NASA to Host Virtual Symposium Exploring Rise of Commercial Space

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — From activities in low-Earth orbit to NASA’s Artemis  program, the commercial space industry has emerged as an innovator in areas of space access, commerce, and exploration. In an effort to address the growth of commercial space over the past decades and inform the relationship between government and industry for the future, NASA will host a virtual event Wednesday, March 17, through Friday, March 19, with a final session Thursday, March 25.

NASA and the Rise of Commercial Space: A Symposium Examining the Definition(s) and Context(s) of Commercial Space will address such topics as legal and entrepreneurial frameworks, advancements during the space shuttle era, and new trajectories, while examining the historical context surrounding questions such as “How will humanity explore the Moon and Mars?” and, more fundamentally, how to define commercial space.


Schweickart, Davidian Drop By the Space Show

This week on The Space Show….

1. Monday, April 30, 2011 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome the return of Bob Zimmerman to the program to discuss space news and space current events.

2. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 9:30-10:30 AM PDT (12:30-1:30 PM EDT, 11:30AM-12:30 PM CDT): Gen. Bob Dickman of AIAA and the IAF Executive Director, Dr. Christian Feichtinger joins us to discuss the upcoming Global Space Exploration Conference, May 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

3. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10:0-11:30 PM EDT, 9-7:30 PM CDT): We welcome back former NASA astronaut Rusty Schweickart to discuss planetary defense and specifically 2011 AG, the highest probability impact we have in the ‘system.

4. Friday, May 4, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (12:30-2 PM EDT, 11:30AM-1PM CDT): We welcome back Ken Davidian, Director of Research at Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Commercial Space Transportation & the Chair of the Entrepreneurship & Investment Committee at International Astronautical Federation.

5. Sunday, May 6, 2012., 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT) CLASSROOM: This is a Space Show Classroom Program & will be archived on The Space Show Classroom blog as well as the traditional Space Show archive sites. This program focuses in on the NASA microgravity/bisphosphonate study. Our guests include the study researchers Dr. Tom Lang and Dr. Adrian LeBlanc. I am joined by technical advisor and co-host Dr. John Jurist.

Change in Leadership at NASA’s Centennial Challenges

The Space Elevator Blog has an interesting piece about a change at the top of NASA’s Centennial Challenges, a program that funds the Space Elevator Games and other entrepreneurial programs.

Ken Davidian is stepping and will replaced by Andy Petro, a former Johnson Space Flight Center engineer who came to NASA Headquarters in January. In an email, Petro discussed his new position:

“My title is Program Executive for the Innovation Incubator which, in addition to the Centennial Challenges, includes a program to increase the availability of space environment testing opportunities for emerging technologies (such as parabolic aircraft flights and eventually suborbital flights) and a program to bring fresh ideas into NASA by allowing some employees to work for a time in outside organizations.”

You can read the full story here.