November 8-11 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York

Agenda

Thursday, November 08, 2012 --
Time Panel Speakers
13:45 -- 19:30
Room N/A
Tour: Niagara Aerospace - Calspan and MOOG-ISP

This tour will highlight the Niagara Falls Aerospace industry. First visit the Calspan Flight Research company, a flight controls research company. Then tour one of the nation's few test facilities for hypergolic rocket engines at Moog ISP, formerly AMPAC-ISP. The tour will conclude with a trip to scenic Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the world.

18:30 -- 20:00
Room Lobby
Reception

Join industry leaders, keynotes, students and attendees to start the SpaceVision 2012 conference. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served in preparation for the kickoff event of the SpaceVision 2012 Conference.

20:00 -- 21:00
Room 106
The Role of NASA in the 21st Century

Fifty years ago, NASA’s grand spaceflight achievements captured the spirit, imagination and creativity of the world, making a lasting imprint on the economic, national security and geopolitical landscape of the time. With a focus on innovation, technology and the creation of new industrial capabilities, NASA can do the same today. The present decade will be remembered in aerospace history for the retirement of the Space Shuttle, breakthrough research conducted on the International Space Station, the buildup of U.S. commercial space transportation capabilities, the creation of fundamental knowledge of our place in the universe, efficiency improvements of our nation’s airspace, broad societal application of unmanned aerial vehicles, and the development of new technologies that will ultimately allow our world to be populated by deep space explorers. In aerospace, the U.S. leads the world. U.S. aerospace sales marked an eight consecutive year of growth in 2011 and, up 12%, U.S. aerospace exports provided the largest trade surplus in the manufacturing sector. NASA research is the lifeblood of many of these technological innovations. Pushing the boundaries of aeroscience, NASA investments allow our nation to remain at the cutting-edge of aerospace science, technology and engineering.

  • Robert Braun


Thursday, November 08, 2012 (Track 2) --
Time Panel Speakers
12:00 -- 13:00
Room N/A
Buffalo City Hall Tour

One of the largest city halls in America, see this Art Deco masterpiece inside and out. The Tour includes the Council Chambers, Mayor's Office, and the best view in Buffalo at the Observation Deck.

13:45 -- 19:30
Room N/A
Tour: Buffalo in Motion - GM Powertrain and Flying Bison Brewery

This tour will highlight working Buffalo; tour the Buffalo Tonawanda Engine Plant, which is completing renovations on the General Motors V8. GM Powertrain Tonawanda is one of only a few engine plants in the world which will be manufacturing the new GM engine. Then attend a tour of the nearby Flying Bison Brewery, the first stand-alone brewery to operate in Buffalo proper in over 30 years. The tour will conclude with a trip to scenic Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the world.



Friday, November 09, 2012 --
Time Panel Speakers
08:00 -- 09:00
Room 106
Keynote: Bob Cabana

Having served as an Astronaut on over 1,010 hours in space on four missions, and now serving as the head of the Kennedy Space Center Director, Robert D. Cabana's role in our space operations is significant. Now as KSC transitions to its new role after the Space Shuttle program, the site faces significant changes in its operations. How the center will deal with these changes, and move forward towards its new missions stands to be a great chronicle. Hear from the gentleman leading America's Spaceport forward as we kick off the SpaceVision 2012 conference's Friday program.

  • Robert D. Cabana
09:00 -- 10:00
Room 106
Destinations: Our Next Steps

There is a constant debate on the subject of where our exploration missions should focus. What are the benefits of a particular destination that it holds over others? What is the potential here for manned missions? Unmanned? What hurdles must be overcome in order to get there? What unique challenges are faced by this destination?

  • Jody Davis
  • Martin Elvis
  • Paul Graham
  • Ken Murphy
10:00 -- 10:30
Room 101ABGH
Networking Break

Network with students, professionals, and industry representatives during this networking break, sponsored by The Mojave Air and Space Port. Enjoy coffee and tea while discussing the issues and challenges of today's space industry.

10:30 -- 11:30
Room 106
The Night Sky

What role should astronomy play in public outreach? How can we ensure that future generations can also enjoy the wonder of the night sky? What are the challenges facing the Astronomy community today, and what new opportunities are opening up?

