Capitol Hill Events

IAC 2019 presents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. lawmakers and congressional staff to see the domestic and international space communities up close, as well as to gain a better understanding of our vibrant community and an appreciation to not take it for granted. Prior to the event, congressional stakeholders are invited to take part in a series of events on Capitol Hill that will help frame the topics that will discussed during the IAC.

  • IAC Kick-Off Reception

    Tuesday, April 30, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET
    Rayburn Foyer

    Remarks from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

  • Briefing – Moon to Mars: The importance of the next giant leap

    Monday, May 20, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
    2325 Rayburn House Office Building

    For the past fifty years only a few nations have engaged in activities in space, but as technology advances and foundational knowledge spreads space has become increasingly important across the globe. The U.S. has traditionally been a leader in exploring and expanding human knowledge in this final frontier. As momentum builds to push the boundaries beyond low Earth orbit, it is important that the U.S. remains at the leading edge of this global enterprise. The panel will discuss why we are going, what we hope to accomplish, the concept of sustainability and the trajectory beyond the moon to Mars.



    • Fred Kennedy

    Director, Space Development Agency, Department of Defense

    • Kathy Laurini

    President, Osare Space Consulting Group

    • Sarah Noble

    Program Scientist, Planetary Science Division, NASA 

    • Sandy Magnus

    Co-Chair, IAC Local Organizing Committee (moderator)


  • Briefing – The global challenge of Space Traffic Management

    Wednesday, July 17, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
    485 Russell Senate Office Building

    Space has become increasingly seen as an economically advantageous environment. Coupled with the advancement of technology and broader launch opportunities, the number of objects in orbit around the Earth is ever increasing. The global space community recognizes the importance of creating an integrated approach to managing the system of satellites and other objects circling around our planet. Adding to the urgency is the pace of activities occurring in the private sector. Many look to the U.S. to guide the conversation and propose a solution to this complex problem. The panel will address some of the important issues involved in defining a framework for a global approach to space situational awareness/space traffic management.



    • Asha Balakrishnan

    Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analysis, Science and Technology Policy Institute

    • Therese Jones

    Senior Director of Policy, Satellite Industry Association

    • George Nield

    President, Commercial Space Technologies LLC 

    • Kevin O’Connell

    Director, Office of Space Commerce, Department of Commerce

    • Sandy Magnus

    Co-Chair, IAC Local Organizing Committee (moderator)


  • Briefing – Commercializing Low Earth Orbit (LEO): What does this mean?

    Wednesday, September 11, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
    2325 Rayburn House Office Building

    The commercialization of space actually began in the 1970s when private telecommunication companies launched and then continued to operate satellites for profit. As time has passed momentum has slowly built for further utilization of the space environment for economic purposes by private industry. Today many talk about “commercializing LEO,” a term that covers a broad array of meaning. The panel will address various visions for, barriers to, and advantages of creating a nongovernment-based, private industry-driven economic sphere in LEO and the role of government in this process.



    • Mike French

    Vice President of Space Systems, Aerospace Industries Association 

    • Cindy Martin-Brennan

    Director, Stakeholder Management, ISS National Lab

    • Jared Stout

    Policy Advisor, Venable LLP 

    • Sandy Magnus

    Co-Chair, IAC Local Organizing Committee (moderator)


  • Pre-IAC Reception

    Tuesday, September 24, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET
    Rayburn Foyer

    Remarks from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

For more information, contact:
Steve Sidorek,


Congressional Events Sponsored by:


AIAA Foundation
Coalition for Deep Space Exploration 
Commercial Spaceflight Federation 

The Planetary Society
Secure World Foundation 
Space Foundation 
Space Transportation Association