Space Access Conference Returns After 3 Year Absence

Space Access 2019 Conference

The Technology, Business, and Politics of
Radically Cheaper Space Transportation

at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley, April 18-21

Space Access 2019 will be the next round of Space Access Society’s conference on the technology, business, and politics of radically cheaper space transportation, brought to you this year in cooperation with the Bay Area’s own Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society.

SA2019 will feature a cross-section of the growing cheap access community, talking about what’s going on now and what happens next, in an intensive informal atmosphere, single-track throughout so you don’t have to miss anything. Space Access has been described as “Hackers” for rocket people, with better content than other space conferences costing many times more. It’s three days of total immersion in making the future happen.

The primary web page for SA2019 conference registration and hotel room reservations is . And check for the latest updated conference info and program as it grows and evolves.

Confirmed SA2019 Conference Presentations updated 2/15/19

We’re nearly there – this list represents three-quarters of the final SA2019 three-day program. Things have evolved toward our having three major focus areas: Current Rocket Startups, the near-future transition to Cislunar Reusable-Vehicle/Propellant-Depot Transport Networks, and the longer-term transition from rockets to Advanced High-Energy Space Propulsion.  Stay tuned for additional details and a few more outstanding program additions in the coming weeks.

Confirmed speakers/presentations so far:

  • Additive Rocket Corporation on High Impulse, Ultra-Low Cost Additively Manufactured Rocket Engines
  • James Benford on Ultrahigh Acceleration Neutral Particle Beam-Driven Sails
  • Grant Bonin, former CTO, Deep Space Industries on Asteroid Mining Lessons From the Private Sector: What Worked, What Didn’t, and What’s Next
  • Breakthrough Starshot/Peter Klupar on Plans for a Near-Term Interstellar Probe
  • Cislunar Space Development Company/Dallas Bienhoff on Elements Of A Cislunar Transport Net: Space Tugs, Moon Shuttles and Propellant Depots
  • CubeCab Nanosat Launch
  • EXOS Aerospace/John Quinn with An Update On the SARGE Vehicle
  • Firefly Aerospace on The Alpha Launch Vehicle, plus Highlights of OTV and CLPS
  • Flometrics/Steve Harrington on Progress Report: Pistonless Pumps For High-Performance Rocket Propulsion Systems
  • Gerald D Nordley on Mass Beam Propulsion, An Overview including Jordin Kare’s Sailbeam Concept
  • Jeff Greason will discuss Electric Sky: A Long-Range Wireless Power Transmission System Enabling Orbital Launch Vehicles, With Terrestrial Commercial Applications and also A New Class Of Drive Using The Dynamic Pressure (Q) Of Passage Through The Interplanetary Or Interstellar Plasma To Expel Reaction Mass At High Velocity
  • Chuck Lauer on The Michigan Space Initiative: A Multi-Site Spaceport Licensing Plan For Launching To Polar Orbit Over Lake Huron and Lake Superior
  • Masten Space Systems/Dave Masten
  • Momentus Space/Joel Sercel, CTO on Water-Plasma Propelled In-Space Transportation Services
  • Jim Muncy/Polispace will discuss Prospective FAA Launch/Reentry Rules Changes and The Washington Space Scene
  • Orbit Beyond – Lunar Spacecraft & Landers
  • Kevin Parkin, Parkin Research, on Beam-Heated Propulsion Progress & Prospects
  • Positron Dynamics/Ryan Weed on Positron Based Propulsion
  • Relativity on 3D Printing Rocket Vehicles
  • Rocket Lab/Amanda Stiles, Senior Mission Manager on The Electron Launcher & Multi-Burn Kick Stage
  • John Schilling will discuss Earth Orbit, Cislunar & Mars Practical Payload Capabilities Of Current & Near-Term Launchers
  • Rand Simberg will discuss A Co-Orbital Transportation Infrastructure Concept
  • Space Studies Institute Hosted Session covering SSI’s focus area of How To Get Things Done Once There, technology and business aspects of habitats, power generation, resource extraction, manufacturing etc.
  • SpaceIL on Their Upcoming Commercial Lunar Lander Mission
  • Henry Spencer will give his traditional conference-opener in-depth backgrounder, on Transitions: From Expendable Spaceships To Space Transport Networks, From Rocket Motors To Fast High-Energy Drives. Not quite sure why rockets require months getting to Mars, nor why we don’t just bolt in electric-plasma thrusters instead and speed things up?  An in-depth intro to the issues for the intelligent rocket amateur.
  • Jess Sponable will discuss Project History & Management Lessons From DC-XX-40, and XS-1
  • Tethers Unlimited Transformative Technologies for Space, Sea, Earth & Air
  • Unreasonable Rocket/Paul Breed on Development Of A Low-Cost Modular Launcher
  • Vector/Gregory Orndorff on An Update on Vector’s Dedicated Low-Cost Launch Vehicles
  • Pete Worden, Breakthrough Prize Foundation Chairman, on What We Might Do With A StarShot Capability

