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Wow!! SFC 12 rocked!! From Congressman
Dana Rohrabacher's call for a space
propulsion initiative and Shuttle Commander
Richard Searfoss' prediction of an impending
space tourism boom, to all the latest news
from space entrepreneurs and policy makers,
it was a historic conference.
Got a dot com? Building your own rocketship? Jeff Bezos
of Amazon.com, Elon Musk of PayPal, and John Carmack
of id Software (creator, Quake and Doom) are. Attendees
of Alt.Space found out what's happening in the new space
race and learned about the exciting projects now
underway by the hot new space entrepreneurs and
aerospace heroes like Burt Rutan, Dennis Tito and Buzz
Aldrin.
Access to space is moving from the monopoly of
governments and large corporations to the realm of
entrepreneurs and small businesses.
This year the Space Frontier Foundation's grand annual
Conference was back and better than ever, celebrating the
dream of opening the space frontier. From astronauts to
astronomers, politicians to pundits, engineers to
entrepreneurs, this was THE space event of the year. Attendees enjoyed art shows, exhibits, debates,
workshops, banquets and speakers who have the inside track on space.
Richard Searfoss, retired Airforce Colonel and former Space Shuttle Commander, addressed the 12th annual
Space Frontier Foundation Conference on Saturday, October 11th. Also speaking at the Conference on
Saturday was the Honorable Dana Rorhabacher, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space and Science.
Both had important things to say about the future of commercial space. Check our Synopsis page for details on
their and other speakers comments.
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Space Frontier Conference XII was held at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Los Angeles, California on
October 10 - 12, 2003.For more info on the Sheraton Four Points, check out their web site at:
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The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization dedicated to the human settlement of space in our lifetime.
Our goals include protecting the Earth's fragile biosphere and creating a freer and more prosperous life for each
generation by using the unlimited energy and material resources of space. Our purpose is to unleash the power
of free enterprise and lead a united humanity permanently into the Solar System. We are transforming space
from a government-owned program into a dynamic and inclusive frontier open to all people.
For more information call 800-78-SPACE (800-787-7223)
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Compiled by Fred Becker
Friday October 10, 2003
9:00-9:45
Opening Remarks and Keynote
Tony DeTora – Executive Director, Space Frontier Foundation
www.spacefrontierfoundation.org
9:45-10:45
Session 1 – Alternative Space Companies/A Showcase
This year the Alternative Space program is taking off! From Burt
Rutan's two stage rocket-ship to Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com's Blue
Origins spacecraft and Elon Musk of PayPal's Space X, we are
seeing the breakout of a whole new generation of space enterprises!
This session begins a "Who's Who" of what we in the Foundation call
the "Alt.Space" companies. It's show and tell time! The top Alt.Space
transportation services teams explain their goals, plans and
progress.
Host – Henry Vanderbilt – Space Access Society
Celestis/Team Encounter
CSI – Constellation Services International - Charles E. Miller (CEO),
David W. Anderman (COO)
www.constellationservices.com
Constellation Services is developing a standardized cargo container
methodology for space payloads, and is pursuing plans to market
communication and other satellite repair for a fee.
JP Aerospace
10:45-11:00
Break
11:00-12:00
Session 2 – Alternative Space Companies/A Showcase
The showcase continues, highlighting the top "Alt.Space"
companies.
Host – Bob Davis – Davis & Molina Consulting Group
International Association of Space Entrepreneurs
www.spaceentrepreneurs.org
An announcement event is planned for October 30 in Washington,
DC. They will be a 501C6 Chamber of Commerce type of
organization.
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Orbital Recovery – Dennis Wingo
Pioneer RocketPlane – Chuck Lauer
www.rocketplane.com/
Currently Pioneer is working on a suborbital craft called the
Rocketplane XP, based on a Lear fuselage. They will be based at the
Oklahoma Space Port. They have an engine from Orbit Tech in
Wisconsin, that has a patented new technology. After Rocketplane
XP, a more ambitious craft Pathfinder will be built.