  • Niel Brandt
  • Martin Elvis
  • Hussein Jirdeh
  • Judith L. Pipher
11:30 -- 12:00
Room Ballroom
International Space University Awards Ceremony

Steven Brody operates ISU's North American Office, located in the Washington, DC area. Before joining ISU, Steve held numerous senior positions with NASA in Washington, DC, Houston, and in Europe. At this session, two SEDS chapters will be recognized for gender diversity and major diversity by ISU, the American Astronomical Society, and Women in Aerospace. Learn about the International Space University and its shared heritage and mission with SEDS.

  • Steve Brody
12:00 -- 13:30
Room Ballroom
Featured Lunch Speaker, Sponsored by the International Space University

The 13th Chief of the Astronaut Office has spent over a year in space, and has spent almost 40 hours in spacewalks alone. Peggy Whitson currently holds the second most hours in space of any US astronaut. Join us for our Friday Lunch keynote as we hear about how Whitson's experiences, the challenges and opportunities of the future, and how this generation will make a difference in the future of Space Exploration.

  • Peggy A. Whitson
13:30 -- 14:15
Room 106
Keynote: Lesa Roe

NASA Langley Research Center serves as one of the rime aeronautics research facilities in the country. Hear from the Center Director Lisa Roe as we learn about the role of Aeronautics research and the role it will play in the future, alongside Langley's role in the space program.

  • Lesa Roe
14:15 -- 15:00
Room 106
Keynote: Carissa Christensen

Carissa Christensen serves as the managing partner for the Tauri Group, an innovator in analytical consulting, applies creative, responsive problem-solving to homeland security, defense, and space enterprises. Recently, the Tauri Group released a market analysis of the sub-orbital launch market, showing potential growth in the market to be significant. Join Ms. Christensen in a discussion of the future of the space market and more.

  • Carissa Christensen
15:00 -- 16:00
Room 106
Space-based and Microgravity Research

What activities are currently being planning for suborbital research? Suborbital Spaceflight for longer duration periods will likely be rather expensive. Do you predict Universities and Research foundations being able to pay similar amounts for a significant amount of time? What opportunities exist currently in the orbital market, and what sort of research is being accomplished?

  • Steven Collicott
  • Jeffrey Manber
  • Will Pomerantz
16:00 -- 16:30
Room 101ABGH
Networking Break

16:30 -- 17:30
Room 106
Suborbital SpaceFlight: Kick the Tires, Light the Fires

Almost 8 years after the Ansari X PRIZE, suborbital vehicles are coming online for research and passenger usage. How long until we can expect to see regular suborbital flights? What are some of the major hurdles to overcome before suborbital spaceflight becomes common? What is the current status of suborbital development efforts?

  • James A. Muncy
  • Will Pomerantz
17:30 -- 18:15
Room 106
Keynote: Chris Lewicki

Planetary Resources has the goal expanding Earth's natural resource base, creating a new industry and prospecting. Backed by a significant amount of support, the company is getting started and could in several years begin plotting our resource expansion of the solar system. Join us as we hear from SEDS-Alum Chris Lewiki, President of Planetary Resources, about the future of space exploration and development and plans for the company's future.

  • Chris Lewicki
18:15 -- 18:45
Room 106
Closing Keynote: Rick Tumlinson

As leader of the team that leased Mir, Founder of the first commercial company to create a fully functional spacesuit, and named one of the world's top visionaries by Space News, Rick Tumlinson always seems to be a few steps ahead when it comes to space development. He is a Co-founder of the Space Frontier Foundation and a founding Trustee of the X-PRIZE, so he doesn't just predict the future, he makes it happen.

  • Rick Tumlinson


Friday, November 09, 2012 (Track 2) --
Time Panel Speakers
10:30 -- 11:00
Room 101CF
CUBRC Orion Test Operations

  • Matthew MacLean
11:00 -- 11:30
Room 101CF
Mojave Air and Space Port

  • Karina Drees
15:00 -- 16:00
Room 101CF
Commercial Launch Services

The retirement of the Space Shuttle program is now being seen in earnest; the industry is changing with the needs of commercial resupply to the International Space Station now becoming apparent. The industry for satellite launch services has additionally reaffirmed strong growth in the coming years. How is the current demand versus supply for launch services stand? How does the recent introduction of several new players, and reintroduction of old players into the launch market impact this? How can the cost of space access be lowered? Do you feel that lowering launch costs will significantly enable further space development, or are there larger obstacles?

