Tentative Program

Plenary Sessions :  February 28th 2022 10:00-12:40 

Plenary Session : The Evolution of Commercial Space
Mr. Masayasu Ishida, CEO of Spacetide  (10:00-10:35)

Keynote speech :

〇 Planet – Serving the Public Benefit
Mr. Mike Safyan, VP of Launch, Planet  (10:35-)

〇 Rocket Lab – Space is Open for Business

Mr. Sandy Tirtey, Commercial Launch service Director, Rocket Lab (11:10-)

Masayasu Ishida
President and CEO, SPACETIDE foundation / Director, A.T. Kearney

As co-founder, president and CEO of SPACETIDE foundation, Masayasu works on a variety of cross-industry activities with the aim of creating new waves in the space industry. Masayasu is also leading the global space group of A.T. Kearney where he has provided management consulting services to governmental agencies and space related companies in various countries.
On top of that, Masayasu has been contributing to policymaking in the Japanese government through various governmental committees. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tokyo.

Mike Safyan, VP of Launch, Planet Labs PBC

In 2011, Mike Safyan joined the eight-person founding team at Planet where the company was building the first iterations of its Dove satellite in a Cupertino garage. Mike is responsible for Planet’s Launch strategy and has overseen the launch of over 350 Planet satellites across 22 launch attempts.
Mike received his B.S. of Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, and an M.Sc. of Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He started his career working on lunar rover designs for the Barcelona Moon Team competing for the Google Lunar X-Prize and then joined the PhoneSat team at NASA Ames where he worked as a Systems Engineer developing ultra-low-cost CubeSats utilizing smartphone technologies. In 2018, Mike received the SSPI Promise Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by satellite industry professionals under the age of 35.

Dr. Sandy Tirtey, Rocket Lab 

Dr. Sandy Tirtey is Rocket Lab’s Director of Global Commercial Launch Services and the company’s Launch Director.
Dr. Tirtey joined Rocket Lab in 2013 as Vehicle Team Lead, where he supervised the development and construction of the Electron launch vehicle.
In 2015, Dr. Tirtey took on the role of Vice President of Vehicle Systems, before becoming Rocket Lab’s Launch Conductor in 2016.
In this role, Dr. Tirtey led mission operators through the successful launches of ‘It’s A Test’ and ‘Still Testing’ in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Today, Dr. Tirtey is the Director of Global Commercial Launch Services and is based in Brisbane, Australia.
In this role he supports small satellite operators globally to access orbit through frequent and reliable launch opportunities on the Electron launch vehicle.