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Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC)

Date: 28 Feb - 3 Mar 2011

Location: University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Orlando, FL, US,


The Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) will be held February 28 - March 2, 2011, at The University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.


A new generation of space vehicles capable of economically delivering payloads and researchers is coming on line. These vehicles will revolutionize space access by providing frequent, low-cost access to space and the capability to carry research and education crew members. They will also carry experiments for technology demonstrations, for scientist in-the-loop research, and for educational/public outreach demonstrations.

Fields including atmospheric science, solar physics, microgravity science, planetary science, space life science, space physics, and education and public outreach (EPO) stand to benefit from these vehicles.

NSRC2011 will provide a forum to learn about the research and EPO capabilities of these new systems, their experiments, and EPO integration processes. NSRC2011 will also provide input on vehicle design requirements for science and education.

The conference aims to bring together researchers from government, industry, and academia. The objectives of the NSRC2011, therefore, are:

  • To educate a broad array of research communities to the opportunities that the new wave of human suborbital vehicles offer for research and education missions (REM);
  • To hear from this broad array of researchers what their questions, feedback, and ideas are for REM applications and REM user requirements;
  • To demonstrate strong interest by working researchers and education/public outreach representatives to NASA, the National Institute of Health (NIH), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), industry, and other potential funding entities for REM applications.


The 2.5-day conference will include invited and contributed talks and posters. The meeting will also include keynote addresses, a press conference, a poster session, and public talks. View the NSRC 2010 program.


A welcome reception with registration check-in will be held Sunday evening, February 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Registration opens October 2010. Registrations may be canceled for a $150 fee until February 18, 2011.


For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the meeting, please contact:

Cindy Conrad
Southwest Research Institute
Phone: 720-240-0126

For further information regarding exhibit space, posters and logistics, please contact:

Michelle Hernandez
Southwest Research Institute
Phone: 210-522-2260

For further information regarding registration or sponsorship, please contact:

Diane Miller
Southwest Research Institute
Phone: 303-546-9673

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