  • Alex Saltman
  • Gerard "Jake" Szatkowski, PhD
16:30 -- 17:00
Room 101CF
Warp Field Mechanics 102

Warp Field Mechanics 102 – How hard is interstellar flight? This talk identifies the colossal challenge of sending a robotic probe (let alone human mission) to our nearest stellar neighbor, and speculates on how, using a loophole in general relativity, we might bring the stars within our grasp. A short review of the Alcubierre warp drive metric is provided to describe how the idea of a space warp might work. The impractical energy requirements discussed in the literature are identified, and a warp bubble topology optimization approach is discussed. The idea of a warp drive in a higher dimensional space-time (manifold) is briefly considered by comparing the null-like geodesics of the Alcubierre metric to the Chung-Freese metric and another energy optimization technique is identified. The energy optimization results are presented and show that the idea of a space warp may have been moved from impractical to plausible. Finally, an overview of the warp field interferometer test bed being implemented in Eagleworks Laboratories at the Johnson Space Center will be detailed.

  • Harold White


Friday, November 09, 2012 (Track 3) --
Time Panel Speakers
15:45 -- 17:45
Room 101E
Workshop: Overview of Nuclear Technology used in Space Exploration

Ever since man set foot on Earth’s moon, explorers have envisioned traveling out of Earth’s orbit and into space beyond. To do so, however, will require power and propulsion devices capable of traveling farther than any used before. These devices will be powered using nuclear energy. In this workshop, an introduction to radioisotope and fission power systems will be given, as applied to nuclear thermal rockets, nuclear electric propulsion, and radioisotope generators. The history, current state, and envisioned future technologies will be discussed.

  • Wesley Deason
  • Steve Howe
  • Jeff Katalenich


Friday, November 09, 2012 (Track 4) --
Time Panel Speakers
10:00 -- 11:30
Room 101E
Council of Chapters

The Council of Chapters is the oversight organization for SEDS-USA. This is the annual meeting at SpaceVision, and will include statements from the SEDS-USA Chair on the State of SEDS.

14:15 -- 16:45
Room 101E
Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition

The Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition will require its participants to pitch their business model to a panel of investors experienced in the NewSpace industry and space entrepreneurship. The NewSpace industry is a growing sector of companies who share a bold vision of enabling the economic frontier of space development in areas such as space tourism, space manufacturing, resources harvesting, and commercial services in transportation and satellite infrastructure. The business plan must therefore revolve around a space-frontier-enabling technology or service idea. The plan need not entail a company that literally operates in space. The Grand Prize is a cash award and automatic entry into the more prestigious NewSpace Business Plan Competition, held at the NewSpace conference in Silicon Valley, July 2013. Additionally, one member from the winning team will be invited to the NewSpace Gala.

  • Ben Brockert
  • Tom Card
  • Jeff Feige
  • Thomas Olson
  • Enoch Stiff
16:45 -- 17:15
Room 101D
SEDS Fundraising Workshop

  • Ryan Mclinko


Saturday, November 10, 2012 --
Time Panel Speakers
08:00 -- 09:00
Room 106
Keynote: Chris Scolese

Chris Scolese, a University at Buffalo Alumnus, serves as the Director of the Goddard Space Flight Center. He previously served as the Acting NASA Administrator in 2009. Hear from current head of one of our nation's most critical robotic research facilities as we start our Saturday programming.

  • Chris Scolese
09:00 -- 09:30
Room 106
Talk: Alan Ladwig

Kicking off the Activism and Outreach panel, Alan Ladwig, Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Outreach, will discuss the role that Public Outreach has on the future of Space Exploration.

  • Alan Ladwig
09:30 -- 10:15
Room 106
Activism and Outreach: Selling space to the public

How important is public support to space exploration? What is the industry doing to gain public support? What is the role of the media in raising spaceflight awareness? How has social media affected the interaction between the industry and public?

