28th National Space Symposium

SpaceRef Symposium Coverage


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BRPH: The Old and the New in Spacecraft Facilities

BRPH: The Old and the New in Spacecraft Facilities

Switching out a spacecraft maintenance facility is definitely not an easy task. Besides the obvious requirements to contain toxic fuels and provide enough power, there is also the work of deciding what previous structures will be useful to new contractors.

A Conversation with Dr. Scott Hubbard of Stanford University

A Conversation with Dr. Scott Hubbard of Stanford University Video in Story

SpaceRef had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Scott Hubbard at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Dr. Hubbard is professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University. He has been engaged in space-related research, as well as program, project and executive management for more than 35 years, including 20 years with NASA, culminating as director of NASA's Ames Research Center.

A Conversation with the Canadian Space Agency's Chummer Farina

A Conversation with the Canadian Space Agency's Chummer Farina Video in Story

SpaceRef had the opportunity for a brief conversation with Chummer Farina at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Mr. Farina is vice-president of policy, external and government relations, communications and public affairs at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Our discussion revolved around the current status of the Canadian Space Agency and some of the milestones being celebrated in 2012 by Canada as a space nation.

Canada-Japan MOU Could Lead to Launch Agreements: JAXA Vice-President

Canada-Japan MOU Could Lead to Launch Agreements: JAXA Vice-President

While a recent agreement signed between Canada's and Japan's space agencies is an extension of previous work, a JAXA vice-president noted at the National Space Symposium that the two countries could collaborate on launch opportunities as a result of the memorandum of understanding (MOU).

A Conversation with Jim Chilton and John Mulholland of Boeing

A Conversation with Jim Chilton and John Mulholland of Boeing Video in Story

A conversation with Jim Chilton and John Mulholland of Boeing. Mr. Mulholland is Vice President and Program Manager - Commercial Programs, Space Exploration while Mr. Chilton is Vice President and Program Manager Exploration Launch Systems.

Canada Looks South for Increased Export Market at the National Space Symposium

Canada Looks South for Increased Export Market at the National Space Symposium

With the prospect of a weaker domestic market for Canada's space sector companies, foreign markets become all that more important. Which is why this past week many Canadian companies trekked to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the annual National Space Symposium.

A Conversation with Wayne Hale

A Conversation with Wayne Hale Video in Story

SpaceRef had the opportunity to sit down with Wayne Hale at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Mr. Hale is a former NASA space shuttle mission controller, flight director, space shuttle program manager, Deputy Associate Administrator for Strategic Partnerships and currently the Director of Human Spaceflight / International Programs with Special Aerospace Services. Wayne share his thoughts on the current status of the space program, the future and his current work.

A Conversation with former Astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao

A Conversation with former Astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao Video in Story

SpaceRef had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Leroy Chiao at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Dr. Chiao is a veteran of four flights into space and was the Expedition 10 commander and NASA science officer on his last mission to the International Space Station.

Bill Nye: More Money Needed For Mars, Planetary Science

Bill Nye: More Money Needed For Mars, Planetary Science

The Planetary Society is still worried about the future of American capabilities in planetary science, but is encouraged by an increased level of funding proposed for the fiscal 2013 budget, said executive director Bill Nye.

Space Means More than Practicality: Panel

Space Means More than Practicality: Panel

The importance of space should be expressed in terms beyond everyday applications, according to a panel of science personalities speaking Thursday at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

NASA's Approach Under Fire in Panel Discussion

NASA's Approach Under Fire in Panel Discussion

Amid the talk of international collaboration and co-operation at a panel of space leaders, NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver found herself answering questions about the cancellation of NASA's commitment to ExoMars, and the lack of launch capability for astronauts on American soil.

A Conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the 28th National Space Symposium

A Conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the 28th National Space Symposium Video in Story

SpaceRef had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The conversation centered around his idea of doubling NASA's budget as it would spur innovation and fuel the economy. We also discussed his latest book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.

A Greener Alternative to Hydrazine

A Greener Alternative to Hydrazine

Hydrazine, a mainstay fuel of the space program since the early days, now has a competitor that is easier to store and - when taking all costs into account - is the same price.

Reaching Across Borders for Security Solutions

Reaching Across Borders for Security Solutions

It's a tricky balance when a country seeks to protect its own borders, but also needs to find international partners to get the job done. This is perhaps most readily demonstrated in the space arena.

Launch Range Tool Has Saved $6M: InSpace 21

Launch Range Tool Has Saved $6M: InSpace 21

There was a time when voice communications was the only way that controllers on one launch range in the United States could convey status information on missions. They found this was difficult to do during the more hectic parts of the launch, because they would need to memorize a lot of information quickly.

The Need for Speed in Satellite Pictures

The Need for Speed in Satellite Pictures

When it comes to satellite images, speed matters. Hurricanes can shift tracks in a matter of hours. Flooding can quickly overtake an area, and then recede. The next challenge for mapping providers will be to not only provide these images quickly, but also provide the analysis necessary to act upon the data they present, said Jack Hild, vice-president of United States defense strategy at DigitalGlobe, in an exclusive interview with SpaceRef at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

A Conversation with Elliot Pulham CEO of the Space Foundation

A Conversation with Elliot Pulham CEO of the Space Foundation Video in Story

A conversation with Elliot Pulham, CEO of the Space Foundation hosts of the 28th National Space Symposium.


Satellite Firms Decry Government Budget Cuts

Satellite Firms Decry Government Budget Cuts

There is a growing industry frustration with ongoing budget cuts in the Obama administration, particularly with regard to defense spending reductions on tap for 2013. A defense spending plan submitted to Congress in February proposes a one-per-cent drop in the Pentagon's base budget to $525.4 billion, and may see reductions of 100,000 jobs - particularly since the United States has pulled out of Iraq.