Panel Discussions

  • Extremely High-Velocity Propulsion Concepts: A Survey.  Jim Benford, Gerry Nordley, Henry Spencer. Mars in weeks, or the stars in our lifetime: Ways we might make these things real.
  • How To Save Civilization And Make A Little Money, or, This Is All Jerry’s Fault.  Recalling Jerry Pournelle’s significant role in the forty-year evolution from “Commercial rockets? Security, get this loon out of my office” to “Commercial rockets?  How much do you want?”  Aspects of the story as seen by some who were there.  Larry Niven, Gary Hudson, Jim Muncy, Jess Sponable, Henry Vanderbilt
  • Space Startup Party Fouls – Common Startup Errors & How To Avoid Them, as seen by Rocket People. There are a thousand books that will tell you what Venture Capital people look for. Rocket people, not so much. Paul Breed, Ben Brockert, Henry Spencer, Henry Vanderbilt
  • NewSpace Meets Milspace – Both are evolving fast, with overlaps (both business and operational) likely growing with time. Some discussion of what the shared spaces – and business opportunities – may look like.  Bill Bruner, Mitchell Burnside Clapp, Jess Sponable

We’re also interested in Student Space Project Presentations – we’re reserving a number of short (5-10 minute) timeslots in the main program track for student/amateur presentations on interesting (not necessarily directly access-related) space projects. Contact

Conference Registration

Basic SA2019 registration will be $180 through March 27th, more afterwards. Student full-conference rate $60. See for more details on Exhibitor and Patron rates, or go directly to SA2019 online registration.

Exhibition Space

We will have an Exhibitor Room across the hall from the main Presentations ballroom. Exhibitor memberships will get you one Regular membership, an 8′ table in a 10′ x 10′ area, and two chairs. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first come first served basis. When space is filled we will create a waitlist. Register at the $300 Exhibitor Rate at SA2019 online registration

Conference Hotel is the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley.

Hotel Rooms We have negotiated a special deal for the convention, with a room rate of only $130 per night (in Silicon Valley!), so book your room early to keep you in the heart of the conference. Space is limited (it’s a very busy hotel). Mention “Space Access 2019” to get this rate and be in our room block. Conference-Rate Reservation cutoff is 27 March 2019.

Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley
46100 Landing Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538

Reservations: (510) 413-3700 – Mention “Space Access 2019”

Hotel Note: Our Wednesday-night $130-rate room block is apparently full (but ask anyway, JIC).  The Marriott is quoting much higher rates for Wednesday outside our block.  You might want to look for a better Wednesday 4/17/19 rate nearby at this link.  The Marriott does still have rooms left at our rates for Thursday-Sunday.  We regret any inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you all at what’s shaping up to be a great conference.

Conference Schedule

Program Sessions will run Thursday & Friday, morning afternoon and post-dinner, and Saturday morning and afternoon, with socializing opportunities Saturday evening plus an extended Sunday networking brunch.

Conference Style

Space Access conferences are designed to let people who are serious about low-cost space transportation get together, trade information, make deals, and learn useful things. Dress averages business casual, and we don’t do rubber-chicken banquets – just an intensive single-track presentations schedule with relaxed on-your-own meal breaks, in a setting with comfortable places in the hotel and nearby to go off for food, drink, and talk – not least of these ERPS’s interpretation of our world-famous volunteer-run Space Access Hospitality Suite.

Space Access has been a useful productive conference over the years – companies started, talent recruited, deals made, ideas spread. Be here with us for the next round.