Embry-Riddle To Host Conference With Space Experts From Around World

By on January 5, 2018 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s (ERAU) Daytona Beach Campus will host a conference bringing in space experts from around the world to talk about booming space commerce, private companies lifting off toward the first human space flights, and the launching of new satellites.

The 4th Annual Space Traffic Management Conference and panel discussions will take place from January 16-18 at ERAU. The theme this year is “Seeking Sustainable Solutions.” The panel discussions will be held by The Spaceflight Operations Program and Applied Aviation Sciences Department of ERAU. You can find a link to the conference agenda here.

“The conference was created to provide a forum for discourse to academia and leaders of government and industry, from multiple disciplines and different aspects of the air/space traffic management set of issues. Because it is an annual event, each year builds upon the ones before,” Dr. Diane Howard, conference chair and an ERAU assistant professor of Spaceflight Operations says.

Space experts speaking at the conference include a retired NASA astronaut Mark N. Brown; Federal Aviation Administration managers; the U.S. Department of State Director of the Office of Space and Advanced Technology Kenneth Hodgkins; Mark Skinner, senior project leader for Space Traffic Management at The Aerospace Corporation and former longtime manager and scientist for The Boeing Company; and top aviation and aerospace executives and professors from Embry-Riddle and other universities worldwide.

Conference participants will get the chance to participate in roundtable discussions and international panels. Panel discussions include commercial space transportation and impacts on the National Airspace System, security issues, challenges and benefits of increasing small satellite constellations capacity, integrating satellite-based ADS-B, communication standards for space traffic, government research needs, future models of space traffic management, and international initiatives.

There will also be unique tabletop space flight simulations and demonstrations. Participants will get the chance to tour various labs on the ERAU campus and the NextGen Test Bed, a Federal Aviation Administration initiative to modernize the nation’s air traffic control systems to make air travel safer, more efficient, and more economical, that is operated by ERAU.

Scheduled moderators include:

  • Dr. T.S. Kelso, technical program manager for AGI/Space Data Association
  • Jillianne Pierce, Esq., Federal Government Relations Manager for Space Florida
  • Maria Lucas-Rhimbassen, a Ph.D. candidate in Space Law at the University of Toulouse
  • Victoria Samson, Washington Office director for Secure World Foundation, which promotes cooperative solutions for space sustainability
  • Dr. Dirk-Roger Schmitt, business manager with the German Aerospace Center
  • Dr. Mark Skinner, senior project leader for Space Traffic Management at The Aerospace Corporation and longtime manager and scientist for The Boeing Company
  • Eric Stallmer, president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which promotes the development of commercial human spaceflight

For more details on the conference agenda or to register, click here.

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2018.

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