Announcement of Space Policy and History Forum #10, December 5, 2013

For those in the Washington, D.C., area on December 5, 2013, please join us for the next Space Policy and History Forum. Please RSVP as listed below.


Space Technology is Changing – How Will Space Policy Change Too?

Space Policy and History Forum #10

by Pamela Melroy

Tactical Technology Office,  DARPA 

The international space technology community is undergoing change.  New space launch systems with shorter call-up times and flexible launch locations are progressing to meet the needs of diverse payload communities.  Advances in high-temperature materials, robust propulsion, and hypersonic aerodynamics make commercial point-to-point transportation closer to reality.  Robotics are developed to the point where refueling and servicing valuable space assets to extend their lives is possible.  Increasing numbers of countries are pursuing their own space situational awareness technologies to support their growing space assets.  Each of these technology futures comes with important policy questions that will determine the impact and future of the technology, and whether the US will maintain its leadership role in space internationally.


Pamela Melroy joined DARPA in January 2013 after serving as the acting Deputy Associate Administrator and Director of Field Operations in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.  She was responsible for developing human commercial spaceflight regulatory requirements and oversaw interagency policy coordination with the White House, NASA, and the Department of Defense on space policy.

Formerly, Ms. Melroy served as the Deputy Director, Orion Space Exploration Initiatives at Lockheed Martin Corporation from August 2009 until April 2011. Prior to her position at Lockheed Martin, she was selected as an astronaut by NASA and held several key positions within the NASA shuttle program from 1994 until 2009, including Crew Module Lead on the Columbia Reconstruction Team, Deputy Project Manager for the Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Team, and Branch Chief for the Orion Branch of the Astronaut Office. She served as pilot on two shuttle missions (STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002), and was the Mission Commander on STS-120 in 2007. She was the second woman to command a space shuttle mission. She has logged more than 924 hours (38+ days) in space.

Ms. Melroy was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program in 1983 and attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas, graduating in 1985. She flew the KC-10 for 6 years at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, La., as a copilot, aircraft commander and instructor pilot. In June 1991, she attended the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Upon graduation, she was assigned to the C-17 Developmental Test Program, where she served as a test pilot until her selection for the Astronaut Program. She retired as a full colonel from the Air Force in February 2007.

Ms. Melroy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy from Wellesley College and a Master of Science in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Date and Time

December 5, 2013, (Thursday), 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Location, Parking, and Access

The lecture will be held in the 3rd floor Director’s Conference Room at the National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., 4:00-5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Roger Launius,, and Nathan Bridges,, so your name can be put on a list for access to 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. 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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