White House Report on In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing National Strategy: Its Importance to Space Industry and US Space Leadership

April 28, 2022 12:00 pm ET

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White House Report on In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing National Strategy: Its Importance to Space Industry and US Space Leadership

Please join us for a WSBR webinar, Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Noon 12:00pm ET.

WSBR will host a conversation with key interagency representatives involved with the drafting of this critical Report released in early April.

Moderated by WSBR President, Sally Richardson, the panel includes:

  • Ms. Ezinne Uzo-Okoro, Assistant Director for Space Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Chair of the In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM) Interagency Working Group
  • Dr. Lindsay Millard, Principal Director for Space, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E))
  • Mr. Jonathan Goff, Vice President of On-Orbit Servicing, Voyager Space Holdings, Inc.

Among the topics the panel discussion will address:

  • An overview of the Report, including its key findings.
  • What specifically is the Federal role in supporting and stimulating Government, academic, and industry commercial ISAM capabilities?
  • The Report describes six strategic goals to build on existing investments and emerging capabilities. How did the interagency arrive at those foals and how can industry assist in advancing them?
  • What is viewed as the key challenges to successfully implementing the strategic goals and what is envisioned as next steps for the interagency working group?

Audience members will be invited to participate in what we anticipate will be a robust and lively discussion.

Biographical Details on the Panelists

Ezinne Uzo-Okoro is the Assistant Director for Space Policy at the Office of Science Technology Policy at the White House. 

In determining civil and commercial space priorities for the President’s science advisor, her portfolio includes Orbital Debris, In-space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM), Earth Observations, Space Weather, and Planetary Protection. 

Previously, Ezinne built and managed over 60 spacecraft missions and programs in 17 years at NASA.  Her last role was as a NASA Heliophysics program executive. 

Ezinne has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and masters degrees in Space Systems, Space Robotics, and Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University (APL), MIT (the Media Lab), and Harvard University.

Prior to joining OUSD(R&E), Dr. Millard served as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the Tactical Technical Office where her focus was to enable big capabilities on small satellites. Drawing from her strong technical expertise in satellite systems engineering, remote sensing, sparse-aperture telescopes, astrodynamics, and guidance, navigation, and control (GNC), Dr. Millard successfully turned developmental programs into real capabilities for the United States and demonstrated the potential of rapid space system acquisition by a leading program that took 18 months from contract award to satellite launch.

Prior to joining DoD, Dr. Millard served as an engineer at the RAND Corporation where she led studies for Project Air Force and the National Security Research Division. Study topics included the feasibility of distributed space-based hyperspectral sensors, the performance of space-based sensors to detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive devices, and the assessment of the potential impact of disaggregation concepts for U.S. space architecture. During her time at RAND, Dr. Millars was detailed to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, where she led negotiations for the U.S. Government on the Combined Space Operations Memorandum of Understanding and managed engagements with Five Eyes partners and space-faring nations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to the RAND Corporation, Dr. Millard was an adjunct researcher at Purdue University, where she explored design strategies for imaging spacecraft formations moving under the influence of many celestial bodies.

Dr. Millard has also served as a researcher and engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Academies’ National Research Council, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and NASA Kennedy Space Center’s International Space Station Program.

Dr. Millard holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University.

Jonathan Goff is the Vice President of On-Orbit Servicing at Voyager Space, where he leads the development and implementation of Voyager’s on-orbit servicing business and technical strategy, and related policy and business development efforts. Jonathan is also a member of the Executive Committee for CONFERS, the satellite servicing industry’s trade association. Prior to joining Voyager on a full-time basis, Jonathan was the President and CEO of Altius Space Machines, one of Voyager’s portfolio companies. Altius is a Broomfield, Colorado-based space robotics and technology company focused on developing commercial LEO satellite servicing systems. Jonathan founded Altius in 2010, and led the company through its first eleven years, including negotiating the majority-acquisition deal by Voyager in 2019.

Before founding Altius, Jonathan was a co-founder and the Lead Propulsion Engineer for Masten Space Systems, where Jonathan was part of the team that won the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. In addition to his work at Altius and Masten, Jonathan has co authored several papers on topics ranging from interplanetary departure dynamics, propellant depots, planetary landers, and advanced space transportation technologies, and is the proprietor of the Selenian Boondocks space technology, business, and policy blog.

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from Brigham Young University, Provo.


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