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Space Transport News Special Edition:

Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge
October 24-25, 2008
Las Cruces, New Mexico




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International Symposium for
Personal and Commercial Spaceflight 2008
October 22-23, 2008




The International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight 2008 (ISPCS 2008) and the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge (NG-LLC) took place in October in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

This page provides a compilation of links to my blog reports on Space Transport News as well as to other web resources (postings from other weblogs, photos, videos, etc.) concerning this event.

- Clark S. Lindsey

 


Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge


Will Pomerantz, Senior Director of Space Projects, describes the
Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. The video includes clips
showing vehicles developed by several teams.


Resources
Postings leading up to the event:

Postings after the event:


Oct. 24, 2008 - Friday


Peter Diamandis narrates highlights for Day 1 of the NG-LLC

  • NG-LLC Report 1:
    Armadillo fueling up for the first flight attempt.

  • NG-LLC Report 2:
    Flight attempt soon.

  • NG-LLC Report 3:
    Go for flight ops

  • NG-LLC Report 4:
    First flight leg attempt was too short.

  • NG-LLC Report 5:
    Will try to fit two flights into the remaining 30 minutes of the FAA window

  • NG-LLC Report 6:
    First flight completed successfully. Will try to go for the second leg in the short time left.

  • NG-LLC Report 7:
    Armadillo calls it quits for this window

  • NG-LLC Report 8:
    Explanation of the FAA window restriction, which differs from the official LLC 2.5 hour window.

  • NG-LLC Report 9:
    TrueZer0 setting up in staging area

  • NG-LLC Report 10:
    TrueZer0 is at the pad setting up.

  • NG-LLC Report 11:
    TrueZer0 flight failed.

  • NG-LLC Report 12:
    Armadillo gets ready for the 2:30pm window

  • NG-LLC Report 13:
    Judges will allow Armadillo to continue from where they were stopped earlier by the FAA airspace restriction.

  • NG-LLC Report 14:
    A report from the Truezer0 team on their flight attempt.

  • NG-LLC Report 15:
    Armadillo successfully completes their second flight leg and thereby wins the Level 1 NG-LLC prize of $350k.

  • NG-LLC Report 16:
    Review of press conference for the Armadillo/Rocket Racing suborbital space vehicle announcement and a review of the celebration when the Armadillo team returned to the staging area.

Oct. 25, 2008 - Saturday


Highlights of Day 2 of NG-LLC



International Symposium for
Personal and Commercial Spaceflight

One on oen with Brett Alexander
Panel: One on One with Brett Alexander (ISPCS Pictures)
From L-R, Brett Alexander (Personal Spaceflight Federation, X PRIZE Foundation), Diane Murphy (SpaceX), John Schumacher (Aerojet), Robert Walker (Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates), and Jeff Foust (Futron, The Space Review)


October 22, 2008 - Wednesday

Morning

  • ISPCS 2008: Wed. Oct..22 - Notes from morning session 1
    Unfortunately I accidentally deleted my entry notes for this session. The session included some introductory remarks from ISPCS organizer Pat Hynes, and co-chair Patricia Grace Smith (former head of the commercial launch office at the FAA0, and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima.

    Peter Wegner, Director of the Operationally Responsive Space Office, Kirtland AFB, gave the lead off talk. He stressed the need for lower cost space transport and faster development of spacecraft for military applications.

  • ISPCS 2008: Wed. Oct.22 - Notes from morning session 2
    • Panel: Key Issues Related to the Eventual Success and Evolution of Vehicle Systems for Suborbital Human and Material Transportation
      • Session chair: Bob Dickman (AIAA):
      • Jeff Greason – President, XCOR # Kevin Bowcutt – Chief Scientist, Boeing Phantom Works
      • George Nield – Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
      • Hugues Laporte-Weyada, Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief Technical Officer, EADS ASTRIUM
      • Michael Blum – Founder & Managing Director, Repulse Bay Capital Ltd. & Co-President & CCO, Research Edge

Afternoon

  • ISPCS 2008: Wed. Oct. 22 - Notes from afternoon session 1
    • Panel: Key Issues Related to Evolution of Orbital Vehicles for Human Rated Spaceflight
      • Moderator: Bob Dickman (AIAA)
      • Jeff Patton, Commercial Crew and Cargo Programs, United Launch Alliance
      • Diane Murphy, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, SpaceX
      • Clay Mowry, President, Arianespace USA
      • Robert Richards, Vice President and COTS/CRS Program Director, Orbital Sciences
      • Patricia Grace Smith (substituting for Anousheh Ansari, Space Ambassador CEO, Chairman & Co-founder Prodea Systems)

