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Spring is the Season for Satellites! Hogan Lovells Hosts CSSMA Meeting and the First “SatelliteEves” Women in Space Event

Tony Lin

Sarah K. Leggin

Every spring, thousands of satellite industry stakeholders descend upon Washington, DC for the industry’s premier satellite conference. This year, the Satellite 2018 conference drew over 14,500+ satellite and space industry stakeholders, including many companies driving innovation and growth in the smallsat sector.

In support of the smallsat industry, Hogan Lovells and attorneys Tony Lin and Sarah Leggin hosted a meeting of the Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (“CSSMA”), an organization dedicated to creating transparent and expedited spectrum coordination process through educational outreach, sharing best practices, and regulatory advocacy.

The CSSMA formally incorporated less than a year ago and now has over 20 members, including Planet, Spire, Astro Digital, Kepler, Aerospace, Kongsberg Satellite Services, Infostellar, HawkEye360, RBC Signals, and Analytical Space among others. Also participating in the meeting were representatives from the following Federal government agencies:  the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (“NOAA”).  Presenters provided updates on their smallsat systems and ground station networks, advocacy efforts before the International Telecommunications Union, and current smallsat-related proceedings and issues before the FCC, FAA, and NOAA.  Meeting participants discussed the U.S. and international licensing processes, challenges applicant companies have recently encountered, applications for certain frequency bands, and raised questions regarding how to resolve technical or coordination issues.

The next CSSMA member meeting will be held in Logan, Utah on Friday, August 10, 2018 following the 32nd Annual Small Satellite Conference.  Entities interested in joining or learning more about CSSMA should contact a representative (contact@cssma.space).

Participants at the March 2018 CSSMA Meeting















Therese Jones, SIA; Jessica Noble, LMI Advisors; Sarah Leggin, Hogan Lovells US LLP; Shelli-Rose Haskins, U.S. Coast Guard; Beau Backus, NOAA; Alison Alfers, Hawkeye 360; George John, Spire Global; Jesse Hammer, Kubos; and Katherine Monson, KSAT at the March 2018 CSSMA Meeting

Hogan Lovells kicked off the Satellite 2018 week with the first-ever “SatelliteEves” event, a “Women in Space” networking event followed by its annual satellite week reception.  The event was co-sponsored by Hogan Lovells, Sage Communications, and Euroconsult.  Lisa Kuo, Head of Commercial Programs at The Aerospace Corporation, gave a presentation highlighting the achievements of women in space.  Ms. Kuo then awarded Randy Segal, co-lead of the Hogan Lovells Space and Satellite group, the first-ever “Excellence Award” for Women in Space for her significant contributions to the sector.







Randy Segal receives the first “Excellence Award” for Women in Space from Lisa Kuo, The Aerospace Corporation, and Jeanette Quinlan, Akash Systems; Lisa Kuo presents at the “SatelliteEves” Women in Space event at Hogan Lovells; Guests attend SatelliteEves

Following SatelliteEves, Hogan Lovells hosted nearly 400 guests at its annual SatelliteEve Reception, which featured a specialty bourbon tasting.  Attorneys from Hogan Lovells bartended while guests from all sectors of the satellite industry met with colleagues old and new.

Bourbon selection at SatelliteEve at Hogan Lovells; Guests attend SatelliteEve

For more information on Hogan Lovells’ Space and Satellite practice, please visit our website and read other blogs about the firm’s involvement in the satellite industry.