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April 20 - 21, 2022



*Indicates participation is anticipated in-person but a virtual presentation will be provided if unable to participate in person.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - Pre-Conference
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Speaker Dinner at Monterey Bay atop Mount Washington 
(Invitation Only)
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - Day 1
8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Steven Knapp, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Justine Kasznica, Keystone Space Collaborative Board Chair
8:20 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Kickoff Plenary: Introduction to Regional Space Ecosystem
Sponsored by: West Virginia University Corporate Relations

Senator Shelley Moore Capito, United States Senate
Introduced by West Virginia Delegate Moore Capito
8:45 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Industry Report and Ecosystem Map
Fletcher Franklin, BryceTech

BryceTech will present the interactive ecosystem mapping tool they created to highlight what organizations are involved in space-related activity in the region. They will also share their regional space industry report and our “regional scorecard”.
9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Space Commerce Matters Ecosystem Update
Cynthia Bouthot, President, Space Commerce Matters

Space Commerce Matters (SCM) will share their reports highlighting the current and future space ecosystem in the tri-state region. SCM will present their ecosystem gap assessment as well their long-term strategy to grow our ecosystem, especially into non-traditional space sectors and organizations.
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Discussions
Keystone Space Collaborative Board

Following the above presentations, multiple interactive breakout sessions will be conducted and led by local industry leaders and legislators across our region, which will discuss the current ecosystem and brainstorm how we can execute growth strategies.
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Breakout Discussions Summary Session
11:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
“Space is Done Here. We Are Pittsburgh’s Space Company.”
Sponsored by Babst Calland

John Thornton, Chief Executive Officer, Astrobotic

Pittsburgh’s Astrobotic is building the space robotics company of tomorrow with the goal to make space accessible to everyone. CEO, John Thornton, will provide an update on Astrobotic’s Peregrine mission, the first American lunar mission since the Apollo era, as well as the first-ever commercial lunar mission scheduled to fly later this year. Mr. Thornton will provide his perspective on how the work now being done at Astrobotic, in Pittsburgh and the tri-state region is driving the future of a robust commercial space economy.
12:05 p.m. - 12:10 p.m.
To Be Announced
12:10 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunchtime Keynote – We Will Make the Way
Congressman Matthew Cartwright

U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA08) will discuss how the Keystone Region is on the precipice of great opportunity as stars align to propel our unique history as industrial leaders into our next era as makers for space. And how we can ignite this potential by working together, growing our strengths, and believing the sky is the limit.
12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NASA Panel

Congressman Cartwright (PA-8) will moderate a discussion with top NASA leadership, highlighting NASA’s plans for Artemis, space science and technology missions, and other key priorities, and how the Tri-State region can emerge as a key driver in helping NASA to achieve these goals.

Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA Science Associate Administrator
James Reuter, NASA Space Technology Associate Administrator
Carlos Garcia-Galan, NASA Glenn Research Center
Moderator: Congressman Matthew Cartwright

Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator
1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Space Literacy and Career Readiness
Sponsored by Nova Space Inc.

Bolstering the Space ecosystem is critical to exploration and discovery, advancing research and technologies for space and terrestrial applications, developing strategic military advantages, and resource utilization to ensure the survival of humanity. Space offers a multitude of career opportunities ranging from traditional STEM fields to the arts and humanities and includes disciplines like medicine, law, policy, and business. This panel will discuss a path toward making space literacy and space career readiness a regional priority, by building space-relevant programs designed to create a diverse regional space career-ready workforce, starting with elementary school children through mid-career professionals.

Nikole Sheaffer, Carnegie Science Center
Sam Reiman, Director, Richard K. Mellon Foundation
Sam Moore, Moonshot Museum
Christopher Allen, Nova Space Inc.
Shaun Tomaszewski, Baldwin High School
Moderator: Michael Docherty, Keystone Space Collaborative
2:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Space Venture Capital (Virtual Presentation)
Sponsored by The German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter

It’s not just about space R&D and rocket launches. Venture capitalists and investors realize the tremendous revenue opportunities offered by the growing global space economy and are removing barriers and fueling the advancement of the commercial space industry. The development of space ecosystems provides a new opportunity to leverage an entirely new sector involving supply chain, legal, manufacturing, robotics, and life sciences as novel revenue drivers. Hear from some of the nation’s top VCs and Angel investors making space investments today as they discuss space investment and market trends as well as their respective space investment theses.

