Wayne White, Chair, ISDC 2002
Welcome to the National Space Society's 21st annual International Space Development Conference!
On behalf of the Host Committee, I would like to welcome you to colorful Colorado, a state of
unsurpassed natural beauty. Colorado is also known for its thriving aerospace industry, prominent
military space organizations, and as the home of the United States Air Force Academy. We hope
that during your stay you will take advantage of our tours, so that you can see some of our natural
and man-made wonders.
Much has changed since we met in Albuquerque, New Mexico at this time last year. The events of
9/11/01 and a short but substantial recession have altered our view of the world. As a nation, and as
a Society, we are reassessing our priorities and goals. Where do we go from here?
Someone once said that the National Space Society is the planning department for the human race.
This conference is part of the process of reassessing our goals and priorities, but as always, our underlying
mission is to create a space faring civilization. Together we share an optimistic view of the future: a future
in which our species grows and develops beyond the confines of Earth. We reject the pessimism of those
who can see no further than the horizon. We look to the stars.
Yet some of us are losing hope that we will achieve this vision in our lifetimes. I'm more optimistic. Year by
year, we are making small steps that pave the way for profound change. Like the invention of the integrated
computer chip, once these changes happen, it will seem to the casual observer that a revolution has occurred
overnight. When we achieve a threshold of lower launch costs, many ideas that we have imagined for years will
suddenly become not only possible, but also affordable, and even profitable.
Today we are making so many advances, in so many different fields, and at such a rapid rate, that unanticipated,
synergistic breakthroughs seem inevitable.
The International Space Development Conference has always been unique because it brings Together scholars and
practitioners from many different disciplines. You are here because you are intelligent and imaginative. By attending
this conference you become part of the synergy. Go forth and listen. Think. Imagine great things. Be happy. And
make the future happen.
We're glad you're here.
Chair, ISDC 2002
WAYNE WHITE is Associate Director of the National Remote Sensing and Space Law Center at the University of
Mississippi School of Law. He graduated from Chapman College, received a Masters Degree in Business Administration
from the University of California, Riverside, and received his law degree from the University of California, Davis. He also has
a Certificate in Government Contracts from UCLA.
Mr. White previously practiced law near Denver Colorado for seven years, worked as a member of the General Counsel's
office of the University of California, and was a real estate attorney for Winchell's Donut Houses Operating Company, L.P.
He is a Director of the National Space Society and Chair of the Society's 21st Annual International Space Development
Conference, which will be held in Denver Colorado May 23 - 27, 2002.
He is also a member of the International Institute of Space Law. Mr. White has written 8 published articles in the field of
international outer space law.