NewSpace 2011 will again be held in Silicon Valley again this year

Thursday, July 22, 2010 -- Pre-Conference Events
6:00pm - 8:00pm Centennial Challenges Discussion

This session is an opportunity for conference attendees to provide input and discussion of the future direction of the NASA incentive prize program, Centennial Challenges. With a new round of prizes on the horizon and in anticipation of further growth in the scope and range of future prize competitions, NASA Centennial Challenges is developing a new long term strategy that will guide the prize development process. How can prizes best be used by NASA to harness the power of open innovation, mass participation and public engagement?

8:00pm - 10:00pm Annual SFF Advocates Meeting

This event is FREE to all Advocates of the Space Frontier Foundation. Although light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served, we recommend that Advocates eat dinner beforehand. SFF Advocates only, please. Non-Advocates will not be permitted to attend.

  • James Pura
    Project Manager, Space Frontier Foundation
  • Bob Werb
    Founder, Space Frontier Foundation

Friday, July 23, 2010 -- The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat: The Business of NewSpace
7:30am - 8:30am Registration/Networking

8:30am - 9:00am NewSpace Today

Introduction to the NewSpace 2010 Conference: Where does the NewSpace industry currently stand and where is it likely to go in the future?

  • James A. Muncy
    Co-founder, Space Frontier Foundation, President, PoliSpace
9:00am - 10:15am Suborbital Spaceflight

Suborbital spaceflight has long been a stepping stone for groups looking to launch into orbit. However, it has become a popular destination for many space startups due to its huge potential in markets such as tourism and low-gravity research. With the world on the verge of a space revolution, suborbital space has proven to be a major step in privatizing space.

10:00am - 11:00am Spaceflight Law Roundtable

Attorneys and interested attendees will exchange ideas about what things newspace-inclined practitioners can be doing, as a group, to ensure that a system is in place for the optimized delivery of legal services to members of the commercial human spaceflight industry. **Note that this session is separate from the main programming track.**

10:15am - 10:45am Networking Break

10:45am - 12:00pm Orbital Spaceflight Session

For decades, orbital spaceflight has been restricted to only the wealthiest governments pace programs. What can be done to support commercial companies and what are commercial companies doing to open up Earth orbit for commercial applications.

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch With Tim Pickens: Creating a Successful Space Company

What is necessary to create a successful space company? Tim Pickens, founder of Orion Propulsion, will discuss what skillsets and strategies are important, how to formulate a business plan, and how to forge your way in a largely developed industry.

1:30pm - 2:00pm The NewSpace Economy of the Late 2020s: A Look Ahead to Illuminate The Present

What will commercial space look like 15-20 years from now? Let's take a look at some realistic possibilities for 2025-2030, and then draw some conclusions that illuminate the world of 2010-2011.

2:00pm - 3:15pm Space: Open for Business

Will we see the world's first trillionaire this century? The space frontier is opening for entrepreneurs and space related business plans closing more and more often. Knowing the international environment, who to work with, and how to develop these businesses in this emerging industry will be invaluable in the months and years to come.

3:15pm - 3:45pm Networking Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm War Stories from the Entrepreneurial Frontier

When NewSpace companies get started, they have all the best intentions and very often a solid business plan. But what happens when all doesn't go according to plan? Presented here are a few case studies and lessons learned from the NewSpace start-up trenches.

5:00pm - 5:30pm Creating the Framework for Space Tourism

What goes into managing a service-based space company? What additional challenges exist and how can they be handled?

6:00pm - 8:00pm SEDS-ISU Dinner -- Students and Alumni Only

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space - International Space University Dinner is open to SEDS, ISU, and Singularity University students and alumni only. Current space industry leaders engage in an inspirational and motivational discussion giving their perspectives on how to be a leader in tomorrow's space industry. A presentation on the National Space Society's Space Ambassador Program will also be given.

Saturday, July 24, 2010 -- Pushing the Limits: Challenges Facing NewSpace Today
7:30am - 8:30am Registration/ Networking

8:30am - 8:45am The Real Game Begins

Of all the space groups and organizations the Space Frontier Foundation was the first to step up and strongly defend and help define the new NASA policy. Some have said NewSpace has won. This could not be further from the truth. After 30 years of trying we have simply been granted the chance to enter the field. Now the real contest begins. How can we in the Frontier movement create a new partnership with our friends in government to create a permanent industrial infrastructure in space that will allow us all to go everywhere and stay anywhere?

  • Rick Tumlinson
    Co-founder, Space Frontier Foundation, Orbital Outfitters
8:45am - 9:00am The New Way Forward

An overview of the new NASA Budget and the New Office of the Chief Technologist and its role in technology development and commercial space.

