Re: Space Frontier Foundation Conference?
On Thu, 29 Oct 1998 11:23:45 CST "Dejan Bajic" <adastra@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>I was just curious if anyone attended the Space Frontier Foundation
>Conference, or know anyone who did?
I was there.
>If so (to both), how was it?
It went very well. This was by far the most well attended Foundation
conference. I think there were 350-400 people there.
>What happened during the conference?
>Did it even happen (I haven't heard anything, but that's not that unusual I
>guess :( )?
>Any developments, announcements, etc., relating to commercial space, or
>anything else related to space...?
The big announcement during the conference was The Watch, a private
endowment to fund asteroid research and detection. The Watch was started
by FINDS, the Foundation for the International Non-governmental
Development of Space. The conference also had a track on asteroids
chaired by Prof. John Lewis from the U. of Arizona.
The Space Frontier Foundation gave an award to two Russian Space Agency
officials, Vladimir Syramietnikov and Viktor Blagov, for keeping Mir
running. Syramietnikov gave a talk on Znamya (sp), the solar reflector
experiment that was just launched on the last Progress. Blagov talked about
some of the possibilities for keeping Mir running.
All of the space launch start-up's were there. NASA Marshall sent a 10 foot
tall mockup of X-33. Rotary Rocket had some of their engineers there with
parts of the engine that they are building. The startups still need more
investment capital to implement their plans, but the global economic situation
is making things difficult.
There was a lot more, but I didn't get a chance to take notes, as I was
helping with the some of the logistics for the conference.
>Any other information would be appreciated.
>BTW, if you were wondering, I have already checked out the SFF site and
>haven't found anything about it yet, nor has been there anything from
>Spacer.com, etc. (though of course that would make sense because they
>almost totally rely only on press releases).
Jeff Foust, the editor of the SpaceViews website was there (www.spaceviews.com)
He'll probably have a writeup available sometime in the near future.
It would be nice if the Foundation could publish proceedings, but most of us
have our hands full at the moment. We're a volunteer organization and there are
only so many hours in the day. Of course, if anyone wants to volunteer to
organize a proceedings volume for next years conference, or can find a donor
to help sponsor it, we'd be all ears :)
Advocate, Space Frontier Foundation