18th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference

Washington, District of Columbia
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation

The Honorable Michael P. Huerta, FAA Administrator

Dr. George Nield, FAA AST Associate Administrator

Mr. Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA

The Honorable Christopher A. Hart, Acting Chairman, NTSB

Chairman Steven P. Palazzo, House of Representatives Space Subcommittee

Chairmann Jim Bridenstine, House of Representatives Environment Subcommittee

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, Member, National Research Council Committee on Human Spaceflight

N. Wayne Hale, Director of Human Spaceflight, Special Aerospace Services

Elliot Pulham, Chief Executive Office, Space Foundation

Dr. Sandy H. Magnus, Executive Director, AIAA

Mr. Michael Lopez-Alegria, COMSTAC Vice-Chairman

Dr. Diane Howard, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Oscar Garcia, Chair, COMSTAC Standards Working Group

Carissa Christensen
Carissa is a founder and Managing Partner of The Tauri Group. For 25 years she has been a recognized expert in commercial space. Her ongoing work with government agencies, industry organizations and commercial firms includes studies into market positioning, competitive dynamics, forecasting, industry economics, technology assessment, analysis of unique regulatory requirements and information systems development. Her extensive publications include contributions to peer-reviewed journals, industry publications, books and conference proceedings. She is often quoted in trade and popular media. Carissa holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in science and technology policy. She also completed the General Course in Government at the London School of Economics, and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University.

Paul E. Damphousse, Principal and Founder General Astronautics, LLC
Paul Damphousse founded General Astronautics (GenAstro) with the vision of creating the space infrastructure and architectures needed for diverse and sustainable operations in space.  GenAstro leads advanced technology programs as well as advising select clients in the areas of strategy, operations, safety, and policy.  Prior to founding GenAstro, Damphousse served as Executive Director of the Washington DC–based National Space Society, an independent, educational, non-profit organization with the vision of creating a spacefaring civilization first-led by Werner Von Braun.  He concurrently served as Director of Flight Operations for Paragon Space Development Corporation and in this capacity was responsible for the development, planning, and execution of Paragon’s air and spaceflight operations portfolio.  

Damphousse retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in December 2011, after 22 years of service as a combat pilot and space operations officer.  His service includes two tours of duty in Iraq as well as multiple other overseas deployments.  In Iraq he led all aviation and ground combat operations for the largest Marine Aircraft Group in history during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
His space experience includes an assignment within the Operations Directorate of U.S. Space Command where he served as Space Control and Special Technical Operations action officer conducting planning for Operations Enduring Freedom and OIF. His last tour was as the Chief of Advanced Concepts for the National Security Space Office (NSSO).  From September 2009 to October 2010, he served as the NASA Fellow for Senator Bill Nelson of Florida; in this capacity he advised Senator Nelson on all civil and national security space matters, and played an instrumental role in advancing new commercial spaceflight activities.

Jeff Foust
Jeff Foust is a senior staff writer for SpaceNews, joining the publication in September 2014. He covers civil and commercial space topics for the publication. He has more than a decade of experience writing about space policy, commercial space, and related topics. In 2001, he established Spacetoday.net, a website that aggregated links to and provided summaries of space news. In 2003, he started The Space Review, a weekly publication of long form articles and commentary on a wide range of space topics. Both sites continue to operate to this day.  Prior to joining SpaceNews, he worked as a senior analyst for the Futron Corporation, an aerospace consulting company, for more than a decade. He earned a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999 and a B.S. with honors in geophysics and planetary science from the California Institute of Technology in 1993.

Kellie Gerardi
Kellie Gerardi is the Business Development Specialist at Masten Space Systems (MSS), an aerospace R&D and flight services company that creates and deploys reliable, reusable rocket vehicles and components. Kellie also serves as the Media Specialist for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), where she reports on the democratization of space and the expansion of Earth's economic sphere.  Kellie Gerardi has worked with a number of private space companies on business development, strategy, and communications. In 2014, Kellie led an industry study for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO), serving as Program Manager for the Space Frontier Foundation's XS-1 Commercialization Workshop series.  Kellie is an active member of The Explorers Club and chairs the Explorers Club Annual Dinner (ECAD) in New York City. She fully embraces mankind's interplanetary future, and will serve Crew 149 in a February Rotation at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), where she will conduct analog field research during a simulation Mars mission. Kellie has contributed to numerous publications and has appeared on ABC's 'The View' and 'Nightline' to discuss the future of spaceflight. Kellie graduated from New York University, having previously attended Columbia University.

Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Eric W. Stallmer is the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Stallmer most recently served as the Vice President of Government Relations at Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI). Stallmer joined AGI in 2001 in the newly created position of Director of Government Relations. During his time at AGI, Stallmer represented AGI’s commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products and technology to defense, intelligence, Congress, and civil government sectors within the aerospace industry.

Stallmer came to AGI from The Space Transportation Association (STA), a non-profit, industry trade organization providing government representation to companies with a vested interest in the U.S space launch industry. Prior to that, Stallmer worked on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Tom Coburn.

For the past two decades, Stallmer has served as a logistics officer in the United States Army and Army Reserves. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while engaged in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He recently served as an instructor at the Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and is currently assigned to the Pentagon in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Army for Logistics, G-4.

Stallmer earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y.

Dr. Bradford Tousley joined DARPA in January 2013 as the director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO). TTO transforms the future of warfighting by pursuing high-risk, high payoff tactical technology and development of rapid, mobile and responsive combat capability for advanced weapons, platforms and space systems.

Dr. Brad Tousley
Prior to this, he served as director of the Technology Division of Logos Technologies. At Logos Technologies, Dr. Tousley was responsible for technology and business development, and business operations and personnel management, including areas such as unmanned airborne persistent surveillance technology, hyperspectral imaging science, space situational awareness and sensors, UAV collision avoidance, software development, and advanced image processing algorithms.

Prior to joining Logos, Dr. Tousley served as a senior scientist and program manager at DARPA from 1997-2006, creating and managing efforts in unmanned systems, tactical missiles, radar systems and advanced EO/IR sensor systems. In 2005, he was awarded the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)/Advanced Capability Technology Demonstration (ACTD) manager of the year for his management of the Micro Air Vehicle (Ducted Fan) ACTD, which resulted in the deployment of novel air vehicles in support of countering improvised explosive device operations and force protection of U.S. forces in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 1995-1997, Dr. Tousley was a program manager in the National Reconnaissance Office, managing new technology efforts for a variety of space-based sensor systems and communication architectures in support of the development of national technical means.

Dr. Tousley served as a U.S. Army Armor (Cavalry) and Acquisition officer in command and staff position from 1981 – 2001. He also served as a research scientist and associate professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on the faculty at West Point from 1992 – 1995.

Dr. Tousley holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy as well as a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosphy in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester.


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  • Early Registration through January 6, 2015
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