Commercial Space Transportation Initiatives: How Fast Are We Moving and Where Are We Going
Description: Today commercial space transportation is still in its early stage, and many problems have to be tackled in the fields of technology, engineering, physiology, regulations, business, etc.. However, concrete steps are being made on spaceports, suborbital flights, space tourism, and orbital reach access to ISS as well, with achieved launch capabilities slowly diffusing also among space developing nations. Several studies agree that in few decades the number of people spending days, weeks, months or even years in LEO could reach hundreds or thousands.
The Plenary Event will provide a snapshot of the political, economic, and technical landscapes to best determine if, when and how much humankind could be ready to embark on futuristic scenarios based on massive space commercialization.
* Alan Bond, Founding Director, Reaction Engines, United Kingdom
* Silvio Sandrone, Head of Business & New Programmes Development, Astrium Space Transportation, France
* William Gerstenmaier, Associate Director, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States
* Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO, Arianespace, France
* George Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United States
* George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic, United States