Space Access 2019 Preliminary Conference Schedule

at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley 4/18-4/20

Updated 3/10/19


A handful of presentations are still pending. Preliminary presentations sequence and program-segment assignments are set, but specific presentation start-times & durations are still TBD. Presenters who see their talks occurring before they'll arrive, after they leave, or otherwise at seriously inconvenient times should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP.

Wednesday evening 4/17/19 - Preregistrants badge pickup? Exhibitor advance setup? A preconference place to meet and hang out? Stay tuned, details RSN.

Thursday 4/18/19 - The Entrepreneurial Revolution In Smallsat Launch

Friday 4/19/19 - Reusable Rocket Transport Networks in Earth-Moon Space

Saturday 4/20/19 - Getting There Faster: Advanced High Energy Propulsion


Thursday 4/18/19 - The Entrepreneurial Revolution In Smallsat Launch

~7am Exhibits (in Fremont Ballroom) available for exhibitor setup

~8am Hospitality (in Fremont Ballroom), Exhibits, and Registration (in Ballroom foyer) open

9am - SA2019 Program underway in Main Ballroom (across foyer from Fremont)

  • Henry Vanderbilt, SA2019 Program Chair with a few words on Why We're Here
  • Henry Spencer will give his traditional conference-opener in-depth backgrounder, on Transitions: From Expendable Spaceships To Space Transport Networks, From Rocket Motors To Fast High-Energy Drives. Not quite sure why rockets take months getting to Mars, nor why we don't just bolt in electric-plasma thrusters instead and speed things up? An in-depth intro to the issues for the intelligent rocket amateur.
  • Additive Rocket Corporation on High Impulse, Ultra-Low Cost Additively Manufactured Rocket Engines

Midmorning Break

  • Rocket Lab/Amanda Stiles, Senior Mission Manager on The Electron Launcher & Multi-Burn Kick Stage
  • Flometrics/Steve Harrington on Progress Report: Pistonless Pumps For High-Performance Rocket Propulsion Systems
  • Kim Holder/Moonwards.Com on A Virtual Lunar Town as Educational & Communications Tool
  • Grant Bonin, former CTO, Deep Space Industries on Asteroid Mining Lessons From the Private Sector: What Worked, What Didn’t, and What’s Next

~12:15pm - Break for Lunch (on your own)

2pm - Program resumes

  • EXOS Aerospace/John Quinn with An Update On the SARGE Vehicle
  • Portland State Aerospace Society reports on several student space projects, including a brief discussion of their CubeSat mission and updates from their liquid propulsion team
  • CubeCab Nanosat Launch
  • Vector/Gregory Orndorff on An Update on Vector’s Dedicated Low-Cost Launch Vehicles
  • Midafternoon Break
  • Jim Muncy/Polispace will discuss Prospective FAA Launch/Reentry Rules Changes
  • Launcher/Max Haot on LOX-Cooled 3D-Printed Engine for High-Performance Smallsat Launcher
  • NewSpace Meets Milspace - Both are evolving fast, with overlaps (both business and operational) likely growing with time. Some discussion of what the shared spaces - and business opportunities - may look like. Bill Bruner, Mitchell Burnside Clapp, Jess Sponable

~6pm - Break for Dinner (on your own)

8pm - Program resumes

  • Space Startup Party Fouls - Common Startup Errors & How To Avoid Them, as seen by Rocket People. There are a thousand books and articles that will tell you what Venture Capital people look for. Rocket people, not so much. Paul Breed, Ben Brockert, Henry Spencer, Henry Vanderbilt, and likely also some on-point contributions from our distinguished audience.
  • Chuck Lauer on The Michigan Space Initiative: A Multi-Site Spaceport Licensing Plan For Launching To Polar Orbit Over Lake Huron and Lake Superior
  • Relativity on 3D Printing Rocket Vehicles
  • Unreasonable Rocket/Paul Breed on Development Of A Low-Cost Modular Launcher

