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Space industry to descend on Tysons for inaugural summit

The inaugural Northern Virginia Space and Satellite Summit will take place at Boro Tower in Tysons on Jan. 18, 2024 (courtesy Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce)

The first-ever Northern Virginia Space and Satellite Summit is about to launch in Tysons.

Organized by the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, the event will bring space industry leaders and experts to the Womble Bond Dickinson office in Boro Tower (8350 Broad Street, Suite 1500) on Thursday, Jan. 18.

“We are excited to bring together industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals in the field of space and satellite technologies for the first-ever Space and Satellite Summit,” Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce interim president and CEO Mark Ingrao said. “This event is a testament to our commitment to fostering innovation, collaboration, and economic growth in the Dulles region and beyond.”

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority counts aerospace as one of the county’s key industries when coupled with the plethora of defense contractors in the area.

  • David Bettinger, CEO of Arlington’s Axta Space
  • Dennis Gatens, CEO and founder of LEOCloud in Ashburn
  • George Nield, president of the British consulting firm Commercial Space Technologies
  • Joseph T. Darden, director of aviation business development for Iridium, a satellite communications company headquartered in Tysons
  • Stephen McCall, director of government relations for Texas-based Firefly Aerospace

The chamber says the event will also provide a valuable opportunity for networking. Attendees are required to register for the summit, which costs $45.

The summit comes just a week after NASA announced that its Artemis missions will be delayed in response to technical issues. The launch that the agency hopes will return humans to the Moon for the first time since 1972 isn’t expected now until September 2026.

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