Gareth Keane, Promus Ventures*
Tess Hatch, Bessemer Venture Partners*
Brandon Farwell, Xfund*
Ellen Chang, H4XLabs*
Moderator: Ven Raju, Innovation Works
3:50 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Space Innovation – Commercial Low Earth Orbit
Sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation

Space is becoming much more of a commercial marketplace, especially in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Many commercial companies are developing new LEO platforms that support research, manufacturing, and technology development, including those with a presence in the Tri-State region. This panel will discuss some of the current and upcoming facilities being developed for operation in LEO, as well the various terrestrial markets that can take advantage of these unique platforms.

Ken Savin, RedWire
Ken Shields, Sierra Space
Mike Johanson, ZIN Technologies
Siobhan Malany, Micro-gRx
Sean Chait, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Moderator: Cynthia Bouthot, Space Commerce Matters
4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
Closing Keynote - Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space Tech
James Reuter, NASA Space Technology Associate Administrator

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) partners with industry and academia on research, development, and demonstrations to enable future missions. Its investments keep NASA and the nation’s technology pipeline strong and growing with emerging capabilities. Learn about STMD’s strategic framework, technology portfolio, and future funding opportunities.
5:10 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Keystone Space Collaborative Reception
Remarks by Dr. Steven Knapp

KSC Conference attendees get to meet and greet for this reception at the Carnegie Science Center’s famed Roboworld®. Our reception area is the world’s largest permanent exhibit of robots old and new, large and small. Grab a beverage and some light hors d’oeuvres while exploring the interactive hands-on exhibits, play air hockey against a robot, or wonder at the many ways that robots can think, sense, and take action. Steps away, attendees can enjoy a curated 20-minute show at the Buhl Planetarium produced by the Carnegie Science Center and the Moonshot Museum.
5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tours of Astrobotic Facility / Moonshot Museum
Sponsored by Astrobotic and Moonshot Museum

Did you know that Pittsburgh had its own Mission Control? It’s no longer just Houston and Cape Canaveral calling the shots. Attendees of the Inaugural Keystone Space Conference will have an exclusive tour through the Astrobotic Technologies facility which is a stone’s throw away from the Carnegie Science Center. Roundtrip shuttle transportation will be provided for small group tours lasting approximately 25 minutes. The first stop will be the main hall of the Moonshot Museum which is expected to open its doors later in 2022. The museum offers a wall of windows looking directly into Astrobotic’s Clean Room where, if luck is on our side, KSC attendees might catch a glimpse of something very special going on inside. Tours will visit Mission Control and, weather-permitting, the rooftop patio where a replica of the Lunar Lander will be permanently affixed to the roof.

Buhl Planetarium Demonstrations and Networking
Sponsored by Moonshot Museum and The Carnegie Science Center

Move from Roboworld® inside the Carnegie Science Center into the Buhl Planetarium to engage in focused conversation with other attendees under the stars. Tables will be set up for networking as educators from the Carnegie Science Center and the Moonshot Museum conduct hands-on demonstrations. Be sure to attend the finale inside the planetarium at 7:20 pm as we wrap up Day 1.
7:30 p.m.
Reception Conclusion – Day 1 Events
Thursday, April 21, 2022 - Day 2
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Welcome Remarks, Day One Overview, and Future of Keystone Space Collaborative
Kim Amey, Carnegie Science Center
Justine Kasznica, Keystone Space Collaborative Board Chair
8:15 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Remarks and Introduction to Keynote Speaker
Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan, U.S. House of Representatives*
8:20 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.
Opening Keynote - The Future of Humanity in Space: Enablers and Impediments
Sponsored by Ansys

Dylan Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Voyager Space

This session will discuss the incredible pace of change in the space industry. In addition to his own experience as a commercial astronaut on Blue Origin, Dylan will discuss the future of the space industry as both an investor and the CEO of one of the major infrastructure companies in the industry.
9:05 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
Space Research and Development: Leveraging Regional Research Strengths
Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University

Our region’s academic institutions are a critical strength in building the space economy in the Tri-State. Meet and hear from top university thought leaders as they discuss their exciting space research projects and share their perspectives on space-relevant R&D opportunities across the region.

