Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference? In a time when a lot of vagueness shrouds the future of American space exploration, a new conference breathing wind in commercial as well as government agencies and collaboration between them is very encouraging.
The conference started today in Boulder Colorado with a reception at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel. Sure, there was food and beverages, but I had no time for such Earthly pleasures - I wanted to spend my time speaking with as many people as I could rather than eat. For once I wasn't the space enthusiast in a room (or a company) full of people less bitten by the space bug. I was in a room packed with amazing people from a huge spectrum of space related companies and agencies.
I exchanged cards with several people and had several short conversations with several people, among them Matt and John from CSF and Alan Stern from SwRI. I ended up carrying a more lengthy conversation with two people working at NASA Kennedy Space Center - Charles Quincy, who's worked at NASA since the early days of the space shuttle and Dan Schultz. Our conversation circled around the NASA budget and suggested space program, Constellation, commercial space and the future of NASA.
I looked through the program and abstract volume and there are a lot of fascinating lectures as well as a press conference tomorrow at 12:15pm. I imagine at least part of the discussions will be over my head, but I am excited to be even a minute part of space history.
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