Virginia Govenor Robert McDonnell to Address 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference

Press Release From: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012

image The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will co-sponsor the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, to be held February 15-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.

The conference will feature high-level speakers and panels examining the growth of the U.S. commercial space sector, and the future of commercial space exploration. The conference theme is "Commercial: The New Future of Space."

Notable speakers will include: The Honorable Robert McDonnell, governor, Va.; George C. Nield, associate administrator, Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration; William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA; and Gen. William L. Shelton, commander, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Air Force.

The event's panel sessions will cover a wide range of subjects, including: Minority Space Entrepreneurship; Understanding the Space Environment: What the Launch Operator Should Know About Space Weather; Crew and Cargo to the International Space Station; Ranges of the Future; Spaceport States Leadership, and Legislative Trends in Commercial Space. Panelists are drawn from a wide range of government agencies, academic institutions, commercial space companies, and nonprofit associations in the space field.

George Nield, general chair of the conference, stated: "What a year this has been! The end of one era and the dawn of a new one. It is becoming increasingly clear that commercial space activities will be a key part of the nation's future space endeavors. The 15th annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference will give policy makers, developers, industry representatives, and subject matter experts the information they need in order to understand what challenges we face, and what obstacles still need to be overcome. We look forward to your attendance and your active participation in the discussion!"

Sponsors of the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference are: The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Virgin Galactic.

For more information on the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, visit or contact Duane Hyland at or 703.264.7558. Media registration for credentialed members of the press is complimentary.

AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500, Reston, VA 20191-4344
Phone: 703.264.7558
Fax: 703.264.7551

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