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Join us for a unique Earth & Space on AWS experience. Hear from customers and thought leaders who are unearthing new discoveries through cloud technology and public-private partnerships. Choose from nine breakout sessions highlighting innovations with geospatial data, satellite technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, high-performance computing, and much more. Also, witness an engaging keynote led by experts from the Earth and space community.

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm (followed by a networking reception)
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

Robert Meyerson has overseen the steady growth of Blue Origin since 2003, evolving a 10-person research-focused organization into the more than 1,000-person organization of today. Under Rob’s leadership, Blue Origin developed the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, the BE-3 LOX/LH2 rocket engine, the BE-4 LOX/LNG rocket engine, as well as the manufacturing and test capabilities to enable all the above. As the leader of Blue’s Advanced Development Programs business, Rob oversees the development of the systems and technologies that will enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space.

Prior to joining Blue, Rob was a Senior Manager at Kistler Aerospace, responsible for the landing and thermal protection systems of a two-stage reusable launch vehicle, as well as all technical activities related to Kistler’s Space Launch Initiative contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Rob began his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), where he led the aerodynamic design of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Drag Parachute, as well as the overall design, integration, and flight test of a gliding parachute for the X-38 Crew Rescue Vehicle. He began his career as a cooperative education student at JSC.

Rob earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Houston. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and former member of the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee. He is a Trustee at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, a member of the board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and is an avid supporter of the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.

Robert Meyerson has overseen the steady growth of Blue Origin since 2003, evolving a 10-person research-focused organization into the more than 1,000-person organization of today. Under Rob’s leadership, Blue Origin developed the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, the BE-3 LOX/LH2 rocket engine, the BE-4 LOX/LNG rocket engine, as well as the manufacturing and test capabilities to enable all the above. As the leader of Blue’s Advanced Development Programs business, Rob oversees the development of the systems and technologies that will enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space.

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  • Agenda

    12:00pm - 1:00pm                    
      Registration & Lunch  
    1:00pm - 1:45pm   Plenary  
    Track Earth Space Spotlight
    1:55pm - 2:45pm Data Boulders from Space: How DigitalGlobe Uses AWS to Manage Data "Alexa, ask NASA Mars what's next for the Solar System?"
     
    2:55pm - 3:45pm Machine Learning with Earth Observation Imagery Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Moving Space Operations to the Cloud on AWS Unearthing Space: The Evolution of Space Travel and Discovery
    3:55pm - 4:45pm Making Sense of Remote Sensing Blue Origin: Powered by Rocket Fuel and AWS From Consumer to Producer: How Public Sector Data is Fueling Innovation
    4:45pm - 5:45pm   Networking Social  
  • Earth Track

    Data Boulders from Space: How DigitalGlobe Uses AWS to Manage Data

    1:55pm - 2:45pm

    DigitalGlobe moved all-in with AWS to meet the growing demand for commercial geo-intelligence, migrating its entire 17-year imagery archive to the cloud. DigitalGlobe is one of the world’s leading providers of high-resolution Earth imagery, data, and analysis. The company began its journey to the AWS Cloud with AWS Snowmobile, moving 100 petabytes of data to the cloud, allowing it to move away from large-file transfer protocols and delivery workflows. DigitalGlobe also uses Amazon SageMaker to handle machine learning at scale. Learn firsthand how DigitalGlobe is able to deliver massive amounts of data in weeks rather than months, save on costs, and reach customers everywhere.

     

    Machine Learning with Earth Observation Imagery

    2:55pm - 3:45pm

    For just a moment, think of the immense amount of data generated by Earth-observing systems. The sheer volume often makes it impractical for humans alone to perform the analysis, and accordingly, many groups are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms to support their analysis. We'll hear from Development Seed and EOS about how they are using AI and ML to unlock the power of this planetary-scale data that is becoming increasingly more accessible in the cloud. From open-source libraries and human-in-the loop initial processing passes, to fully automated pipelines, we'll examine the new capacity for analysis made possible by technology.

     

    Making Sense of Remote Sensing

    3:55pm - 4:45pm

    SkyWatch is all about making Earth-observation data digestible and accessible. They believe that creating a single place to bring together the planet’s observational datasets will make new waves in geospatial analytics. In this session, we'll take a look at how companies can take advantage of cloud-native workflows to enable access and analysis across planetary-scale datasets. You’ll hear how SkyWatch leveraged AWS serverless technologies to build a company that transforms petabytes of sensor data from space into useful information. You'll also learn how Sinergise is merging a variety of data streams through products like Sentinel Hub, and creating actionable intelligence for its users.

     
  • Space Track

    “Alexa, ask NASA Mars, What’s next for the solar system?”

    1:55pm - 2:45pm

     Tom Soderstrom, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has demonstrated how internet-of-things (IoT) technology and cloud computing can form the backbone for monumental innovation. This combination has enabled private and public space exploration enterprises to dare greatly and, together, discover more of the solar system than ever before. Cloud computing, with its unlimited storage and compute resources, blends IoT, machine learning, intelligent assistance, and new interfaces with computers. It has the potential to allow humans to explore and colonize other areas of the solar system by enabling collaboration across millions of miles, and social networking on a planetary scale.

     

    Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Moving Space Operations to the Cloud on AWS

    2:55pm - 3:45pm

    Leaders across the Earth and space community are increasingly finding value in the services, capacity, and scalability of AWS. Join us as Lockheed Martin Space Systems (LMSS) discusses how it’s used AWS to build revolutionary, new space programs to deliver value and performance to customers. LMSS will share lessons learned after transitioning National Reconnaissance Office and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency processing programs to the C2S Cloud, and will present a firsthand view of how they took advantage of AWS services and features to move space operations and production to the cloud.

     

    Blue Origin: Powered by Rocket Fuel and AWS

    3:55pm - 4:45pm

    In 2015, the Blue Origin team executed the first unmanned flight test of the New Shepard system, a reusable vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing vehicle that’s been to space and back. Amid a successful launch, New Shepard pulled space closer to humanity, cutting the distance between earthlings and the great beyond. With room to fit six people aboard, New Shepard offers a comfortable, weightless experience with unparalleled views out of the largest windows in space, payload lockers for experimentation, and a frequent flight schedule. But did you know that many parts of New Shepard were designed with tools built on AWS? Blue’s next generation engine, BE-4, and our orbital, two-stage launch vehicle, New Glenn, are also being designed leveraging the capabilities of AWS. Join us to learn more about how AWS has powered robust analytical tools to be hosted in the cloud.

     
  • Spotlight Track

    Unearthing Space: The Evolution of Space Travel and Discovery

    2:55pm - 3:45pm

    With the evolution of technology and the demand for satellite data, the demand to reach space has greatly increased. SpaceFlight Industries addresses this new need by providing cost-effective products and services, rideshare launches, and global communications networks. In addition to these, SpaceFlight provides geospatial intelligence services through BlackSky Spectra, enabling organizations to gather, analyze, and visualize data. Come listen to SpaceFlight Industries discuss how it used AWS to build satellites, construct ground stations, and more, to deliver value to customers.

     
    From Consumer to Producer - How Public Sector Data is Fueling Innovation

    3:55pm - 4:45pm


    We are experiencing a wave of digital transformation in which public sector organizations are evolving from consumers of data to producers of data. This shift is unlocking new benefits to downstream users who are using more diverse datasets for analysis and innovation. Come hear from Dr. Anthony Vinci, CTO of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, as he discusses best practices around making information available to data scientists across industries, and the importance of public-private partnerships to foster even greater innovation within the public sector.