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Space Transport News Special Edition:
Space Access'11 Conference
April 7-9, 2011, Phoenix, Arizona



Dave Masten presented the latest update on progress at Masten Space Systems.


Space Access '11, the latest of the annual meetings of the Space Access Society, took place this year during April 8-10 in Phoenix, Arizona. This page provides various resources related to the meeting including links to the entries posted at Space Transport News. Several other blogs are also linked.

Henry Vanderbilt organized the meeting and is doing a great job as always. Henry discussed the Space Access Society, the annual meeting, and progress in private space vehicle development in an interview on The Space Show in March.

Latest update: April 17, 2011

Resources

Daily

Previous Space Access Conference Reviews


Review of SA'11

Some highlights and themes of this year's meeting:

  • SpaceX shines - For the first time, a representative of SpaceX gave a presentation at the meeting. Just a couple of days before the start of the conference, Elon Musk had given the press conference about their plan to develop the Falcon Heavy was laid out. On top of the successful flights of the Falcon 9 and Dragon since SA'10, there was a sense that SpaceX was on a roll and

  • No major announcements of new projects or accomplishments came out durign the meeting. Mostly a sense of steady progress by the various teams working on suborbital spaceflight systems.

 


April 7, 2011 - Thursday


Henry Spencer, who traditionally leads off the Space Access annual conference,
talked about issues involved in human voyages beyond low earth orbit.

Thursday Session 1 - Afternoon


For the first time, a SpaceX presentation was given at the SAS meeting. SpaceX
president Gwynne Shotwell spoke and then led a lengthy Q&A. (Another slide.)

Thursday Session 2 - Evening


April 8, 2011 - Friday



About 160 people attended the meeting.

Friday Session 1 - Morning

Friday Session 2 - Afternoon


After his presentation, a sizeable group crowded around Jon Goff's table in
the lobby to ask about Altius Space Machines, the "Sticky Boom" concept
and a demo device.

Friday Session 3 - Evening


April 9 , 2011 - Saturday


Henry Spencer, Rand Simberg, Jim Muncy and Henry Vanderbilt discussed
"NASA Reform: The Art Of The Possible" in the final session of the conference.

Saturday Session 1 - Morning


Saturday Session 2 - Afternoon

Paul Breed wins the "most rockets on the podium during h... on Twitpic
Photo by Ben Brockert

Rick Maschek presents on Sugarshot to Space, the most animate... on Twitpic
Photo by Ben Brockert

 


Darm Technology display some of their wares at the meeting, including the
22k lb thrust LOX/Methane engine developed in S. Korea and now available
in the US.

 

Photo To Space
Nasa Toys and Gifts
The Art of C. Sergent Lindsey
New Space Watch

 

 
 
 
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