Coming Space Law Attractions

Let's start the new year off right. A stellar line-up of lawyers will be speaking or hosting panels at some interesting and cool upcoming space events in the nation's capitol.

First, over at the Washington Convention Center, Feb 6-9, it's
Satellite 2006, where you can enjoy close enounters with legal luminaries who will be on hand to share the lastest legal and business info and insights about the high-flying fast-moving satellite sector. Here's an overview (subject to change):

Maury Mechanick of White & Case moderates a panel on "The Top Five New Satellite Service Markets of the Next Five Years."

Peter Nesgos of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP moderates "Latest Trends In Satellite Financing: What's New For '06?"

Gerry Oberst of Hogan & Hartson hosts "Europe: Expanded Opportunities and Increased Consumer Demand."

John Janka of Latham & Watkins will speak about "Financial State Of The Industry: From Private Investment To Public Trading."

Brian Weimer of Skadden moderates the panel, "Managing Risk in a Risky Business."

Owen Kurtin of Brown Raysman moderates "The Global Operators Roundtable: The New Face Of The Industry."

Suzanne Hutchings, senior regulatory counsel at ICO, will cover "Next Generation Mobile Technology: Going Beyond Narrowband."

That ought to get your blood pumping.

Next, at the
3rd Annual U.S. Remote Sensing Industry Commercial Conference, February 9-10, 2006, Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, director, of course, of the National Remote Sensing and Space Law will give a talk on "National and International Remote Sensing and Earth Observations Activities 2004 - 2006" -- covering "the U.S. and international private and government activities that have occurred in the last two years, including Landsat, industry changes, the group on Earth Observations, and the Disasters Charter" and more.

(Joanne will be followed by Congressman Mark Udall -- not a lawyer, but his wife is -- who will discuss the Remote Sensing Applications Act of 2005, which directs NASA to establish grants for projects to explore the integrated use of sources of remote sensing and other geospatial information to address state, local, regional and tribal agency needs.)

By the way, if you can't make this event, you can catch up with Joanne on The Space Show this Saturday, January 7, 12 to 1:30 PM PST. (Or tune in to the reply, Sunday, January 8 12 to 1:30PM PST. Or, download the podcast.) She's always a popular guest.

And of course, over at the AST/FAA
9th Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference (is it the 9th already?), which is unfortunately scheduled for the same dates as the remote sensing conference, you can hobnob (do people actually "hobnob" anymore? Nah, probably too busy networking...) with lawyers like Mike Gold of Bigelow Aerospace, John Gantt of Mizrack & Gantt, and lots of government sector law and policy folks. Patti Smith and the gang do a fine job each year.

(Oh, and some guy named Elon Musk is listed as a keynote speaker. But he looks too smart to be a lawyer ;)

(Hat tip to Jeff Foust, for
this post last month.)

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