The agenda has been announced for the NewSpace 2010 Conference hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation. The conference is at the center of the commercial space movement and panels highlight the latest discussions on NASA-private sector cooperation, technologies of tomorrow, and the state of affairs on the commercial space frontier. View the complete agenda with panel descriptions and register on the conference website.
Friday, July 23, 2010 – The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat: The Business of NewSpace
The opening day of the conference will address the stepping-stone that suborbital spaceflight is for commercial companies, followed by a panel on leaping to more profitable orbital endeavors. As the private sector is entering territory previously controlled by governments, a roundtable on spaceflight law will discuss the pending legal issues. The day will close with a discussion on the new entrepreneurial opportunities presenting themselves and war stories from the trenches of commercial space.
Saturday, July 24, 2010 – Pushing the Limits: Challenges Facing NewSpace
Today a lot of talk has surrounded NASA’s new direction, but what does it mean for the future of spaceflight? With a planned 6 billion dollars being set aside by NASA for commercial companies, a discussion on how to create synergy between governmental and commercial space will kick off day two of the conference. The afternoon panels will cover the danger of orbital debris, the promise of resources in near earth objects, and the technologies needed to reach these resources. The day will wrap up with the NewSpace Awards Gala.
Sunday, July 25, 2010 – Beyond the Horizon: The NewSpace and New Worlds of Tomorrow
The conference will close with a look at the future of human spaceflight, both realistically and futuristically. Spaceflight experts will discuss if the next step is to return to the moon or travel beyond. A panel on next generation space propulsion will show how we could approach such deep space missions while a presentation on space solar power will demonstrate that the space industry can benefit those back home. Finally, a discussion on where the efforts of the space community should be focused will round out the conference.
Register now at the NewSpace 2010 Registration Page. A complete list of speakers will be available soon. The conference will be held at the Domain Hotel in Silicon Valley, CA., which is also providing an affordable group rate for guests attending the conference. For more information, visit newspace2010.spacefrontier.org and RSVP on Facebook today.