Why We Suborbital Passengers Are Eager to Fly to Space

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 14:45 – 15:45
Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Grand Ballroom A

While today’s focus is very much on Humanity’s return to the Moon and Mars, we must not forget that there’s much more “out there” to explore, gather knowledge on and learn from.

This distinguished panel will provide a comprehensive, 360° view of the Space Exploration endeavours of today and tomorrow. Starting with a keynote speech by a renowned planetary scientist, the panelists will share views and insights coming from the “user’s”/ institutional perspective, the scientific World and the Space industry – and, of course, from both sides of “the pond”.

The panelists will discuss the far-reaching technologies developed not only for the return to the Moon and our next exploration steps on Mars (rovers, sample returns), but also innovative missions like the exoplanet-exploring CHEOPS and how all of these activities contribute to one common goal: To jointly expand Humanitiy’s footprint throughout our Solar System and even Beyond.

Organized by IAF Human Spaceflight Committee and:

Moderator

Michael LOPEZ-ALEGRIA

Former NASA Astronaut & Vice President of Business Development, Axiom Space Inc.

United States of America

Speakers

Greg C. JOHNSON

Senior Vice President of New Shepard, Blue Origin

United States of America

Clare PELLY

Head Astronaut Office, Virgin Galactic L.L.C

United Kingdom

Eric STALLMER

President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

United States of America

Panellists

Daniel DURDA

Future Astronaut, Principle Scientist, Southwest Research Institute

United States of America

Pamela MELROY

Former Astronaut and CEO, Melroy & Hollett Technology Partners

Australia

Beth MOSES

Chief Astronaut Instructor, Virgin Galactic L.L.C

United States of America

Ron ROSANO

Futur Astronaut, Virgin Galactic L.L.C

United States of America

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