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Our Meeting Summaries

FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, February 2014

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 08-Feb-2014 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:57 PM)
The FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation held its 17th annual meeting from February 5-6, 2014 in Washington, DC. published a summary of the highlights of the conference on February 8, 2014 in an article entitled "Delight over ISS Extension, Debate Over Regulations Highlight 2014 FAA Commercial Space Conference."

American Astronautical Society Panel on International Cooperation in Space, November 2013

Laura M. Delgado
Posted: 20-Nov-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:56 PM)
The American Astronautical Society sponsored a panel discussion on international cooperation in space on November 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.  Representatives of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) discussed the advantages and disadvantages of cooperating in space activities. published a summary of the meeting on November 20.

NASA Administrator Bolden Speaks to NRC Human Spaceflight Committee, October 2013

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 27-Oct-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:59 PM)
The National Research Council's (NRC's) Committee on Human Spaceflight met on October 21-23, 2013.   Most of the meeting was closed, but NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden spoke to the committee in open session on October 21. published a summary of Bolden's remarks on October 25.

ISPCS 2013, October 2013

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez
Posted: 22-Oct-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:59 PM)
The International Symposium on Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) 2013 was held October 16-17, 2013 in New Mexico. published a summary of the meeting on October 22, 2013.

NRC Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, October 2013

Raymon Furth
Posted: 13-Oct-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 07:01 PM)
The National Research Council's Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) met on October 10-11, 2013.   On October 11, ASEB received briefings on the status of several space technologies including space-based additive manufacturing (better known as 3D printing); Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) technologies for spacecraft visiting other planetary bodies; and solar electric propulsion, a technological centerpiece of NASA's proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission. published a summary of the space-related portions of the ASEB meeting on October 13, 2013 under the title "Space-Based 3D Printing Tweaks ASEB's Interest."

Future of MILSATCOM, September 2013

Raymon Furth
Posted: 23-Sep-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:57 PM)
The George C. Marshall Institute and TechAmerica Space Enterprise Council held a panel discussion on the future of military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) on September 19, 2013. The discussion used a new report by Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments as its basis. published a summary of the meeting on September 23, 2013.

Target NEO 2 Workshop, July 2013

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 13-Jul-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 07:02 PM)
On July 9, 2013, Ball Aerospace sponsored the Target NEO 2 workshop.   It was a follow-on to the 2011 Target NEO workshop that discussed the technical aspects of achieving President Obama's 2010 goal of sending astronauts to an asteroid by 2025.  The 2013 workshop discussed the technical challenges of the latest iteration of that goal -- NASA's Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) to send a robotic probe to capture an asteroid, redirect it to lunar orbit, and send astronauts there to study it and possibly return a sample to Earth. published a summary of the Target NEO 2 workshop by correspondent Gabriele Martinez-Betancourt on July 13, 2013.

The Space Program in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, June 2013

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 15-Jun-2013 (Updated: 15-Jun-2013 03:38 PM)
On June 13, 2013, a seminar was held at the National Archives on the roles Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford played in the space program as part of a centennial celebration of both presidents. published a summary of the seminar on June 15, 2013.  Speakers were John Logsdon, George Washington University; Bill Barry, NASA; and Roger Launius, National Air and Space Museum.

Gerstenmaier Elucidates Asteroid Return Strategy

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 21-Apr-2013 (Updated: 21-Apr-2013 10:06 AM)
NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Bill Gerstenmaier spoke at two meetings during the week of April 15, 2013 explaining the agency's new plan to capture an asteroid, bring it into an orbit around the Moon, and send astronauts to obtain a sample.  On April 20, 2013, published a summary of Gerstenmaier's comments at those meetings.  The article also provides a analysis of the challenges the agency faces in convincing stakeholders to support the idea.

Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy 10 Years Later: Lessons Learned and Unlearned

Laura M. Delgado
Posted: 10-Mar-2013 (Updated: 10-Mar-2013 10:09 PM)
On March 8, 2013, George Washington University's Space Policy Institute and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics held a day-long seminar to look back at the 2003 space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) tragedy and what lessons were learned, unlearned, or forgotten in its aftermath.   Speakers included Adm. Harold (Hal) Gehman, who chaired the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) and fellow CAIB member John Logsdon, along with many of the former astronauts and NASA officials who were on the frontline of recovering the remains of the crew and fragments of the space shuttle and helping CAIB determine the causes of the disaster.   This summary of the seminar by Laura Delgado and Marcia Smith was published on March 10.