  • Liz Kennick
  • Ryan Kobrick
  • Alan Ladwig
  • Nathan Wong
10:15 -- 10:45
Room 101ABGH
Networking Break

10:45 -- 12:00
Room 106
Alternative Propulsion and Advanced Concepts: To the next frontier

How will new technologies enable frontiers and more efficient travel? What new technologies will assist with exploring our solar system? How will these technologies change how spaceflight is accomplished?

  • Katie Campbell
  • Steve Howe
  • Marc Millis
  • Harold White
12:00 -- 13:30
Room Ballroom
Lunch: Its your future, so flight for it

  • James A. Muncy
13:30 -- 14:00
Room 106
Keynote: Jeffrey Manber

Jeffrey Manber has served in pivotal roles throughout the last twenty-odd years of commercial space, and is regarded as a pioneer in the field. Having been the only American to be part of RSC Energia, Manber has has a leading role in projects such as MirCorp, Dennis Tito's trip to the International Space Station, the first commercially-funded spacewalk, and more. Manber now serves as the CEO of Nanoracks, providing repeatable access to the International Space Station microgravity environment for commercial and educational research projects.

  • Jeffrey Manber
14:00 -- 15:15
Room 106
Commercial Crew - Moving Forward from here

The Commercial Crew Program has recently awarded several key awards for the creation of a commercial crew launch service. What are the key points of this program? In the general sense, what are the milestones that are being put on contractors? What is the comparison of this acquisition method to typical NASA methods? To normal Federal Acquisition? What are the challenges the program faces going forward? How does CCiCAP compare to the original COTS-D?

  • Les Kovacs
  • Ed Mango
  • George Nield
  • Alex Saltman
15:15 -- 15:45
Room 101ABGH
Networking Break

16:15 -- 17:00
Room 106
Heavy Lift: The Space Launch System

The Space Launch System is our nation's goal of creating a new rocket to add capabilities and open up the frontier towards a flexible path exploring the various destinations throughout the solar system. Join the Deputy Program Manager of the SLS program, Dr Sharon Cobb, as we learn more about what could become the largest rocket in the history of mankind.

  • Sharon Cobb
17:00 -- 17:30
Room 106
Keynote: Bob Richards

As a key figure in the space advocacy movement of the 1980’s, Bob Richards co-founded some of the most effective and enduring space groups, including Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. Join the current head of Moon Express as he discusses his role in the formation of SEDS as well as his company's current plans for the future.

  • Bob Richards
19:00 -- 23:00
Room N/A
SEDS-USA Annual Exploration Banquet

SEDS-USA caps off the SpaceVision 2012 conference with the annual Exploration Banquet. This event, highlighted this year by NASA's Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot, showcases the goals of ambitions to develop the final frontier, and the role students play in it. The banquet will take place at the Hotel Lafayette, a historic building which has just undergone over $35 million in renovations. The SpaceVision Annual Exploration banquet will award the top student awards of the year and show the key student leaders throughout the country.

  • Robert Lightfoot
  • Will Pomerantz


Saturday, November 10, 2012 (Track 2) --
Time Panel Speakers
09:00 -- 09:30
Room 101CF
Space Investment: Money makes us go around the world

What makes a viable Space Business? What is the most important part of a business plan that attracts investors? How important will private investment be in developing future space technologies?

  • Thomas Olson
09:30 -- 10:15
Room 101CF
Testing Spacecraft: NASA Stennis

A significant amount of work goes into ensuring spacecraft will be able to fly properly and without fault. What sort of testing is critical for the operations of a spacecraft? What role does Stennis play for testing?

  • Keith David Brock
10:45 -- 11:30
Room 101CF
Making it in Mission Control

Mission control is vital to the operation of crew throughout the program. Matt Abbott is a Lead Flight Director at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Matt first served as the a shuttle flight director during the STS-116 mission, and has been awarded NASA's Outstanding Leadership Award in 2005. Join Matt Abbott as he describes his role in Mission Control and the challanges it takes to make it in mission control.