~10pm - End of Thursday programming


Friday 4/19/19 - Reusable Rocket Transport Networks in Earth-Moon Space

8am Hospitality, Exhibits, and Registration open

9am - SA2019 Program resumes

Midmorning Break

  • Cislunar Space Development Company/Dallas Bienhoff on Elements Of A Cislunar Transport Net: Space Tugs, Moon Shuttles and Propellant Depots
  • Princeton Orbital Initiative/Andrew Redd on TigerSat: A Student-Built 3U Cubesat With High-Impulse Plasma Thruster
  • Propellant Depots Panel: Sourcing, Transporting, Storing, and Transferring Propellant for Reusable In-Space Transports - Dallas Bienhoff, Job Goff, TBA

~12:15pm - Break for Lunch (on your own)

2pm - Program resumes

  • Jeff Greason on Electric Sky: A Long-Range Wireless Power Transmission System Enabling Orbital Launch Vehicles, With Terrestrial Commercial Applications
  • Firefly Aerospace on The Alpha Launch Vehicle, plus Highlights of OTV and CLPS
  • Tethers Unlimited on Transformative Technologies for Space, Sea, Earth & Air
  • Orbit Beyond - Lunar Spacecraft & Landers

Midafternoon Break

  • Masten Space Systems/Dave Masten
  • Rand Simberg will discuss A Co-Orbital Transportation Infrastructure Concept
  • Momentus Space/Joel Sercel, CTO on Water-Plasma Propelled In-Space Transportation Services

~6pm - Break for Dinner (on your own)

8pm - Program resumes

  • Space Studies Institute Past, Present, and Future, with Dr. Lee Valentine/Chairman on SSI's History, Gary C Hudson/President on SSI's Future, and Robin Snelson/Executive Director on SSI's Conference in Seattle Next SummerOur colleagues at SSI focus on How To Get Things Done in Space once there - the technology and business aspects of habitats, power generation, resource extraction, manufacturing etc.
  • How To Save Civilization And Make A Little Money, or, This Is All Jerry's Fault. Recalling Jerry Pournelle's significant role in the forty-year evolution from "Commercial rockets? Security, get this loon out of my office" to "Commercial rockets? How much do you want?" Aspects of the story as seen by some who were there. Larry Niven, Gary Hudson, Jim Muncy, Jess Sponable, Henry Vanderbilt
  • John Schilling will discuss Earth Orbit, Cislunar & Mars Practical Payload Capabilities Of Current & Near-Term Launchers

~10pm - End of Friday programming 


Saturday 4/20/19 - Getting There Faster: Advanced High Energy Propulsion

8am Hospitality, Exhibits, and Registration open

9am - SA2019 Program resumes

  • John R Bucknell on A High Performance Air-Breathing Rocket Propulsion System with Nuclear and Chemical Variants
  • Jess Sponable will discuss Project History & Management Lessons From DC-XX-40, and XS-1

Midmorning Break

  • Jeff Greason will discuss A New Class Of Drive Using The Dynamic Pressure (Q) Of Passage Through The Interplanetary Or Interstellar Plasma To Expel Reaction Mass At High Velocity
  • Kevin Parkin, Parkin Research, on Beam-Heated Propulsion Progress & Prospects
  • Positron Dynamics/Ryan Weed on Positron Based Propulsion

~12:15pm - Break for Lunch (on your own)

2pm - Program resumes

  • James Benford on Ultrahigh Acceleration Neutral Particle Beam-Driven Sails
  • Gerald D Nordley on Mass Beam Propulsion, An Overview including Jordin Kare's Sailbeam Concept
  • Breakthrough Starshot/Peter Klupar on Plans for a Near-Term Interstellar Probe

Midafternoon Break

  • Extremely High-Velocity Propulsion Concepts: A Survey. Jim Benford, Gerry Nordley, Henry Spencer. Mars in weeks, or the stars in our lifetime: Ways we might make these things real.
  • Jim Muncy/Polispace will discuss The Washington Space Scene
  • Pete Worden, Breakthrough Prize Foundation Chairman, on What We Might Do With A StarShot Capability
  • Henry Vanderbilt, SA2019 Program Chair with A Few Closing Thoughts

~6pm - End of formal conference programming - Saturday Night Networking begins. Marriott Bar, Hospitality, and possibly some privately-hosted parties open till late.


Sunday 4/21/19

Hospitality Open 8 - 11 am for continental breakfast and coffee and one last chance to talk with your fellow conference-goers before you head home.

Exhibits open 8 - 11 am for exhibitor teardown

SA2019 over - see you next time...