Space Access '06 April 20-22, Phoenix Arizona Conference Information This is our final mailing on the Space Access conference getting underway this Thursday in Phoenix, with useful last-second info plus the definitive conference agenda (subject only to on-site changes needed.) Quick notes: - Space Access conference style ranges between casual and business casual. The forecast for our dates is sunny, breezy, and dry, afternoon highs in the high eighties to low nineties, overnight lows high sixties to low seventies. Bring your swimsuit and sunblock, and a hat isn't a bad idea either if you plan any long walks in the sun. - Speaker info: If you have a computer presentation, we'll have a video projector with sound to plug your laptop in to, native resolution 1024x768 and it can fake moderately higher resolutions. We'll also have a DVD player, a VHS VCR, and a viewgraph projector. Talk to our A/V volunteer ahead of time if you have any questions. - Hotel Details: The Grace Inn address is 10831 S 51st St, Phoenix Arizona, and its local phone is 480 893-3000. The Grace has wireless internet coverage in the public spaces with some coverage in the lower floors. Other than that, they tell us some rooms have wired net access and some don't - call them or ask at the desk. - Getting there: The Grace Inn is a bit under ten miles from the Phoenix Airport, depending on the route. They have a free airport shuttle available from 6 am to 10 pm, by request rather than on a regular circuit - call the hotel at 480 893-3000 to make arrangements once you're in the airport. If you're in a hurry or if you have one or two other people to travel with, a cab isn't a bad deal either. - Driving there: Elliot Road is at I-10 exit 157, about twelve miles east of downtown Phoenix. From I-10 east, take the Elliot Road offramp, turn right at the top of the ramp onto Elliot, take the first left onto 51st st, take the immediate next left off 51st, drive a hundred yards, and you're there. - Rooms: Latest word is our hotel is sold out for the nights of our conference. If you don't yet have a room, it's still worth calling to see if something has opened up (keep in mind the Grace Inn's cancellation policy is 72 hours notice; if you are unable to come, be sure to cancel in time so you don't get charged, and to free the room up for someone else.) Call 1 800 843-6010 for room reservations, and mention "space access" for our $99 taxes-and-breakfast-included rate. - By far the most convenient overflow hotel is the Clarion, right across Elliot Rd, a short walk away. (Old hands may recognize the Clarion; it used to be the Quality Inn South Mountain, where we held Space Access a couple of times earlier in the decade.) The Clarion is at 5121 E La Puente, 480 893-3900 for reservations. Final Conference Agenda (Subject to change in emergency - speakers who hit a travel snag or otherwise can't make your scheduled time, contact us ASAP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or after Wednesday at the hotel direct via 602 432-5022 and we'll try to figure out a way to fix it.) Thursday April 20th 1 pm - Registration and Hospitality open (we may have them open as early as noon, depending on how setup goes, but no guarantees.) 2 pm - Space Access '06 sessions open with a brief welcome 2:10 - Henry Spencer with a survey of Space Access Basics. Interested in this field, but not sure what all the Isp's and delta-V's mean? Catch this session. 3:30 - midafternoon break 4 pm - George Herbert, Venturer Aerospace: One Approach To COTS 4:40 - Andrew Turner, Space Systems-Loral: Trading Off Reliability And Cost - A Different Approach 5:20 - Sam Dinkin, SpaceShot Inc 6 pm - break for dinner 8 pm - Leik Myrabo: Beamed Energy Propulsion Prospects And Projects 8:40 - Andrew Tubbiolo, Old Pueblo Instruments: New Entrant In The Biz 9:00 - Alex Bruccoleri: Microwave Thermal Rocketry at Caltech, and Collegiate Rocketry Regulations - Two Brief Reports late - Hospitality closes Friday April 21st 8 am - Registration and Hospitality open 9 am - Jess Sponable, FALCON Program Chief Engineer, AFRL/VA, Wright Patterson AFB: FALCON Quick Reach Project 9:40 - Secretary Rick Homans, New Mexico Economic Development, New Mexico Spaceport 10:20 - midmorning break 10:50 - John Carmack & Co, Armadillo Aerospace 11:30 - Chuck Lauer, Rocketplane-Kistler 12:10 - Special Announcement, from the new Teachers In Space initiative 12:20 - break for lunch 2 pm - Jeff Hamilton, Marshall Space Flight Center 2:40 - Jeff Greason, XCOR Aerospace 3:20 - midafternoon break 4 pm - George Nield, FAA AST 4:40 - Dave Masten, Masten Space 5:20 - Barbara Thompson, Goddard Space Flight Center: Space Weather - Situational Awareness For Commercial Operators 6 pm - break for dinner 8 pm - Jerry Pournelle 8:40 - Timothy Bendel, Frontier Astronautics 9:10 - Reda Anderson: A Customer's Perspective 9:30 - Panel: Common Economic Fallacies - Sam Dinkin, Kevin Greene, Joan Horvath, Joe Pistritto, Rand Simberg late - Hospitality closes Saturday April 22nd 8 am - Registration and Hospitality open 9 am - Steve Harrington, Flometrics 9:40 - Panel: Alt.Space Investing: From Leaps Of Faith Toward Solid Metrics - Esther Dyson, Stephen Fleming, Joe Pistritto 10:30 - midmorning break 11 am - Len Cormier, PanAero 11:40 - Mike Kelly, Personal Spaceflight Federation 12:20 - break for lunch 2 pm - Will Pomerantz, X-Prize Cup/Lunar Lander Challenge 2:40 - Brant Sponberg, Centennial Challenges, NASA HQ: Commercial Opportunities In The VSE 3:30 - midafternoon break 4 pm - Pat Bahn, TGV Rockets 4:40 - Berin Szoka, Institute For Space Law & Policy: The National Security Case For Space ITAR Reform 5:10 - Panel: ALL The Regs, From Local Zoning To International Tech Transfer - Randall Clague, Jim Muncy, Berin Szoka, TBA 6 pm - break for dinner 8 pm - Jim Muncy, PoliSpace, on various subjects 8:40 - Panel: Policies & Politics, Where To Next? Jim Muncy, Rick Tumlinson, Lee Valentine, TBA 9:30 - Conference Wrapup with The Usual Suspects late - Hospitality closes Space Access '06 registration once again holds steady at $120 at the door, $10 off for anyone who's ever been a paid SAS member, $30 Student rate, no member discount. Day rates available. We'll be accepting credit cards, checks, or cash at the door. (If you haven't already sent your preregistration, might as well pay at the door - it'd have to be at our mailbox tomorrow Wednesday the 19th, and the difference won't cover the cost of overnighting it.) See you there!