• The Next Frontier: Space in 2014

The Next Frontier: Space in 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Special Event
William M. Allen Theater

Representatives from local private space companies will discuss exciting upcoming events in space travel and research for the coming year.

Confirmed panel speakers include:

Chris Lewicki of Planetary Resources

Erika Wagner of Blue Origin

Roger Myers of Aerojet Rocketdyne

Philip Brzytwa of Spaceflight Services

Planetary Resources  is an American company which was formed in November 2010. Their stated goal is to expand Earth's natural resource base by developing and deploying the technologies for asteroid mining. Although the long-term goal of the company is to mine asteroids, its initial plans call for developing a market for small (30–50 kg) cost-reduced space telescopes for both Earth observation and astronomy. The deployment of such orbital telescopes is envisioned as the first step forward in the company's asteroid mining ambitions. The same telescope satellite capabilities that Planetary Resources hopes to provide to customers can be used to survey and intensively examine near-Earth asteroids.

Blue Origin is a privately funded aerospace company set up by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. The company is developing technologies to enable private human access to space with the goal of dramatically lower cost and increased reliability. It is employing an incremental approach from suborbital to orbital flight, with each developmental step building on its prior work. Origin is developing a variety of technologies, with a focus on rocket-powered Vertical Takeoff and Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicles for access to suborbital and orbital space.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an American rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer, headquartered in Sacramento, California. Rocketdyne has a rich history of designing, testing and producing most of the most important rocket engines in U.S. history, including those for missiles, the Apollo program and the Space Shuttle program. Rocketdyne also built the electric power system for the International Space Station program.

Spaceflight Servicest - The Space Logistics Company- provides frequent, cost effective, and routine access to space for deployed and hosted payloads.  Spaceflight specializes in the launch of CubeSats, nanosatellites and microsatellites with masses between 1 kg and 300 kg. Through its global network of launch vehicle providers, Spaceflight can deploy payloads to low Earth orbit, the Moon, and beyond. Visit them on the web at www.spaceflightservices.com and follow @spaceflightinc.

This program is free for Museum members and free with daily admission to the Museum of Flight.