Developing a new launch vehicle? Creating a new satellite propulsion system? Deploying a smallsat constellation? Chances are you will need to understand the complex U.S. and international regulatory regimes that underlie the space industry. Please join our panel of experts, comprised of current and former government regulators and experienced legal practitioners, as they take a hypothetical smallsat company and walk through common regulatory issues and relevant licensing processes, and examine the future regulatory environment for smallsat and other space companies.
Dr. Josef Koller is a Systems Director for the Center for Space Policy and Strategy, serving as a senior analyst and team leader on topics that cut across policy, technology, and economics. Prior to joining Aerospace, Dr. Koller served as a Senior Advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Space Policy where he directly supported key national and international strategy efforts for space-related U.S. Government and DoD policy matters including commercial remote sensing, space traffic management, and related congressional affairs. Prior to that assignment, Dr. Koller managed and co-lead over 40 scientists in the “Space Science and Applications Group” at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Koller also established and led the Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School to promote graduate student research and outreach at the Laboratory.
Dr. Koller has over 17 years of experience with global security and space science programs. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications with 700 citations. Dr. Koller has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Rice University.Tahara Dawkins
Tahara Dawkins is the Director of NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office and has been in her current role since 2011. For over 10 years, Tahara has been intimately involved in space policy and the policy, security, and market issues related to commercial remote sensing. Ms. Dawkins first joined NOAA in 2001 where she was a Senior Licensing Officer in the Commercial Remote Sensing Licensing Regulatory Affairs Office. From 2008-2011, Tahara worked for NGA where she focused on the security and counterintelligence implications of the Government’s use of commercial satellite imagery.Tony Lin
Tony Lin works with both new and established satellite and communications companies, understanding their varying legal and business needs.
He has assisted a number of cutting-edge small satellite entrepreneurs in obtaining spectrum licenses and routinely advises such companies on regulatory strategies designed to advance business objectives cost-effectively. He has over a decade of experience representing more traditional satellite companies providing fixed-satellite service, broadcasting-satellite service, and mobile-satellite service.
He advises companies on policy and regulatory matters before U.S. federal agencies and international organizations, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Tony has been appointed to the NOAA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), which advises NOAA on the regulation of commercial satellites conducting imaging operations in space.
Tony has challenged U.S. regulatory decisions before federal appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Tony holds a Ph.D. in economics and, prior to entering the practice of law, taught economics at Southern Illinois University.
Mr. Attila MATAS, a satellite Orbit/Spectrum consultant in the field of GSO and non-GSO satellites, is a retired head of the Space Publications and Registration (SPR) Division in the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau.
During his 25 years career within the ITU, first as satellite engineer and later as head of SPR division, he was directly responsible for the processing and publication of GSO and non-GSO space systems and Earth stations, submitted by administrations, for inclusion in the formal coordination procedures or recording in the MIFR, involving the application of the provisions of the Radio Regulations on the use of frequency spectrum related to space services.
Mr. Matas represented the ITU at the UN COPUOS, IAF and he is an ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) veteran with participation at all 10 WRC’s since 1992 up to the recent WRC-19. On several WRC’s he served as a secretary on the agenda items related to frequency allocations and regulation of Radionavigation Satellite and Space Science service or a senior spoke person on space regulatory matters. He organized the first two ITU-R Small satellite Symposiums.
Mr. Matas holds a degree in radio engineering from the Czech Technical University of Prague, Czech republic.Stephen F. Propst
Stephen helps clients in navigating complex issues under U.S. export control and economic sanctions regulations. He brings industry sector knowledge and a commitment to practical, business-focused solutions to his client relationships.
He is a recognized thought leader on economic sanctions issues, and he has a wealth of experience advising clients regarding a full range of regulatory issues under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the sanctions regulations administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He has developed and implemented trade compliance programs, drafted Technical Assistance Agreements and export license applications, prepared commodity jurisdiction and classification requests, conducted internal compliance reviews, and drafted voluntary disclosures.
Stephen has particular strength in advising telecommunications industry clients, including satellite manufacturers and operators, network equipment manufacturers, and telecommunications service providers. He also works extensively with clients in the areas of aircraft, automotive, software development, chemicals, medical products, and higher education.