Global Conference 2015

As unmanned missions such as landing on a comet and exploring Mars inspire wonder and demonstrate what science can do, interest in the prospect of human space flight continues to rise. However, the U.S. collaboration with Russia on the International Space Station is nearing its end. How people will travel through space in the future has become an open question. If the U.S. decides to commit itself to the cause, can we do it alone? Can the space program become economically sustainable? Can the private sector make it profitable? Is asteroid mining a place to focus resources? And do we have the means to actually put someone on Mars? Our panel will probe the future of public and commercial space flight--the goals, the economics and how far the will to explore may take us.


Rick Newman

Columnist, Yahoo Finance


John Elbon

Vice President and General Manager, Space Exploration, Boeing Co.

William Gerstenmaier

Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA

Michael Hawes

Vice President and Orion Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.

Naveen Jain

Founder, Moon Express

Julie Van Kleeck

Vice President, Advanced Space and Launch Business Unit, Aerojet Rocketdyne

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