Commercial Spaceflight Entrepreneurship Workshop


Commercial Spaceflight Entrepreneurship Workshop


An Out of this World Workshop - November 4, 2018

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Each generation, a California industry revolutionizes the world. Film, aviation, governmental spaceflight, personal computing, Internet, smart mobile devices & apps have made all our lives exciting, richer and more productive.

If you follow Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos then you know that “the next big thing” is New Space. Each of these entrepreneurs and many more have invested their money and souls into moving humankind more rapidly toward a future in space. They are committed to doing this in a peaceful, sustainable and commercial way. While the New Space movement is global, the largest concentration of these firms and talent is found right around USC. Data from the Space Foundation shows that the current space economy is already several times larger than the app market and a 2018 Bank of America report projects this industry will grow to $2.7 Trillion in 25 years – twice the size of the Russian economy. Join us on November 4 to learn more about this exciting domain and the research going on within it.

USC’s Southern California Commercial Spaceflight Initiative is at the center of all this. Located within the Marshall School of Business’ innovative Greif Center, SCCSI mission is to:

 Lead in the development and distribution of research that supports the entrepreneurial space economy, ensuring a brighter future in space for our region, the nation and the world.

Portions of the Commercial Spaceflight Entrepreneurship Workshop are open to undergrad and graduate students interested in learning more about careers in commercial space or seeking mentoring for their space related startups. SCCSI sponsor organizations will have the opportunity share their firm’s internship and employment opportunities with talent students from Marshall and across campus. We always make a special effortBransonto engage students from demographics and backgrounds that are underrepresented in aerospace industry.

The 2018 conference will be held in association with National Space Society's Space Settlement Summit and the Moon Village Association's Annual Symposium.

Workshop Agenda

Friday Nov. 2 – Radisson Hotel, 1880 Room

17:00 – 20:30  Presentation of 1st Annual SCCSI Space Entrepreneur Award

Recipient and Speaker: Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides - Dinner (w. NSS)


Saturday Nov. 3

12:00 – 13:00  National Space Society Lunch w. Gen. Charlie Bolden, Former NASA

18:00 – 20:00  SCCSI & National Space Society reception Greif Center Balcony


Sunday Nov. 4 – Fertitta Hall Lower Level

8:00 – 8:30      Breakfast Reception (no charge)

8:30 – 9:15      Welcome Gen. Charlie Bolden, Former NASA Administrator

9:15 – 10:00    Networking Session with Faculty and Students


10:00 – 11:00  Panel One: New Space as a Context for Research

Industry leaders help frame questions for researchers in management, policy and economics.

Moderator: Greg Autry, USC

Richard French, JPL

Paul Wooster, SpaceX

Dan Rasky, NASA Ames

Jordan Noone, Relativity Space

Scott Macklin, Virgin

Garrett Reisman, USC 

11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Session One: What’s Useful?

Industry deliverables (prof, policy + industry per group)


12:10 – 13:10 Lunch: Dr. Scott Pace, Executive Secretary of the National Space Council (Lunch $25)

13:10 – 13:50 Networking Session with Faculty and Students


14:00 – 15:00 Panel Two: Management Research Applied to Space

Academics and researchers offer industry insights into utilizing management scholarship to enhance organizational, economic and political outcomes.

Moderator: Ken Davidian, FAA AST

Ward Hanson, Stanford

Jeff Mathews, Deloitte

Andy Aldrin, FIT/ Buzz Aldrin Institute

Jen Rae Wang, Former NASA Assoc. Admin.

Greg Autry, USC

15:00 – 16:00  Breakout Session Two: What’s Interesting?

Explore Mgt. theory (prof, policy + industry per group)


16:00 – 16:30 Presentation of 1st Annual SCCSI Space Scholar Award

                        Recipient: Dr. Patricia Hynes, NMSU

16:30 – 16:45  Concluding Comments

17:00               Dinner with Moon Village Association TBD

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Speaker List (SCCSI + NSS + MVA)

Partial List of Speakers and Panelists for Combined SCCSI Workshop, NSS Space Settlement Summit, Moon Village Association Annual Symposium

Scott Pace, National Space Council

Charlie Bolden, Former NASA Admin, State Dept. Science Envoy

George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic

Garret Reisman, Former NASA Astronaut, USC

Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, European Space Agency

Giuseppe Reibaldi, Executive Secretary of the The Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, House Science and Technology Committee

Ken Davidian, Director of Research, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation

Phil Larson, Former White House Science Advisor

Jen Rae Wang, Former NASA Associate Admin for Comms

Tom Cremins, NASA Acting Chief of Staff

Andy Aldrin, President of the Buzz Aldrin Institute 

Paul Wooster, SpaceX Mars Architecture and Vehicles lead

Sean Mahoney, CEO Masten Space Systems 

Scott Macklin,  Head of Propulsion at Virgin Orbit

Anita Gale,  Former  Space Shuttle Engineer

Bruce Pittman, Chief Systems Engineer NASA Space Portal Office

Mark Hokins, Chairman of the NSS Executive Committee

Colonel Karlton D. Johnson (USAF-Retired), Global Cyber and Data Risk Officer at Arconic Inc

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SCCSI and Workshop Sponsors and Partners

Titanium Level Sponsor:

Deloitte Space


Inconel Level Sponsors:


Virgin Space


Carbon Fiber Level Sponsors:

Mojave Air and Space Port


Aluminum Level Sponsors:

Relativity Space

Aerospace Corporation

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Barbara Belvisi




Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Axiom Space

Masten Space Systems

NASA Ames Space Portal

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