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Michael Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: (650) 604-3937/9000
E-mail: mmewhiney@mail.arc.nasa.gov

September 14, 2006
 
RELEASE : 06_67AR
 
 
NASA Co-Chairs Space 2006 Conference in Silicon Valley
 
 
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., is co-chairing, along with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force, to bring the Space 2006 Conference to Silicon Valley.

What:
  • Government, military and industry speakers and panelists will discuss space access and exploration throughout the Space 2006 Conference, organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). See “Media Opportunities” below for details.
  • NASA Ames Research Center, the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Lockheed Martin will conduct a media roundtable Sept 19. See “Media Opportunities” below for details.
  • During the conference, more than 3,000 Bay Area K-12 students and educators will take field trips to Education Alley to meet astronauts and scientists and participate in exhibits and presentations. See “Media Opportunities” below for details.
When:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, Wednesday, Sept. 20, and Thursday, Sept. 21
Where:
  • San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, Calif.
Media Opportunities:
Tuesday, Sept. 19: Conference, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Education Alley, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.: Education Alley, Astronaut Presentation. Former astronaut Rick Hieb will bring the experience of space to local students. On three space shuttle flights, Hieb walked in space three times and operated the robotic arm. The news media may cover any of the activities in which students will participate until 1:30 p.m.
  • 9:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Education Alley, Lunar Racing Championship Demo. Virtue Arts, Inc. and VirtuePlay, Inc. will be demonstrating their exciting new Lunar Racing Championship software that allows users to race lunar buggies on the moon in 3D. The racing experience on the virtual moon's surface will take place in Booth E-29. NASA Ames is collaborating with Virtue Arts, Inc. and VirtuePlay, Inc. for engineering and real-time simulation training in a variety of applications, including a dynamic learning system that allows users to virtually race lunar buggies on the moon in 3-D.
  • 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Conference Co-chairs Media Roundtable. Co-chairs will discuss their organizations’ programs and initiatives and answer questions. This event will be held in C-1 on the second floor of the convention center; reporters also may call in on 1-866-866-2244, code 7658759.
  • Dr. S. Pete Worden, director, NASA Ames Research Center, will discuss the center’s role in the Orion crew exploration vehicle, plans for a small satellite program and work in entrepreneurial space.
  • Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel, commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), will discuss SMC’s program portfolio, recent milestones and other upcoming space acquisition-related events.
  • Joanne Maguire, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, will discuss how the company helps its customers, such as NASA and the U.S. Air Force, meet their defining moments.
  • Bob Dickman, executive director, AIAA, will discuss the conference and moderate the media roundtable.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Keynote Speech, Dr. S. Pete Worden, Director, NASA Ames Research Center. Dr. Worden will speak in the Convention Center Ballroom. Pre-registered news media may attend the luncheon free of charge.
Wednesday, Sept. 20: Conference, 8 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.; Education Alley, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 9:30 – 10 a.m.: Education Alley, Astronaut Presentation. Former astronaut Bruce McCandless will speak about his experiences as an astronaut. He logged more than 300 hours in space on two flights and was the first human to fly untethered in space in the Manned Maneuvering Unit.
  • 9:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Education Alley, Lunar Racing Championship Demo. VirtueArts and Virtue Play will be demonstrating their exciting new Lunar Racing Championship software that allows users to race lunar buggies on the moon in 3D. The racing experience on the virtual moon's surface will take place in Booth E-29. NASA Ames is collaborating with VirtueArts and Virtue Play for engineering and real-time simulation training in a variety of applications, including a dynamic learning system that allows users to virtually race lunar buggies on the moon in 3-D.
  • 10:30 – 11 a.m.: Education Alley, Sea Turtles Presentation. The National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will explain how satellites help us learn more about sea turtles. The news media may cover any of the activities in which students will participate until 1:30 p.m.
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Keynote Speech, Bill Vass, President & COO, Sun Microsystems Federal and AIAA Awards Luncheon. Mr. Vass will speak in the Convention Center Ballroom. Pre-registered news media may attend the luncheon free of charge.
Thursday, Sept. 21: Conference, 8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.; Education Alley, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 9:30 – 10 a.m.: Education Alley, Flies in Space. NASA Ames’ Dr. Sharmila Bhattacharya will explain why scientists study fruit flies, how a fruit fly experiment was performed on the space shuttle STS-121 mission and what is studied on the ground upon return.
  • 9:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Education Alley, Lunar Racing Championship Demo. VirtueArts and Virtue Play will be demonstrating their exciting new Lunar Racing Championship software that allows users to race lunar buggies on the moon in 3D. The racing experience on the virtual moon's surface will take place in Booth E-29. NASA Ames is collaborating with VirtueArts and Virtue Play for engineering and real-time simulation training in a variety of applications, including a dynamic learning system that allows users to virtually race lunar buggies on the moon in 3-D.
  • 10:05 – 10:25 a.m.: Education Alley, Building a Comet. Students will find out how comets are born in this presentation by the SETI Institute. The news media may cover any of the activities in which students will participate until 1:30 p.m.
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Keynote Speech, Bob Bigelow, Founder & President, Bigelow Aerospace. Mr. Bigelow, whose company concentrates on altering the cost and availability of non-habitable and habitable space complexes for commercial and public use, will speak in the Convention Center Ballroom.
Pre-registered news media may attend the luncheon free of charge.

Additional media opportunities will be posted in the media center.

Other Conference Highlights:
  • The full agenda is available at www.aiaa.org/events/space for this conference, which has the theme, “The Value Proposition for Space: Security, Discovery, Prosperity.”
Media Center:
  • Tables and chairs and free WiFi access will be available in the media center in the concourse near the conference registration area.
Media Registration:
  • Members of the news media may pre-register with Sharon Grace, 703-264-7532, sharong@aiaa.org. To register at the conference, go to the registration area.
Media Contacts:
  • AIAA: Sharon Grace, 703-264-7532, sharong@aiaa.org
  • Lockheed Martin: Lynn Fisher, 408-742-7606, lynn.m.fisher@lmco.com
  • NASA Ames Research Center: Mike Mewhinney, 650-604-3937, michael.mewhinney@nasa.gov
  • Space & Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base: Jo Adail Stephenson, 310-653-2371, smcpa.media@losangeles.af.mil
 

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