NewSpace 2011 will again be held in Silicon Valley again this year
Art Dula is a space lawyer, a patent attorney, the literary executor for major science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein, and the CEO of the private spaceflight company, Excalibur Almaz. Since 1980, Art Dula has co-founded several aerospace companies. Eagle Aerospace provided engineering expertise for NASA and U.S. aerospace companies. Space Services, Inc., secured the first US regulatory approval of a private space launch. In 1982, it launched the first private U.S. space vehicle, the Conestoga, from Matagorda Island, Texas. Spacehab, Inc., built payload bay modules for the U.S. space shuttle. Space Commerce Corporation was the first U.S.-Russian aerospace joint venture, which sold a Soviet Proton rocket launch to Hughes Aerospace in 1987, and marketed remote sensing radar images. Tethers Unlimited, Inc., won seven patents on space tether systems, and secured over $2 million in research contracts. Starcraft Boosters, Inc., has contracts with US Air Force and NASA for the StarBooster launching system. Excalibur Almaz, Ltd., owns several Almaz Space System space capsules and space stations, and intends to begin launching its spacecraft as early as 2013.