Latest Space Access Conference Details

Space Access Conference 2013

Latest Info3/26/13

Our next annual Space Access Conference, April 11-13 at the InnPlace Hotel Phoenix North in Phoenix Arizona, is the place to be for the latest on the technology, business, politics, and opportunities of Radically Cheaper Access To Space. We feature a cross-section of the growing cheap access community, talking about what’s going on now and what we should be doing next, in a fast-paced informal atmosphere. This conference is well-reported, but it is not broadcast on the Web – if you want to be in the middle of these intensive discussions in this exciting time, you need to be there!

Two weeks left till the conference. Advance discount airfares into Arizona for our sunny spring desert weekend are going away fast – book those flights now! And our reserved Space Access discount room block at the InnPlace hotel opens up for general rental after tonight, Tuesday, March 26th – after that, you’ll still be able to get our $74-with-breakfast-and-internet discount rate, but only as long as they have rooms left. Book that room! Also, our $120 advance Conference registration discount ends a week from this Wednesday – Register!


Conference Schedule



Conference Background


Confirmed Space Access Conference Agenda as of 3/26/13

This is very close to our full Space Access 2013 conference agenda. Watch for any last-second changes as the conference approaches. We’ll be publishing preliminary presentations timeslots later this week. (Speakers, if you haven’t already, let us know ASAP when you’ll be arriving onsite and when departing.)

Our agenda this year breaks down into seven broad areas: Entrepreneurs, Student & Amateur Projects, Government Space, Deep Space, Deep Background, Policy & Advocacy, and the Space Studies Institute Guest Session.

Entrepreneurs – “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing for money.” – G. Harry Stine

Deep Space Industries – Rick Tumlinson

Frontier Astronautics – Tim Bendel

Garvey Spacecraft – John Garvey

Golden Spike – Doug Griffith – On The Shoulders Of Apollo: How Golden Spike Plans To Lead The Next Wave Of Human Lunar Exporation

Infinity Aerospace – William Bowman – ArduLab: Open Sourcing Space

LiftPort – Michael Laine or Frank Smith

Orbital Outfitters – Jeff Feige

SpeedUp/Luna City Enterprises – Bob Steinke, Osa Fitch – Impulse Turbine Generator For Rocket Applications

STAR Systems/Hermes Spacecraft – Mark Langanbach

Tethers Unlimited – Gerry Nordley

United States Rocket Academy – Ed Wright – Lynx Cub Payloads

Unreasonable Rocket – Paul Breed

XCOR Aerospace – Jeff Greason

XeneCore – Joe Latrell – Solid Filled Composite Technology

XLSpace – Michael Carden

Panel Discussion: Crowdfunding Your Venture – Approaches, Pluses, And Pitfalls. Doug Griffith, Joe Pistritto, more TBA

Student & Amateur Projects – Entrepreneurs In The Making!

AeroPac (Carmack Prize Winner) – Ken Biba

HySor Student Hybrid Rocket Team – Bryce Schaefer

Stratofox Aerospace Tracking Team – Ian Kluft – Stratofox Participation in the California Near Space Project‘s CNSP-18 Transcontinental/Transatlantic Stratospheric Balloon

Sugar Shot To Space – Rick Maschek

John Griffith, Bennet Cowdin – Harder Than It Looks: Trial & Error In A Stratospheric Balloon Project

Government Space – Projects, Possibilities, & Policies

FAA AST/Michelle Murray

New Mexico Museum of Space History/Bill Gaubatz (McDonnell-Douglas DC-X Program Manager) – DC-X 20th Anniversary (DC-X Reunion And Spaceplane Conference, August 16-18, 2013) and The DC-X SpaceQuest

NASA Ames/Bruce Pittman – Commercial Space Scenarios: Effects On NASA And The National Economy Of Potential Developments Through 2025

Arizona State University School of Earth & Space ExplorationDr David Williams – NASA Solar System Exploration Update (sponsored by Yuri’s Night)

Deep Space – How to get where we’re going next, and what we’ll need to deal with once there

John Burgener – Massive Earth Impacts: Some Anomalies In The Record

Martin Elvis, Harvard-Smithsonian Center For Astrophysics – Astronomy Challenges Of Identifying Ore-Bearing Near-Earth Asteroids

John Schilling – Advanced (Non-Rocket) Propulsion Systems

Henry Spencer – Asteroids: What (Little) We Know, How Much We Don’t, And How To Fix That

Panel Discussion: Planetary DefenseWe live in a cosmic shooting gallery. What can we do to detect and deflect inbound objects with what we’ve got now? How can we affordably improve those capabilities soon? George Herbert, John Schilling, Henry Spencer, Henry Vanderbilt

Deep Background – Relevant Science, Technology, Education, & News

Alex Bruccoleri – Selected Physics Concepts for Rocketeers

NewSpace Watch, Space-For-All/Clark Lindsey – The Next Killer Space App: Some Candidates

Misuzu Onuki – Newspace Dynamics in Japan

Rice University Space Studies Professional Graduate Program/Dagmar Beck

Panel Discussion: World Space Programs & Projects. The US is far from the only player. What’s going on in the rest of the world? Clark Lindsey, Doug Messier

Policy & Advocacy – What should we do next?

