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April 13-16, 2015 · Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

The Honorable Patricia Grace Smith

The Honorable Patricia Grace Smith
Former FAA Associate Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation
Principal, Patti Grace Smith Consulting, L.L.C.

Patti Grace Smith is currently an aerospace consultant with Patti Grace Smith Consulting, L.L.C., working with a number of aerospace companies.  She is on the board of the Space Foundation where she serves as a member of the Executive Committee; American Astronautical  Society (Executive Committee); the X Prize Advisory Committee Board; Terminal Velocity Advisory Board; and the Conrad Foundation.  Smith served as Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation for the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, where for eleven years (ending February 2008) she headed the line of business responsible for licensing, regulating, and promoting the U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Smith joined the Department of Transportation in 1994.  Smith has over 28 years of experience and knowledge of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  During her career at the FAA and DOT, Smith was instrumental in the growth and change that the U.S. commercial launch industry experienced, facilitating both technological and infrastructure developments and initiating and fostering greater cooperation and partnerships between aviation and space functions in the agency.  During her service at the FAA, key milestones were achieved that include the Mojave Air and Spaceport becoming the first inland Commercial Spaceport licensed by the agency, and the launch of the X-Prize winning,  historic  SpaceShip One, a launch licensed by the FAA.  Smith also oversaw the development of rules for human space flight mandated by congressional passage of the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004.  Smith also held positions in the private sector at the National Association of Broadcasters, Westinghouse Broadcasting Corporation, and Sheridan Radio Network; and in government at the Department of Defense and the Federal Communications Commission; and the United States Congress with the Senate Commerce Committee. 


Participating Events

Monday, April 13, 2015
3:00 p.m. to
4:30 p.m.:
New Generation Leadership Exchange: Speed Mentoring
New Generation Space Leaders
Separate Reg. or Purchase
Location: Broadmoor Main Ballroom
Senior Mentors:

Amir R. Blachman

Managing Director
Space Angels Network

Rick Byrens

Alliance Spacesystems

Brig. Gen. Cary Chun, USAF (Ret.)

Senior Vice President Client Relations
ASRC Federal

BG Timothy R. Coffin

Commanding General
White Sands Missile Range

Dan Collins

Chief Operating Officer
United Launch Alliance

Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux

President and COO
Escape Dynamics Inc.

Michael C. Gass

Former President and Chief Executive Officer
United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Philippe Hazane

Space attaché & CNES Representative
Embassy of France

Sandy Johnson

President and CEO
Barrios Technology

Gregory Johnson

President & Executive Director
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space

Janet Nickloy

Vice President, National Strategy & Business Development
Harris Corporation

Dara A. Panahy

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Chirag Parikh

Director of Space Policy
National Security Council, The White House

The Honorable Patricia Grace Smith

Former FAA Associate Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation
Principal, Patti Grace Smith Consulting, L.L.C.

John Williams

President & CEO
Universal Space Network


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