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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Preliminary Program 

    FAA Detailed Program(as of 2/14/2012 and subject to change) 

    Opening Remarks

    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    0830 hrs, Room 145 
    Speaker: George C. Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Washington, DC

    Special Presentation

    0900 hrs, Room 145

    Speaker: Hon. Robert McDonnell, Governor of Virginia

    Keynote Speaker

    0930 hrs, Room 145
    Speaker: William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

    Networking Coffee Break

    1000 hrs, Foyer 

    Sponsored by Virgin Galactic

    Virgin Galactic Logo for FAA

    Concurrent Sessions

    1030 hrs

    Room 145

    Ranges of the Future

    The canvas of the commercial space transportation industry is changing as a result of the retirement of the Space Shuttle and the charge for commercial industry to pick up these traditionally government missions as well as the curiosity and excitement of the public that fuel the space tourism industry. Ranges in the future will need to account for the needs of this changing industry. This panel will seek to define some of the needs of this changing industry and range capabilities from the perspective of both the government and industry stake holders.

    Moderator: Pamela Underwood, Aerospace Engineer, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Patrick AFB, FL

    Steven Davis, Director of Advanced Projects, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Cape Canaveral, FL

    John Kelley, Launch Services Program Executive, NASA, Washington, DC

    Mike Leinbach, Director, Human Spaceflight Operations, United Launch Alliance, Denver, CO
    Michael Moses, Vice President of Operations, Virgin Galactic, Pasadena, CA
    Col. Rob Uemura, Chief, Current Space Operations (AF/A3Z-SO), Washington, DC


    Room 147A

    The Tipping Point

    This panel will investigate the origins, applicability, target customers and supporting actions of "the tipping point" as applied to the emerging commercial space transportation industry.

    Moderator: Ken Davidian, Director of Research, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Washington, DC


    Mary Lynne, Dittmar, President and CEO, Dittmar Associates, Houston, TX
    Alex Saltman, Executive Director, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Washington, DC
    Zoe Szajnfarber, Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

    George Whitesides, President and CEO, Virgin Galactic, Mojave, CA


    1200 hrs, Room 146
    Sponsored by: The Boeing Company

     Boeing Logo

    Featured Speaker: John Mulholland, Vice President and Program Manager, Commercial Crew Programs, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company, Houston, TX

    Networking Break

    1330 hrs, Foyer

    Concurrent Sessions

    1345 hrs

    Room 145

    Minority Space Entrepreneurship

    Minority space entrepreneurs discuss their companies’ space-related endeavors and their contributions to the overall success of U.S. commercial space transportation. Panel members will provide their views and insights on how minority entrepreneurs in the U.S. can leverage their skills and capabilities to become a greater part of what is expected to become a trillion dollar industry.

    Co-moderators: Kelvin Coleman Senior Advisor for Space Transportation Development, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Washington, DC; and Ken Harvey, President and CEO, JAKA Consulting Group, Reston, VA

    Introductory Remarks: Hon. Chaka Fattah (D- PA), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

    Jayfus Doswell, President and CEO, JUXTOPIA Group, Baltimore, MD
    Joseph Fuller, President and CEO, Futron Corporation, Bethesda, MD
    Allen Herbert, President and CEO, Phezu Space LLC, Baltimore, MD


    Room 147A

    Understanding the Space Environment: What the Launch Operator Should Know About Space Weather

    Space weather–the charged particles and radiation from the Sun and other sources–affects us all, even on the ground. As we approach solar maximum, we will see more frequent impacts on navigation, communication, and spacecraft in orbit due to increased solar storms and disturbances in the ionosphere. Here we take a look at the types of space weather events that can occur and learn what tools are available to the launch operator to determine the state of the space environment.

    Moderator: Karen Shelton-Mur, Aerospace Engineer/Natural Environments, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Washington, DC

    John R. Allen, Program Executive, Crew Health and Safety, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
    Joe Mazur, Associate Director, The Aerospace Corporation, Chantilly, VA
    Bob Rutledge, Chief, Space Weather Forecast Office, NOAA/SWPC, Boulder, CO
    Ron Turner, Fellow, Analytic Services Incorporated, Arlington, VA

    Networking Coffee Break

    Sponsored by: Virgin Galactic

    Virgin Galactic Logo for FAA

     1515 hrs, Foyer

    Concurrent Sessions

    1545 hrs

    Room 145

    A Step Farther Out

    This session will report on the latest developments in potential future drivers of demand for commercial launch services, such as space solar power satellites, active orbital debris removal, orbital tourism, and on-orbit propellant storage and transfer. 