Doug Messier of Parabolic Arc – America’s Rocket Renaissance: Opportunities, Possibilities, and Threats

Jim Muncy of PoliSpace – What’s What In Washington

Doug Plata – Lunar COTS

Rand Simberg of Transterrestrial MusingsSafe is Not An Option

Space Frontier Foundation – Sara Meschberger

Panel Discussion: Post-LEO Policy – We know what to do for vastly improved access to Low Earth Orbit. What policies should support the move outward from there? Phil Chapman, Jeff Foust, Jim Muncy, Henry Vanderbilt

We at Space Access Society have always viewed the Space Studies Institute‘s mission as complementary to ours. We work on affordable transportation to the new frontier, while they work on how we’ll survive (and thrive) there. It gives us considerable pleasure that this year’s Space Access Conference will be hosting our colleagues at SSI for a half-day SSI session.

Space Studies Institute Session

Rebooting Space Settlement In The 21st Century

Friday 9 am through lunch –

Lee Valentine, Chairman SSI – Introduction

Gary C Hudson, President SSI – SSI Introduction and Status Of Programs

Al Globus, San Jose State University at NASA Ames – Paths To Space Settlement

Joe Carroll, Tether Applications – Are We Preparing To “Live Beyond Earth, Sustainably And Indefinitely”?

Lee Valentine, Chairman SSI – Systems Considerations For A Robust Closed Environment Life Support System

James Bennett, co-founder AMROC – The Quest For Unobtainium: New Perspectives On The Economics Of Colonization, And Their Implications For Space Settlement Strategies

David Valentine, University of Minnesota – Stories As Technologies

Concluding Panel Discussion & Questions

There will also be a Yuri’s Night Party Friday night, co-sponsored by a number of groups including the Phoenix chapters of AIAA, NSS, and Moon Society. (Late breaking news – we hear there may be a volunteer effort afoot for a return of traditional Saturday Night Rocket Margharitas!)

Stay tuned to Space Access Conference Info for the latest.

Conference Schedule

This year’s conference sessions will run from 9 am through 10 pm Thursday April 11th and Friday April 12th, and 9 am through 6 pm Saturday April 13th (followed by the traditional talkfest partying Saturday evening.) There will be half-hour breaks midmorning and midafternoon, lunch breaks 12:30 – 2 pm, and dinner breaks 6 pm to 8 pm. The SSI sessions will run Friday morning 9 am through lunch. Our Hospitality suite will be open 7 pm – 11 pm Wednesday evening for early arrivers, with early badge pickup available there if you’re preregistered.

Space Access ’13 Conference Registration

SA’13 conference registration is $120 until Wednesday April 3rd (after which preregistration closes), $140 at the door after that, Student Rate $40 either way. (Day rates will be available at the door.) Click on this link for SA’13 advance registration with credit card or Paypal. You can also mail in your registration with a check or money order – include your name, the affiliation (if any) you want listed on your badge, and your email address, make the check out to “Space Access ’13”, and mail it to Space Access ’13, PO Box 16034, Phoenix AZ 85011.

Conference Hotel & Reservations

SA’13 will take place at the InnPlace Hotel Phoenix North, 10220 North Metro Parkway East, Phoenix AZ 85051, by the Metrocenter Mall in north central Phoenix, fourteen freeway miles from the Phoenix airport. Our SA’13 conference room rates are $74 a night single or double, third or fourth person $10 additional each, $104 a night for suites, full American breakfast buffet and in-room wireless internet included in room rates.

Click on this link for InnPlace reservations at our conference rate, or call the InnPlace at (602) 997-5900 and mention “SA13”. (Our rates are good for up to three days before and after the conference, if you’re thinking of soaking up a little extra springtime Arizona sunshine.) The InnPlace is a modern comfortable resort-style hotel with a fine restaurant and bar, a half-dozen other dining options less than a block away, and a wide variety of shopping within a few minutes walk. We’re very pleased to be at the InnPlace this year, helping continue Space Access’s long tradition of being both the best, and the best value in, new-space transportation conferences.

Conference Background

SA’13 is the next round of Space Access Society’s yearly event for people seriously interested in the business, technology, and politics of radically cheaper space transportation. The conference is intensive and informal – single program track, tightly scheduled sessions, no requirement for a prepared paper, speaking off-the-cuff is fine. The idea is to get a snapshot of where things are and where they’re headed next, not where they were six months ago.

We think that networking is a better use of your conference time than canned dinner speeches. We skip the traditional rubber-chicken banquets, schedule comfortable on-your-own meal breaks, and make sure there are multiple good places nearby to grab a bite and talk with other attendees. We also run an open Hospitality Suite (InnPlace room 156 this year) for the duration of the conference as a place to get together, grab a snack, and talk.

Conference attendees range from students and amateur rocket enthusiasts, through cheap-access political activists and startup rocket companies, to government and established aerospace company people. To a considerable extent over the years, our conference has been (by design) an incubator for the “newspace” entrepreneurial end of things.

We understand that much of our target audience isn’t rich – yet. We work hard to keep overall conference attendance costs low. Phoenix is a major air hub, we schedule the conference so you can travel at off-peak parts of the week despite it still being warm-weather winter-tourist season here, and we negotiate hard to get good room rates at a pleasant and well-kept conference hotel.

Bottom line, it’s been a useful conference over the twenty years we’ve been doing it – companies have been started, investments made, policies evolved, ideas spread, people hired. Pretty much what we’ve aimed for.

Space Access Contact Info

Keep an eye on for Space Access Society Updates and more conference info as it develops, and email any questions to [email protected].

See you there!