Space Access 2019 Conference in Less Than 2 Weeks


FREMONT, Calif. (Space Access Society PR) — Less than two weeks til the Space Access 2019 conference, April 18-20 at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley in Fremont California.  Our near-final conference program is now available online.  Links to each day’s schedule:

Thursday 4/18/19 – The Entrepreneurial Revolution In Smallsat Launch
Friday 4/19/19 – Reusable Rocket Transport Networks in Earth-Moon Space
Saturday 4/20/19 – Getting There Faster: Advanced High Energy Propulsion

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Space Access 2019 Marks Return of Conference on Affordable, Reliable Access to Space


Intense content-rich schedule and networking await attendees

FREMONT, Calif., April 2, 2019 (Space Access Society PR) — The space industry is feeling seismic shifts in the technologies and economics of launching and operating Earth-orbiting satellites. While casual observers greet these trends with surprise and excitement, radical reduction in the cost of launch has long been a key objective of the Space Access Conference. The track record of conference participants in fostering these changes underscores how seriously they take this. After a two-year hiatus, Space Access is back, with this year’s epicenter moved west.

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Space Access 2019 Registration & Room Discount Deadlines This Tuesday 3/26


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 by the Bay Area’s own Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society with SAS’s cooperation and support.

And it’s coming up fast! Three weeks from this Thursday SA2019 gets underway.

Conference Registration goes up after this Wednesday March 27th, from the current $180 advance rate for Regular membership to $220, other rates also rising. Register now, save money, and avoid the At-Door Registration line!

Hotel Rooms: There’s no guarantee the Marriott will honor our special $130 room rates after this Tuesday March 26th – our rate block is already sold out for Wednesday night, and Thursday-Saturday are going fast, so book your room soon also!  (Right now it looks like post-3/26 Marriott rates will be considerably higher for Thursday, but probably about the same for Friday and Saturday – for now.  No guarantees, unless you book your room now.)

And, our Hospitality Space needs your help!  We’ve run into local budget problems with putting on our traditional Hospitality spread – Learn How You Can Help!

SA2019 conference schedule: On Thursday 4/18, we feature the current  Entrepreneurial Revolution in Smallsat Launch. On Friday 4/19, the near-future transition to Reusable-Rocket Transport Networks in Cislunar Space. And on Saturday 4/20, the eventual transition to Getting There Faster: Advanced High-Energy Space Propulsion.  See the full schedule at SA2019  program.

Latest SA2019 conference info is at http://space-access.org/updates/sa2019info.html

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!

Henry Vanderbilt on XCOR’s Bankruptcy

XCOR CEO Jeff Greason inspects the Lynx main engine after a hotfire test while Chief Test Engineer Doug Jones looks on. (Credit: XCOR)

Space is hard. Space startups immensely so.

XCOR’s decision to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Tuesday marks the end of a company that seemed to be in perpetual start-up mode since its founding 18 years ago. Lacking a billionaire backer with deep pockets and a thick Rolodex, the company attempted to develop revolutionary rocket engine technology and a suborbital space plane with funding that would be a rounding error for the giant aerospace primes.

So, how far did it get? What might bidders find valuable when XCOR’s assets are auctioned off? And what problems might have helped to cause the company’s fatal plunge into insolvency?

Henry Vanderbilt has a few ideas on these subjects. Henry is an XCOR shareholder who worked at the company back in the day. He went on to found the Space Access Society, whose conferences were a highlight of the year for the New Space community until recently.
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Space Access 16 Conference Detailed Agenda

Earth_from_OrbitSpace Access ’16 Conference Information
April 7th – 9th, 2016
at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix North

Updated 02/21/16

Space Access ’16 is Space Access Society’s twenty-third annual conference on the business, technology, and politics of radically cheaper access to space, this year with a strong sub-focus on Beyond Low Orbit: The Next Step Out.

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Space Access Society Update on Station Supply, Commercial Crew & SpaceX Investigation

Progress 60P on approach to ISS. (Ctedit: NASA TV)
Progress 60P on approach to ISS. (Ctedit: NASA TV)

Space Access Update #144 7/6/15
copyright 2015 by Space Access Society
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Contents This Issue:

Station Supply Update

Latest From SpaceX

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Station Supply Update

A Russian Progress cargo ship successfully docked with Station in the early hours of Sunday morning. This adds a month to International Space Station’s supply reserves, sufficient now for roughly through November.

