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Guest: Henry Vanderbilt; Topic: Space Access Society Conference, April 7-9 in Phoenix, event agenda & presenters. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.
We welcomed back Henry Vanderbilt to update us on this year's Space Access Society Conference to be held in Phoenix, Arizona from April 7-9. Find out more about the conference, speakers, registration and more at http://space-access.org/updates/sa16info.html. During the first segment of our 92 minute discussion, Henry provided us with a short but detailed history of the Space Access Society conferences, then suggested the theme for this year will be looking at what will likely unfold over the thirty years along with what should unfold over the same future time period. One thing that he stressed for the future was expanding BLEO to cislunar development, specifically cislunar transportation. He said he was not opposed to going to Mars but he thought it best to be incremental in moving forward and first create the conditions and infrastructure to Make Mars possible in the future. For the balance of this segment, Henry highlighted many of the speakers and their topics. I suggest you follow along with the agenda which you can see at the above Space Access event website.
Near the end of the first segment, Marshall called to talk about the commercial crew program and buying RD 180 engines. At one point Henry compared the cost of the RD 180 to the cost of buying a seat on the Soyuz to send American astronauts to the ISS. He said today's price was around $70 million per seat but when Dennis Tito did it years ago, the cost was about $20 million.
In the second segment, Henry went over the variety of panel discussions planned for the event. He said a panel discussion is brain storming about the future. Refer to the agenda for the specifics on the panel discussions Henry mentioned.
A listener asked about the event being live streamed. It is not but I brought up the bloggers that would be there so that those not attending can follow what is happening. If you are interested in following the bloggers, listen for the details in this segment.
Henry also went through conference location and hotel information. While the main hotel is sold out, he said there might be some cancellations in a few days regarding people who had to make last minute changes in their plans. He also said alternative hotels are listed on the Space Access website.
Nearing the end of the program, we talked about the exhibit area for the event which still has space available. If this interests you, email Henry through the Space Access website. Don in Las Vegas asked if there would be a memorial for Charles Pooley. Don't miss this short segment. I suggested having the Happy Hour in memory of Charles. Maybe that will happen. For the balance of our discussion, Henry mentioned other speakers, student projects, and a few additional concepts that would be discussed at this year's event.
Please post your comments/questions in the comments section of this archived show. You can reach Henry Vanderbilt through the Space Access website.