AIAA PR â€“ March 14, 2011 â€“ Reston, Va. â€“ On Friday, March 18, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will host its first biennial Congressional Aerospace Policy Retreat. This inaugural event will brief Members of Congress, congressional staffers, and the media, on a wide variety of aerospace topics, including the role of the U.S. space program in the â€œpost-shuttleâ€ era.
Offering an overview of Americaâ€™s aerospace policy, speakers for the event include:
- Charles F. Bolden Jr., NASA administrator;
- George C. Nield, associate administrator for commercial space transportation, FAA;
- Ken Bowersox, SpaceX;
- Brewster Shaw Jr., The Boeing Company;
- Andreas Diekmann, European Space Agency, among many others.
The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on Friday, March 18, starting at 9:00 a.m. in room 201â€“00 and room 209â€“08 in the Senate Visitors Center, located in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20001.
Although admission is free, space is limited. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to register, noting any media affiliation for reserved seating. For additional information, please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or email@example.com.
AIAA President Mark Lewis stated: â€œAs the American aerospace program moves into the post-shuttle era, it is critical that lawmakers understand the importance of Americaâ€™s aerospace program to our nationâ€™s continued economic vitality and strong defense, as well as the importance of emphasizing quality instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in our nationâ€™s schools. The goal of our Congressional Aerospace Policy Retreat is to educate lawmakers, the media, and the public on the challenges facing Americaâ€™s aerospace program, while reminding everyone of the valuable role our nationâ€™s aerospace systems play in our day-to-day lives. Discussions like these are vital to renewing commitment among law and policy makers to a strong and vital aerospace program and industry.â€
The retreat offers two programming tracks for attendees. Track One features:
- The History of Space Exploration
- U.S. Human Spaceflight: Whatâ€™s Next?
- International Treaties and Obligations â€“ What Are the Rules
- International Partners and U.S. Space Policy
- Space Debris â€“ Human Created Barriers to Space.
Track Two offers:
- Commercial Satellite Industry â€“ Remote Sensing to Daily Communications
- Satellites, UAVs, and National Defense
- Transformation of the Nationâ€™s Air Traffic Management Capabilities and the Next Generation Air Transportation System
- The Space Economy
- Who Does What and How Much is in the Budget for That? Agency Roles and Budget Analysis.
A luncheon will feature NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. as the keynote speaker.
The retreat is offered in partnership with the George Washington University Space Policy Institute, the Satellite Industry Association, the Space Enterprise Council, the Space Foundation, and the Space Transportation Association.