Annual Conferences

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The Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law team hosts an impressive lineup of the world’s greatest minds annually at conferences in Washington DC and in Lincoln, Nebraska and at occasional events around the world. Explore our past conferences and learn about our upcoming events below!

Upcoming Conferences:

New Space Technologies and Changing Business Models: Perspectives on Regulation

9th Annual University of Nebraska Washington, D.C. Space Law Conference

Oct. 17, 2016,  

The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW,  13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045


Many new satellite technologies, and business case uses for those technologies, are being developed-- from large geostationary satellites with increased throughput and space situational awareness possibilities, to large constellation, mass-produced smaller low-earth orbit satellites, to cube and micro sats with increased capabilities and deployments from launch vehicles en mass, to “cellular” satellite models and assembly in space.  Additionally, some technology changes such as commoditization of satellites and lower launch costs could impact business models involving other new technologies, such as on-orbit satellite servicing, although market segmentation could also result.  In addition to satellite technology advancements, many other new space technologies and business models potentially will be coming online in the near future, including those for new launch systems and asteroid mining.  These developments raise numerous issues for space traffic management, surveillance and tracking, orbital debris, spectrum sharing and interference, on-orbit or in-space regulation of space activities by governments, and national licensing standards of remote sensing systems.  Broader questions of what role government versus the private sector should play as well as what changes, if any, will be needed to US commercial space regulation, and international soft-law, to address these potential new challenges arise as well.

11:40-12:40 LUNCH

12:40-1PM: Dr. George C. Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space, FAA

1:10-2:15 Panel 1: Challenges of New Technologies and Business Models: Space Traffic Management, Space Situational Awareness and Orbital Debris

Moderators: [Matthew Schaefer or Dennis Burnett] & Danielle Miller

Panelists :

Steph Earl, Space Traffic Lead & Air Force Interface Lead, FAA

Don Greiman, Vice-President, SSA Business Unit, Schafer Corp.

Myland Pride, Dir. of Government Affairs, Intelsat

Chris Kunstadter, Senior VP, XL Catlin

Professor Jack Beard, Univ. of Nebraska Law College

2:30-3:15 Panel 2: Challenges of New Technologies and Business Models to FCC Existing Licensing Regimes

Moderators: Dennis Burnett & Franceska Schroeder

Panelists :

Karl Kensinger, Deputy Division Chief, Satellite Division, FCC

Rich Leshner, Vice President, Government Affairs and Global Policy Initiatives, Planet Labs
Gerry Oberst, Senior VP of Global Regulatory & Govt Strategy, SES

3:30-5:00 Panel 3: Potential New In-Space or On-Orbit Licensing Authority for New Activities

Moderators: Matthew Schaefer & Franceska Schroeder


Laura Montgomery, Law Offices of Laura Montgomery & former Manager, Space Law Branch FAA

Caryn Schenewerk, Senior Counsel and Director of Government Affairs, SpaceX

Mike Gold, Vice-President, Washington Operations, SSL

Peter Marquez, Vice-President for Global Engagement, Planetary Resources

Mike Mineiro, Counsel, Sub-Committee on Space, House Science Committee

Professor Frans von Der Dunk, University of Nebraska Law College

5:00-5:20 Closing Remarks - Mike Griffin, CEO Schafer Corp., Former NASA Administrator

5:20- 6:20 Reception

If you have any questions or concerns please contact: Elsbeth Magilton , Space, Cyber & Telecommunications Law Program Executive Director at

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