    Moderator: Nickolas Demidovich, Project Manager, Emerging Technologies, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Washington, DC

    Paul Jaffe, Systems Integration Section Head, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

    Ajay Kothari, President and CEO, Astrox Corporation, College Park, MD

    Charles Miller, President, NextGen Space LLC
    Jerome Pearson, President, Star Technologies Inc., Myrtle Beach, SC


    Room 147A

    Training for Safety

    How does training of commercial launch crews and support personnel enhance safety? Discussion of initial training, continuing training, and proficiency exercises. What certifications are desirable?

    Moderator: Hugh Cook, Engineering and Organizational Development Consultant, Orange County, CA


    Melchor Antunano, Director, FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, Oklahoma City, OK
    Dan Dubbs, Director, Mission Assurance, Energia Logistics Inc., Long Beach, CA

    Neil Milburn, Vice President of Program Management, Armadillo Aerospace, Heath, TX

    Julia Tizard, Operations Manager, Virgin Galactic, Mojave, CA

    Linda Tyree, Leader, System Safety & Systems Management, United Launch Alliance, Centennial, CO


    1700 hrs

    Welcome Reception

    1730 hrs, Room 147B

    Thursday, 16 February 2012  

    Featured Speaker

    0830 hrs, Room 145
    Speaker: Gen William L. Shelton, USAF, Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO

    Special Speaker

    0900 hrs, Room 145 

    Introductory Remarks by: Hon. Michael Huerta, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC
    Speaker:  Hon. John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Washington, DC


    Special Speaker

    0930 hrs, Room 145
    Speaker: Hon. Bill Nelson, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

    Crew and Cargo to the ISS

    0945 hrs, Room 145
    Hear an update on the latest developments in the critical Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program, and plans for expanding commercial launch services to the International Space Station to include manned spaceflight.

    Moderator: Bob Dickman, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Reston, VA

    Phil McAlister, Special Assistant for Program Analysis, Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
    Frank Culbertson, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager, Advanced Programs Group, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, VA
    Alan J. Lindenmoyer, Manager, Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
    Kathryn Lueders, Manager, Transportation Integration Office, ISS Program, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
    Garrett Reisman, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Hawthorne, CA (tentative)

    Networking Coffee Break

    1100 hrs, Foyer

    Featured Speaker

    1115 hrs, Room 145

    Speaker: Frank Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

    Special Presentation: The Stratolaunch Concept

    1145 hrs, Room 145

    Speaker: Jim Halsell, Technical Director, Space Division, Dynetics Corp., Huntsville, AL


    1215 hrs, Room 146

    Sponsored by: Sierra Nevada Corporation

    Sierra Nevada Logo

    Featured Speaker: Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Louisville, CO

    Networking Break

    1345 hrs, Foyer

    Spaceport States Leadership

    1400 hrs, Room 145

    The number of commercial launch sites is steadily growing, as forward-thinking states promote the development of these facilities. This panel will feature leading representatives of “spaceport states,” describing the initiatives they have undertaken, and the anticipated results.

    Moderator: John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

    Christine Anderson, Executive Director, Spaceport America, Las Cruces, NM

    Richard Biter, Assistant Secretary for Intermodal Systems Development, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, FL
    Craig Campbell, President and CEO, Alaska Aerospace Corporation, Kodiak, AK
    Sean Connaughton, Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond, VA

    Stephen McKeever, Secretary of Science and Technology, Oklahoma, Stillwater, OK

    Dennis Heap, Executive Director, Front Range Airport, Denver, CO 

    Legislative Trends in Commercial Space

    1530 hrs , Room 145
    Lawmakers play a key role in the commercial space enterprise. Government programs and budgetary issues are major market determiners, and liability legislation, taxes, and export controls all affect the bottom line of the space business. Panelists will discuss the latest legislative developments and trends.

    Moderator: Greg Rasnake, Director of External Affairs, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Washington, DC


    Introductory Remarks by: Hon. Steven Palazzo, Chairman, House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC

    Matt Dunn, Director, Congressional Relations, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Washington, DC

    Mike Gold, Director, DC Operations, Bigelow Aerospace, Washington, DC
    James McMurry, Senior Counsel, Boeing Space Exploration, The Boeing Company, Huntsville, AL
    Jim Muncy, Government Relations Consultant, Washington, DC
    Erin Neal, Director, Congressional Relations, Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Washington, DC
    Jon Turnipseed, Head of Safety, Virgin Galactic, Bakersfield, CA

    Featured Speaker

    1615 hrs, Room 145

    Speaker: Andrew Chaikin, Space Journalist, VT

    Closing Remarks

    1645 hrs, Room 145
    Speaker: George C. Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA, Washington, DC