AIAA Confab to Explore Commercial Crew and Cargo Transport

Artists conception of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft in orbit
Artists conception of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft in orbit

An Exploration of Commercial Crew and Cargo Transportation


June 18, 2009


Hyatt Regency Washington
on Capitol Hill
Capitol Room A, Lobby Level
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001


Open to the Public

1:00 pm Welcoming Remarks

Klaus Dannenberg, Deputy Executive Director, AIAA

1:15 pm Industry Panel


  • Mike Gold, Director, Washington, D.C. Area Office, Bigelow Aerospace
  • George Sowers, Vice President, Business Development and Advanced Programs, United Launch Alliance
  • Max Vozoff, Director, Civil Business Development, Space Exploration Technologies
  • Frank L. Culbertson, Senior Vice President, Human Space Programs, Orbital Sciences Corporation

Moderated by

Patti Grace Smith, Former FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation and Aerospace Consultant

3:00 pm Government Panel


  • Valin Thorn, Deputy Program Manger, Commercial Crew & Cargo Program, NASA
  • Ken Davidian, “Encourage, Facilitate, and Promote” Program Lead, FAA/AST
  • Chan Lieu, Senior Professional Staff, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Jeff Bingham, Senior Advisor on Space and Aeronautics for the Minority, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Moderated by

Michael Beavin, Senior Program Analyst, Department of Commerce Office of Space Commercialization

4:30 pm Closing Remarks

Charles Miller, Senior Advisor for Commercial Space, NASA Innovative
Partnerships Program, NASA HQ