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  SpaceOps 2010 Conference
Delivering on the Dream
Organized by AIAA  
and Hosted by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
25 - 30 Apr 2010
Von Braun Center
Huntsville, Alabama

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Special Events and Tours

 Special Sessions, Events, and Tours


Special Sessions


Monday 26 April

0900–1100 hrs

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Remarks: Mike Fawcett, NASA, SpaceOps 2010 Organizing Committee Chair

Video Welcome: International Space Station flight crew

Real Time Status: Videoconference from control centers around the world

Opening Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Robert Lightfoot, Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Keynote Speaker: Charles Scales, NASA Associate Deputy Administrator


Tuesday 27 April

0830–1030 hrs

Plenary: Space Navigation – Recent Advancements & Emerging Trends

Many space agencies are launching satellites to diverse destinations around the galaxy. This panel will include presentations with international representatives discussing the latest state of the art in Deep Space, Lunar, and Near Earth navigation applications.

Introduction: Tom Inman, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, SpaceOps 2010 Organizing Committee Deputy Chair

Moderator: Dr. Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Deep Space Navigation: Dr. Juergen K. Fertig, ESA/ESOC, Interplanetary Missions Support; Laureano Cangahuala, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Lunar Navigation: Junjiro Nakahara, JAXA, Advisor, Human Space Program Systems Engineering Office, Human Space Systems and Utilization Mission Directorate; Professor  Jinsong  Ping, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory

Near Earth Navigation:Dr. Moon Beom Heo, KARI, Senior Researcher, National GNSS Research Center; James J. Miller, NASA, Senior GPS Technologist, Space Communication & Navigation


Wednesday 28 April

0830–1030 hrs

Plenary: International Space Station at Assembly Complete

2010 includes the major milestone of reaching assembly complete on the ISS. This panel will include operations representatives from each of the international partners discussing lessons learned from assembly and their agencies plans for future operations of the ISS.

Introduction: Mike Fawcett, NASA, SpaceOps 2010 Organizing Committee Chair

Moderator: Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA, Associate Administrator for Space Operations Mission Directorate

Canada: Pierre Jean, CSA, Canadian Space Station Program Manager

Europe: Bob Chesson, ESA, Head of the Human Spaceflight and Exploration Operations Department

Japan: Tetsuo Yokoyama, JAXA, Deputy Manager, Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Operations Project Team, Human Space Systems and Utilization Mission Directorate

Russia: Dr. Vladimir Soloviev, First Deputy of General Designer, RSC Energia, Director, ISS Flight Operations,Cosmonaut

U.S.: Paul Hill, NASA Johnson Space Center, Director, Mission Operations



Thursday 29 April

0830–1030 hrs

Plenary: Space Operations Contribution to Climate Change Monitoring

Global monitoring of climate change is a very complex issue being addressed by many of the world’s space agencies. Climate change has several interlinked systems of indicators from the earth’s oceans, land masses, poles, and atmosphere. International members of this panel will select several of these indicators and show the results, perspectives, expectations, and applications of the space operations contributions to global monitoring and how space operations should be further improved to achieve even better science and global results. 

Introduction: Geneviève Campan, CNES, Mission Operations Deputy Director

Moderator: Helen Wood, NOAA, Chief, Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution

Climate Change: Dr. John Bates, NOAA, NCDC

Ocean Monitoring: Philippe Escudier/CLS/Technical Director

Land Cover: Dr. Felix Huber, DLR/GSOC Director

Ice and Pole Monitoring: Douglas Bancroft, Director, Canadian Ice Service

Atmosphere Chemistry: M.Masakatsu, JAXA

International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”: S. Cheli, ESA, Head of the Coordination Office in the D/EOP Directorate


Friday 30 April

1300–1430 hrs

Closing Ceremony

 Welcome: Tom Inman, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, SpaceOps 2010 Organizing Committee  Deputy Chair

SpaceOps Workshop Outbrief: K. Narita, JAXA

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Mike Fawcett, NASA, SpaceOps 2010 Organizing Committee Chair

Keynote Speaker: Will Whitehorn, President, Virgin Galactic

Passing of the Space Ops Flag: Mike Fawcett, NASA, SpaceOps 2010 Organizing Committee Chair with Thomas Kuch, German Aerospace Center (DLR), and Mikael Stern, General Manager, Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)

Closing of the Conference: Dan Dumbacher, Director of Engineering, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center


Special Events and Tours


Sunday 25 April

Welcome Reception

1900 - 2030 hrs at the Embassy Suites.Tickets are included in the registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets may be

purchased for $56.


