Status Report

National Academies of Science Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy Fall Meetings

By SpaceRef Editor
November 11, 2021
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Explore the future of space exploration and the latest advances in fusion energy by joining us for virtual open sessions on November 15-18, 2021. Talks will explore commercial space exploration, the latest updates from NASA, recommendations from the recently released Astro2020 decadal survey, and progress on the SpaceX Starship program with CEO Elon Musk.

These open sessions are organized by the National Academies’ Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy.

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This multi-day meeting is jam packed with interesting talks on a variety of topics. A few key talks on each day are highlighted below, but you can download the complete meeting agenda on the event page.

Monday, November 15, 2021 from 1-5:30pm ET

  • Join us for a panel discussion on Space Commercialization in Low Earth Orbit from 4:30-5:30pm ET, featuring speakers Matt Weinzierl (Harvard), Robyn Gatens (NASA ISS), Erika Wagner (Blue Origin), and Jeffrey Manber (NanoRacks).

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 1-3pm ET

  • Hear the latest updates from NASA Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen from 1-2:15pm ET.
  • Discuss the future of space exploration with former NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin from 2:15-3pm ET.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 11:20am-6:30pm ET

  • Hear about the key recommendations from the recent Astro2020 decadal survey from co-chairs Fiona Harrison and Rob Kennicutt from 11:25am-12:45pm ET.
  • Hear about the SpaceX Starship program directly from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk from 6-6:30pm ET.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 12:40-4:00pm ET

  • Discuss the future of fusion energy with an update on our recent report on Bringing Fusion to the U.S. Grid from study chair R.J. Hawryluk from 12:45-1:15pm ET.
  • Hear about the challenges and opportunities for inertial confinement fusion from Doug Larson and Mark Herrmann from the National Ignition Facilityfrom 3:15-4pm ET.

SpaceRef staff editor.