Discussion of Commercialization of Space Travel and Human Participation in Space Exploration Sponsored by National History Center, June 15, 2012, Washington, D.C.


Please pass this information to anyone who might be interested. There will be a discussion on Capitol Hill, Rayburn 2325, on Friday, June 15, 2012, 10 a.m. EDT, about “Commercialization of Space Travel and Human Participation in Space Exploration” sponsored by the National History Center of the American Historical Association. I will be there to moderate; participants include Matthew H. Hersch, University of Pennsylvania; Joseph N. Tatarewicz, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Alexander C. MacDonald, NASA Emerging Commercial Space Office. All are welcome to join us for the discussion.

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4 Responses to Discussion of Commercialization of Space Travel and Human Participation in Space Exploration Sponsored by National History Center, June 15, 2012, Washington, D.C.

  1. Dale Amon says:

    We’re the private sector and we’re here to take over :-)

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  2. Mike Snead says:

    True commercialization of human spaceflight requires that the companies take responsibility, as “common carriers”, for the safety of their passengers. So far, discussions of commerial human spaceflight appear only to be taking place within the context of assuming no liability for passenger safety. Thus, discussions of commercializing human spaceflight appeared to be at odds with what the public’s expectation would be for the protection of their safety.

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  3. Very impressive group of well credentialed academics on the panel. However, since we are talking about doing business in space, wouldn’t a couple of business people be appropriate as panelists?

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    • launiusr says:

      I understand your point but since we were talking about the historical aspects of commercialization in space, and this was sponsored by the American Historical Association, it made sense to use historians on the panel.

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