Space Dev – Jim Benson
www.spacedev.com
Space Dev is building the booster engine for Burt Rutan's Scaled
Composites Spaceship One.
12:00-2:15
Space Enterprise Panel Lunch
A moderated panel of entrepreneurs and venture specialists discuss
the vision that drew them into the space business and the perils and
possibilities of the Alt.Space industry.
Moderator – Rick Citron – Citron & Deutsch
Walt Anderson – Gold & Appel
Mark Bunger – Forrester Research
Bob Davis – Davis & Molina
Jim Schultz – ReedSmith
2:30-4:30
Session 3 – Alternative Space Companies/A Showcase
The showcase of new companies wraps up the round up of the top
"Alt.Space" companies.
Host – Henry Vanderbilt
Armadillo Aerospace – John Carmack
www.armadilloaerospace.com
Space Islands – Gene Myers
www.spaceislandgroup.com
www.spaceislandgroup.com/sony.html
Gene has developed an innovative adaptation of the Shuttle
architecture for placing large habitable structures into LEO and
beyond. The design uses booster and tank components, plus an
adaptation of the Delta Clipper structure as a crewed reentry vehicle.
His company Space Islands, is proposing developments based on
this concept.
Trans Orbital – Dennis Laury
www.transorbital.net
Lunar orbit is scheduled for July 2004, with a camera providing
resolution to 1 meter. TransOrbital, Inc. is working on three
commercial lunar missions: TrailBlazer - the first commercial lunar
mission, Electra - the first commercial lunar lander, and Electra II - a
lander with rovers.
XCOR Aerospace
www.xcor.com
XCOR Aerospace is a California corporation located in Mojave,
California. The company is in the business of developing and
producing safe, reliable, maintainable and reusable rocket engines
and rocket powered vehicles.
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4:30-5:30
Permission to Fly
Panel on the Regulatory Issues/Opportunities Facing the Alt.Space
Community.
Host – Joe Gillin
FAA – Jay Garvin
www.ast.faa.gov
Armadillo Aerospace – John Carmack
www.armadilloaerospace.com
John relayed his experience dealing with regulatory agencies.
XCOR Aerospace – Randall Craig
www.xcor.com
How will commercial launches be regulated? AST type certification?
AVR experimental aircraft waivers? The issue is key to the future.
Poli-Space – Jim Muncy
6:00-9:00
Advocate Dinner/ Meeting
Saturday October 11, 2003
9:00-9:45
Opening Remarks and Keynote
Speaker – Richard Searfoss
www.astronautspeaker.com
www.xcor.com/searfoss.html
Shuttle commander and fighter pilot Richard Searfoss shared his
experiences of flying the Shuttle and watching the Earth from space.
He hopes we can all share the experience of getting to space. He
has retired from NASA and is now on the board of XCOR Aerospace.
9:45-12:30
Session 1 - The Alternative Space Experience
Let’s get this party started! The time has come for space hotels and
honey moons. Climb aboard for orbital surfing and zero gravity
travel. We are entering the era of public space travel for pleasure
and adventure. Who will give you that taste of space you have
wanted all your life? How much will it cost? And when can you sign
up?
Host – Dr. David Livingston – The Space Show
www.thespaceshow.com
Note: Dr. Livingston seeks sponsors for The Space Show
Difinity – Jan Naftulin
www.difinity.com
Need more media with the daily message about what is going on
with space. Difinity is a space burial company that will place human
DNA into space.
Space Adventures
www.spaceadventures.com
Markets suborbital flights and zero-G flights. $98K for a suborbital
flight.
MirCorp – Walt Anderson (Jeff Manber is owner)
www.mir-corp.com
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Markets Soyuz flights ($15 million ballpark), proposed Mini-Mir. Will
build an electrodynamic tether to demonstrate new station reboost
technique, if funding can be obtained.
