Next Space Age is Coming!
Space Frontier Conference in Los Angeles to Focus on Revolution in Space
Los Angeles, Sept.
1, 2005 - Welcome to the Next Space Age! A time when you and your children
can finally achieve the dream of going into space, when private citizens
will live and work in space, and where Earth will benefit from a vibrant
space sector! It may not be apparent yet, but all of the elements of this
revolution are finally coming together into a force that will change the
way we view space and our place in the universe within a few short years.
For example, the flights of Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth and the X-Prize
have shown us that space is not the exclusive domain of governments. You
can buy tickets right now to ride into space on Virgin Galactic and even
take a trip around the Moon! At the same time others, including some of
the richest entrepreneurs and best engineers in America, are putting their
own money and sweat into building the rocket ship fleets and space habitats
that will begin the true hand off of the space frontier to people, not
governments. Just as the introduction of railroads ushered in a new era
of economic prosperity by creating new industries and opportunities, access
to space will completely revolutionize the way we live our lives here
on Earth. "SFC 14: The Next Space Age" is the place to be if you want
to tap the pulse of this new and exciting revolution. For almost 20 years
the Space Frontier Foundation has been leading, nurturing and launching
the people and projects that are now making things happen. If you are
a part of the revolution, interested in what is going to happen next,
or want to get involved, this is the conference you want to attend. The
intimate, casual and low-key environment is perfect for learning about
the real stories behind the headlines, and getting to know the movers
and shakers of the NewSpace community on a personal basis. Bring your
curiosity, and your ideas with you - you never know what will happen at
Foundation conferences, who you will meet, or what you might become a
part of before you leave. This year, our exciting agenda includes:
Potential of Commercial Space (Vehicles) - It is clear to us that the
future of our nation in space lies with the commercial sector. What do
we need to do now? And how do NewSpace transportation firms make it happen?
Business of Space - It has long been argued that the primary barrier to
successful space business is the prohibitively high cost of accessing
space. This panel is a two-part (orbital and sub-orbital) forum featuring
potential CUSTOMERS of space access services.
Spaceports - Soon spaceships will be taking adventurers, researchers,
and perhaps even astronauts in training into space. From where will they
operate? A handful of forward-looking states and spaceports are working
hard to make sure they can be in the game.
Role of NASA in Space Development - Throughout the history of spaceflight,
the defining role has been played by NASA. What will happen now that others
are moving up and out onto the frontier? Will the agency adapt? Will it
help or hinder the breakout?
Regulation - The rules and regulations that surround spaceflight at present
are critical to the success or failure of new space ventures. As humanity
begins to move forward into space this trend will only become more prevalent.
Asteroids - The resources of tomorrow are the threats of today. Understanding
asteroids, learning about them, and trying to figure out how we will one
day access their promise is a question worth asking.
Space Settlement - That large numbers humans will soon be living and working
in space on a permanent basis is a goal that our community strives for.
The first of these facilities are being designed researched and even assembled
on the ground right now.
Private Space Travel - That this will be a market for the first providers
of commercial space access is clear; the details of how it will develop
remain to be seen. How soon will you get to go? How much will it cost?
Terrestrial Support Companies - The space revolution is going to involve
a wide variety of infrastructure and support industries including computer
and information technology, insurance, materials, fuel, ground support,
logistics and many more.
Hollywood and Space - Many of our dreams about the frontier came from
film and TV. A group of well known producers, writers and directors from
the film and TV industry will discuss their experiences, ideas and the
challenges of presenting the vision of space.
Come and join us! You can register right now at http://www.spacefrontierfoundation.org/Events/SFC14/