Videos of July 17 ARC Flight Opportunities Webinar online

We held a successful Flight Opportunities Webinar on Tuesday July 17 as a follow up to the introductionary Flight Opportunities Program Tour Webinar on June 26. The recorded videos of this latest Webinar are now available for viewing on Youtube by clicking on the links below. The videos have been broken down according to speaker:

Tue July 17: ARC Flight Opportunities Workshop Webinar

Might your research payload successfully compete for a free parabolic or suborbital flight? Find out how by viewing the 30 min NASA Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) Webinar “Tour”. Hopefully that will perk your interest in joining all or part of our 2nd ARC-focused Webinar on July 17, 2012, from 10 – 1 PM, designed as a FOP Workshop. We will present more detail on payload requirements and hear presentations from ARC-related researchers who are interested in flying, have been selected to fly and are adapting their payloads, and have recently flown and can share their experience and results.

A lively, moderated Q&A (with online chat option) will occur throughout and we need your input. Your proposed research payload, if selected, can have a free ride (or rides) in a space-like environment to support its technology validation, verification and maturation aligned with NASA’s technology goals. Find out more during this Workshop about how you can participate with us to access the commercial suborbital research opportunities available and emerging for your potentialuse.

VIRTUAL MEETING INSTRUCTIONS: Please join any or all of our FOP Workshop by logging into the Webinar at http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/fop . Participation requires only an Internet ...Read More

ARC Flight Opportunities Program Tour

On June 26th we invited NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) staff to participate in a “Flight Opportunities Program Tour” produced as a webinar (slides available here). We’ve conducted face-to-face Flight Opportunities Program Workshops at Goddard Spaceflight Research Center and JPL, but the webinar format is new for us. It could provide FOP easier access to both a broader or more focused audience, based on our invite distribution and password. We could invite all NASA Centers, or just have one flight provider present a new accommodation capability to researchers who would be most interested. Please provide us your ideas on such use strategies. 

Dougal Maclise, the ARC Payloads Manager for the FOP and Richard Mains, the FOP Technology Liaison hosted the Tour to introduce the Program across ARC. We’ve placed the archived Tour on our web site and hope that you’ll take a look and provide us feedback on it so we can learn from our first efforts. We know we need more light on the speakers.

The Tour will be followed by an ARC FOP Workshop webinar on July 17 from 10AM – 1PM (more details here). Workshop content will include more information on the available commercial flight ...Read More

NASA Space Technology Program’s Flight Opportunities Workshop at JPL

The Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) has conducted three Workshops designed to introduce our flight opportunities for research payloads at annual Next-gen Suborbital Research Conferences in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and a one-day Workshop at Goddard Space Research Center in Fall 2011.

We recently completed a Workshop at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) hosted by Tom Cwik, Manager of the JPL NASA Technology Program Office and coordinated by Ross Jones, the Program Office Lead for Suborbital Research. Richard Mains, the FOP Technology Liaison coordinated the FOP team’s presentation and Ross Jones coordinated presentations by several JPL staff interested in discussing options for participating with the Flight Opportunities Program by flying technology-focused research payloads.

After Tom welcomed the attendees, Richard presented an overview of the FOP program, its flight platforms and payloads with support from the FOP team. Team members included John Kelly (FOP Program Manager) and Mark Collard (Flight Platforms Manager), both from NASA/DRFC, and Dougal Maclise (Payloads Manager), along with Richard Mains (Technology Liaison), from NASA/ARC. The half-day Workshop format was informal and kept open to questions from JPL attendees and the FOP team throughout. The FOP profiled the payload accommodations for five of eight commercial ...Read More

Pat Hynes’s Enchanted Commercial Space Camp

I recently attended the 7th annual International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It’s my second time doing so, and I’m still trying to grasp what makes the gathering so special to so many, including me. It is sometimes referred to as the “Pat Hynes event” partly due to that easier-to-remember name, but I think that’s also a clue to its uniqueness. Hynes’s ongoing role as ISPCS Chair ensures that the New Mexico state motto, “Land of Enchantment” is infused into the overall flavor of the event. I think for her enchantment can help empower people to access what they need – something she hopes to accomplish by all her efforts. 

Hynes was instrumental in designing and developing the ISPCS with the aim to foster growth of commercial space enterprises and thereby provide lower-cost, more frequent and broader access to space. Her base of operations for years has been at New Mexico State University (NMSU) where she is Director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium. The ISPCS is just one of its many programs. NSMU awarded her with undergrad (English), masters (Higher-Ed Management) and doctorate (Business Administration) degrees, which surely ...Read More

Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012

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Registration and abstract submittal for the 2012 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC-2012) is now OPEN!

Abstracts are due December 2, 2011.

Hosted by NASA Ames Research Center, the Southwest Research Institute, and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, NSRC is THE meeting for researchers and educators wanting to participate in, learn about, and contribute to the new era of commercial, reusable suborbital spaceflight. 

At NSRC-2011, over 350 people participated, over 400 are expected this year. The conference will take place at the Crowne Royal Hotel in Palo Alto, CA, near NASA Ames Research Center, on February 27-29, 2012. 

Sessions range over topics from planetary science, atmospheric science, and astro/solar physics applications of next-gen suborbital vehicles for research, to how-to panels and talks on the various launch companies and NASA's funding for research and education opportunities aboard these vehicles. Student participation is highly encouraged. Students receive discounted registration with valid student ID.

Register at http://nsrc.swri.org/. We hope to see you there!

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New Space Markets Explored by Space Entrepreneurs & Silicon Valley CEOs

The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLab), a San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, met at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, on September 20th. The MIT Enterprise Forum is “a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people.”

The VLab event was titled “Space Exploration: Not Just for Billionaires Anymore”. A well-attended 1-hour networking session preceded the 1.5 hour plenary session. The networking zone included a large lawn, some New Space exhibits (including a NASA ARC-linked PhoneSat), good food, iced beer and wine. I saw several familiar faces but many more new ones. Young entrepreneurs were everywhere.

The Moderator was A. Kollipara, Managing Partner of Earth2Orbit and a Strategic Consultant. The single presenter was R. Pournelle, Sr. VP of Business Development, Nanoracks. A three-person follow-on panel included: Will Pomerantz, VP Special Projects, Virgin Galactic; Bob Richards, Co-founder/CEO, Moon Express; and A. Tadros, VP Civil and DoD Business, Space Systems/Loral. Profiles were provided for all.

Kollipara noted that candidate VLab events are always pitched to management by a small team of members and in this case, it was a hard sell. But, as ...Read More

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