October 29-30, 2018
             Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. •  901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
University of D.C. and Catholic University Meeting Rooms, Meeting Level 1 (one floor below lobby)

On Oct. 29-30, 2018, ATCA and the FAA co-sponsored a two-day discussion on the future of commercial space and the National Airspace System (NAS) and how policy, operations, and technology will shape the future of commercial space

When it comes to space, diverse stakeholders have diverse needs. Until now, there haven’t been many venues for stakeholders to collaborate and learn from one another. That’s where the ATCA/FAA Commercial Space NAS Integration Conference comes in.

The ATCA/FAA Commercial Space NAS Integration Conference 2018 was a continuation of the FAA’s past Commercial Space Industry Days. This two-day event in Washington, D.C. included decision-makers from the FAA, commercial space, and the aviation industry for conversation and collaboration to explore the opportunities and solve the challenges affecting the most exciting new entrant into the NAS.

 Thank you to all those who joined us!

ATCA/FAA Commercial Space
NAS Integration Conference Agenda
Meeting Room: University of D.C. and Catholic University, Meeting Level 1 (One level below lobby)
Last agenda update - 10.30.18

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 - download all available presentations here
7:30 a.m. Registration Open
Foyer outside of University of D.C. and Catholic University Rooms
Meeting Level 1 (One level below lobby)
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome  Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)
Dan Murray, Space Transportation Development Division, FAA
8:45 – 9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks Bailey Edwards, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, FAA
9:05 – 9:25 a.m. Commercial Space Overview
Kelvin Coleman, Acting Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
9:25 – 9:45 a.m.  National Airspace System Overview
Teri Bristol, Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization, FAA
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Panel: Airspace Access Priorities Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) 
Dan Murray, Space Transportation Development Division, FAA

Mike Cirillo (ARC Chair), A4A
Lisa Loucks, Boeing
Eric Stallmer (ARC Chair), Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Heidi Williams, NBAA

This panel will address the Airspace Access Priorities Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). Chartered in November of 2017 for two years, the AAP-ARC will make recommendations to assist the FAA in providing the framework to develop appropriate policy and regulations, as appropriate, that meets the needs of airspace users and the public interest. Panelists will discuss the ARC objectives, membership, and processes, and share their perspectives on this important and timely initiative.
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Networking Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel: Spaceport Categories ARC Moderators:
Stacey ZeeSpace Transportation Development Division, FAA 

John Dermody, Office of Airport Safety and Standards, FAA
John Himes, Mojave Air and Spaceport
Jim Kuzma, Space Florida
• Todd Lindner, Jacksonville Aviation Authority/Cecil Air and Space Port

This panel will address the Spaceport Categories ARC. Chartered in December of 2017, the SC-ARC provides a forum for the United States aviation and space communities to review and discuss a spaceport categorization scheme to be used as a primary communication tool by the FAA and stakeholder community. The recommended categories scheme may affect FAA policy and may also be incorporated into future rulemaking. Panelists will discuss the ARC objectives, membership, and processes, and share their perspectives on this important and timely initiative.
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch For a list of nearby options, please click HERE.
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Leveraging Current Technologies and Procedures for the Efficient Integration of Launch and Reentry Operations
Duane Freer, Air Traffic Control Systems Command Center (ATCSCC) Space Operations, FAA

The FAA is exploring opportunities to exploit existing technologies and procedures to break the paradigm of segregating launch and reentry operations.  Tools such as Time Based Flow Management (TBFM), Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP), and Airborne Reroute (ABRR) bring new capabilities that can be applied the space launch and reentry operations to gain efficiency and minimize the effect on other NAS operations.
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Panel: ATCA Blue Skies Moderator:
Gene Hayman, CACI

Steve Brown, NBAA
Paul McGraw, A4A
Kevin McLaughlin, NATCA
Melissa Rudinger, AOPA
Frank Slazer, AIA

Blue Skies focuses on moving beyond NextGen. With the additions of new entrants, the landscape is changing dramatically and very quickly. We need to be ready for what the new NAS looks like. ATCA leads a discussion among the stakeholders regarding priorities, what the NAS will look like in the next seven years, and how industry will assist in the implementation and integration of commercial space moving forward.    
3:15 – 3:30 p.m.   Break  
3:30 – 4 p.m.  Safety Management  Steve McMahon, Vice President for Safety & Technical Training, FAA 

Government and private industry space launches from the U.S. have occurred for more than 60 years. So what changed and why do we need to discuss risk management? This presentation will address how the ATO performs risk management, including the ATO Safety Management System, target levels of safety, equivalent levels of safety, collective risk, and the risk continuum.  
– 4:30 p.m.  Commercial Space Integration (CSI) National Airspace System (NAS) CONOPS 
Francisco Bermudez, NextGen Communications Branch, FAA

