February 14, 2012

Contact:  Henry J. Price
Phone:   202-267-3883

WHAT:     Fifteenth Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference

WHO:       U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials, as well as top academic, industry and government leaders in space transportation.

WHEN:     Wednesday, Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, N.W.

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, February 16 at 9:00 a.m., U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari and FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta will deliver remarks to at the FAA’s 15th Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference.  This year’s meeting, “Commercial: The New Future of Space,” will include discussions of issues such as space transportation safety, space tourism, launch site development, minority space entrepreneurship, space weather issues, future space technologies; and developments relating to travel to the International Space Station.

Other speakers throughout the two-day event will include Gov. Robert McDonnell, Sen. Bill Nelson, Rep. Chaka Fattah, Rep. Steven Palazzo, USAF Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command, and Dr. Andrew Chaiken, space writer and author of Man on the Moon, the basis of the HBO series “From the Earth to the Moon.” 

For specific times and dates of panels and speakers visit:  http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/meetings_events/