We would like to cordially invite you to attend the IAC2016 Industry Day to be held at the Global Networking Forum (GNF) on Tuesday 27 September 2016 in room Guadalajara Hall 8.  The Industry Day 2016 foresees a series of exciting GNF Late Breaking News by top executives, as well as two engaging roundtables on focusing on the future of the Space Industry.

The IAC2016 Industry Day will include the following events:

Welcoming Remarks – Jean Yves Le Gall, CNES President and IAF Incoming President

GNF Late Breaking News
Media Moderator – Frank Morring, Aviation Week

  • 9:30 – 10:00  GNF Late Breaking News from OneWeb – Greg Wyler
  • 10:05– 10:35  GNF Late Breaking News from Virgin Galactic – George Whitesides
  • 10:40 – 11:10 GNF Late Breaking News from Blue Origin – Rob Meyerson
  • 11:15 –11:45 GNF Late Breaking News from Planet – Robbie Schingler
  • 11:50 – 12:20 GNF How Europe is paving the future with Ariane 6 and Vega C
  1. Stephane Israel, Chairman and CEO, Arianespace
  2. Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Director General, European Space Agency (ESA)

12:30 – 13:30  Industry Lunch (Upon Invitation Only)
The Once and Future Mars, 800 Years of Mars Exploration in 30 Minutes
Keynote Speech by James H. Crocker – VP and GM, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, International

14:40 – 16:30
IRC GNF: (Format: Industry Executive Conversation)
Shifting the Landscape for Global Space Industry– Growing Partnerships in a Competitive Environment – Systems Integration to Big Data

Moderator: Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, Tauri Group (confirmed)


  • John Elbon, Boeing VP/GM, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company;
  • Kay Sears, VP, Strategy and BD, Lockheed Martin;
  • Fritz Merkle, Member of the Management Board, OHB;
  • Vincenzo Giorgio, Vice President for Institutional Marketing and Sales, Thales Alenia Space;
  • Michael Suffredini, President and Co-Founder , Axiom Space, LLC
  • Chris Boshuizen, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Data Collective

16:30 – 17:45
New Dimensions of Space – What’s Next? 

Moderator: Gerd Gruppe, Member of the Executive Board,German Aerospace Center (DLR)


  • Philippe Moreels , Head of Strategy and Business Development, Astroscale Pte. Ltd.
  • Bart Reijnen, Senior Vice-President On-Orbit Services and Exploration , Airbus Defence and Space
  • Dick Rocket, CEO and Co-Founder, NewSpace Global