Friday, October 29, 2010

Team Phoenicia/Techshop Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar Update (10/29/10)

Team Phoenicia and TechShop are proud to announce that on November 6th, 2010 at TechShop - Menlo Park at 1 PM will host the Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge Seminar.

The agenda is almost finalized and the organizations that will be presenting are NASA Centennial Challenge Program, the TBA allied organization running the challenge, FAA, New Mexico Spaceport Authority, Friends of Amateur Rocketry, Team Phoenicia and some of the SF Bay Area teams.

The keynote speaker will be Dr Andrew Kalman of Stanford University's Space and Systems Development Laboratory. The topic of his speech will be the potential for a nanosat launcher: what it would mean for himself, other scientists, and what it could mean if there was an inexpensive and responsive nanosat launcher for the general satellite market.

The draft rules for the Challenge are planned to be presented and feedback is expected.

There are four thrusts for this seminar:

1. Promotion of the Nanosat Launcher Challenge in the SF Bay Area

2. How the different organizations including Team Phoenicia can help start-up teams

3. A working session for teams from all over the country (including giving feedback on the draft rules)

4. A networking session for those that wish to form or join teams and would like to bootstrap themselves into a competitive position.

The seminar is open to the public, but reservations are advised. Walk-ups on the day of the seminar are free, but seating is not guaranteed. Reservations are not free. Seating is limited to 100 individuals. There are approximately 60 seats remaining.

Reservations link:

Agenda (updated 10/29/10):

1:00 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, Introduction and Welcome

1:15 PM: Andrew Petro, NASA Centennial Challenge Program, Scope and Hopes for the Centennial Challenges

1:45 PM: Dr Andrew Kalman, Stanford University's Space and Systems Development Laboratory, The Potential of an Affordable, Responsive Nanosat Launcher

2:15 PM: Allied Organization - Draft Nanosat Launcher Challenge Rules

3:15 PM: BREAK. Tours of Techshop Available

3:30 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, How Team Phoenicia Can and Is Helping Nanosat Launcher Teams

3:50 PM: Invited. Waiting to Hear. Topic: Funding Nanosat Launcher Challenge Teams.

4:10 PM: BREAK, Tours of Techshop Available

4:20 PM: Aaron Prescott, SpacePort America, How SPA can help the Nanosat Launcher Challenge Teams

4:40 PM: Paul Breed, Friends of Amateur Rocketry, What FAR is and what it can do for the NLC teams

5:00 PM: Sherman Council, et al, Federal Aviation Administration: rules and requirements

6:00 PM: Nanosat Challenge Teams Panel/Micro Presentations (currently Vog Rockets, Seraphim Aerospace, possibly a mystery team)

6:30 PM: William Baird, Team Phoenicia, Closing Remarks

6:40 PM: Networking Session, official wrap at 8 PM.

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1 comment:

mark lawrence said...

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