Snapshots from IAC 2019

Snapshots from IAC 2019

The 2019 International Astronautical Congress is underway in Washington, D.C.  We are live tweeting some of the sessions, which are full of fascinating information. The best way to keep up is to follow us on Twitter @SpcPlcyOnline, but here are a sample of tweets from the first two days to convey some of the most interesting points.

We won’t go through the opening ceremony since we published an article about Vice President Pence’s remarks there.  Same for Jeff Bezos’s “fireside chat” this morning, where he announced the partnership with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper Labs on the Artemis human lunar lander. But here is sample of what else we’ve heard of special note.

Eric Stallmer, President of Commercial Spaceflight Federation, moderating panel with Ryan Whitley, National Space Council; Bob Richards, Moon Express; Margaret Kieffer, NASA; and Kevin O’Connell, Department of Commerce.

[That should be “biz” not “bid” development, for business development.]

Frank Morring, former reporter for Aviation Week, moderating panel with Jan Woerner, ESA Director General; Jeff Manber, Nanoracks; Lisa Callahan, Lockheed Martin; Ellen Stofan, National Air and Space Museum; George Nield, former head of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation office; and Norah Patten, Irish Composites Centre.

Boeing session on Starliner and ISS, with Boeing (and former NASA) astronaut Chris Ferguson, Boeing ISS program manager Mark Mulqueen, and moderated by Boeing’s Jim Chilton.

 

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