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Latest Update on Space Access 15

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From Henry Vanderbilt:

Sunday 4/26/15 – We’ve posted our Final Pre-Conference Update for Space Access’15, with the latest near-final schedule plus Travel, Conference Style, and Speakers information, at http://space-access.org/updates/sa15info.html

The Radisson still has rooms available, at http://www.radisson.com/reservation/itineraryEntrance.do?hotelCode=USAPNIX&promotionalCode=SPA

SA’15 Online Conference Registration closes after Tuesday, so register now, at http://space-access.org/updates/sa15PreRegister.html

SA’15 At-Door Registration will open at noon on Thursday April 30th in the Radisson Phoenix North main ballroom lobby, and SA’15 sessions will commence at 1:30 pm sharp. See you there!

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Space Access Society Update

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Space Access Update #139
  3/14/15
Copyright 2015 by Space Access Society
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In this Issue:

FY’16 Political Season Underway: Early Roundup

House Passes NASA Authorization

Commercial Crew Contracts

FAA AST “Learning Period” Extension

Our Colleagues Have Been Busy

                          Pioneering Space Summit

                          Alliance For Space Development

                          March Storm

         Space Access ’15 Conference April 30 – May 2, 2015 in Phoenix

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FY’16 Political Season Underway: Early Roundup

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Registration Open for Space Access 15

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Space Access ’15 Conference Site Set, Registration Open
April 30th – May 2nd
Radisson Hotel Phoenix North Conference Hotel

We now have a site under contract for SA’15, Space Access Society’s next annual conference on the business, technology, and politics of radically cheaper access to space.

We’ll be at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix North, 10220 N Metro Parkway E in Phoenix Arizona, with Space Access conference room rates of $99 a night plus tax, rate includes a 25% discount on the hotel full-breakfast buffet. Click on this link to reserve your room at our rate, or call the Radisson at 602 997-5900 and ask for the “Space Access Conference” rate (good for up to three days before and after our dates.)

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Space Access Society Update

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Space Access Update #138
  12/19/14
Copyright 2014 by Space Access Society
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In this Issue:

Year-End Wrapup:

Commercial Crew FY’15 Funding
Defense Engine Development
Falcon 9 Recovery Attempt

Space Access ’15 Conference Set For April 30 – May 2, 2015
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Space Access Society Update

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Space Access Update #137 Followup

12/08/14

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Commercial Crew Funding

We noted in Update #137 that NASA’s funding requirement for the final (CCtCap) phase of Commercial Crew vehicle development is likely to increase radically over the next two years, and that this could be a problem.

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Space Access Society Update #137

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Space Access Update #137
  11/24/14
Copyright 2014 by Space Access Society
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In this Issue:

         Maintaining An Even Strain

         Commercial Crew Followup

         Booster & Engine Developments

         Space Access ’15 Conference, April 2015

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Maintaining An Even Strain

Many times over the years, we’ve gotten feedback to the effect that “things are going so well for this new industry, don’t you think it’s time to declare victory and move on?”

Oddly enough, none of those times was during this last month. The spectacular loss of two different commercial space vehicles in quick succession now has some questioning the viability of the entire commercial space industry.

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Space Access Society Update

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Space Access Update #136 7/27/14
Copyright 2014 by Space Access Society

In this Issue:

– Bill Gaubatz
– Experienced Engineering Teams And US Space Launch Development Policy
– SLS Sole-Sourcing
– 2014 Space Politics: Halftime Report

  • Senate Appropriations Impasse, Other Legislation
  • Commercial Crew & Cargo at Crossroads
  • Defense Launch & Propulsion Politics

– Supporting Space Access

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Administration Opposes Senate Provisions on Commercial Crew, Europa Mission

Credit: Matt Wade
Credit: Matt Wade

In a policy statement issued today, the White House took issue with two objectives near and dear to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL): crippling NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and boosting its Space Launch System (SLS).

“The Administration appreciates the Committee’s support for the Commercial Crew program, but has concerns about language that would seek to apply accounting requirements unsuitable for a firm, fixed-price acquisition, likely increasing the program’s cost and potentially delaying its schedule,” the Administration said in the statement, which covers the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015.

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