9:00am - 9:15am A New Day for NASA and NewSpace

Overview of new NASA multi-Center Commercial Space Team and the activities that are taking place within it.

9:15am - 10:15am NASA Roundtable: Low Cost, Reliable Access to Space

Panel discussion between NASA representatives and industry leaders concerning barriers and obstacles to Low Cost, Reliable Access to Space (LCRATS)

10:15am - 10:45am Networking Break

10:45am - 12:00pm NASA Roundtable: In-Space Services and Commercial Opportunities

With sights set on the Moon, Mars, and beyond, the government and private sectors are working together to overcome some of the greatest technological challenges ever faced by mankind. From old ideas like propellant depots and on-orbit assembly, to radical new concepts such as power-beaming, the next generation of space exploration and settlement will require enormous breakthroughs in technology.

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch with Joshua Raffaelli: Investment in NewSpace

From the perspective of an investment firm, what does the NewSpace industry look like? by Joshua Rafaelli, with introduction from Space Investment Summit Leader Paul Eckert.

1:30pm - 2:45pm Physical Threats and Commercial Opportunities: Orbital Debris and NEOs

Asteroids contain staggering riches and seemingly endless sources of minerals, propellants, water and oxygen that could fuel deep space commerce, enable settlement, and help make Earth both far wealthier and far greener. Unfortunately, near Earth space is becoming more dangerous due to the threat from orbital debris, which wreak havoc on operational satellites and threaten to make some orbits inaccessible.

2:45pm - 3:15pm Mitigating Biomedical Long Duration Constraints With Innovative Mission Architecture

What are the challenges facing human spaceflight? What can be done to adapt humans to long-term spaceflight and what additional support and infrastructure can be provided with near-term technology?

3:15pm - 3:45pm Networking Break

5:00pm - 5:30pm Suborbital Spaceflight and Beyond

What are the challenges for the suborbital spaceflight industry today and how does suborbital spaceflight fit into the commercial space industry? What role do Virgin Galactic and other companies play now and how should this evolve?

6:00pm - 9:00pm NewSpace Awards Gala

Join the Space Frontier Foundation in honoring the winners of the NewSpace Awards at the NewSpace 2010 Awards Gala. This star-studded event will feature steely-eyed rocket men, futuristic thinkers, and space enthusiasts from all over the world. The NewSpace Awards aim to recognize outstanding achievements toward advancing NewSpace and opening the space frontier. The awards are voted on by the Space Frontier Foundation Board and presented at the annual NewSpace Conference Gala. Please note that black-tie attire is recommended.

Sunday, July 25, 2010 -- Beyond the Horizon: The NewSpace and New Worlds of Tomorrow
7:30am - 8:30am Registration/Networking

8:30am - 9:00am A New Space Exploration Enterprise

Why should we go to space? What should be our priorities and destinations? How should we get there?

9:00am - 10:15am Closing the Lunar Business Case

What does it take to close a business case on the moon? What technologies are necessary in order to sufficiently reduce the cost and how can we leverage current technologies in order to reach that level with the least development time and cost? A panel of lunar science experts will discuss the status and future of these technologies.

10:15am - 10:45am Networking Break

10:45am - 12:00pm Space Solar Power

Recently, a number of governments have taken a serious interest in Space Solar Power as a way to alleviate the world's energy crisis. This panel will investigate what technologies are necessary to utilize SSP on a commercial scale and if this is feasible in the long term.

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch with Tom Nugent: The Story of LaserMotive

LaserMotive is a Seattle-based company developing laser power beaming systems to transmit electricity without wires, for applications where wires are either cost prohibitive or physically impractical. Their first project was to win the NASA-sponsored Power Beaming Challenge, which they did by winning the Level 1 prize of $900,000 in 2009. This is the story of how it all started, and where it's headed.

1:30pm - 2:45pm Approaching Warp Speed: Advanced Space Propulsion

Up until recently, propulsion systems have been either high thrust or high efficiency, but recent technologies and methods, such as VASMIR, fission-based propulsion, and laser based propulsion look promising. Are these systems capable of delivering payloads to new destinations in the near future?

2:45pm - 3:15pm To Mars and Beyond

When humans go to mars, what would be the best use of resources and what should be done to support science, exploration, and development? What technologies and infrastructure will be necessary?

3:15pm - 3:45pm Networking Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm The Road Forward to the New Worlds of Tomorrow

What does the future hold for the space industry? What role should NASA play and how should commercial companies (new and old) fit into this plan? What destinations and business cases should be the focus of efforts? This panel of experts and visionaries will seek to answer these questions.