Next-gen Suborbital Missions: a talk and a Conference

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Join us on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 – 7:00pm at the Colloquium room of the SETI Institute to hear a talk by Andrew Nelson, Chief Operating Officer of XCOR.

XCOR's Lynx suborbital vehicle (C) XCOR

XCOR's Lynx suborbital vehicle (c) XCOR

Title: The Trillion Dollar Space Enterprise –> Or How The Lynx Suborbital Vehicle Will Change The World

by Andrew Nelson, Chief Operating Officer of XCOR

Abstract: Fully resuable spacecraft are the critical enabler for regular, low cost and safe access to space, and such access will enable space utilization in ways we’ve only dreamed about in the past. Much as the early ARPANET laid the foundation for a multi-trillion dollar enterprise revolving around the internet, early reusable spacecraft like the Lynx suborbital vehicle will establish the beginnings of a multi-trillion enterprise revolving around the Earth and our solar system. This talk will lay out a vision of a future space-based Trillion Dollar Enterprise based on a series of realistic and fun “What-ifs.”

Where: Colloquium room of the SETI Institute (direction)

I will be also attending the NSRC2012 conference from Monday to Wednesday Feb 27-29 at Palo Alto, CA. The new generation of space vehicles capable of delivering payloads and their potential for research will be discussed. I will post regularly updates on this blog and/or my Twitter account (@AllPlanet).

This is going to be an exciting week.  Is the future already here?

Franck Marchis

About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Exoplanet Group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 19 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently, he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological. His currently involved in the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging exoplanets using an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope. This new instrument is capable of imaging and recording spectra of young Jupiter-like exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

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