  • ISPCS 2008: Wed. Oct. 22 - Notes from afternoon session 2
    • Panel: Brett and Jeff talked "with [these] industry leaders about the future and potential of NewSpace and the ways the private sector can jump start the expansion of human exploration." (Lon Rains had been scheduled to moderate this session.)
      • Brett Alexander (Personal Spaceflight Federation, X PRIZE Foundation)
      • Diane Murphy (SpaceX)
      • John Schumacher (Aerojet)
      • Robert Walker (Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates)
      • Jeff Foust (Futron, The Space Review)

  • ISPCS 2008: Wed. Oct. 22 - Notes from afternoon session 2+
    • Ken Davidian, ESMD Commercial Development Policy Lead, NASA talked about the commercial space partnership efforts at NASA. Discussed the Commercial Space Wiki project.

     

Ken Davidian
Ken Davidian, NASA ESMD Commercial Development Policy (ISPCS Pictures)


October 23 , 2008 -Thursday

Morning

  • ISPCS 2008: Thur. Oct. 23 - Notes from morning session 1
    • David Baylor from the North American Broadcasters Association gave an overview of communications satellites and TV broadcasts in particular.

  • ISPCS 2008: Thur. Oct. 23 - Notes from morning session 2
    • Panel: How Do Associations Stimulate Space Business?
      • Klaus Dannenberg, Chief Strategy and Information Officer, AIAA
      • George Whitesides, Executive Director, National Space Society
      • Marty Hauser, Vice President, Washington Operations, Research & Analysis, The Space Foundation
      • Will Pomerantz, X PRIZE Foundation
      • Michael Beavin, Senior Program Analyst, Department of Commerce Office of Space Commercialization

  • ISPCS 2008: Thur. Oct. 23 - Notes from morning session 3
    • Panel: How New Space Takes Advantage of Research University Capabilities: The Role Universities Have and Will Play in Growing the Next Generation of Space Entrepreneurs, Researchers and Technologists
      • Session Moderator: Pat Hynes (substituing for Alan Ladwig)
      • Mike Simpson, President International Space University
      • Jeffrey P. Sutton, M.D., Ph.D., President and Institute Director, National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)
      • Douglas Comstock, Director of the Innovative Partnership Program, NASA
      • Luke Davis, ISPCS Intern, Spaceport America

       

Panel: The Astronaut Training Experience
Panel: The Astronaut Training Experience (ISPCS Pictures)
Dan Barry, Peter Diamandis, William F. Mitchell, Barden Cleeland

Afternoon

  • Suborbital transportation study [At start of afternoon session]
    • Luc Davis gave an overview of a study he participated in at the ISU called Great Expectations: An Assessment of the Potential for Suborbital Transportation.

  • ISPCS 2008: Thur. Oct. 23 - Notes from afternoon session 1
    • Panel: Personal Spaceflight Industry Indicators
      • Session Moderator, Jim Hayhoe, President, Spaceport America Consultants LLC
      • Carissa Bryce Christensen, Managing Partner, Tauri Group
      • Brett Alexander, President, Personal Spaceflight Federation, and Executive Director for Space, X PRIZE Foundation
      • Michael Blum, Founder & Managing Director of Repulse Bay Capital Ltd. & CCO of Research Edge
      • Korey Hosack, ISPCS Intern, Microgravity Enterprise

  • ISPCS 2008: Thur. Oct. 23 - Notes from afternoon session 2
    • Panel: The Astronaut Training Experience
      • Session Moderator, Dan Barry, MD. Ph.D., Astronaut and President Denbar Robotics
      • Peter H. Diamandis, MD, Founder & Chairman, X PRIZE Foundation and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Zero-G Corporation
      • William F. Mitchell, CEO & President of ETC and CEO, National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center
      • Barden Cleeland, MIT student, ISPCS intern

  • ISPCS 2008: Thur. Oct. 23 - Notes from afternoon session 3
    • Panel: Positioning for Profit: Developing Business for Spaceports
      • Session Chair: Aaron Prescott, Executive Director, Spaceport America
      • Doug Weathers, ISPCS intern, Spaceport America * Bengt Jaegtnes, Chief Executive Officer, Progressum and Vice Chairman, Spaceport Sweden
      • Pat McCarthy, Director of Spaceport Operations, Space Florida
      • Clay Mowry, President, Arianespace USA
      • Steve Landene, Spaceport America * Robert Wyatt, Partner, Entertainment Development Group
      • Terri Griffin, President, Albers, Inc

  • ISPCS 2008 is done

 

The Art of C. Sergent Lindsey
NewSpace Watch at NSG

 

 
 
 
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