The Integration of Commercial Space into the NAS Concept of Operations addresses the rapid evolution of technology, increased traffic demand and frequency of launches, and the emergence of spaceports/airports. The ConOps evaluates the changes in environment and needs by defining actors, methods, and procedures for integrating space vehicle launch/reentry operations into the NAS. The ConOps will guide future research activities on the management of space vehicle launch/reentry operations in the National Airspace System (NAS) with respect to operational systems, processes, procedures, and surveillance and communication requirements.
4:30 p.m.   End of Day Wrap-Up  Dan Murray,  Space Transportation Development Division, FAA

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018  download all available presentations here
8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration Open  
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Airports Overview Winsome Lenfert, Acting Associate Administrator for Airports, FAA
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Spaceports: The Licensing and Approval Process Jaclyn Johnson, Office of Airport Planning & Programming, FAA
Stacey Zee, Space Transportation Development Division, FAA 

The FAA has experienced an increase in the number of applicants with a desire to develop non-federal launch and/or reentry sites, in particular, launch sites collocated with an existing airport (aka “spaceports”). Most airports were not specifically designed with the physical and operational characteristics of commercial space launch vehicles in mind. However, existing airports provide advantages because of existing infrastructure. AST and ARP have been working together, coordinating and collaborating, in an effort to serve the mutual interests of AST and ARP within the overall mission of the FAA and the public in compliance with applicable statute regulations and policy for commercial space activities on or near federally-obligated airports. This session will include a deep dive into the AST licensing approval process, which includes ARP coordination, beginning at the exploratory stage (initial discussions with applicants), pre-application, through the 180-day application evaluation, and licensing determination.
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Panel: International Policy Moderator:
Dorothy Reimold, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

David Batchelor, SESAR Joint Undertaking
• Yuri Fattah, ICAO
Oscar Garcia, Interflight Global
Bill Murphy, IATA

Commercial launch and reentry vehicles can cover great distances as they travel to and from space. Along their way, they may transit through and above airspace operated by multiple air navigation service providers (ANSPs). Aircraft hazard areas associated with launch or reentry operations may extend into multiple flight information regions. Notification and coordination across ANSPs has ensured public safety during operations and their coordination with other uses of airspace. As operations become more frequent, and as they occur from a larger number of locations around the world, the safe and efficient management of the airspace during these operations could become much more complex. Looking farther ahead, future types of operations like point-to-point travel may require entirely new policies and procedures. This panel will discuss the current state of commercial space operations in the global airspace environment and look forward to the potential opportunities and challenges that may arise in the near and far term.
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Panel: Commercial Space Perspective on Operating in the NAS
Jane Kinney, Commercial Spaceflight Federation


Craig Campbell, Alaska Aerospace Corporation
Kevin Hatton, SpaceX
Dan Hicks, Spaceport America
Audrey Powers, Blue Origin

Commercial space operations are increasing in frequency and complexity. This includes operations taking place from federal ranges as well as those taking place from commercial spaceports and private use sites. During this panel, commercial space launch operators and spaceport operators will share insights and experiences in planning their missions, coordinating with the FAA and other airspace stakeholders, and operating in the NAS. 
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch For a list of nearby options, please click HERE.
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Panel: Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) Panel Moderator:
Greg Byus, Collaborative Decision Making and International Operations, FAA

Greg Fredenburg, Virgin Galactic
Mark Hopkins, Delta
Jim Muncy, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Joe Bertapelle, JetBlue Airways

Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) is a joint government/industry initiative aimed at improving air traffic flow management through increased information exchange among aviation community stakeholders.  It is an operating paradigm where decisions are based on a shared, common view of the NAS and an awareness of the consequences these decisions may have on the system and its stakeholders.  To date, commercial space transportation representatives have not participated in CDM.  This panel will explore ways in which collaborative decision making frameworks and principles could be developed or extended to address commercial space operations in the NAS.  
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.  Networking Break  
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.   Panel: Data Exchange
Joshua Gustin, Communications, Information & Network Programs, FAA

Christopher Allison, Sierra Nevada Corporation
• Rick Dalton, Southwest Airlines
William Hampton, Boeing
Mark Hopkins, Delta
Houston Mills, UPS

Data sharing is a central tenant of CDM.  By sharing information, values and preferences, stakeholders learn from each other and build a common pool of knowledge, resulting in decisions and actions that are most valuable to the system.  If data were to be exchanged between aviation and commercial space operators, what data would be most useful?  How might it be used?  What constraints are there to sharing data?  This panel will explore the types of data that could be made available for exchange, as well as the technologies and tools to facilitate exchanges and put the data to use.  
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.  Panel: Opportunities and Challenges with Integrating Commercial Space – A Cross-Industry Discussion
David Almeida, LS Technologies

Joe Bertapelle, JetBlue Airways
• Marc Henegar, ALPA
Megan Mitchell, Blue Origin

Caryn Schenewerk, SpaceX

This panel, composed of representatives of the aviation and commercial space industries, will reflect on the discussions of the previous two days, identifying and describing the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead.  What actions might both industries consider based on what we’ve learned?  Are there near term and far term objectives that can be identified?  What recommendations can they provide to the FAA?   
4:30 p.m.  Closing Remarks Dan Murray Space Transportation Development Division, FAA  
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