The Summit for Space Sustainability is a high-level multi-day event focused on developing solutions for space sustainability, hosted by the Secure World Foundation.

The 2019 Summit was held at the National Press Club June 25-26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Agenda & event materials can be found here.

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JIM BRIDENSTINE | June 25, 2019

Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

James Frederick “Jim” Bridenstine was nominated by President Donald Trump, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn in as NASA’s 13th administrator on April 23, 2018. Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. 

Kevin o’connell | june 25th, 2019

Director, Office of Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. O’Connell leads an office with responsibility as a space industry advocate within the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.  Mr. O’Connell brings over 35 years of experience in the U.S. government, in research organizations, and as an entrepreneur and business leader to this position. 


matt desch | June 26, 2019

Chief Executive Officer, Iridium Communications Inc.

Mr. Desch has more than 35 years of experience in telecommunications management, and more than 25 years in the global wireless industry. With Mr. Desch at the helm, Iridium has more than tripled in subscribers, surpassing 1 million in early 2018, and more than quadrupled its operational earnings, while moving into important new services like global space-based aircraft tracking with its joint-venture, Aireon.

DAN HART | June 26, 2019

President and Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Orbit

Dan Hart is the President and CEO of Virgin Orbit. He joined Virgin Orbit after more than three decades of aerospace leadership at the Boeing Company, where he most recently served as Vice President of Government Satellite Systems. In that position, he oversaw Boeing's government satellite programs, developing and managing missions for the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA, and other national programs.