The second day of the 2011 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference has begun with parallel sessions focused on various scientific topics related to using the suborbital flight systems. See agenda here.
Rand Simberg has posted notes from one presentation so far: Detecting Extra-Solar Planets With Suborbital Flight – Transterrestrial Musings
Lots of Tweeter posts from the sessions can be found with the tag #nsrc.
Here’s a sampling of Tweets: Twitter / @Jeff Foust: “Jim Vanderploeg, chief med office of VG: 81 of 87 “Founders” (initial customers) cleared for centrifuge training; 77 of them passed.”
Twitter / @Erika Wagner: “@Virgin_Galactic Chief Med Officer Jim Vanderploeg: >90% success rate in centrifuge training of VG Founders, avg age ~50. Bodes well!”
Twitter / @Jeff Foust: “In Q&A, Vanderploeg noted the centrifuge testing was not intended as g-training but instead demonstrate wide range of people could fly”
Twitter / @Jeff Foust: “Brad Cheetham of CU discussed using suborbital vehicles as tech testbed for starshades intended for exoplanet imaging”
Twitter / @Stephen Braham: “ExoPlanet idea is to use Masten Xaero (uncrewed) to launch Starshade, and then view via telescope to develop control tech”
Twitter / @Jeff Foust: “Challenge: the suborbital vehicle has to maintain positional accuracy of 10cm for system to be effective”
Twitter / @Jeff Foust: “John Kelly: NASA currently procures 1 flight week/yr from Zero-G for parabolic flights; looking to expand to 4 wks pending funding”
Twitter / @Jeff Foust: “Kelly: market, not the government, should determine the payload interface for suborbital vehicles.”
Twitter / @Jeff Foust: “Annamarie Askren: Blue Origin will publish a 58-page payload user’s guide on its web site later this week.”