FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference to Feature Bigelow, Babbit

AIAA Press Release

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will co-sponsor the 14th annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, to be held February 9–10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.

The conference will feature high-level speakers and panels examining the state of technology and capabilities in the commercial space transportation sector, including new space technologies, government customers for commercial space, and commercial space transportation regulatory issues.

Noted speakers include: Dr. George C. Nield, associate administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration; Robert T. Bigelow, founder and president, Bigelow Aerospace; Brewster H. Shaw, vice president and general manager, Boeing Space Exploration, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, The Boeing Company; Joe Engle, former X-15 pilot and space shuttle astronaut; Michael C. Gass, president and chief executive officer, United Launch Alliance; and Wayne Hale, director of human spaceflight programs, Special Aerospace Services.

FAA Administrator J. Randolph “Randy” Babbit will offer welcoming remarks at the conference, and Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, February 10.

Dr. Nield, general chair of the conference, stated: “The 14th annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference promises to be an exciting event that should be attended by Federal policymakers and policy implementers, industry representatives, and subject matter experts. Our outstanding array of keynote speakers and panelists ensures that all attendees will leave the conference with a much better understanding of the issues confronting the U.S. commercial space sector. We are currently facing some key decisions on the direction of our nation’s space program, and the prospects and capabilities of the commercial space community will definitely be an important part of the discussion.”

For more information on the 14th FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, visit www.aiaa.org/events/ast or contact Duane Hyland at duaneh@aiaa.org or 703.264.7558. Media registration for credentialed members of the press is complimentary.

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