NCRSASL Event: The Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation, Washington, DC June 7, 2011

March 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Posted in NCRSASL News | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

The agenda for The Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation conference is now available. Please check back regularly as additions to the agenda may be made over the coming months. To register for the conference please fill out the registration form. There is no attendance fee but registration is required.



The National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law


The Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation

Jones Day
51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001-2113
Seventh Floor Conference Center
7 June 2011


08:30 09:00 Setting the Stage: Where we are in commercial space, how we got here, and what lies ahead

Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, National Remote Sensing and Space Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law

James A. Vedda, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Space Policy and Strategy, The Aerospace Corporation

09:00 – 10:30 Federal Laws & Regulations: Creating an Environment That Really Does “Encourage and Facilitate”

Since the 1980s, it has been U.S. national policy to encourage and facilitate U.S. commercial space development. Have we made sufficient progress in policy, law, and regulations in the past three decades? Where have we missed opportunities? What are the priority issues of the coming decade?

Moderator: Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz

Herb Bachner, Program Manager for Commercial Space Transportation, CSSI Inc. (confirmed)

Dick Obermann, House Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics staff (invited)

Rene J. Rey, J.D., L.L.M. , Senior Aerospace Engineer FAA / Office of Commercial Space Transportation (confirmed)

Franceska Schroeder, Franceska Schroeder, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C. (confirmed)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 State and Local Issues
If commercial human spaceflight and other space industries are to thrive and diversify, this is likely to manifest itself in multiple centers of excellence in partnership with state and local interests, including universities. Will this movement be tied to traditional space participants and locations, or branch out in other directions? Are there emerging trends that show where this is going? What are the implications for the legal and regulatory environment?

Moderator: James A. Vedda

Leonard David, Leonard W. David, Space Journalist,, Space News, AIAA Aerospace America (confirmed)

Rachel A. Yates, Partner, Holland and Hart LLP (invited)

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch

Orbital Arc Regulation: Transitioning from Government to the Private Sector Over the Long Term

Elizabeth Evans, Partner, Jones Day, New York (confirmed)
Del Smith, Senior Telecommunications Counsel, Washington D.C. (confirmed)

2:00 – 3:30 Public-Private Partnerships: Obtaining better results in the U.S.
Space-related public-private partnerships are common in European launch, communications, and remote sensing efforts. In the U.S., partnerships recently have been attempted with mixed results, and are still considered the exception rather than the rule. Current and future requirements in expertise and resources point to the need for more partnering. How can the U.S. improve its results? Are there lessons to be learned from Europe? Are legal and regulatory changes needed, or does this simply require a cultural shift?

Moderator: Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz

Charles Miller, Senior Advisor for Commercial Space, Office of Chief Technologist, NASA (confirmed)

William L. Warren, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary GeoEye, Inc. (confirmed)
3:30 – 3:45 Break

3:45 – 5 PM Sustained Long-Term Planning and the Complementary Roles of the Public and Private Sectors
What do we want the space business environment to look like in the decades ahead, and how do we get there from here? How can incentives for short-term thinking be overcome to promote sustained long-term planning? How will the public and private sectors share the cost, risk, and technical challenges of building a sustainable space infrastructure?

Moderator: James A. Vedda

Jim Dunstan, Mobius Legal Group, LLC (confirmed)

James A.M. Muncy, PoliSpace Space Policy Consultancy (confirmed)

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