It’s Baaack! Space Access Conference to Return in 2019


FREMONT, Calif., October 19, 2018 (Space Access Society PR) – We are very pleased to announce that there will be a Space Access Conference next spring, April 18th-21st 2019, in California’s Bay Area at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley.

Space Access 2019 will be run by a team from the Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society with advice & support from us. The SA2019 Conference Chair will be ERPS’ Michael Wallis, with much relevant experience with both space and conference running. Proceeds (if any) will benefit both ERPS and SAS.

We expect the conference style will evolve – that’s one of the benefits of bringing in a new crew with fresh perspectives. But the essence of Space Access will remain the same: Three intensive days focusing on the technology, business, and politics of radically cheaper space transportation, discussed in depth by a cross-section of the people making it happen.

We will post occasional pointers to updated conference information on the space-access.org website, but the primary web page for SA2019 information https://sa2019.erps.org/. Check it out for conference hotel and registration information, and for the conference program as it evolves.

See you all there in six months!

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    California is the ideal place for this conference. ERPS was a pretty cool organization 10 years ago, then they went silent as most of the orig members went to Masten. I think the success of Space X has taken the edge off the movement. They have done everything the Space Access crowd could dream of doing, make money doing it, and have captured the lions share of non governmental work out there. So far it seems the Garvey/Vector group will be the conferences’ biggest success should they make orbit and become a working business.

    It’ll be interesting to see if any new faces show up. Too bad I won’t make it.

  • Jeff Smith

    It was super convenient to have it in Phoenix. But, the funding center of gravity is clearly in Silicon Valley – so it makes to have it there.

  • Tom Billings

    Here in Portland it’s nice to have the conference nearer. We shall have to see the cultural results of the move, besides the room rates at the hotel. Still, I’ve sent in my check. I do hope that we will get a good attendance with the comeback. By then there should be more news about not only new launchers, but about new space manufacturing, in which we got another entry announcement last week that Doug put in a post about here.

  • Kenneth_Brown

    I preferred Arizona. It was cheaper all around to attend. I looked to see what the standard room rates were at the hotel and the website is telling me that standard rooms are sold out.

    It’s also nice to have the venue away from everybody’s shops so attendees are focused on the event and not racing back and forth to the office. A huge part of Space Access is the informal conference outside of the scheduled talks. I’m not sure if I’ll make this one.

  • savuporo

    NASA Ames didn’t want to offer a venue ? They have hosted plenty other conferences and workshops there