The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (SEM) will host a virtual conference with leaders in the aerospace industry. It will be the 183rd meeting organized by the National Academies’ Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy. “Explore the future of space exploration and the latest advances in fusion energy by joining us for virtual open sessions on November 15-18, 2021,” it announced. “Talks will explore commercial space exploration, the latest updates from NASA, recommendations from the recently released Astro2020 decadal survey, and progress on the SpaceX Starship program with CEO Elon Musk.”
You can watch the multi-day conferences by registering through Eventbrite or directly accessing this official Livestream link: SPACE STUDIES MEETING. During the first conference scheduled for Monday, November 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST., they will discuss Space Commercialization in Low Earth Orbit with guest speakers: Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University Matt Weinzierl, NASA International Space Station Director Robyn Gatens, Blue Origin Payload Director Erika Wagner, and CEO of NanoRacks Jeffrey Manber.
On Tuesday, November 16, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST, NASA Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen and former NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin will discuss the future of space exploration and provide updates on the agency’s programs to explore the Universe.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk will participate at the Space Studies conference on Wednesday, November 17 from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. EST.He plans to discuss the next-generation launch system that is under development in South Texas. Starship is designed to return NASA astronauts to the lunar surface and send the first crew to build a settlement on Mars.
Musk’s appearance will come after Fiona A. Harrison, the Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at Caltech, has a discussion with former University of Cambridge Astronomer Robert Kennicutt about the Astro2020 decadal survey. The survey recommends the United States to pursue developing and setting up a wide-range of space-based telescopes and ground-based observatories over the coming decades.
The final conference in the series will take place on Thursday, November 18 from 12:40 to 4:00 p.m. EST. During which the National Academies will “discuss the future of fusion energy with an update on our recent report on Bringing Fusion to the U.S. Grid from study chair R.J. Hawryluk from 12:45-1:15pm ET. Hear about the challenges and opportunities for inertial confinement fusion from Doug Larson and Mark Herrmann from the National Ignition Facility from 3:15-4pm ET,” they stated.
#Astro2020 highlights key goals and challenges for #astronomy, including the search for Earth-like worlds. Join us Nov 15-18 to learn about the future of space exploration, featuring speakers @Dr_ThomasZ, @elonmusk, @ad_astra2 and more.— National Academies (@theNASEM) November 11, 2021
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