The 2006 Space Venturing Forum promises to be the premier event for pertinent and open discussions regarding recent and future developments in space entrepreneurship. Originally hosted on the campus of Caltech with entrepreneur Dennis Tito (the world’s first Space Tourist), the Space Venturing Forum moves into a new position this year as the opening day of the International Space Development Conference, held annually by the National Space Society. Special Guest Speakers include Elon Musk, Chairman of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), and Burt Rutan, creator of the Ansari X PRIZE-winning SpaceShip One. A range of highly regarded executives from the ranks of large aerospace corporations, startups, and industry groups are scheduled to participate.
Online Registration for the 2006 Space Venturing Forum is now closed
7:30AM Check-in/Registration Table Open
9:00AM Conference Kickoff by Charles Elachi, Director of JPL (bio)
10:00AM Welcome & Presentation by Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor (bio)
10:15AM Opening Presentation by Elon Musk, President, Space Exploration Technologies (bio)
11:00AM Space Business Entrepreneurs
Focusing on the key topics of the entrepreneurial process, this segment will be moderated by Guillermo Söhnlein, the Founding Director and Chairman of the International Association of Space Entrepreneurs. (bio)
Featured speakers include: - Bill Collins, Managing Director, Starboard Venture Partners (bio) - Jeff Greason, President, XCOR Aerospace (bio) - Lon Levin, President, SkySevenVentures (bio) - Ed Tuck, Principal, Falcon Fund (bio)
12 :00 Noon Luncheon Keynote delivered by Burt Rutan, Founder and President of Scaled Composites (bio)
1:30PM The Big World of the Prime Contractors
The viability of new space ventures has created a new, interesting dynamic in the larger space industry. Prime contractors have for years enjoyed little or no competition in their space-related businesses. However, with the entrance of new ventures, the business model for the primes is gradually changing. Within this new industry dynamic, prime contractors might even tually need to partner, collaborate, or directly compete with newer space ventures. This segment will address this new dynamic with key executives from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. Kathleen Allen, Director of the USC Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization, will moderate. (bio)
Featured speakers include: - John Elbon, Vice President and Program Manager, Constellation, Boeing (bio) - Art Stephenson, Sector Vice President, Space Exploration Systems, Northrop Grumman (bio) -John Stevens, Director, Space Exploration Architecture Studies, Lockheed Martin (bio)
2:30PM Next-Generation Satellite Opportunities
New space ventures are transforming many aspects of the broader space industry. With the development of new technologies, new launch options, and novel new applications, next-generation satellites are poised to transform our notion of the satellite industry.This panel will be moderated by Alexandra Barnett, Executive Director & CEO of the Chabot Space and Science Center. (bio)
Featured speakers include: - Dr. Siegfried Janson, Senior Scientist, Micro/Nano Technology Department, The Aerospace Corporation (bio) - Brian McClendon, Engineering Dir ector for Google Earth, Google Maps, and SketchUp (bio) - Robert Twiggs, Professor and Director, Space Systems Development Laboratory, Stanford University (bio)
3:30PM SpaceShipTwo: Virgin Galactic Spacelines
With dozens of ticket deposits and the only proven, private spacecraft design, Virgin Galactic is positioned to become the leader in the new Space Tourism market. This segment will focus on recent developments and future plans.
Featured speakers include: - Stephen Attenborough, Vice President of Astronaut Relations, Virgin Galactic (bio) - Alex Tai, Director of Operations, Virgin Galactic (bio) -Will Whitehorn, President, Virgin Galactic (bio)
4:30PM Space Tourism – Only the Beginning
With the success of SpaceShipOne, the founding of the Spaceship Company, and the growing viability of Space Adventures, Space Tourism may be closer to mainstream reality than we can imagine. This segment, moderated by John Spencer, President of the Space Tourism Society (bio), will explore recent developments in Space Tourism.
Featured speakers include: - Amir Ansari, Co-founder and Partner, Prodea Inc.(bio) - Rick Homans, New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development (bio) - Patricia Grace Smith, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA (bio)
5:30PM Networking Reception
6:30PM The 2006 ORBIT Awards hosted by the Space Tourism Society (Separate ticket required)