50 Ways to Leave Your Earth
Tuesday 26 September 2017, 13:30 – 14:30
Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C
After several years of intensive development work and marketing efforts, a number of commercial endeavors are close to launching their suborbital spaceflight services. Furthermore, two companies are intensely working on vehicles to transport people to the ISS and into LEO. On the other hand, Russia and China continue to modernize and operate their respective national crew transportation systems.
All above operators will select and train each passenger, whether he or she will be an astronaut or non-professional, based on their individual selection criteria and training programs. This session thus intends to highlight different criteria and approaches for passenger selection, individual and flight training of the various LEO and suborbital systems: An invited expert on astronaut selection & training as opening speaker shall introduce the subject of individual, operational and environmental challenges of a spaceflight for professionals and amateurs – the launch experience, weightlessness, the effect of seeing the Earth from above, the individual ways of coping with the risk of launch failure, behaving in critical situations etc.
Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST)
Acting Director, Advanced Programs Civil Space,, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Deputy Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)