AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition September 11–13 at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California. The conference theme is “Creating a Sustainable Vision for Space.”

AIAA SPACE 2012 will examine the future of America’s space enterprise. Topics to be considered include: the future of U.S. access to space; the future of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Space Launch System; new commercial enterprises for delivering cargo and crew to low earth orbit; entrepreneurial space, including space tourism and research opportunities; maximizing our nation’s national security space assets; improving space situational awareness and lowering the costs of deploying assets into the space environment; the future of international partnerships for exploration and research; the importance of adequately funding space endeavors; and maintaining the primacy of our nation’s space industrial base.

On Tuesday, September 11, the conference will feature “The Candidates’ Visions for the American Space Program,” providing an opportunity for representatives of the Obama and Romney campaigns to discuss their views on, and plans for, the future of America’s space program in front of the space community. Directly following that program, a panel discussion featuring the conference’s executive chairs will be held on the subject of “Creating a Sustainable Vision for Space.”

Guiding the formation of the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference are its executive chairs: Charles Elachi, director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center; Roger Krone, president, Network and Space Systems, Boeing Space, Defense, and Security, The Boeing Company; and John Karas, vice president and general manager, Human Spaceflight, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The conference is co-chaired by NASA and the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. The conference’s sponsors are: The Boeing Company, opening day sponsor; Lockheed Martin Corporation, National Security Space Day; SpaceX, Civil Space Day Keynote Luncheon; Northrop Grumman, Cyber Café; BAE Systems, Tuesday Networking Break; Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., Thursday networking break; Dynetics, attendee bags; and Space Systems Loral, lanyards. Aerospace America and Space News are the conference’s media sponsors.

On Wednesday, September 12, the William H. Pickering Lecture will celebrate the “Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL).” Launched on September 10, 2011, GRAIL’s primary science objectives are to determine the structure of the lunar interior, from crust to core, and to advance understanding of the thermal evolution of the Moon. As a secondary objective, GRAIL will extend knowledge gained from the Moon to the other terrestrial planets.

For more information or to register, visit: www.aiaa.org/space2012

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