AIAA ITAR Panel to Include SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Bigelow

red_tapeThe American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that representatives from Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and Bigelow Aerospace, will come together on April 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the Thornton Room of the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, to discuss the impact of U.S. export controls on the American entrepreneurial space sector along with government experts.

The event, “Entrepreneurial Space and Export Control: Red Tape in the Final Frontier,” features an industry perspective panel and a government perspective panel, providing attendees with a critical and comprehensive analysis of the export control barriers hindering further development of the American entrepreneurial space sector. Topics covered by the panels will include the effects of the current export control regime on job growth, competitiveness, and capabilities of domestic entrepreneurial space entities.

Congressman C. A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (Md.-2nd), chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Permanent Select Subcommittee on Technology and Tactical Intelligence, will be event’s keynote speaker, and will speak about the burdens that the American entrepreneurial space sector faces under the current export regime.

The Industry Perspective Panel, moderated by Patti Grace Smith, former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation and aerospace consultant with Patti Grace Aerospace, features panelists: Mike Gold, director, Bigelow Aerospace, Washington, D.C. operations; Marc Holzapfel, senior legal counsel, Virgin Galactic; and Tim Hughes, vice president and chief counsel, SpaceX.

The Government Perspective Panel, moderated by Mike Gold, director, Bigelow Aerospace, Washington, D.C., area office, features panelists: Michael Beavin, senior program analyst, Department of Commerce Office of Space Commercialization; John Hall, director of the Export Control and Interagency Liaison Office, NASA; and George Nield, Associate Administrator of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA.

AIAA’s President, George Muellner, pointed out that “the time has come to critically examine, and sensibly reform, the existing export control regime so that American enterprise, especially the vital entrepreneurial space sector, can thrive in an ever-more competitive and global economy. This gathering is a chance for experts from both industry and government to highlight the obstacles facing the industry now, and will serve as the first step towards generating much needed reform.”

For more information on the meeting, or to register, please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558, or at duaneh@aiaa.org. Admission is free and open to the media.