Zero G – Peter Diamandis
www.nogravity.com
Has obtained type certification for 727 as a zero G platform. Based
out of Orland, Las Vegas, and similar locations. Have booked 100
flights at 25 people per flight. Cost is $4 or $5k per seat.
High Lift Systems / Institute for Scientific Research - Michael Lane
www.isr.us
www.isr.us/SEHome.asp?m=1
A Space Elevator concept is proposed. New material technologies
are being developed and spun off as interim revenue generators.
To Space Inc. – Laurie Wiggins
www.tospacecompany.com
This company markets the carrying of items on suborbital and orbital
space flights.
HARC – Greg Allison / Tim Pickens
www.harcspace.com
www.orionpropulsion.com
This company has developed the Liberator rocket vehicle as an
X-Prize contender. Rollout is in one month. The engine is developed
entirely in-house. Launch will take place from a barge in the Gulf of
Mexico, which streamlines regulatory clearance. Tim is also the
propulsion engineer for Burt Rutan's Spaceship One.
12:30-2:00
Luncheon
Speaker – Dana Rohrabacher
www.space.com/peopleinterviews/rohrabacher_profile_000519.html
Congressman Rohrabacher would concentrate efforts on space
propulsion. He hopes the space future will include lots of small
companies doing innovative projects.
2:00-3:45
Session 2 – "Destinations – The Moon, Mars and Asteroids"
For years there has been a myth that returning to the Moon,
developing asteroids and sending humans to Mars are incompatible
goals. Are they? Or can a synergy be found that let's us do them all?
What is the private sector's role on the Far Frontier? This panel will
feature one speaker each on these three destinations, joined by two
others for a moderated discussion.
Mars Institute, Mars Society – Pascal Lee
www.marsinstitute.info/
The Haughton Mars Project is building a Mars analog base in the
arctic. Recently powered rovers have been deployed.
University of Southern California – Prof. Madhu Thangavelu
http://mmp.planetary.org/artis/thanm/thanm70.htm
www.calearth.org
A Lunar Rehabilitation Center and Retirement Complex has been
designed. The Eden Project and Hesperia are two terrestrial
constructions exploring space architectural design.
Space Islands – Gene Myers
www.spaceislandgroup.com
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3:45-4:00
Break
4:00-5:30
Session 3 – Why Space?
Money, glory, politics, prestige, military dominance, survival of the
species or just a better cheeseburger? The world's top science
fiction authors lay out the case for the Frontier.
Host – Warren James – Hour 25
www.hour25online.com
Warren became interested in space from reading the Willy Ley,
Chesley Bonestell books, in particular The Exploration of Mars. One
painting showed a ship landed on Mars out on a Martian plain. One
evening his dad took him to the desert in the Western US, and he
envisioned Mars as a real place, similar to that. He was hooked from
then on. Space is important for preventing WW4 (WW3 is already
upon us). Space can raise the standard of living. We need to move
industry off the planet.
David Gerrold
www.gerrold.com
Space is important to species identity and sociological
transformation. He became fascinated during the space race. He
became interested in space from reading Heinlein at age 9, and also
Murray Leinster.
Larry Niven
www.larryniven.org/
Space is important for creating new wealth, saving the Earth, and for
our basic life quest. Where is life out there? Larry became interested
in space from reading Heinlein and Del Rey. He was attracted to the
sheer adventure of it.
Rick Sternbach
www.ricksternbach.com
Attended space colony conferences beginning with Princeton in
1977. He is now waiting to see, now that such dreams of colonies
have not been realized. He became interested in space from IGY
and all the books, models and TV that came from that. Then Sputnik,
Vanguard, nuclear ocean liners, all between 1956 and 1958 made
the future exciting. One day at school a television was brought to the
room and the class watched Alan Shepard get launched into space.
