Space for Kentucky

Space For Kentucky Roundtable

Space for Kentucky

Each Space for Kentucky has a theme.
The next several meetings will focus on spaceports. 

Building a Spaceport Part 4: 

Developing an economic study


This meeting focuses on creating an economic study to demonstrate the opportunities of an initiative, like a spaceport.

Join us at the Space for Kentucky Roundtable and be part of the revolution shaping the future of space transportation.


The Space for Kentucky Roundtable is a series of meetings focused on growing the space industry. It is about networking, education, and social support for those who are reaching for the stars. 



Each speaker presents for 10-15 minutes.

Spaceport – PART 4

What does it take to change the world? It starts by looking at the opportunities that surround you. 

Fire Arrow

Dr Mick O’Connor 

CEng CDir
Fire Arrow

Mick is co-founder and Managing Director of Fire Arrow, a spaceflight company that enables governments and commercial organizations to achieve safe, sustainable, responsive, and affordable Access to Space.

He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Director, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Scotland, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He has forty years of experience working in space, aerospace, defense, aviation, shipbuilding, oil, petrochemical, utilities, and consulting. He is the founder of HAELO and is developing configurable twin technology that combines AI and human situational awareness to detect and respond to emergent threats.

He was Programme Director for Prestwick Spaceport and General Manager of the MoD live missile test ranges across the UK. He is currently a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and Collector of the Incorporation of Hammerman of Glasgow.

Stewart Ditto
Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium

Stewart Ditto

Financial Advisor
The Ditto Group at Baird

Former Executive Director for Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium (KAIC)

Stewart Ditto is a graduate from Texas A&M University and Marine Corps Pilot. During his time in the Marine Corps Stewart was selected to fly the MV-22 Osprey. Upon leaving the Marines and returning to Kentucky
Stewart quickly got involved in Kentucky’s soaring aerospace industry through leading statewide economic impact studies on aviation, aerospace, and defense.
Following the success of these studies, Governor Bevin and Lt Governor Hampton put together the Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium and asked Stewart to lead as the Executive Director. 
During his time as Executive Director, Stewart worked with over 100 different companies and organizations in Kentucky that were involved in making our state the #2 exporter of aviation and aerospace products in the US with over $20 Billion in exports one year. 
Stewart is now a financial advisor with The Ditto Group at Baird working with his father and brother to help their clients, “Make Wealth a Blessing.”
Paso Robles
Paso Robles Spaceport

Paul Sloan

Economic Development Manager

City of Paso Robles

Paul has worked extensively in the areas of marketing, strategic planning, communications, branding, and business development, and his private sector experience includes work with a wide range of luxury resorts and hotels, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, restaurants, spas, B&Bs, and CVBs, as well as travel-related retail.

Paul’s client brands have included InterContinental, Sofitel, Le Meridien, Radisson, Air Tahiti Nui, Continental Airlines, Chopard, Jack Daniels, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, and premier international wine labels.

Paul has a Master of Tourism Administration degree (MTA) from The George Washington University School of Business with specializations in Marketing and Sustainable Tourism Development, as well as Professional Certification in Destination Management from the International Institute for Tourism Studies in conjunction with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).