1. S.Alan Stern (Chair), Southwest Research Institute,

Emily CoBabe-Amman, EC&A Inc.

Steven Collicott, Purdue University

Joshua Colwell, University of Central Florida

Cynthia Conrad, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder

Daniel Durda, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder

Samuel Durrance, Florida Institute of Technology

Makenzie Lystrup, University of Colorado, Boulder

Richard Miles, Princeton University

John Pojman, Louisiana State University

Mark Shelhamer, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Summers, George Mason University

Erika Wagner, X PRIZE Foundation

Charlie Walker, Commercial Industry Astronaut


A new generation of space vehicles capable of economically delivering payloads and researchers is coming on line in 2012 and 2013.

These vehicles will revolutionize space access by providing frequent, low-cost access to space, and the capability to carry research and education crew members―thereby simplifying and further reducing the cost of experimentation in space. They will also carry automated experiments for technology and TRL-raising demonstrations, for educational/public outreach, and for atmospheric science, solar physics, microgravity science, planetary science, space life science, space physics, and education and public outreach (EPO).

NSRC-2012 will provide a forum for researchers, educators, and other users to learn about the research and EPO capabilities of these new systems, their experiments, and EPO integration processes. NSRC-2012 will also provide the user community for these vehicles a key opportunity to make inputs on vehicle design and operational requirements.

The conference will bring together researchers from government, industry, and academia in the largest forum of it’s kind, providing key networking opportunities for the entire community. The objectives of the NSRC-2012, therefore, are:

- To educate a broad array of research communities to the opportunities that the new wave of reusable, commercial human suborbital vehicles offer for research and education missions (REM);

- To hear from this broad array of researchers and educators what their questions, feedback, and ideas are for REM applications and REM user requirements are;

- To further demonstrate strong interest by US domestic and international researchers and educators to NASA, industry, DoD, the National Institute of Health (NIH), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other potential funding entities for REM applications.


The 3-day NSRC-2012 conference will include over 100 invited and contributed talks, as well as keynote addresses, and a series of discussion panels. The meeting will also include a press conference, a poster session and a NASA Flight Opportunities Program Workshop. Click here to see this years program!.

Abstracts must be limited to 1 page, in black and white only (no color figures), and submitted in pdf format. The abstract deadline is December 2, 2011. Upload an abstract now.



February 27-29

S. Alan Stern, VP, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder

Cynthia Conrad, Coordinator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder

Daniel Durda, Researcher, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder

Alex Saltman, Executive Director, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Simon “Pete” Worden, Director, NASA Ames Research Center

Thank you all for making NSRC-2012 the best yet! See you at NSRC-2013!




For further information regarding registration or sponsorship, please contact:

Diane Miller
Southwest Research Institute
Phone: 303-546-9673
For further information regarding exhibit space, posters and logistics, please contact:

Michelle Valero
Southwest Research Institute
Phone: 210-522-2260 michelle.valero@swri.org
For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the meeting, please contact:

Cindy Conrad
Southwest Research Institute
Phone: 720-240-0126



For further information regarding technical help for abstract submissions or registration, please contact:

Constantine Tsang
Southwest Research Institute
Phone: 720-208-7202

Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012

February 27 - 29, 2012

The Crown Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto, California

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XCOR Flight Prize in New York Times Square! (Feb, 2012)

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Neil Armstrong, (Retired)

Mr. Jeff Greason

President, XCOR Aerospace

Mr. David Mackay

Chief Test Pilot, Virgin Galactic

Mr. Andrew Nelson

Chief Operating Officer, XCOR Aerospace

Dr. George Nield

Associate Administrator, Commercial Space Transport, FAA

Dr. June Scobee Rodgers

Founding Director, Challenger Center

Dr. Alan Stern

Associate VP, Southwest Research Institute

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