Tom R. McDonough
www.tomspace.com/author.htm
His dad worked at White Sands. He grew up with rockets. He
attended JPL and became an astrophysicist. He was inspired by the
writings of Verne and Wells, as well as science fiction movies and
comics, the Bonestell books, Heinlein, Asimov and Clarke. Space is
important for human survival and the spinoffs that occur in all fields.
Michael Cassutt
hometown.aol.com/cass54/michaelcassuttindex.html
www.scifi.com/sfw/issue308/cassutt.html
Michael grew up reading SF: Leinster, Heinlein and Clarke. He was
also inspired by science fiction film and television. He attended
University of Arizona in 1972, first taking astronomy, then changing
to become a writer.
How do we fix NASA? Niven: fire people for nonperformance.
Munoz: personalize the astronauts and engineers once again.
Gerrold: get the team spirit and goal back.
7:00-10:00
Space Frontier Banquet
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Space Frontier Awards
Sunday October 12, 2003
9:30-10:00
Keynote
Rick Tumlinson, Founder, Space Frontier Foundation
www.spacefrontierfoundation.org
10:00-11:45
Power Session
John King – President, JLS Consulting. Nationally recognized
business coach, seminar leader and executive trainer.
Foundationers came together for planning actions in the coming year
with John King, corporate coach and best selling author, driving the
discussion.
12:00-1:00
Space Pac
Strong national advocates of private commercial space ventures
presented a new political action committee for the first time.
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Authors Vanna Bonta and Larry Niven. Alt.Space Conference Chair James George.
L to R: Foundation Communications Director John
Hanks, Foundation Founder Rick Tumlinson,
Foundation 2003 Board Chairman Bob Noteboom.
2003 - 2004 Space Frontier Foundation Board, L to
R: Erin Medlicott, Elaine Walker, Bob Hillhouse,
Natalie Vollrath, David Livingston, Manny Pimenta, Al
Differ.
Pascal Lee speaking at Alt.Space. L to R: David Livingston, Manny Pimenta, James
Busby, Elaine Walker, Mark Hopkins.
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Walt Anderson speaking at Alt.Space. L to R: Steven Durst of Lunar Enterprise, Kevin
Greene, Thomas A. Olson, Richard Haase, John
Powell of JP Aerospace.
Attendee and Laurie Wiggins of To Space at
Alt.Space.
Pascal Lee at Alt.Space.
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Foundation Board Members and Officers meeting at
Alt.Space.
Foundation Board Member Al Differ and Foundation
Advocate Thomas A. Olson at Alt.Space.
L to R: Jay Gavin of the FAA, Joe Gillin, John
Carmack of Armadillo Aerospace, Randall Claque of
XCOR Aerospace, Jim Muncy of PoliSpace.
L to R: Bob Davis, Rich Pournelle of XCOR, ?, Walt
Anderson. Jason Andrews of Andrews Space is at
the podium.
Henry Vanderbilt speaking at Alt.Space. Rich Godwin and the winner of the Foundation's
2003 Vision of the Future Award, Tim McElyea.
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Elaine Walker speaking at Alt.Space. Gene Meyers of Space Islands speaking at
Alt.Space.
Foundation Executive Director Tony DeTora is
defrocked of his trademark ponytail.
Foundation Executive Director Tony DeTora is
defrocked of his trademark ponytail.
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Former Shuttle Commander Richard Searfoss and
Brook E. Mantia at Alt.Space.
An impromptu gathering of Attendees around a
laptop.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher surrounded by Alt.Space
attendees.
Laurie Wiggins and Friends at Alt.Space.
Rick Tumlinson presents the Service to the Frontier
award to Erin Medlicott.
Elaine Walker presents the Vision to Reality award to
Pascal Lee, Director of the NASA Haughton-Mars
Project.
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L to R: Steve Durst, John Dimitru, Ben Muniz, Fred
Becker.
The Friday Luncheon at Alt.Space.
L to R: Madhu Thangavelu, Brook E. Mantia, Steve
Durst.
Greg Allison and Steven Jones at Alt.Space.
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