ISPCS 2010 update #5

More reports on the conference sessions: /– [ISPCS Session: Crew Transportation Systems – Parabolic Arc][1] /– [Color Me Skeptical – Transterrestrial Musings][2] /– [Want to Take a Spaceflight? Commercial Space Pioneers Say It Takes Risk, Patience –][3]

There have been tons of postings to [Twitter / Search – #ispcs][4] today. I’ll just give here a small sampling. (Doug Messier’s [blog post][1] listed above has extensive coverage of remarks made by the Crew Transportation Systems panel.)

Lori Garver: /– Jeff Foust: “Garver: the space program needs to stop reliving the space program of the past, but instead enable the future.” /– Jeff Foust: “Garver: we keep saying we want to turn over our routine activities to private sector, but NASA doesn’t see human spaceflt as routine.” /– Jeff Foust: “Garver: NASA focus on 3 grand challenges: 1) make space part of humanity’s natural environment, 2) manage space as natural resource… 3) blaze a trail into the universe.” /– Doug Weathers: “Garver: you will not hear me say anything bad about anyone in the space community.” /– Jeff Foust: “Garver: we’re all in this together, and can’t turn our weapons against each other. We have a mutual enemy: the deficit.” /– Doug Messier: “Garver: Admin Dan Goldin told her during reviews she liked to be liked too much. Goldin said other day that she may have overreached.” /– Jeff Foust: “Garver: little tough to take criticism we are spending $100M’s on comm’l crew when we have spent billions on cost-plus contracts.” /– Doug Messier: “Garver: Not sure why NASA just didn’t exercise COTS-D (SpaceX) to close human spaceflight gap. Compromises occur, like competition.”

Microgravity Markets: /– Jeff Foust: “Dennis Stone, NASA: may need to do more education and marketing as research community not aware of emerging µg capabilities.” /– Jeff Foust: “Cherly Nickerson, Ariz. State: why study infectious diseases in µg? Always learn new things in biological systems in extreme enviros.” /– Jeff Foust: “Andrew Nelson of XCOR forecasts a $3.3B/yr suborbital market by 2016: $0.8B people, $1.1B payloads, $1.4B launching smallsats.”

Commercial Transportation Systems: /– Jeff Foust: “Brett Alexander: with passage of NASA auth bill, no longer a question of whether NASA will do comm’l crew, but how to make it work.” /– Doug Weathers: “Robert Bigelow: We concentrated on destination rather than transportation” /– Doug Weathers: “Bigelow: Soyuz-level service good enough for us. Turned out it was good enough for NASA too.” /– Jeff Foust: “Ken Bowersox, SpaceX: expect to start active design work on crewed Dragon next year, around time cargo Dragon 1st docks with ISS.” /– Jeff Foust: “Bigelow: anticipate 6 crew flights/yr for 1st station, going to 24/yr with second, larger station” /– Jeff Foust: “Asked about pricing, Bowersox said they’re still planning for $20M/seat; others on panel gave versions of ‘it depends'” /– Jeff Foust: “Bigelow: “I think Orion is unnecessary”. Use comm’l vehicles for access to LEO, large expandable modular s/c for deep space expl.”

Space Policy Evolution: /– Jeff Foust: “Phil McAlister, NASA: national space policy is necessary but not sufficient to make things happen.” /– Doug Messier: “New golden age of space exploration because space is branching out. Scientists/traditional astronauts and those going for a good time” /– Doug Messier: “Heritage of humanity stuff bad for space and helium 3. Fortunately U.S. never signed the Moon Treaty.” /– Jeff Foust: “Jim Muncy: Obama Administration space policy is great start, but future depends on how administration and Congress implement it.” /– Doug Messier: “Jim Muncy: probably not a commercial market for heavy lift or super heavy lift.” /– Jeff Foust: “This might be the 1st space policy panel I’ve attended where speakers brought up the Law of the Sea Treaty and Treaty of Ghent.”

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