Speakers and Panels

Plenary Speaker

Thursday, 16 May; 10:45 - 11:45

Melanie Ott; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
Ott has 25 years of experience with developing optical fiber, photonic and optoelectronic technologies and subsystems for space flight environments. She leads the Photonics Group, and multiple flight production and qualification projects simultaneously for the development of photonics for space. Components either screened, qualified and/or fabricated/produced/integrated include: laser devices and subsystem components; detector devices; mini lidar components; fiber optic assemblies and subsystems for telescopes, communication, spectroscopy, rangers and lidar systems. Ott is a subject matter expert in the area of implementation, risk mitigation, manufacturing, testing, and failure modes for optical and photonic systems and devices and has more than 80 presentations and publications on the subject. You can find many of these publications can be found here. In addition, she serves as a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Senior Fellow.


Industry, Academia, and Government
Thursday, 16 May; 09:15 - 10:15
Organizer: Andrew Lambert, University of New South Wales, Australia
Andy Aldrin; Florida Institute of Technology, United States
Russell Boyce; UNSW Canberra, Australia
Bernard Edwards; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States

David Germroth; TESAT SpaceCom LLC, United States
Ursula Gibson; Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Thomas Jennewein; University of Waterloo, Canada

Space is an avenue for symbiotic development of industry and research, and the applications for space have national and international influence and use. So called “New Space” is evidence of industry collaborating with academia to seek novel instrumentation for specific and niche applications, while academia are going beyond the pure science to build moderate sized engineering teams to support their endeavors.  Yet amongst this ground swell, there remains a level of ignorance to the “art of the possible”, the “sensibilities of the research”, and the role and interaction of each of industry, government and research and development institutions. How can theoretical science and practical space engineering meet to make best of the new and old space opportunities?

With entry level satellite rideshare launches affordable and now common, is there still room for development of premier optical instruments for large satellites, while developing more disruptive technology such as novel optical systems that can fit the small form-factor and volume of nanosats, and provide imagery or spectrum that rivals traditional optical systems? Should every small satellite duplicate traditional optical systems, or is there a demand for novel instrumentation that involve computational imaging, freeform optics, and multiple aperture systems?

Manufacturing and Reliability Requirements for Optical Components for Space Environments
Thursday, 16 May; 13:30 - 14:30
Organizers: Syed Murshid, Florida Institute of Technology, United States and Martin Richardson, Univ. of Central Florida, United States
Kevin DiMarzio; Made in Space, United States
Ilya Mingareev; Florida Institute of Technology, United States

Space-based advanced laser and optics-based manufacturing technologies represent many next-tier technologies that show immense potential for industrial and national exploitation in space. Already some initial exploratory studies are underway. As such this topic is a good example of those new technologies approaching deployment in space that pose significant and sometimes new challenges. This panel will bring to this topic individual experiences in transferring complex optical and laser technologies into space, with hopefully comments on future trends, potential roadblocks and commonalities with other space-born technologies currently in play.

Good Things in Small Packages: The Rise of Cubesats
Thursday, 16 May; 15:00 - 16:00
Organizer: Randy Giles, ISS National Laboratory, United States
Brian Gunter; Georgia Tech, United States
Michael Lapsley; Harris Corp., United States
Carolyn Mercer; NASA Glenn Reserch Center, United States
Yuya Nakamura; AxelSpace Corp., Japan
Nicolas Smith; PlanetLabs, United States

For 20 years since their introduction, cubesats have been the platform of choice for low cost access to space.  During this period, advances in micro-electronics and optics have moved these miniaturized satellites from being hosts to novelty experiments to becoming critical elements in commercial and scientific space-based endeavors.   This panel will talk about the extraordinary successes of cubesats, the extraordinary optical technology behind these successes, and the extraordinary opportunities ahead for the optics and photonics community. 

Sensing Systems: Applications and Capabilities
Friday, 17 May; 09:00 - 10:00
Organizer: Daniel LeMaster, AFRL/RYMT, United States
Katherine Badham; Lockheed Martin, United States
Andrew Lambert; Univ. of New South Wales, Australia
Wellesley Pereira; AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, United States

The 60th anniversary of space-based imaging will occur in 2019.  The early era of Cold War film-based reconnaissance is in contrast to the modern era, defined by electro-optical sensing and global participation.  In this time, space-based sensing has become an indispensable aid in commercial, scientific, and defense endeavors.  The purpose of this panel is to discuss these applications, potential new applications, and the imaging system technology required to realize advances.

Quantum Technology for Space – State-of-the-Art, Challenges, and Prospects
Friday, 17 May; 10:45 - 11:45
Organizer: Gisele Bennett; Florida Institute of Technology, United States
Randy Giles; ISS National Laboratory, United States
Antia Lamas Linares; National University of Singapore and S15-Space Systems, United States
James Nagel; Harris Corporation, United States
Rob Williamson; Cold Quanta, United States

Whereas the inception of quantum mechanics can be traced to the dawn of the twentieth century, it was nearly another fifty years before technology fundamentally rooted in the effects of this new branch of physics began to emerge. These first-generation devices, including the transistor and laser, helped usher in an era of unprecedented progress and open for the first time the realm of space. Presently, a new revolution in quantum technology, so called Quantum 2.0, is beginning to take place which likewise promises to be transformational for areas such as sensing, communications, timing, and computing.

In contrast to the previous generation, Quantum 2.0 technologies are based on the direct manipulation of quantum states and their unique properties such as superposition and entanglement. While initially confined to the laboratory and small-scale demonstrations, Quantum 2.0 technologies have recently entered into a new period in the evolution towards space, heralded by the launching of China’s Micius satellite experiment in 2016 and NASA’s Cold Atom Lab aboard the International Space Station.

Despite these exciting advancements, many challenges must be overcome for real-world applications of quantum technology in space. In this panel we will review where current state-of-the-art Quantum 2.0 technology is at and what some of the bigger challenges are that remain for implementations in space. Looking forward, prospects for quantum technology in space will be discussed and what the future may look like in a Quantum 2.0 world.

Science Experiments in Space
Friday, 17 May; 13:30 - 14:30
Organizer: Daniel Batcheldor, Florida Institute of Technology, United States
Sam Durrance; Florida Institute of Technology, United States
Mario Perez; NASA Science Mission Directorate, United States
James Spann; NASA Science Mission Directorate, United States
Phil Stahl; NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, United States
Erika Wagner; Blue Origin, United States

To help understand our cosmic origins, and the nature of our place in this universe, humanity has created a string of space-based observatories and interplanetary missions. This panel will discuss the status of past, current, and future space-optics missions from low Earth orbit to the outer planets, including the challenges of Technology Readiness Levels and the capabilities of current and future launch services.