Small Unit Space Transport and Insertion (SUSTAIN) Technology Forum

Small Unit Space Transport and Insertion (SUSTAIN) Technology Forum

January 27, 2009 Partner News, Press Releases

The National Security Space Office (NSSO) and Headquarters, Air Force Security Forces Center (HQ AFSFC) are pleased to co-host a Technology Forum for the Small Unit Space Transport and Insertion (SUSTAIN) capability 24-26 Feb 2009 at Lackland Air Force Base San Antonio, TX. SUSTAIN is envisioned as a sub-orbital (and eventual orbital) point-to-point (P2P) transportation architecture representing a potential revolutionary step in enabling manned and unmanned crisis response to any point in the world in a timeframe unachievable today. This technology forum is specifically designed for industry, government, and military advanced planners – The aim is to develop a technology roadmap for SUSTAIN and to identify those technologies and companies holding promise to meet the SUSTAIN need. A background brief on the SUSTAIN concept is attached.

While a detailed agenda for the event is forthcoming in the next several weeks, a general description of the event includes the following:

  • Plenary sessions to discuss:
    • The SUSTAIN concept
    • The state and future of P2P and space access technologies
    • Relevant heritage programs
    • Synergies between SUSTAIN and on-going efforts
    • How SUSTAIN can leverage these on-going efforts while also acting as a catalyst for this fledgling industry
    • Breakout sessions to explore specific solutions to the SUSTAIN need, including but not limited to:
      • P2P operations
      • Insertion/extraction techniques
      • Propulsion
      • Materials and structures
      • Thermal management
      • Attitude control; power; GN&C; TT&C
      • Ground and spaceport operations
      • Human factors and life support
      • Closed sessions where companies can deliver proprietary-level briefings on their concepts
      • A “greybeard” session for discussions on previous lessons learned, pitfalls, and opportunities for SUSTAIN and other space access concepts from those who’ve “been there, done that”

      This stands to be an exciting and highly relevant event in a time when space access activities are gaining significant momentum. In order for forum planners to properly prepare for the event we ask that all interested parties RSVP no later than Friday 16 Jan 2009. Logistics information (i.e. location, maps, lodging, etc.) shall be provided with the detailed agenda in the coming weeks.

      Please direct any questions you may have to LtCol Paul E. Damphousse USMC at or Lt Col Bob Lancaster USAF at


      • William Watson says:

        We are pleased to announce that a new conference webpage has been added to the NSSO’s website with additional information on the upcoming TECHNOLOGY FORUM ON SUBORBITAL MISSIONS AND THE SMALL UNIT SPACE TRANSPORT & INSERTION (SUSTAIN) CONCEPT ( ). On this page you’ll find information regarding conference logistics, speakers, and a schedule of events to include the breakout working sessions. An RFI for suborbital missions and SUSTAIN, as well as several background documents have also been posted on this page.

        There’s still time register for this exciting event — Those interested in attending should use the link on the webpage or click here:

        By registering online you’ll be able to communicate your desire to make a presentation during one of the plenary sessions or during one of the closed, propriety-level sessions. Slots are limited and are filling up quickly so don’t delay – We’ll accept registrations up to 13 Feb 09. Your participation in this event will help us write the technology document for suborbital missions and SUSTAIN which can be used by the community.

      • Anonymous says:

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