CSDC attends UAE Embassy Satellite 2018 Reception
Tala M. Al Kaissi, Senior Advisor Commercial Affairs & Special Projects and Director of US / UAE Space Affairs, UAE Embassy Trade and Commercial Office, invited CSDC to the UAE Embassy Satellite Reception 2018, held at the UAE Embassy the evening of 14 March 2018. The reception is an annual event during the big Satellite Conference in Washington, DC. Dallas Bienhoff (Founder), Steve Hoeser (Director, Strategic Business and Market Engineering) and Yolanda Bienhoff (Executive Assistant) attended for CSDC. Since CSDC was unable to attend Satellite 2018 this was a great opportunity to meet future customers as over 400 people in the satellite business attended the reception.
UAE dignitaries and speakers included His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman, UAE Space Agency; Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Al Yah Satellite Communications Company CEO; and Ahmed Ali Al Shamsi, Thuraya Telecommunications Company CEO. Robert M Lightfoot, Jr., NASA Acting Administrator, was the special guest speaker.
The Emcee and Speakers
Mr. Kaissi emceed the event, welcoming everyone and introducing each speaker in turn, beginning with Mr. Lightfoot, since he was the special guest speaker. Mr. Lightfoot talked about the relationship between NASA and the UAE Space Agency. His Excellency Dr. Falasi provided an overview of the UAE Space Agency, which is in its fourth year. Masood Mahmood and Ahmed Sahsi described the roles and goals of their respective companies. Talal was gracious enough to pose for pictures with Dallas, Steve and Yolanda at the end of the reception.
Dallas, Steve and Yolanda met and spoke with several attendees during the evening reception. We first spoke with David Hershberg and Stephen Yablonski of STS Global. Yolanda Bienhoff met Halak Mehta of Access Partnership and introduced her to Dallas and Steve. Dallas and Dan Williams of Busek reminisced about their proposal to NASA while Dallas was at Boeing. Dallas had brief conversations with Mark Bogget of Seraphim; David Short of Federal Express; Andrew McCarely of Boeing; and a Gogo Inflight representative. And, most noteworthy, Steve and Dallas had a long discussion with Jon Goff, Colin Doughan and Shawn Usman of Altius Space Machines about future opportunities.