Space Access Conference Fast Approaching

Space Access Conference Update

By Henry Vanderbilt

Less than six weeks till our next Space Access Conference, April 11-13 in Phoenix Arizona.  It’s the place to be for the latest on the technology, business, and politics of Radically Cheaper Space Transportation.  Time to book those flights soon, while they’re still cheap!
Space Access ’13 Conference Registration

SA’13 conference registration is $120 in advance, $140 at the door, Student Rate $40 either way.  (Day rates will be available at the door.)  Click on this link for advance registration via 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, in the Metrocenter Mall complex 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 included in room rates.

For hotel reservations at our conference rate, click on this link, or call the InnPlace at (602) 997-5900 and mention “Space Access Conference”. (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 please 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.

Confirmed Speakers as of 3/4/13

  • AeroPac (Carmack Prize Winner)/Ken Biba
  • Alex Bruccoleri – Selected Physics Concepts for Rocketeers
  • John Burgener – Massive Earth Impacts
  • DARPA ALASA/Mitchell Burnside Clapp
  • Frontier Astronautics/Tim Bendel
  • Garvey Spacecraft
  • HySor Student Hybrid Rocket Team/Bryce Schaefer
  • LiftPort/Michael Laine or Frank Smith
  • New Mexico Museum of Space History – DC-X 20th Anniversary and The DC-X SpaceQuest
  • NewSpace Watch/Clark Lindsey
  • Misuzu Onuki – Newspace Dynamics in Japan
  • Mojave Air & Space Port/Karina Drees
  • NASA Ames/Bruce Pittman – Commercial Space Scenarios
  • Orbital Outfitters/Jeff Feige
  • Parabolic Arc/Doug Messier – America’s Rocket Renaissance: Opportunities, Possibilities, and Threats
  • PoliSpace/Jim Muncy
  • Rice University Space Studies Professional Graduate Program/Dagmar Beck
  • John Schilling – Advanced (Non-Rocket) Propulsion Systems
  • The Space Review, Space Politics/Jeff Foust
  • Henry Spencer – Asteroids: What (Little) We Know, How Much We Don’t, And How To Fix That
  • SpeedUp/Bob Steinke – Impulse Turbine Generator For Rocket Applications
  • Sugar Shot To Space/Rick Maschek
  • Tethers Unlimited/Gerry Nordley
  • Transterrestrial Musings/Rand Simberg – Safe is Not An Option
  • United States Rocket Academy/Ed Wright – Lynx Cub Payloads
  • Unreasonable Rocket/Paul Breed
  • XCOR Aerospace/Jeff Greason
  • XLSpace/Michael Carden

Space Studies Institute Guest Sessions: Rebooting Space Settlement in the 21st Century
Friday 9 am through lunch

  •  Gary C Hudson, President SSI
  •  James Bennett, co-founder AMROC
  •  Joe Carroll, Tether Applications
  •  Al Globus, San Jose State University at NASA Ames
  •  David Valentine, University of Minnesota
  •  Lee Valentine, Chairman SSI

This is over two-thirds of our final Space Access ’13 conference agenda confirmed. Stay tuned for late additions as the conference approaches.  And of course this year we’re also hosting a half-day Space Studies Institute conference session, Friday morning.  There will also be a Yuri’s Night Party Friday night, co-sponsored by a number of groups including the Phoenix chapters of AIAA and NSS.  Stay tuned to for more.

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 Wednesday evening for early arrivers, with early badge pickup available if you’re preregistered.

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 long on-your-own meal breaks, and make sure there are good places nearby to grab a bite and talk with other attendees.  We also run an open Hospitality Suite 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, ideas spread, people hired.  Pretty much what we’ve aimed for.

Keep an eye on for more conference info as it develops, and email any questions to

Hope to see you there!