Silicon Valley, CA - The Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2012 conference was a resounding success, attracting a whole new level of participation from the commercial, government, and investment communities. With yet another record number of attendees, over 500 people gathered to take part in this year’s conference, including leaders from across the industry. In addition to record attendance, the exhibit hall not only increased in size, but also brought in several pieces of significant hardware, including rockets and an ESPA ring. Discussions, debate, and conversations were fueled by our high caliber speakers, panelists, and attendees. Undoubtedly the conference was a huge success.
David Radzankowski, NASA’s Chief of Staff, started the conference as the keynote speaker, opening with the topic of strengthening partnerships. Several ground breaking events took place at the conference, including the awarding of the FAA license to Armadillo Aerospace and an announcement about ITAR reform from TeaParty in Space. Bill Nye joined Teachers in Space project manager Elizabeth Kennick as a panelist on the SpaceX sponsored STEM Education Panel, which sparked conversations about how to bring the future generation to lead the NewSpace industry.
Meanwhile, Teachers in Space hosted a Flight Experiments Workshop at NASA Ames 23-27 July, 25 teachers learned to build data sensors and to design, build, test, launch, manage, and recover a weather balloon flying those sensors. On Friday 27 July the balloon, launched in collaboration with the California Near Space Project, reached 110,400′ before bursting and captured some 15 million data points.
The NewSpace Business Plan Competition brought ten finalists to display their plans for new commercial space companies, which not only drew a huge crowd to watch these business pitches, but also resulted in three prizes to fund their endeavors, including one of the largest cash prize amounts for business plan competitions worldwide. The $100,000 prize went to Space Grand Amalgam LLC, who undoubtedly will become a key player in the industry.
In the evenings, many people attended our special events, such as the NewSpace Welcome event, info sessions and the NewSpace Tweetup, where many met to discuss how to get more people involved in NewSpace and enjoy conversation and company with some of the greatest minds in the industry. Finally, the NewSpace Awards Gala was a premiere showcase of those who have made a difference in the industry this year, with awards being presented to NASA’s Kepler Mission, Bob Citron, TEDx, Carol Pinchefsky, Bruce Pittman, Pete Worden, and Brian Young. Video of the conference panels is now available online on SpaceVidcast’s YouTube channel for those who missed seeing part or all of the conference live.
Next year’s conference promises to be more spectacular than this year’s, so be sure to not miss out on the even more exciting things to come! Registration and dates for NewSpace 2013, which will continue to be held in Silicon Valley, will be online soon with special early bird pricing. Keep an eye on NewSpace.SpaceFrontier.org for announcements and sign up to receive alerts.
We would like to thank the NewSpace 2012 sponsors and partners who helped make this conference possible, who include:
Space Systems Loral
United Launch Alliance
Heinlein Prize Trust
Space Age Publishing Company
The Space Review
Moon and Back Media
Spacecraft Technology Expo
The SFF has already begun preparing for NewSpace 2013 and are seeking sponsors and exhibitors that are interested in being involved. The NewSpace Conference is the only event dedicated to bringing the leaders and the next generation of the commercial space industry together to create a sustainable future for NewSpace. Our sponsors are integral to achieving this goal. To become a sponsor of the conference, please contact the sponsorships manager at Gary.Marx@spacefrontier.org. Exhibitors that would like to get a slot right away should contact the exhibits manager at Cameron.Crowell@spacefrontier.org. For all other inquiries, please contact the conference chair at Ryan.McLinko@spacefrontier.org.
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