Headlines from SPACE 2014


Watch. Listen. Discuss. Couldn’t travel to AIAA SPACE 2014? No worries. You can view many of the sessions via AIAA's livestream channel, or check out the headlines herein to learn more about what took place 4-7 August in San Diego.


Friday, 8 August 2014, 7:45 p.m. EDT

Yes, Virginia, You Will Be Able to Download your iTunes on Mars, Eventually

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Our world is becoming rapidly connected, and as humanity ventures off planet they will take their appetites for LOLz cat memes, silly YouTube videos, and iTunes with them, making a need for space-based internet and other broadband services a reality, according to panelists speaking on “The Future of Space-Based Communications,” at the AIAA SPACE 2014 Forum in San Diego.

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Friday, 8 August 2014, 2:45 p.m. EDT

Getting From Earth-Dependent to Mars-Ready Requires Team Effort

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

To achieve a manned mission to Mars, it’s going to take countless new technology developments, innovative strategies for coordinating NASA’s inter-agencies, and increased collaboration with private industry and international partners. That was the message delivered by NASA representatives during the “From Earth Dependent to Mars Ready” panel at the AIAA SPACE 2014 Forum Thursday in San Diego.

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Thursday, 7 August 2014, 8:30 p.m. EDT

Tech Progress, Outreach Hurdles Seen on Road to Mars

by Ben Iannotta, Aerospace America editor-in-chief

It’s going to take a mix of effective public outreach, space-community buy-in and clear technical progress for international partners to assemble the funds and technology they'll need to get human explorers to Mars in the next two decades, NASA and industry officials said today.

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Thursday, 7 August 2014, 3:30 p.m. EDT

Early Career Crossroads

Ryan Rudy, a Boeing flight test engineer, addresses an audience of students and professionals during the Young Professional Luncheon Panel on Wednesday at the AIAA SPACE 2014 Forum in San Diego.

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Thursday, 7 August 2014, 2:35 p.m. EDT

In Space, Where 'So Much Can Go Wrong,' Preparation is Critical

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Despite their years of training, endless simulations of space flights and intense study of past flights, “we don’t know for sure how things are going to work out,” said former NASA astronaut Frank Culbertson, a veteran of three space missions. “We have to deal with problems in real-time and get it done. We call it crisis-management now; then it was 'contingencies.'”

Culbertson was speaking as part of the “Unforeseen Events: Learning from the Untold Stories of Human Spaceflight Contingencies” panel at the AIAA SPACE 2014 Forum in San Diego.

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Thursday, 7 August 2014, 1:30 p.m. EDT

As Earth Observation Data Grows, So Does Public Access

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

The next generation of satellites will enhance space-based remote-sensing observations and, coupled with public access to their data, support a host of global weather, space weather and climate products, a panel of government and private industry experts told an audience Wednesday at the AIAA SPACE 2014 Forum in San Diego.

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Thursday, 7 August 2014, 9:45 a.m. EDT

The Nation's Network of Spaceports is Thriving – But More Needs to Be Done to Ensure Continued Growth

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

The nation’s commercial spaceport network will be expanding from the “eight that are operating now, to 17 in the next few years,” Brian Gulliver, a spaceport development team leader at Reynolds, Smith and Hills, told an audience attending the panel on “An Expanding Network of Commercial Spaceports” Wednesday morning at the AIAA SPACE 2014 Forum in San Diego.

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 6:45 p.m. EDT

Society has a Growing Need for Sustainable, Affordable Space-Based Remote Sensing Data

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

Society is growing increasingly dependent on space-based remote sensing data for a variety of critical needs, and as a result earth observation systems must become increasingly sustainable and affordable, a panel of experts said Wednesday at the AIAA SPACE 2014 Forum in San Diego.

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 2:55 p.m. EDT

For Spaceflight Managers, Thoughts to Turn to 2016 Presidential Election

by Ben Iannotta, Aerospace America editor-in-chief

Let’s say you manage an expensive government-funded space technology program. All you need to do to ensure continuity through the next presidential administration is make sure you deliver on time and on budget and don’t overreach, right? Different schools of thought about that question were on display during a Tuesday afternoon human spaceflight panel discussion at AIAA’s Space 2014 Forum in San Diego.

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 2:45 p.m. EDT

The Past is Prologue to the Future When it Comes to the Next Decade of Mars Exploration

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Past missions, and in some case the spare parts of past missions, will help drive the next decade of Mars exploration, a panel of experts from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, told an audience Tuesday at the AIAA SPACE 2014 Forum in San Diego.

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Tuesday, 6 August 2014, 10:30 p.m. EDT

How to Make MILSATCOM More Resilient and Affordable

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

A panel of industry experts provided an overview of the current challenges and future opportunities in military satellite communications Tuesday afternoon at the AIAA SPACE 2014 Forum in San Diego.

Referencing the forum’s theme -- “Connecting, Protecting, and Enhancing a Global Society” -- retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, the panel moderator, said, “In many ways MILSATCOM addresses each one of those things.” James, the deputy director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and an AIAA Associate Fellow, also noted that coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq relied on commercial communication satellites, “not those purely MILSATCOM capabilities.”

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 7:15 p.m. EDT

Comet’s October Encounter with Mars will Create 30 Minutes of Concern for Global Space Agencies

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

A comet's close approach with Mars in October is unlikely to endanger spacecraft orbiting the planet, but the encounter will nevertheless create "30 minutes of concern" for scientists and engineers, reported speakers during the “Robotic Mars Explorers Encounter Comet Siding Spring” panel at the AIAA SPACE 2014 forum in San Diego this morning.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 3:45 p.m. EDT

Space Systems Greatly Improve Life on Earth

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

Space systems are vital components of modern society -- keeping people safe, strengthening the economy and contributing to the advance of civilization. That was the central theme delivered by senior industry leaders during Tuesday morning’s discussion on “Space in Our World” at AIAA’s SPACE Forum in San Diego.

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