’s Engineering Management & Systems Engineering program, he worked at DARPA for the Falcon program (Small Launch Vehicle and Hypersonic Technology Vehicle) that helped SpaceX get its footing in the industry. In both 2006 and 2007 launch failure investigation, Kyu was part of the official board that gathered and analyzed the technical evidence to find the root cause. At FAA Commercial Space Transportation Office (AST), Kyu led the effort to formulate human spaceflight regulations for commercial / private ventures. He also led the research on methods of quantifying risk for reusable launch systems. Since leaving the government, Kyu has been at Orbital Sciences, Schafer, Paragon, and IDair before joining Vulcan in 2014. At Vulcan, he formed strategic partnerships and led projects to give Stratolaunch competitive edge.
Some of his other past projects include: ANGELS, OCO-2, Inspiration Mars, and World View.
Many of us have an idea for a space company, and now's your chance to pitch it to the group and get feedback.
A first of it's kind event for Space Entrepreneurs, this will be an evening to both share your idea or business and to get feedback on it. You'll have 5 minutes to present your idea, and 5 minutes of feedback from the group. Group size will be limited to 15.
Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Location will be announced shortly.
Hosted by Jake Larkin & Peter Sweeney at the Queen Anne Beer Hall. A chance to get together, talk to old friends, meet new people, and talk space as well as whatever else is on your mind! Come for a good time with interesting people & good beer.