Ralph Fritsche, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Crop Production Project Manager, is leading the effort to develop sustainable and reliable fresh food systems in support of long duration space missions beyond low Earth orbit. Mr. Fritsche began his career with NASA in 1989 and has supported the US Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs in various engineering and operational roles. He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and earned a dual BS degree in Physics and Space Science from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1979.
Dean of the School of Sustainability, Reichman University, IDC Herzliya
Prof. Yoav Yair is the Dean of the School of Sustainability at the Reichman University (IDC Herzliya). His main research fields include atmospheric electricity, lightning (on Earth and other planets), space weather, solar-terrestrial relations, transient luminous events (sprites, TLEs) and climate change. Prof. Yair conducted experiments on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station and is currently part of several satellite missions; His experiment ILAN-ES will be conducted the Rakia mission in 2022.
Ron is the Chief Product Officer for Healthy.io - a digital-health company transforming the smartphone camera into a medical device to deliver healthcare at meaningful moments. Prior to Healthy, Ron managed the mobile products for Fiverr (NYSE: FVRR), the world's biggest online marketplace for online services. He holds degrees in Physics and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University, and is a graduate of Harvard's Program for Leadership Development (PLD).
Daniel Rockberger was born in London England, and in 1981 at the age of 6 his parents decided to immigrate to Israel, starting a new adventure. He started his career which we would actually call "a hobby, young and low." At first, he flew model gliders with the birds, then unmanned vehicles (drones) and finally satellites. He studied mechanical engineering at the Technion finishing in 2003 and continued as an engineer in the UAV company. However, his passion was Space, so he took a chance, quit his job, and went to Strasbourg France to pursue a masters in space at the International space university (ISU). His life changed, and after a 4-month internship at NASA working on a lunar satellite, he returned to Israel. He was lucky enough to be accepted to the Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) and worked there for 9 years on almost all of Israel’s satellites, mostly on the Amos Communication Fleet. He formed NSL Satellites in 2009 and, amongst other things, sent 15 Israeli school experiments to the Space Station, and reached the final few hundred of the Europe Astronaut selection. In 2015 he partnered to formed NSLCOMM to change the way communications are used around the world.
CEO of Aquarian Space - the Internet Service Provider for the Solar System
Kelly Larson is the CEO of Aquarian Space - Internet Service Provider for the Solar System. Kelly is also a TEDx speaker, serial entrepreneur, and innovator at the intersection of business, science and leadership. As a leadership entrepreneur turned space CEO, she trail-blazes new business ventures and connects people and ideas across the globe. Kelly is widely known for her innovative approaches to business and her strategic range. She currently specializes in aerospace market-ready development strategies with an emphasis in collaborative international partnerships and high-level entrepreneurial ventures. Kelly sees that we can only develop a strong interplanetary economy together.
Hovav has been leading the business of Manna since the company was founded in 2016. Prior to Manna, Hovav has worked in various Agtech and software companies, startups and corporates, in positions of global marketing, business development and product management.
Senior Research Fellow, Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance
Tal Inbar studied Political Science (Bachelor’s degree) and Security Studies (Master’s degree), both in Tel Aviv University, Israel. He started working at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies in 2003 and became the director of the institute’s space and UAV research canter in 2007 until the closing of the institute in 2019. He co-founded the international Ilan Ramon Space Conference in 2006. Mr. Inbar follows the space and missile programs of Israel for 30 years and has written numerous articles and op-eds in national and international media. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences, workshops, and seminars. Mr. Inbar contributed to the Space Competitiveness Index (Futron product) and several other classified reports delivered to governmental and industry customers. He is a visiting speaker on various think-tanks and research institutes including RAND, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, Secure World Foundation – to name a few. He is consulting Israeli defense and space companies, and develop[ed the Space and Missile courses for IAI, addressed to engineers. Inbar delivered several congressional briefings on ballistic missile programs of Iran and North Korea. Inbar is also a speaker at various HCoC (Hague Code of Conduct) conferences and presented his findings at a UNIDIR conferences in Geneva. In his daily work, Mr. Inbar covers several space issues such as space policy and technical assessments of foreign space, ballistic missiles and rocket programs of Iran, North Korea, and China, as well as of non-state entities. On May 2021 Inbar joined the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (based in Washington, DC) as a senior research fellow. Inbar is a consultor for the Heinlein Trust Fund and Excalibur-Almaz Inc., both in the US. He is the curator for Israel space week for several years and serves as the national coordinator of the World Space week in Israel for years. Inbar is a member of the History Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics Since 2019 he is a member of the board of D-Mars, Israel's Mars simulations center. He is also a national mentor for "Horizon", the Israel Space Agency community of space educators.
Shimon was born in 1953 in Israel. In 1975 he graduated the Technion as an aeronautical engineer, and In 1994, he graduated the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program of Boston University and Beer-Sheba University.
In 1976 Shimon joined the Israel Air Force (IAF) as a young engineer in the area of design and development of manned and unmanned aircraft.
In 1998, the President of Israel decorated Shimon with the Israel Defense Award, for his special contribution to the defense of the state of Israel.
In 2000, Shimon was promoted to Brig. General as the Head of the IAF Material Command, and assumed the responsibility of the entire technical organization of the IAF, under the direct command of the Commander of the Air Force.
In 2004, Shimon retired from service and joined Elbit Systems, as CEO of Silver-Arrow, a subsidiary of Elbit System for unmanned aircraft systems design, production, operation and support. Later on, Shimon served as VP of Operations and VP of advanced unmanned systems development at the unmanned division at Elbit Systems.
In March 2020, Shimon joined Spaceil as the CEO to lead the Beresheet2 lunar landing program.
Tom is the lead system engineer for the UltraSat project. Tom is a young
professional working in IAI for the past 7 years. Prior to that Tom served in the
IDF as a military intelligence officer at the satellite data collection unit 9900.
Tom holds a BSc in Physics (summa cum laude), a second BSc in Mathematics
and an MSc in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, all from the Tel Aviv