- Posted September 3, 2013 by
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Commercial Spaceflight Federation President Michael Lopez-Alegria will be moderating an all-astronaut panel on Wednesday, September 4th at 5PM CDT as part of a three-day long meeting of commercial space industry leaders in the Houston area. CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria has accomplished ten spacewalks, two Space Shuttle Missions, and one visit to the International Space Station. He holds the record for the American with the longest spaceflight - 215 days- and he was among the first aquanauts to participate in NASA's Aquarius underwater laboratory. The Director of Aviation for the City of Houston, Mario Diaz, will be opening the panel with remarks on the progress of establishing Ellington Airport as a spaceport. The panel will take place at Space Center Houston and will be webcast live from http://www.commercialspaceflight.org. The event is open to public in Houston and tweeted questions will be taken from space enthusiasts around the world.
Tweet @CSF_Spaceflight and include the hashtag #AskCSF to have your question considered for the panel.
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. David Alexander, Director, Rice Space Institute
Keynote from Mario Diaz, Aviation Director for the City of Houston.
Moderator: Michael Lopez-Alegria, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation,
Christopher J. Ferguson, Director of Crew and Mission Operations, Boeing Space Exploration
Jim Voss, Advisor and former VP of Space Exploration, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Garrett Reisman, Commercial Crew Program Lead, Space Exploration Technologies
Jeff Ashby, Chief of Mission Assurance, Blue Origin
Rick Searfoss, Director of Flight Test Operations and Chief Test Pilot, XCOR Aerospace
About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation
The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The CSF’s member companies – which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers and service providers – are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.