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New York Space Business Roundtable: Past Conversations

The New York Space Business Roundtable is a regularly scheduled monthly program that will explore the business, financing and ethical governance of the Commercial Space sector. Because of New York’s prominence as a global financial center, it is the place where “Space does business.“ It is also the place where the industry will discuss social issues that impact the finance and business of Space and the highly charged and fast-growing Satellite industry.

Produced in association with the New York Space Alliance and with the support of the Consulate General of Luxembourg Office of Trade and Investment Office (LTIO), as well as Space News magazine, World Teleport Association and the Washington Space Business Roundtable, the Roundtable will gather every third Wednesday of the month.

You can watch past New York Space Business Roundtable sessions on demand here:

Commercial Space & Tonawanda, New York

Empire State Development Regional Director for Western New York Karen Utz, Ursa Space CEO and 2011 SSPI Promise Award Recipient Adam Maher, iRocket CEO and 2023 “20 Under 35” Honoree Asad Malik, Empire Space Co-Founders Patrick Chase and Evan Learner and New York Consortium for Space Technology Innovation & Development Senior Director Gregory C. Ray discuss the New York state of mind when it comes to commercial space and whether New York state is space investment ready. With the monthly “Significant Digits” report from SpaceNews and a “New York Minute” reaction segment featuring New York Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli.

Roadkill on the Cislunar Highway?

Interstellar Labs CEO Beverly Belvisi and Space Fund Chairman Rick Tumlinson discuss where we are and where we go next in the Cislunar ecosystem. With the monthly “Significant Digits” report from SpaceNews and a “New York Minute” reaction segment featuring New York Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli.

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Will Anyone Visit Your Grave on the Moon?

Sedaro Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Robbie Robertson and Community in Space Managing Director Micah Walter-Range discuss how businesses can succeed in the Cislunar Economy. How might – or might not – they be financed? They discuss market potential, secondary market dynamics, and investor perspectives in today’s Cislunar economic landscape. With the monthly “Significant Digits” report from SpaceNews and a “New York Minute” reaction segment featuring New York Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli.

GEO 2.0 and the Outernet

Hughes Director of Strategy & Market Intelligence Joe Bernabucci, Speedcast Vice President of Engineering Operations, USA William Mudge and SmallSat Alliance President and Co-Founder Steve Nixon discuss if the Outernet is outer nuts and if GEO has entered a new era that will be even more potent than the first. With the monthly “Significant Digits” report from SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and a “New York Minute” reaction segment featuring New York Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli. This edition of the New York Space Business Roundtable is part of the Eternal Orbit campaign.

Summer Reading!

Washington Post Reporter and author Christian Davenport, Quartz.com Senior Reporter and author Tim Fernholz and Willis Towers Watson Vice President and author Rob Scheige discuss what authors are writing about and what they have to say about our space barons and fictional characters with space as the background. With the monthly “Significant Digits” report from SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and a “New York Minute” reaction segment featuring New York Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli.

Running with Scissors in Space

Aerospace Corporation Senior Project Leader of the Space Architecture Department Grant Cates, Access Partnership Head of Global Market Access Juan Cacace and Aerospace Corporation Systems Director for the Center for Space Policy and Strategy Josef Koller put the financial and ethical lenses on the issues of risk, reward and motive during a time when commercial, civil and government-related space activities are popping-up like flowers. With the monthly “Significant Digits” report from SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and a “New York Minute” reaction segment featuring New York Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli.

Goldilocks Regulations for Space (Or, “Nobody Told Me It Was Gonna Be a Bear!”)

Special Guest Moderator Hogan Lovells Partner Steven M. Kaufman, Secure World Foundation Director of Space Applications Programs Krystal Azelton, TMT Law Managing Partner Abhishek Malhotra and Willis Towers Watson Senior Vice President Rob Scheige discuss how much regulation they think is enough? And how much is NOT enough. With the monthly “Significant Digits” report from SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and a “New York Minute” reaction segment featuring New York Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli.

