Broadcast 1581 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

24 Jun 2011 Robert Dickman, Wayne Hurwitz
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Guests: Bob Dickman; Wayne Hurwitz. Topics: The AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit along with the International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcome Bob Dickman, Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Wayne Hurwitz of Northrop Grumman to discuss this upcoming conference and AIAA programming with us. Visit the conference website at for more information and registration. This conference will take place at the San Diego Convention Center from July 31-August 3, 2011. Note the special tour on Wednesday afternoon, re the "Renewable Energy Research Promotion and Implementation in San Diego" tour. Our one hour program (followed by a brief open lines list of topic suggestions) started with Gen. Dickman providing us with a brief AIAA and conference overview and history. As you will hear, this is primarily a technical conference with approximately a thousand scientists, engineers, academics, and others in attendance, delivering technical papers and talks. The key conference theme this year is "design, test, and fly." Gen. Dickman told us about keynotes including General Sheridan and Elon Musk of SpaceX. We also talked about the luncheon programs and speakers and the exhibits in the Exhibit Hall representing both groups supporting the conference. There are special hotel rates and early bird as well as student and retired rates for attending the conference. One early listener question asked about hypersonics and as you will hear, this topic is covered on Monday with a key X-51 panel. We then talked about the technical aspect of the conference and the networking opportunities which are abundant. There is also a commercial panel Monday afternoon featuring several panel members from the New Space industry. Later in our discussion, we talked about the Wednesday afternoon tour mentioned above. As you will hear, a certain number of participants is required for this tour so make your reservation for it early. The tour cost is $40 and can be paid for at the time of your conference registration. Among the many listener questions, one dealt with the Call for Papers for the 2012 conference. The Call for Papers will be announced at this year's conference so for those attending, you can get the information there, otherwise from the AIAA website. Our two guests fielded several questions about advanced and breakthrough propulsion being addressed at the conference. Additional inquiries dealt with international space programs and the space activities of other nations. You will hear that this conference has a growing international aspect to it. Also note that there are participating education credits available for classes on Thursday and Friday after the formal part of the conference ends. Near the end of our discussion, another program we learned about was the Engineers as Educators Workshop designed for training engineers and others to go into the classroom to teach and inspire kids about space and related topics. This free training program is Tuesday evening, 7-10 PM ( The final segment contains a list of possible topics for the next Open Lines program on July 5. For questions or comments, post them on the blog URL. If you have a question about the conference or specifically for one of our guests, send it to me for forwarding.



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