The Ninth Ilan Ramon Annual International Space Conference



 The  Ninth Ilan Ramon Annual International Space Conference

will be held on January 29th,30th 2014 at the IAF Center, Herzlia

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Day One – 29.1.2014

07:45 Registration

Opening Session

Remarks and greetings


Address by President Shimon Peres


Moshe Fadlon, Mayor of Herzliya
Bina Bar-On, Director General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Space
Brig. Gen. (res.) Asaf Agmon, CEO, The Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies


Ramon Scholarships awarding ceremony
Rona Ramon
Bina Bar-On, Director General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Space
Menachem Kidron, Director General, Israel Space Agency
Representative of scholarship winners


STS-107 Commemoration

Life on board the international space station
Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, ESA

10:30 Break

Space Agencies Special Panel
Moderator: Prof. Angie Bukley, Dean, International Space University

General (ret.) Michael C. Wholley, NASA General Counsel
General (ret.) Walter J. Natynczyk, Canadian Space Agency President
Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, Director General, Mexican Space Agency
Geir Hovmorg, Deputy Director General, Norwegian Space center
Prof. Nazzareno Mandolesi, member of the board of directors, Italian Space Agency
Menachem Kidron, Director General, Israel Space Agency

13:00 Lunch

Science and space session
Chairman: Prof. Eli Waxman, Head, Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Weizmann Institute of Science


Space Sciences - A year in review
Prof. Ehud Behar, Head, Asher Space Research Institute, the Technion, Israel


A History of Observing the Sun from Space
Dr. David DeVorkin, Senior curator, National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC


Gold in Space
Prof. Zvi Piran, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem




Space and Security Session
Chairman: Brig. Gen (res.) Amnon Harari, Head, MOD Space Directorate


The Space Industries Contribution to Israel’s National Security
Yossef Weiss, CEO, Israel Aerospace Industries


Space and Israel’s Security
Maj. Gen. (res.) Udi Shani, former director general, Israel Ministry of Defense


Space as a Major Component in US Security
Lt. Gen. John E. Hyten, Vice Commander, US Air Force Space Command


Annual Address by the Commander of Israel Air Force
Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel (Translation)



18:30 Projected end of Session

Day Two – 30.1.2014                          






Musical Interlude


Space in the World of Industry and Technology Session
Chairman: Haim Rousso, Executive Vice President for Engineering and Technology Excellence, Elbit Systems


Trends in Space Technology - A year in review
Tal Inbar, Head, Space Research Center, the Fisher Institute for Air & Space Strategic Studies


LiteSat Mission Control Center – Comprehensive and flexible ground station solution for satellite constellations
Danna Linn Barnett, RAFAEL


SHALOM Mission for Development of the World First Commercial Hyper-Spectral Space-borne Imaging
Gil Tidhar, Shalom project manager, MBT-Space, IAI


New Trends in Remote Sensing
Ilan Porat, Head of Space Directorate, Elbit Systems Intelligence and Electro Optics - Elop


Satellites, Launchers and Spacecrafts – Future plans
Dr. John D. Evans, Corporate VP for engineering and technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation


Future Vision of Arianespace Launchers Fleet
Serge Chartoire, Sales Director – Specific Orbits in Arianespace’s Commercial Directorate

10:45 Break

Space in the Service of Man and Country Session

Chairman: Ambassador Jeremy Issacharof, Deputy Director General for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel


Trends in Space Policy and Security - A year in review
Dr. Deganit Paikowsky, Tel Aviv University and the National Council for Research and

Development, Ministry of Science


Annual Address by the Director General of the Israel Space Agency
Menachem Kidron, Director General, Israel Space Agency


Copernicus – A European Remote Sensing Program
Dr. Reinhard Schulte-Braucks, Head, Copernicus, European Commission


Air Traffic Control from Space Using Nano Satellites
Dr. Lars Alminde, CSO, Gom Space, Denmark

Communication Satellites – From Conception to Orbit
David Zusiman, Amos 4 Program Manager, Spacecom

12:50 Lunch

Entrepreneurship, Innovations and Non-traditional Uses of Space
Chairman: Dr. Rony Potasman, Executive VP for R&D, RAFAEL


Space Florida – A model for space entrepreneurship and collaboration of industry and state
Franc Dibello, President and CEO, Space Florida


Spaceflight – Various solutions for access to space
Phil Brzytwa, Business Manager, Spaceflight Inc.


Space as an Economic Driver
Dr. Thanasis Postis, Hellenic Association of Space Industry


Horizon 2020: Opportunities for Israel’s Space Community
Marcel Shaton, General Manager, ISERD (Israel – Europe R&D Directorate


Duchifat-1" – First Students' built Israeli Pico Satellite
Presentation by Yarden Carmel, Herzliya Sciences Center student


New Space
Moderator: Cdr. (res.) Ofer Lapid, former CTO, Israel MOD Space Directorate
Yosi Yamin, CEO, Space Pharma
Prof. Ran Ginosar, CEO, Ramon Chips
Yishai Netzer, CEO, Netzer Precision Motion Sensors
José Mariano López Urdiales, Bloon

15:40 Break

Humans in Space
Moderator: Tal Inbar, Head, Space research Center, Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies
Astronaut Thomas Reiter, ESA Director of Human
Spaceflight and Operations
Maj. Gen. Dumitru Prunariu, First Cosmonaut of Romania,
Founder, Association of Space Explorers
Dr. Anna L. Fisher, Astronaut, NASA


Concluding remarks
Maj. Gen (ret.) Herzle Bodinger, Chairman of the Board
Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies


Date 29/01/2014 08:00 - 30/01/2014 18:00
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