Services: Catching Asteroids, Cleaning Debris & Data Mining

Privateer Co-Founder and CEO Alex Fielding, Astroscale VP of BD & Advanced Systems Jack Deasy and Neuraspace Director and COO Dr. Chiara Manfletti, as representatives of funded, aggressive commercial space infrastructure companies, discuss their role after launch and how it will be vital to an entirely new and important commercial experience in space. With the monthly “Significant Digits” report from SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and a “New York Minute” reaction segment featuring New York Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli.

Launch: Why Billionaires Matter

Arizona State University Space Governance Lab Founder Professor Timiebi Aganaba, Integrate Space Co-Founder John Conafay and Skyrora CEO Volodymyr Levykin discuss the realities of launch investments and business in 2023. With the monthly “Significant Digits” report from SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and a “New York Minute” reaction segment featuring New York Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli.

Deal Flow in Commercial Space 3 - Is Luxembourg the Best Investment in Space History?

Luxembourg Space Agency CEO Marc Serres, Redwire CFO Jonathan Baliff and Spire Global Founder & CEO Peter Platzer discuss Luxembourg’s steady growth and opportunities as one of Europe’s and the world’s best places to do business. With a briefing on the recent USA/India joint Civil Space Working group meetings in Washingtion, DC by SatCom Industry Association Director General Anil Prakesh, the monthly “Significant Digits” report from SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and a “New York Minute” reaction segment featuring New York Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli.

Deal Flow in Commercial Space 2 - Blockchain & Space

SpaceChain CEO Clifford W. Beek and PwC Manager for Enterprise Strategy & Value, Transformation Tim Ford discuss whether or not blockchain is transforming and decentralizing commercial space already and what’s really going on in this radical decentralization of space and asset allocation and management. With a Significant Digits report from SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and SpaceNews Silicon Valley Correspondent Debra Werner.

Deal Flow in Commercial Space - Satellites and (Business) Stars

RRE Ventures General Partner & COO Will Porteous and Journalist and Editor of SpaceIntelReport Peter B. de Selding, a member of the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame, discuss the recent increase in pace of high-profile satellite industry sales and what the 3 biggest deals in 2023 for the industry may be. With a special report from SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow.

Building and Cruising the Cislunar Highway

Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters Jim Free, SSPI Chair Emeritus and Founder, Chair and CEO of Lonestar Data Holdings Inc. Chris Stott, SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and SpaceNews Silicon Valley Correspondent Debra Werner explore to better understand how Artemis and a host of other NASA led missions and initiatives will pave the way for public private partnerships to enlist American entrepreneurship to open up this new frontier to commercial enterprise.

So You Think You Want to Be an Astropreneur??

SpaceLink Vice President of NASA & Civil Space Robert Conrad, WTW Global Inspace CEO Mark Quinn, Momentus Chairman of the Board and President and CEO John Rood, Redwire President & Chief Operating Officer Andrew Rush and SpacePharma CEO Yossi Yamin explain why they have invested time, money and sweat equity to pursue businesses in the Cislunar economy. With a special report from SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and SpaceNews Silicon Valley Correspondent Debra Werner.

The Cislunar Economy: Introducing High-Flying Pie in the Sky

CommStar Co-Founder and Chairman Robert (Bob) Brumley, Mexican Space Agency LEO Satellite Constellation Manager Dr. Adrian Guzman, Luxembourg Space Agency Director and Member of the Executive Committee Mathias Link, SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and SpaceNews Silicon Valley Correspondent Debra Werner explore the Cislunar Economy from its unique, real New York perspective.

Multiverses, Quantum Space and Inspiration: How We Build Our Future

NASA-SCaN Chief Scientist & Quantum Science and Technology Lead Dr. Nasser Barghouty, Quantinuum Senior Quantum Evangelist Dr. Mark Jackson, Artist, Physicist and Comic Book Author Dr. Kitty Y.M. Yeung, SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and SpaceNews Silicon Valley Correspondent Debra Werner explore the most innovative, emerging concepts in the industry today – and where the future investments might go.

