Space Policy and History Forum #8: What’s New in Commercial Space Transportation?

For anyone in the Washington, D.C., area on Monday, June 10, 2013, we will hold the next Space Policy and History Forum featuring FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation George C. Nield. The event will be held at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. Details are below. We hope to see you there.

What’s New in Commercial Space Transportation?
Space Policy and History Forum #8

by Dr. George C. Nield
FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation

Abstract: Ever since the beginning of the space age more than 50 years ago, most of what has been accomplished in our nation’s space program has been done by the federal government. That may be about to change, and in a very big way. Going forward, private industry will be playing a significant role in space, especially when it comes to transportation to and from low Earth orbit, and for suborbital flights. Commercial firms have already begun delivering cargo to the International Space Station, and work is underway at several different companies to develop rockets and spacecraft that can safely, reliably, and cost effectively carry crew. At the same time, other companies are working on vehicles that have the potential to allow thousands of people to personally experience spaceflight every year through space tourism. This presentation will provide an update on some of the progress that has already been made in commercial space transportation, and what kinds of things we are likely to see in the years ahead.

Biography: Dr. George C. Nield is the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the FAA. He has over 30 years of aerospace experience with the Air Force, at NASA, and in private industry. Prior to joining the FAA, Dr. Nield was a Senior Scientist for the Advanced Programs Group at Orbital Sciences Corporation. His previous assignments include working as an Astronautical Engineer at the Space and Missile Systems Organization, a Flight Test Engineer at the Air Force Flight Test Center, and an Assistant Professor and Research Director at the USAF Academy. He served as Manager of the Flight Integration Office for the Space Shuttle Program at the NASA Johnson Space Center, and later worked on both the Shuttle/Mir Program and the International Space Station Program. He was recently selected as a member of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel in support of the NASA Administrator. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and an MBA from George Washington University. He is also a Flight Test Engineering graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School.  Dr. Nield is a registered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Date and Time: June 10, 2013 (Monday), 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Location and Access: The presentation will be held at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), 600 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., 4:00-5:00 p.m. Please RSVP to so your name can be put on a list for access to the Director’s Conference Room on the 3rd floor of the Museum. You may check in and obtain a badge for access to the building at the guard desk just to the right as you enter the Independence Ave. doors. If you have any questions regarding access, please contact Roger Launius. Parking is not available in NASM, and is limited elsewhere; we recommend using the Metro system for travel to the National Air and Space Museum—the Smithsonian and L’Enfant Plaza stops are close by.

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