John Horack, The Ohio State University
Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon University
Aleksandra Radlinska, Penn State University
Katherine Goodrich, West Virginia University

Moderated By: Matthew Johnson-Roberson, Carnegie Mellon University
10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m
Space Biomanufacturing in Low Earth Orbit
Sponsored by The McGowan Institute

A key advantage of the LEO environment for life sciences research is the ability to conduct experiments in sustained microgravity conditions. Over the last decade, space‐based research has demonstrated that microgravity informs our knowledge of fundamental biology and accelerates advancements in health care and medical technologies. This session will highlight an academic-industry model being launched to accelerate research in LEO as well as feature some of the latest novel research programs utilizing the LEO platform.

William R. Wagner, The McGowan Institute 
Prashant Kumta, University of Pittsburgh/McGowan Institute
Nicole Wagner, LambdaVision
Jana Stoudemire, Axiom Space
Aaron Rogers, RedWire

Moderator: Joe Bozada, Interphase Materials
11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Strengthening the Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Supply Chain
Sponsored By AIM Higher Consortium

Hear how local defense supply chain businesses are implementing best practice solutions to common defense supply chain challenges. Topics will include, but not be limited to additive manufacturing/3D printing, chip shortages, cyber security certification, and workforce hiring and upskilling.

David Sweet, MECCO Marking & Traceability
John Barnes, The Barnes Global Advisors
Mark Sewell, Catalyst Connection
Sandra DeVincent Wolf, Carnegie Mellon University Manufacturing Futures Institute

Moderator: Petra Mitchell, AIM Higher Consortium (managed by Catalyst Connection)
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Closing Keynote – The LEO Economy & Beyond: Challenges & Opportunities
Andrew Nelson, Nelson Aerospace Consulting Associates
1:00 p.m.
Conference Concludes
1:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Private VIP/Speaker Tour of Mill 19
Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, Manufacturing Futures Institute

Join the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Manufacturing Futures Institute (MFI) to learn about the innovation ecosystem here in the region and MFI's role in that. An overview of the groundbreaking research in additive manufacturing, intelligent robotics for manufacturing, digital twin/digital thread, generative manufacturing, and the future of work will be given, accompanied by a discussion of the partnerships here in the region that make the future of advanced manufacturing possible. A tour of the Mill 19 advanced manufacturing facility will follow.



NASA Administrator


NASA Science Associate Administrator


Bessemer Venture Partners


AIM Higher Consortium


Carnegie Science Center


Cynthia Bouthot

Space Commerce Matters


Justine Kasznica

Keystone Space Collaborative
Board Chair


William R. Wagner

The McGowan Institute


Carlos Garcia-Galan

NASA Glenn Research Center


John Barnes

The Barnes Global Advisors


United States Representative


ZIN Technologies


Penn State University


Sierra Space


Joe Bozada

Interphase Materials


Gareth Keane

Promus Ventures


Christopher Allen

Nova Space, Inc.


Michael Docherty

Keystone Space Collaborative


Ven Raju

Innovation Works


United States Senator


West Virginia House of Delegates




NASA Space Technology Associate Administrator


Howie Choset

Carnegie Mellon University


Prashant Kumta

University of Pittsburgh /McGowan Institute


Shaun Tomaszewski

Baldwin High School


Ellen Chang



Andrew Nelson

Nelson Aerospace Consulting Associates


Voyager Space


Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh


Moonshot Museum


Axiom Space


Brandon Farwell



David Sweet

MECCO Marking & Traceability


Sandra DeVincent Wolf

CMU Manufacturing Futures Institute


Sean Tully

Northrop Grumman




West Virginia University


Catalyst Connection


Richard K. Mellon Foundation


Kim Amey

Carnegie Science Center


John Horack

The Ohio State University


Nicole Wagner



Matthew Johnson-Roberson

Carnegie Mellon University


Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan

U.S. House of Representatives



Thank You to Our
2022 Conference Sponsors

Special Thank You


The Keystone Space Collaborative recognizes grant support received by the Richard K. Mellon Foundation


The Keystone Space Collaborative recognizes conference support received by the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium

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