"Space: New Opportunities For A New Era" Is The Theme
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
has released the schedule for its annual conference, to be held at
the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. September 14th -
Co-chaired by NASA and the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile
Systems Center (SMC), and organized by AIAA, Speakers will include
The Honorable Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for
Oceans and Atmosphere, and Administrator, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, Lt. Gen. John T. "Tom" Sheridan,
Commander, USAF Space and Missile Systems Center, Lt. Gen. Larry D.
James,Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and
Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, and Elon
Musk, CEO/CTO, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), among
The conference and exibition brings together top leaders from
government, industry, and academia to discuss a broad range of
topic related to space and the aerospace industry. This year's
sessions include discussions of commercial manned space flight,
space systems for environmental monitoring, rethinking the approach
to space architecture, and NASA's next 10 years.
AIAA says 'Space 2009' serves as a venue for senior government
and industry leaders and technologists. Under the theme "Space: New
Opportunities for a New Era," the four-day event will examine the
need for increasing America's commitment to education in the "STEM"
subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; how
best to approach the problems posed by global climate change; how
to reduce global fossil fuel consumption; and the role that space
exploration and space technologies will play in achieving these
During the conference, more than 2,000 Pasadena area grade K-6
students and educators will take field trips to "Education Alley"
to experience hands-on demonstrations of space-related
technologies. Educational sessions on the future of NASA, a live
teleconference with NASA's Desert Research and Technologies Study
(RATS) group, and student press conferences with former astronaut
Scott Parzynski are just a few of the highlights.