Meditation and Other Things I Didn’t Learn in School About the Space Industry

Lockheed Martin Vice President of New Ventures Lon Levin, Astronaut and Author Nicole Stott, Author Frank White, Beyond Earth Institute President and Co-Founder Steven Wolfe, SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and SpaceNews Silicon Valley Correspondent Debra Werner discuss meditation and the great lessons they have learned through the insights it brings.

The State of Space in a New York State of Mind

Business Developer Terence J. Clas, Empire Space Co-Founders Patrick Chase and Evan Lerner, RRE Ventures General Partner and COO Will Porteous, SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jason Rainbow and SpaceNews Silicon Valley Correspondent Debra Werner discuss whether New York has the vision and the political intelligence to be a major player in the space and satellite industry.

If Taiwan Goes, Does Commercial Space Go With It?

Author and Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert Spalding, Innovation Acceleration Capital’s Darius Senkey, Tensor Tech CEO Thomas Yen and Dr. T.J. Liang of Taipei’s Industrial Technology Research Institute, a government think tank, discuss Taiwan’s significance to the world’s supply chain, high-value technology base, microprocessors and the civil life and laws upon which democracy depends and what is really at stake.

Scotland & the New Space Empire

Dr. David Alexander, OBE, Director, Rice Space Institute; Dr. Calum Forsyth, VC Investor, Techstart Ventures LLP; Dr. Hina Khan, Sr. Project Manager, UK Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Spire Global, Inc.; and Daniel Smith, Executive Director, Scottish Space Leadership Council and CEO, AstroAgency discuss Scotland’s steady, impressive space industry and its opportunities. This is the first of a three-part series.

Space SPACs: I Can't Get No . . . Space Financing

Keith Buckley, CEO of Federos (now an Oracle company) and Noel Rimalovski, GH Partners LLC discuss how to get financing for space and satellite ventures, what the reality is for financing in this market and more. This is the second part of the Space SPACs series.

Space SPACs: SPAC, Crackle, Pop

Phil Friedman, Senior Advisor at Perella Weinberg Partners; Steven Kaufman, Partner at Hogan Lovells LLP; Claude Rousseau, Research Director at Northern Sky Research; and Sita Sonty, Partner & Associate Director, Aerospace & Defense at Boston Consulting Group discuss the economic viability of companies fueled by SPAC financing and asks if they are destined to flop or a sustainable way to go. This is the first part of the Space SPACs series.

Satellites Boosting Sustainable Technologies

Paul Gloyer, President of Gloyer-Taylor Labs LLC; Douglas Helmuth, Remote Sensing Scientist and Former Principal Investigator at Lockheed Martin SSC; and Sanjay J. Wagle, Managing Director at The Lightsmith Group discuss how satellites are boosting sustainable technologies and the level of growth and investment in those enterprises in the first New York Space Business Roundtable of 2022. This edition of the New York Space Business Roundtable was part of the Climate Sense campaign.

ESG: The Unethical Future of Space

Robert Cardillo, Chief Strategist & Chairman of Planet Federal and Will Griffin, Chief Ethics Officer and AI specialist at Hypergiant discuss the unethical (or not) applications of Artificial Intelligence for the commercial space industry in the fourth panel of this series, the final installment in 2021.

ESG: Social Factors of the New Space Economy

Sabrina Alam, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) and Sustainability Head at SES Satellites, Douglas Jarl, Investment Banker at Barclays, Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Richard Morrison of Competitive Enterprise Institute and Anthony R.G. Nolan, Partner at K&L Gates discuss the social aspect of sustainable investing and business management in the third panel of this series.

ESG: Good Governance - Why Does It Matter?

Dylan Taylor, Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, Erica Pandey, Axios Business Reporter and Abhas Maskey, Space Foundation Nepal & Better Satellite World Award Recipient discuss governance as it relates to ESG and commercial space expansion in the second panel of this series.

ESG Applications and the Space Industry

Jason Rainbow, Senior Staff Writer at Space News, Peter Fusaro, Senior Partner, ESG at Oxford Global Accelerated Ventures, Hoyt Davidson, Founder & Managing Partner of Near Earth LLC. and Harriet Brettle, Head of Business Analysis at Astroscale discuss the emerging ESG market in the first panel of this series.