Tags: AIAA, Bob Dickman, commercial space, Dr. Christian Feichtinger, global space exploration, human exploration, International Astronautical Federation (IAF), international space cooperation, ISS, lunar exploration, Mars exploration, national space agencies, NEOs, robotic exploration
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Global Space Exploration Conference, Tuesday, 5-1-12
Guests: Bob Dickman, AIAA and Dr. Christian Feichtinger, IAF. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. Please note that there were telephone line audio problems during this program. We welcomed both General Dickman and Dr. Feichtinger to the program to discuss this important conference, The Global Space Exploration Conference sponsored by both the AIAA and IAF. For full conference information, visit their website, http://glex2012.org. Here, you can register, make hotel reservations and plan which programs, tracks, and special events interest you. The conference is May 22-24, 2012 in Washington, DC at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel. Our two guests started our discussion with an overview of the conference and the roles of both the AIAA and IAF in sponsoring the event. We then focused in on the conference theme which is global space exploration and we discussed the Keynote/Plenary speakers and panels. These are listed on the website but a few received special attention. First, there was the discussion with the Heads of the national space agencies for a global perspective on space exploration. We then talked about human exploration, Mars and other destinations in terms of global exploration, plus the panel entitled “Enabling A Political Consensus.” Other conference topics we focused on during this hour long program dealt with commercial space, NewSpace, public/private partnerships, and conference logistics. Our guests made sure to point out the Masters with Masters session followed by the Young Professional Reception, both of which are Monday evening. The Masters session is for young professionals, 35 or younger, and is a superb networking event designed for the young space leaders who will go on to be our space leaders in the near future. You can read about this event at http://glex2012.org/social-events. Our guests pointed out the two general events open to everyone, the Tuesday Welcome Reception and Poster Session plus the Wednesday Off-Site Reception at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. The conference is multi-track so you will need to choose which programs and discussions you want to hear.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. If you have conference specific questions, you can use the Contact page on their website, http://glex2012.org/contact.