Focus Will Be On “Igniting the Space Economy”
The American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the FAA are making plans
for the 13th annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference,
organized around the theme of “Igniting the Space
Economy.” The conference will feature high-level speakers and
panels examining all areas of the commercial space transportation
sector, and how NASA and America’s commercial space firms can
thrive within it.
Keynote speakers include The Honorable Raymond “Ray”
LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; The Honorable Randolph J.
“Randy” Babbitt, administrator, Federal Aviation
Administration; The Honorable Charles F. Bolden, Jr.,
administrator, NASA; Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander, U.S. Air
Force Space Command; and Ken Bowersox, vice president, astronaut
safety and mission assurance, Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
(SpaceX). The Honorable Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), U.S. House of
Representatives, has also been invited to speak.
Concurrent panel sessions will feature leaders from academia,
the government and industry discussing the most pressing issues
facing the commercial space transportation sector, including
safety-related technologies, commercial space product development,
the future of COTS/International Space Station and CRS programs,
and the regulatory role of enabling the space economy.
Dr. George Nield (pictured, above), FAA’s associate
administrator for space transportation, and general chair of the
conference, stated: “The 13th Annual FAA Commercial Space
Transportation Conference promises to be an exciting event which
should be attended by all policymakers, policy implementers, and
subject matter experts. Our outstanding array of keynote speakers
and panelists ensures that all attendees will leave the conference
with a much better understanding of the issues facing today’s
commercial space transportation sector, and will be poised to
continue developing the sector into a thriving and vibrant sector
of the United States economy.”
The conference is planned for February 10–11 at the
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA.