Special Aerospace Services Convened Spaceflight Experts In
Boulder Last Week
An invitation-only, two-day forum, which featured more than 60
of the world's top aerospace experts, was held in Boulder, CO, late
last week. The first "Commercial Human Spaceflight Technical Forum"
was hosted by Special Aerospace Services, a woman-owned aerospace
company committed to developing and providing innovative aerospace
solutions to the aerospace industry, U.S. government agencies,
Department of Defense, and the emerging commercial spaceflight
The company said the forum presented a focused and concentrated
technical agenda created for Commercial Human Spaceflight providers
and NASA. Attendees gained insight to techniques that will be
required to achieve the NASA human rating certification and FAA
commercial spaceflight licensing. In addition, participants
received training on international perspectives on human
spaceflight, human factors, safety, and the implications of
insurance and liability.
The forum hosted recognized and sought-after subject matter
experts, including N. Wayne Hale Jr. , NASA's former Shuttle
program director; Jeffrey Ashby , a former Shuttle commander; Dr.
Alan Stern , NASA's former Associate Administrator for science; Jim
Van Laak , Deputy Associate Administrator of the FAA for Commercial
Space Transportation; Jim Oberg , of Soaring Hawk Productions,
Inc.; Brett Alexander of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation; and
Dr. Scott Parazynski , a decorated NASA astronaut.
"We are about to enter an exciting phase in human spaceflight,"
said Heather Bulk, CEO of Special Aerospace Services. "This is the
first time that the leading commercial human spaceflight experts
have come together to present a comprehensive training program for
this rapidly evolving industry."
"What made this Forum unique was its comprehensive perspective
on commercial human spaceflight," said Brett Alexander of the
Commercial Spaceflight Federation. "The panel presentations
generated high-level discussions by some of the top experts in the
industry, and attendees were encouraged to participate in those