The 12th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference



The 12th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference

“Bringing Space Down To Earth”

30.1.2017 – First Day of the conference

08:00 Registration

08:45 Opening Session

           Musical Interlude – The Israel Air Force Band
           Peretz Vazan
, Director General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Space
           Moshe Fadlon, Mayor of Herzliya, the host city
           Prof. Simonetta di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs

           Commemoration of the STS-107 mission of the space shuttle Columbia
            Awarding Ceremony of the Ilan Ramon Scholarships
, in the presence of:

            Peretz Vazan, Director General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Space
            Prof. Isaac Ben Israel, Chairman, Israel Space Agency
            Avi Blasberger, Director, Israeli Space Agency
            Ran Ber, Senior Deputy Director General,
Ministry of Science, Technology and Space,
           and Director of the Governmental Ramon Foundation
            Rona Ramon, Founder and President of the Ramon Foundation

            2016 – A year in review: Space Sciences
            Prof. Eli Waxman
, the Weizmann Institute of Science
            Extraordinary visions of space exploration – mission to Alpha Centauri 
            Dr. Simon (Pete) Worden
, Executive Director, Breakthrough Prize Foundation, USA
Science from Space Exploration Missions of JPL
            Dr. Leslie Deutsch,
Deputy Director for the Interplanetary Network Directorate (IND),

            Space exploration: The NASA perspective
            Charles Bolden
, Former NASA Administrator

10:35 Greetings by MK Ofir Akunis, Minister of Science

10:50 Break

11:15 Science and Space Exploration – for the Benefits of Mankind
            Space Exploration - special panel with heads of space agencies.

           Moderator: Avi Blasberger, Director, Israel Space Agency
           Dr. Jan Woerner, Director General, ESA
           Charles Bolden, Former NASA Administrator
           Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, CNES and IAF
           Prof. Roberto Battiston, President, ASI
            Dr. Tapan Misra, Director, Space Applications Center, ISRO
            Dr. Leslie Deutsch, JPL     

           2016 – A year in Review: Space launches and technologies
           Tal Inbar, Head, Space Research Center, the Fisher Institute for Air and Space
           Strategic Studies

           Bringing space down to Earth – session on space applications with participants
           from the Israeli space industries
           Session Chair – Haim Russo, Chairman, Taasiyeda, Former VP, Elbit Systems Ltd
           New challenges and directions in remote sensing
           Opher Doron, VP & General Manager, MBT Space Division, Israel Aerospace Industries

           Detection of fires from space

           Ilan Porat,
Head of Space Systems BU, Elbit – ElectrOptics - ELOP
           Thrusting new frontiers in space
           Ofer Livne,
Project Manager, RAFAEL

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Space and Security Session
           Session Chair: Brig. Gen. (Res.) Abraham Assael, CEO, the Fisher Institute for Air and
           Space Strategic Studies

           2016 – A year in Review: Space Security and Policy

           Dr. Deganit Paikowsky,
            Senior Fellow, Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Tel Aviv
            University. National Council for R&D, Ministry of Science, Technology and Space,

           Annual Address of the Israel Air Force Commander

           Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel

           Challenges for space assets considering emerging threats
           General John “Jay” Raymond, Commander, US Air Force Space Command

            The MILAMOS (Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of
          Outer Space
) project review
             Kuan Wei (David) Chen, Deputy Director of MILAMOS Project at the Institute of Air            
             and Space Law, McGill University, Montreal

15:40 Space for EVERYONE – bringing the spaceflight experience to the public:

           Moderator: Tal Inbar, Head, Space research center, Fisher Institute for Air and
           Space Strategic Studies

           Dr. Richard Arnold II
          Dr. Donald A. Thomas
, NASA former
           Prof. Jean-Jacques Favier, CNES
16:30 Break

16:50 Visions of the future – A Panel on Innovative and New Space Missions
           Session Chair: Tal Inbar, Head, Space Research Center, the Fisher Institute for Air and
           Space Strategic Studies
A year of accomplishments and challenges, SpaceX in 2016
           Garrett E. Riesman
, Director of Space Operations, SpaceX

            Innovative constellation of LEO satellites for narrowband communications
           Meir Moalem
, CEO, Sky and Space Global
           Launcher one – a new launch vehicle
           Barry Matsumori
, Sr. VP – Business Development and Advanced Concepts, Virgin

           Low cost responsive launch services using reusable first stage space planes
           Chuck Lauer
, Co-founder & VP Business Development, Rocketplane Global, LLC
           “Israel 70” – innovative constellation of satellites
            Dr. Meir Ariel,
Herzliya Science Center

18:05 Special session on space applications on maritime domains for the Mediterranean Sea
            Session chair: Dr. Nili Mandelblit, Director Aero-Space, Transport,
            Nanotechnology, Materials, Production, Processes, Research Infrastructure, JRC,
            ISERD – Israel Europe R&D Directorate

           The evolution of remote sensing: from data to solutions
           Yoav Ben-Shem,
VP and Head of Geospatial Intelligence, ISI (ImageSat International)
           Monitoring the seasonal and annual dynamics of sediments and chlorophyll in the
            Southeastern Mediterranean using remote sensing
            Dr. Tamir Caras
, Ben Gurion University

 18:35 Conclusion Remarks

31.1.2017 – Second Day of the Conference (by invitations only)

ISERD-COSMOS Workshop on EO applications for the Mediterranean Sea

09:00 Registration

09:15 Welcome note
           Nili Shalev

09:20 Introduction and Workshop Goals
           Dr. Nili Mandelblit, ISERD

09:30 COSMOS 2020 Network of the National Contact Points
           Mr. Constantine Karamanis
, PRAXI Network, COSMOS 2020 Greece

09:35 The EU Copernicus Program Overview
 Mrs. Cristina Ananasso, European Commission

10:05 Session A: Challenges for Mediterranean Sea monitoring

  •             Use of EO for integrated coastal management (ICZM)
                 Prof. George Zalidis, Aristotle, University of Thessaloniki
  •               Use of EO for Mediterranean port cities
    Mrs. Betty Vasiliki, Charalampopoulou, Geosystems Hellas S.A.
  • Monitoring water contamination - Surface mixing and,  stirring based on satellite data
    f. Hezi Gildor, The Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University
  •  Use of EO for validation of modelled velocity fields in Mediterranean Sea,
    Dr. Isaac Gertman,
    Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR) 

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30  Session B: Answering the challenges

                       ODYSSEA - Operating a Network of Integrated Observatory Systems in the
                           Mediterranean sea, Mr. Simon van Dam
, Agora Partners
The vision of total maritime awareness, Mr. Ori Zeisel
Water quality products of the SHALOM mission,  Dr. Tal Feingersh
SISCAL Project - Satellite-based Information System on Coastal Areas and
                           Lakes, Dr. Gideon Tibor, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research


12:30  Lunch 

13:30 - 17:00 Space sustainability and small satellites -

Special workshop on space sustainability at the era of small satellites and constellations.

Issues to be addressed:

Space situational awareness; threats to space assets; regulatory solutions; the challenges of large constellations and swarms of satellites;

The workshop will include short presentations (“pitch”) followed by a free discussion.

Among the speakers:

·         Ian A. Christensen, Project Manager, Secure World Foundation

·         Dr. Meir Ariel, Director of the Herzliya Science Center and the “Israel 70” project

·         Meidad Pariente and Meir Moalem, Sky and Space Global;

·         Kuan Wei (David) Chen, Deputy Director of MILAMOS Project at the institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, Montreal,


SGI -Space Generation workshop



Date 30/01/2017 09:00 - 31/01/2017 18:00
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