Monday 26 April

An Open Evening to Enjoy Huntsville on Your Own

Complimentary buses will continuously circle from the Von Braun Center to the Bridge Street Town Center from 1700 to 2300 hrs.

Enjoy an evening of strolling through Huntsville’s premier open air plaza, the Bridge Street Town Centre. Situated on a 10-acre lake and featuring numerous upscale shops and restaurants, Bridge Street is ideal for shopping and dining, as well as taking in a movie at the 14-screen Monaco Pictures theatre or riding a Venetian gondola or paddle boat to enjoy the scenery. Alternately, spend your evening at one of downtown Huntsville’s outstanding restaurants all within steps of the Von Braun Center. Dining guides will be provided.


Tuesday 27 April

Accompanying Persons Program – Antebellum Stroll

Enjoy Huntsville’s historic past. Join us on a stroll through the Twickenham Historic District, Maple Hill Cemetery, and

Historic Weeden House Museum. Includes guided walking tour as well as lunch 27 April 2010. Bus will depart from the hotel at 1030 hrs and return at the conclusion of the tour at approximately 1700 hrs. Tickets may be purchased for $50.


Tuesday 27 April

Exhibit Reception and Poster Presentations

There will be Poster Presentations and an evening wine and cheese reception from 1730 to 1930 hrs located in the Exhibit Hall. Tickets are included with registration where indicated. Additional tickets may be purchased for $35.


Wednesday 28 April

Jack Daniels Distillery Tour

Just over an hour’s ride from Huntsville is the Jack Daniels Distillery, where every single drop of Jack Daniels whiskey on the planet is made. An entertaining guide will accompany you on a tour of the distillery to tell you all the secrets behind the making of Jack Daniels whiskey, as well as a few interesting stories about Mr. Jack himself. The tour, beginning at 1630hrs lasts about an hour, is mostly outdoors and involves quite a lot of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. A BBQ dinner on BBQ Hill features a panoramic view of Lynchburg, a great meal, music, and Jack Daniels’ signature Lynchburg Lemonade. Visitors are asked not to bring backpacks, tote bags, shopping bags, or other large bags on the tour. Cameras are allowed. Due to the serving of alcohol on the tour and at the BBQ, all participants must take buses to the facility, which will depart from the Von Braun Center shortly after the conference session conclude on Wednesday. PLEASE NOTE: Due to space limitations at the venue, extra tickets to the Jack Daniel's Off-Site are not availible at this time. Please check at the on-site registration desk for availbility.


Thursday 29 April

Conference Gala Dinner

The Conference Gala Dinner will be held at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, where we will dine under the Saturn V, restored to its Apollo-era readiness and suspended horizontally in the 476 foot long, 90 foot wide and 63 foot high building. Buses will be provided to the Davidson Center from the Von Braun Center beginning at 1730 hrs and for the return trip to the Von Braun Center at the conclusion of the event. There will be a reception from 1800 to 1900 hrs followed by dinner and entertainment. Tickets are included in the registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets may be purchased for $105.


Friday 30 April

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Tour

1430 hrs

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center will be hosting a technical tour of some of the Center's SpaceOps capabilities. Attendees--who must have signed-up in advance--will see Marshall's dynamic test stands on a drive-through of the Center, followed by an on-site tour and briefing at Marshall's Huntsville Operations Support Center (HOSC) that manages science payloads real-time for the Internationed Space Station (ISS). The technical tour will take approximately 1.5 hours. The deadline to sign up for this techincal tour has passed. Thank you for your interest. 



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