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Gwang-Rae Cho Jaemoon Park Sang Chun Lee
Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
Assistant Minister, Office of R&D Policy, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea Chairman, National Research Council of Science & Technology, Korea
Sun-taik Kwon William Gerstenmaier  
Daejeon Metropolitan City
Associate Administrator,
NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate(HEOMD)

Seong-Bong Choi
Executive Director / Satellite R&D Head Office, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)


Paolo Ferri
Head, Mission Operations Department, European Space Agency (ESA)


Stephan Ulamec
Philae Lander Manager
German Space Agency(DLR)


Jean-Pierre Bibring
Philae Lead Scientist and Astrophysicist, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS), Orsay, France


This panel will explore the strategies nations are taking in establishing national space exploration programs. The rationale and motivation for these programs, the challenges, and the role of space operations will be discussed.

Panel Moderator  
Chin Young Hwang
Executive Director,
Future Strategy Head Office, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI),
South Korea

Khalifa Mohammad Thani Al Romaithi Gi-Hyuk Choi Sandile B. Malinga
Chairman of the Board for the UAE Space Agency Director of Lunar Exploration Program Office, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), Korea Chief Executive Officer, South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Republic of South Africa
Somphop Purivigraipong  
GISTDA, Thailand  

The integrity of our infrastructure in space and on ground heavily depends on timely and accurate data on space-born hazards of three types:

  • Man-made objects that can pose in-orbit collision risks or even risks on-ground in view of uncontrolled re-entries.
  • The space weather, caused by our Sun in conjunction with the Earth's magnetic field that can impact the quality of surveillance data, but also influences electronic devices in space and on ground directly.
  • Finally, Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that can generate "fireball" events, or (more rarely) catastrophic impacts.

This panel will address the current challenges faced by these three technical domains of Space Situational Awareness. Problem areas, such as today's limited predictability of space events and observational and operational limitations will be discussed. Aspects related to the generation and operational use of surveillance data will be highlighted. Current technical developments on national and international level and the importance of a future global share of the related work and data will be discussed.

Panel Moderator    
Holger Krag    
Head, Space Debris Office, European Space Agency (ESA)    
Gerhard Drolshagen Diana McKissock Shinichi Nakamura
Co-manager of the near-Earth object segment of ESA’s Space Situational Awareness Programme Space Situational Awareness Sharing Lead US Joint Functional Component Command for Space Space Surveillance Division United States of America Senior Administrator,
International Relations and Research Department, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Daniel Oltrogge Henry de Roquefeuil  
Space Data Center Program Manager & Sr. Research Astrodynamicist Center for Space Standards (CSSI), Innovation Analytical Graphics Incorporated (AGI), Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America Lt General (ret), Military adviser of the French Space Agency (CNES) President and the CNES Defence Team coordinator  

This panel will explore the evolving user needs and requirements and the future market(s) for telecommunications services. It will also explore options for space systems in meeting future needs along with associated advances in technology and capabilities, as well the future regulatory environment. The role of emerging space programs in contributing to evolving space communications infrastructure and the potential for public-private-partnerships will be a special focus.”

Panel Moderator    
Badri Younes    
Deputy Associate Administrator,
Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), NASA
Jean-François Fenech James Hinds Dave Israel
Chief Executive Officer, Eutelsat Asia Director, Airbus Defence and Space, UK Exploration and Space Communications Projects Architect for the Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Hojin Lee Klaus Juergen-Schulz  
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea Head of the Ground Station Systems Division, European Space Agency (ESA) / European Space Operations Center (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany  

Closing Keynote Talk
Dr. Pascale Ultre-Guerard
Head of Earth Observation Programme of the Centre National d’EtudesSpatiales (CNES)

Invitation to SpaceOps 2018
Jean-Yves Le Gall
President of the Centre National d’EtudesSpatiales (CNES)