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NewSpace 2011 - Quick Download

4 Aug 2011, 14:48 UTC
NewSpace 2011 - Quick Download
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The Google Lunar X PRIZE team spent a few days of last week in Mountain View, CA at the NewSpace 2011 conference -- an annual conference put on by the Space Frontier Foundation. This is an annual gathering of great minds who are passionate about/involved in current and upcoming commercial space activities.

If you're looking to hang out with the likes of SpaceX, Virgin Galactic (former GLXP'er Will Pomerantz represented VG on a suborbital spaceflight panel), Sierra Nevada Corporation, NASA, and Google Lunar X PRIZE teams, then NewSpace is your place. This year attracted many government and "big aerospace" entities as well -- the conference itself was hosted at NASA Ames, and representatives from many NASA centers and ATK were present. This led to many panels and hallway discussions about ways that everyone can play nicely together in the same space exploration sandbox; for example, day one of the conference included panels entitled, "Public-Private Partnerships: Back to the Future of Space Development" and "NASA Leadership Roundtable: Commercial Partnerships".

As always, there were plenty of interesting updates from the commercial space industry folks -- XCOR alluded to flight tests of their Lynx Mark I suborbital vehicle in the Fall of 2012, ...

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