'Startup' Thinking Propels Harris Revenues: Vice-President

'Startup' Thinking Propels Harris Revenues: Vice-President

Even the established space players are facing challenges getting contracts these days. The United States government is looking at ways of trimming its spending. NASA is reconfiguring its human space flight focus. Commercial clients are trying to make their way in a bull market.

Raytheon's Business Behind the Blue Marble

Raytheon's Business Behind the Blue Marble

How does one keep the government as a reference client even in the face of declining budgets? This is the problem Raytheon has been trying to solve ever since the recession started, according to executives interviewed by SpaceRef Monday at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

ILS Moves Past Proton Failure in 2011

ILS Moves Past Proton Failure in 2011

Only two weeks after a Proton rocket upper stage failed to deliver the Russian Express-AM4 to its expected orbit in August 2011, Roscosmos - the Russian space agency - cleared the rocket to launch again.

Data Interpretation Next Challenge for Emerging Nations: Panel

Data Interpretation Next Challenge for Emerging Nations: Panel

There is no lack of new space resources available to emerging players in the space industry. Low-cost satellites and more affordable broadband are allowing the wide dissemination of data.

SpaceX Reliability Key to Dragon Contract: SpaceX President

SpaceX Reliability Key to Dragon Contract: SpaceX President

Gwynne Shotwell says she's looking to change the perception of SpaceX from a mere low-cost rocket provider to one that is designing spacecraft capable of carrying humans.

Lower Cost at Higher Reliability the Next Frontier for Launch Operators

Lower Cost at Higher Reliability the Next Frontier for Launch Operators

In the new space race, the sweet spot between affordability and reliability is where commercial launch providers will find the most success.

A Conversation with NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver

A Conversation with NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver Video in Story

At the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs SpaceRef sat down with NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver for a short conversation.

New Problems on Legacy Security Networks Preoccupy Cyber Panel

New Problems on Legacy Security Networks Preoccupy Cyber Panel

Implementing "agile" networks on legacy infrastructure will be the main concern of cybersecurity industry players in the coming years, according to a panel held Monday afternoon at the 28th National Space Symposium being held this week in Colorado Springs.

Industry Ideas Essential for Air Force IT Changes: Vice-Commander

Industry Ideas Essential for Air Force IT Changes: Vice-Commander

A vice-commander with the United States Air Force Space Command outlined cybersecurity opportunities for industry at a speech Monday at the 28th National Space Symposium being held this week in Colorado Springs.

Managed Risk Best Way to Deal with Cyber Threats: Panel

Managed Risk Best Way to Deal with Cyber Threats: Panel

Managing cybersecurity risk is the more appropriate approach than seeking to make systems risk-free, according to a cyber industry panel held Monday at the 28th National Space Symposium being held this week in Colorado Springs.

Dynetics FASTSAT Accomplishes Milestones - And Is Still Operating

Dynetics FASTSAT Accomplishes Milestones - And Is Still Operating

When the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology SATellite (FASTSAT) went on orbit Nov. 19, 2010, the planned mission was for 12 months. FASTSAT, developed by Dynetics in partnership with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation (VCSI), has exceeded expectations and completed 17 months of mission operations on orbit, demonstrating capabilities of an affordable ESPA class satellite. The mission has been extended through at least October 2012.

Ball Aerospace Opens the Aperture at 28th Annual National Space Symposium

Ball Aerospace Opens the Aperture at 28th Annual National Space Symposium

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is the sponsor of the Space Foundation's Exhibit Center and Pavilion at the 28h National Space Symposium, "Opening the Aperture" for new technologies, performance and innovation. The Symposium will be held April 16-19 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO.

NASA Officials to Speak at National Space Symposium

NASA Officials to Speak at National Space Symposium

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will provide remarks next week at the 28th Annual National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event will be held at The Broadmoor Hotel, located at 1 Lake Ave. in Colorado Springs.

BAE Systems to Showcase Capabilities, Host Media Briefing at National Space Symposium

BAE Systems to Showcase Capabilities, Host Media Briefing at National Space Symposium

BAE Systems will showcase a range of capabilities for space and military customers and host a media briefing on its 45-nanometer technology at the National Space Symposium, April 16-19 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The company provides new technologies, operations support, and the sustainment of equipment and facilities for customers that include NASA, U.S. Air Force Space Command, and the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

Boeing to Demonstrate Leadership in Space at National Space Symposium

Boeing to Demonstrate Leadership in Space at National Space Symposium

The Boeing Company will spotlight its satellites, human spaceflight activities, cyber capabilities and advanced space development at the Space Foundation's 28th National Space Symposium. This year's event takes place April 16-19 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

The Space Report 2012: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity Reveals 12.2 Percent Global Space Industry Growth

The Space Report 2012: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity Reveals 12.2 Percent Global Space Industry Growth

The Space foundation today announced the availability of the 2012 edition of the Space Report to media today and to the public next week. According to the report the global space economy grew to $289.77 billion in 2011, reflecting a surprisingly robust single-year expansion of 12.2 percent and five-year growth of 41 percent* in a global economy that has been suppressed in many other sectors.

Space Foundation Names Winners of 2012 Student Art Contest

Space Foundation Names Winners of 2012 Student Art Contest

The Space Foundation has announced the winners of its 2012 Space Foundation Student Art Contest co-sponsored by ARES Corporation and Fisher Space Pen Co. The 36 winners came from seven states and the country of Pakistan.

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