Los Angeles, CA, August 7, 2001 – In Stanley Kubrick’s movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” a scientist takes a fictional Pan Am flight to a Hilton space station on his way to a colony on the Moon. But in the real year 2001, there has been only one commercial flight to a space station, and there are no colonies on the Moon. “And yet, these things have moved out of the realm of science fiction and into business plans circulated to venture capitalists,” notes Brook Mantia, Coordinator of this October’s Space Frontier Conference 10 in Los Angeles. “We have the scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs working on real life space odysseys, getting together to discuss what went wrong, what’s going right, and when and how we’re going to get there. They all have strong opinions, so sparks may fly.”
The Space Frontier Foundation, an organization of people dedicated to opening the space frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible, goes “In Search of 2001″ Thursday, October 18 through Sunday, October 21 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport. It’s an opportunity to meet and talk with the people making things happen in space, hear their latest papers and progress reports, and sit in as they discuss and debate their different approaches – sometimes heatedly.
Space Frontier’s Conference presentations and workshops will cover not only developments toward private space travel and tourism, but timely issues such as getting solar energy from space. Space elevators, asteroid research, space education, space colonies, a return to the Moon and women in space are some of the other topics. Then there’s the subject of Mars exploration – send robots? send astronauts? terraform and colonize it? – what to do with the Red Planet always stimulates passionate debate.
There will also be exhibits, receptions, an art show and parties, offering a chance to hang out with the people opening the space frontier and see what they’re like after hours. Pod doors are always open on this space odyssey.
Visit the Space Frontier Conference 10 website at http://www.space-frontier.org/Events/SFC10/ for online registration, a preliminary conference agenda, and information on student discounts and corporate packages, or call the Foundation at 1-800-78-SPACE (1-800-787-7223). Tell them “HAL” sent you.