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Space Café Luxembourg is the premier event series gathering the members of the space community in the Grand Duchy. The concept is simple: experts from the space sector present important events, activities or a current hot topic on a certain theme. Before and after the talk, the community comes together to network, discuss and make recommendations fordecision-making. On 9 December 2021, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) hosted the Space Café, dedicated to “The Small Satellites Revolution”.

Past speakers

Rui Zong

University of Luxembourg

Rui is part of the first cohort of the Interdisciplinary Space Master at the University of Luxembourg, where she is pursuing a degree in space technology and business. She came from China and completed her bachelor’s studies in mechanical design and another master’s degree at Tongji University. She interned at Luxembourg Space Agency, analyzed the current space resources companies globally, and investigated the Chinese space industry. Her thesis topic is about cloud removal from satellite imagery using generative adversarial networks.

 
Edgar Milic

OHB LuxSpace

Edgar is a passionate executive with 20-year experience in the Space, technology and governmental sectors. He is the Chief Executive at OHB LuxSpace. In his role, he drives a team of talented professionals to accomplish the strategic ambition of integrating microsatellite production with the application capabilities developed by the company over more than a decade. Before joining OHB LuxSpace, Edgar has spent 12 years at SES Satellites, with leadership roles in business innovation, corporate development, business development and venture capital funding. A start-up mentor and former advisory board member of the Seraphim Space Fund, Edgar is lecturer at Luxembourg University in Space business and Entrepreneurship, and the proud father of three kids.

 
Roger Hunter Roger Hunter

NASA

Roger currently serves as Program Manager for NASA Small Spacecraft Technology, with over 40 years’ experience in US Department of Defense, Commercial, and Government Space Missions. In this capacity for the past several years, he identifies and supports the development and demonstration of new technologies to expand the capabilities of small spacecraft for NASA science and exploration objectives. Previously, he served for many years as the Program Manager for the NASA Kepler Mission. While working in the commercial space industry, Roger was the Program Manager for the Boeing Corporation’s Global Positioning System Sustainment activities for the US Air Force. Colonel Hunter also had a successful career of 22 years in the US Air Force where he had assignments as a Program Manager for several national security space programs.