Keynote 1

Cosmic Backbone: How Technology and Collaboration are Unlocking the Future of Space Networks,
NASA and its partners are enacting a bold vision that will establish a sustained human presence beyond Earth. To embark on this transformative journey to the Moon and beyond, our space networks must evolve. NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program is advancing to meet this moment, with an emphasis on innovative technologies and new collaborations. In this keynote, I will introduce you to the new SCaN and describe our vision for how everyone in this room, including international partners and the commercial space sector, can work together to overcome the challenges that lie ahead. As one team, we will unlock a future where space networks are a seamless extension of the terrestrial domain – no matter how far beyond Earth we go.

by Kevin Coggins Deputy Associate Administrator and Program Manager, Space Communications and Navigation Program (SCaN), NASA, USA.

Kevin Coggins Kevin Coggins is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the NASA SCaN program. He is responsible for the development, acquisition, and management of reliable and cost- effective communications and navigation services to meet NASA and other Government Agency requirements for human and robotic space exploration programs in Earth, Lunar, Mars, and Deep Space. Kevin has served in senior executive roles in industry and the government, including as the Army's first director of the Assured PNT Cross-Function Team and Direct Reporting Program Manager for PNT. Kevin's industry experience ranges from senior executive roles at Booz Allen Hamilton, engineering roles across the aerospace and defense industry, and founder of a technology startup. Kevin is a native of Pensacola, Florida, and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served as a Force Reconnaissance Team Leader. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Strategic Advisor to the Space ISAC, and has studied at the Naval Postgraduate School, Defense Acquisition University, and Darden School of Business.