  • Matthew R. Abbott
11:30 -- 12:00
Room 101CF
Moog Space and Defense

  • Doug Morash
15:45 -- 16:15
Room 101D
Nuclear Technologies Opening the Solar System-- Dr. Steven D. Howe

Nuclear power has been considered for space applications since the 1960s. Radioisotope Thermo-electric Generators (RTGs) have been used on all robotic missions beyond Mars and on human missions since the Apollo program. Between 1955 and 1972 the US built and tested nuclear thermal rocket (NTR) engines to be able to send humans to Mars and beyond. In 2008, the NASA Mars Architecture Team found that the use of a Fission Surface Power (FSP) reactor was ENABLING for human missions to the Mars surface and that the NTR was the PREFERRED propulsion system for the mission. The Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) is pursuing development of tungsten based fuels for use in a NTR, for a surface power reactor, and to encapsulate radioisotopes for advanced, low mass, compact power sources. In addition, the CSNR Summer Fellows program has examined several mission scenarios that benefit from the use of the NTR or can use small power sources. Conceptually, Cubesats may soon be able to be launched to the outer planets affordably allowing universities to send probes throughout the solar system. The results of recent investigations into alternatives in design and materials for future systems will be discussed.

  • Steve Howe
16:15 -- 16:45
Room 101CF
Space Frontier Foundation

Founded in 1988, the Space Frontier Foundation is an advocacy organization committed to realizing the vision of a greatly expanded and permanent human presence in space. Space alone offers the resources necessary to ensure the survival and prosperity of our species for numerous generations to come. To realize this vision, the Foundation is fundamentally transforming the conception of space as the exclusive domain of government and government affiliated organizations into a widely accessible frontier ripe with opportunity.

  • Jonathan Card


Saturday, November 10, 2012 (Track 3) --
Time Panel Speakers
11:30 -- 12:00
Room 101E
Society of Satellite Professionals International

The Society of Satellite Professionals International is a nonprofit member-benefit society that serves satellite professionals throughout their careers. Hear from membership Director Tamara Bond on the role that SSPI plays in the industry.

  • Tamara Bond
15:45 -- 16:05
Room 101E
What do the students of tomorrow need today for commercial space?

  • Rebecca Zgorski
16:05 -- 16:25
Room
Transient thermal control of spacecraft electronics using Phase Change Materials

  • Sashwat Mahapatra
16:25 -- 16:45
Room
Glint Analyzing Data Observation Satellite

Requirements Validation of a Low Noise, Multispectral, 6U Imaging Platform

  • Nikita Butakov


Saturday, November 10, 2012 (Track 4) --
Time Panel Speakers
15:15 -- 17:00
Room 101E
SEDS-USA Elections

Elections for the SEDS-USA National Board of Directors. This will be run by the Elections Committee.



Sunday, November 11, 2012 --
Time Panel Speakers
09:00 -- 10:00
Room 106
The Space Business Case

Expansion throughout human history has been arguably driven by economics. Should we expect to see a similar situation for expansion into space? Are the difficulties of the past decades an indication that the economics of space are not at the point where they can be fully developed? Have there been changes in the recent past which have substantially changed the business case for new businesses? What are key steps to be taken in order to build a business case that space is where future growth can occur?

  • Gary Barnhard
  • Jeff Feige
10:00 -- 11:00
Room 106
Ignite Panel

SEDS Alumni make up a major part of the industry. Join this panel as it examines individuals experiences as to how their experiences with SEDS impacted their future in the industry. Find out what programs, projects, and big things alum are working on today!

  • Ben Brockert
  • Matt Cannella
  • Frank Centinello
11:00 -- 11:30
Room 101ABGH
Networking Break

11:30 -- 12:30
Room 106
2032: Where are we going from here, without the money?

Recent budget cuts across the world have affected space budgets globally. Will the industry still be able to meet critical deadlines and goals in this new budget climate? What will our future look like in 20 years?



Sunday, November 11, 2012 (Track 2) --
Time Panel Speakers
09:00 -- 09:20
Room 101CF
The Fine Scale Optical Range

  • Peter Mack Grubb
09:20 -- 09:40
Room 101CF
Station for Extreme Environment Autonomous Submersibles

  • Stephanie Gowell
09:40 -- 10:00
Room 101CF
Suborbital Point to Point for Disaster Relief

  • Huai-chen Chang