Join Us for the 3rd Space Policy and History Forum, Crystal City, Virginia, March 12, 2012

For those in the Washington, D.C., area on Monday March 12, please consider attending the 3rd Space Policy and History Forum. It will be held at the the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Crystal City at 4:00 P.M. on Monday, March 12, 2012. A formal advertisement follows: 

Choice, Not Fate: A Discussion of Space Policy

Space Policy and History Forum #3

Presented by James A. Vedda, space policy analyst


In 2009 Jim Vedda published Choice, Not Fate: Shaping a Sustainable Future in the Space Age. It challenges the traditional paradigm in which space goals are equated with destinations. It suggests that spaceflight programs should target advanced capabilities that bring direct benefits to Earth and enable exploration and development of the solar system. Space activities are examined in the context of today’s globalized world while paying homage to the work of noted space futurists. This presentation focuses on the ideas in the book and offers a revised rationale for spaceflight directly tied to societal needs and ambitions, with a greater role for the commercial sector.


James A. Vedda is a senior policy analyst in Washington, D.C.

Date and Time

March 12, 2012 (Monday), 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Location, Parking, and Access

Public parking is available at market rates underneath the building. The Crystal City Metro station is about 12 minutes away by foot. Visitors enter the 2121 Crystal Drive building, walk through the lobby and past the elevators to the Lockheed Martin security desk. Visitors are required to show a government photo identification (state driver’s license or Passport). Please contact me to add your name to the list of attendees and let me know if you have questions.

Additional Tour

Tours of the Space Experience Center beforehand (anytime up to the actual start time of the program) and an open house afterwards.

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2 Responses to Join Us for the 3rd Space Policy and History Forum, Crystal City, Virginia, March 12, 2012

  1. David S. F. Portree says:


    I’m confused here. From your description, it sounds like Vedda is merely rehashing the work of the Decadal Planning Team, which took place a decade before he published his book. Does he claim credit for the concepts in his book (thus implying that he’s unaware of space policy milestones) or does he give credit where it is due (perhaps that’s what “paying homage to noted space futurists” means)? If his book is at least partly a history of the DPT, I’d like to acquire a copy.

    One final question: is the reference to the commercial space sector stuff a mere obligatory nod to current fashion, or is he serious?

    Makes me wish I lived in the same time zone as DC. March 12 is a little soon to attend myself to get at answers to my questions.



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