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The Space Frontier Foundation's annual conference, NewSpace 2011, is one of the most important commercial space conferences in the nation, which will be on July 28-30 at NASA Ames Research Center. Lori Garver, Deputy NASA Administrator will present the opening keynote on Thursday morning, kicking off a great conference. This is the third year that the conference has been here in Silicon Valley and we are working to grow this into THE premier commercial space event in the world. The theme of this year's conference is "The Next Big Thing". The three day event will focus on the current, near term, and future potential and challenges of the emerging commercial space industry.

Programming on Thursday will kick off with "The Big Thing of Today", which will address the current state of not only the NewSpace industry, but also the critical partnership between the growing commercial industry and civil space and will feature a roundtable of the leadership of the different NASA Centers. Friday will carry on with "The Big Thing of Tomorrow", which will feature a Business Plan Competition and an even better version of the popular "War Stories" panel, where founders can discuss why they started their companies and where they see them going. Friday will also seek to investigate what opportunities and markets exist in the near term. Saturday will focus on "The Future is the Really Big Thing", which will explore what opportunities await us in the future and will feature a panel on "The Promise of NewSpace," which will be comprised of high-level visionaries from across the industry. Finally, the conference will close Saturday night with the star-studded NewSpace Awards Gala. More information about the program may be found on the Agenda page.

The hotel is sold out on Tues and Wed night. Two Recommended Nearby Hotels are:

  • Fairfield Inn

  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel

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