Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference   Feb. 18-20, 2010   Boulder, CO





Lunar and Planetary Institute
Universities Space Research
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation
NASA Ames Research Center
Southwest Research Institute
Space Exploration Technologies
Special Aerospace Services
The National AeroSpace
   Training and Research Center
   (NASTAR Center)
United Launch Alliance
Virgin Galactic
Masten Space Systems

S. Alan Stern,
   Southwest Research Institute,
Daniel Durda,
   Southwest Research Institute,
John Gedmark,
   Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Stephen Mackwell,
    Lunar and Planetary Institute
Mark Sirangelo,
   Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Fred Tarantino,
   Universities Space Research

S. Alan Stern (Chair),
   Southwest Research Institute,
Steven Collicott,
   Purdue University
Joshua Colwell,
   University of Central Florida
Daniel Durda,
   Southwest Research Institute,    
Christoph Englert,
   Naval Research Laboratory
David Grinspoon,
   Denver Museum of Nature
   and Science
Richard Miles,
   Princeton University
John Pojman,
   Louisiana State University
Mark Shelhamer,
   Johns Hopkins University
Michael Summers,
   George Mason University
Erika Wagner,
   Massachusetts Institute
   of Technology



The Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) will be held February 18–20, 2010, at The Millennium Harvest House Boulder, 1345 28th Street, Boulder, Colorado, 80302.


  When:  February 18–20, 2010
  Where:  Boulder, Colorado


A new generation of space vehicles capable of economically delivering payloads and researchers is coming on line beginning in 2010. These vehicles will revolutionize space access by providing frequent, low-cost access to space and the capability to carry research and education crew members.  They will also carry experiments for technology demonstrations, for scientist in-the-loop research, and for educational/public outreach demonstrations.

Fields including atmospheric science, solar physics, microgravity science, planetary science, space life science, space physics, and education and public outreach (EPO) stand to benefit from these vehicles.

NSRC2010 will provide a forum to learn about the research and EPO capabilities of these new systems, their experiments, and EPO integration processes.  NSRC2010 will also provide input on vehicle design requirements for science and education. 

The conference aims to bring together researchers from government, industry, and academia.  The objectives of the NSRC2010, therefore, are

  • to educate a broad array of research communities to the opportunities that the new wave of human suborbital vehicles offer for research and education missions (REM);
  • to hear from this broad array of researchers what their questions, feedback, and ideas are for REM applications and REM user requirements;
  • to demonstrate strong interest by working researchers and education/public outreach representatives to NASA, the National Institute of Health (NIH), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), industry, and other potential funding entities for REM applications.


The 2.5-day conference will include invited and contributed talks scheduled into three parallel sessions for different fields.  The meeting will also include keynote addresses, a press conference, and public talks to the local community in Boulder.

The detailed program with links to abstracts is now available. Presenters should check the author index to see when their presentation has been scheduled.

Special Events —
A welcome reception with registration check-in will be held Wednesday evening, February 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Public talks will be held Thursday evening, February 18, at the Fiske Planetarium on the University of Colorado campus.

  • Suborbital Space for Fun and Research — The Test Pilot Astronaut's Perspective by Colonel (USAF retired) Rick Searfoss, former space shuttle commander and chief test pilot for XCOR Aerospace
  • Citizen Spaceflight:  A Dream Come True by Andrew Chaikin, author, journalist, and inspirational speaker. 

Through January 15, 2010 $250.00 Professional / $90.00 Student
January 16–February 10, 2010 $275.00 Professional / $100.00 Student
After February 10, 2010 Onsite Registration Only
$300.00 Professional / $110.00 Student

* A one-day fee will be made available on site at the conference.

The registration fees will cover meeting expenses including a welcome reception on Wednesday evening, February 17; daily continental breakfasts; morning and afternoon refreshments; audio-visual equipment; and a conference program.

Credit card registrations:  Participants registering by credit card must use the secure electronic registration form.

Other methods of payment:  Those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, or traveler’s check) must use the downloadable registration form.

Cancellations:  A $25.00 cancellation fee will be charged on any cancellations received before January 28, 2010. No refunds will be given after January 28, 2010.


The Millennium Harvest House Boulder is holding a block of guest rooms at the government rate of $103.00 per night plus 10.25% tax, single and double occupancy.  The guest room rate includes complimentary Internet access.

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the hotel is adjacent to the University of Colorado, the 29th Street retail district, downtown Boulder, and the historic Pearl Street area.  See area map.

For participants who wish to bring family members to enjoy the local ambience and winter activities such as skiing, the group rate will be honored for three days before and three days after the meeting dates.

Guests have several options for making reservations.

Hotel website:  Enter group code 0210USRAMT

Telephone:  Call (800) 545-6285 or (303) 443-3850 and ask for the Reservations Department.
(Be sure to identify yourself with NSRC 2010 group.)

E-mail:  [email protected]

Fax:  Download the reservation form and fax it to (303) 442-3821.

To ensure a room at the special rate, reservations MUST be made by 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time), January 18, 2010. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space-available basis at the best available rate. 

Room type preferences may be requested but are not guaranteed.  The hotel will do its best to honor guest requests, based upon availability at time of check-in.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; checkout time is 12:00 noon. Guests arriving prior to check-in will be accommodated as rooms become available. Late check-outs will be accommodated subject to space availability. Guests staying in an occupied room after the check-out time will be assessed a late departure charge if prior arrangements have not been made with the hotel.

Room Deposit:  A deposit equal to one night’s stay ($103.00 plus 10.25% tax) is required to hold each individual’s reservation. Upon guest check-in, the deposit will be applied to the first night of the reserved stay. All deposits will be charged at the time the reservation is made.

Cancellations:  The deposit is refundable if the hotel receives notice of cancellation no later than 24 hours prior to the day of arrival. To avoid forfeiture of deposit, cancellations must be made by 11:59 p.m. on the day prior to arrival.

Early Departure Fee:  Guests will be required to advise the hotel at or before check-in of any change in the reserved length of stay. Changes made after check-in will be subject to an early departure fee of $75.00 to be charged to the guest’s individual account.




Boulder is located approximately 44 miles northwest of the Denver International Airport (DEN). Air travelers should book to DEN.

Once in Boulder, it is easy to get around by foot, bicycle (loaner bikes are available at the hotel), or bus, so it is not strictly necessary to rent a car.

Super Shuttle (303-227-0000) has hourly departures from DIA to Boulder from 7:10 a.m. to 11:10 p.m.  Return trips to DIA depart the hotel hourly between 4:45 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. The current cost is $50.00 per person round trip, or $27.00 one way. No reservation is necessary at DIA. You can walk directly to the Super Shuttle counter, which is near the fountain at the center of the DIA terminal, next to the exits from the DIA terminal tram. The return trip requires a reservation, which you can make at the desk or by asking the concierge at the Millennium.

Cab fare from the Denver airport to the Millennium hotel is about $75.00 one-way. This is actually cheaper than the Super Shuttle if you have at least three people in the cab.

Driving Directions
There are several ways to drive from DIA to Boulder. If you don't mind paying $8.00 in tolls, the fastest way is via E470, about 55 minutes.

1. Exit the airport on Pena Blvd.
3. Take the E470 toll road exit.
4. Merge onto State Hwy E 470 N.
5. E470 eventually turns into the Northwest Parkway.  Continue on to US Hwy. 36.
6. Take the ramp onto US-36W, then go about 8 miles to Boulder.
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If you prefer to avoid the tolls at the expense of a slightly longer trip and more traffic (one hour and 15 minutes), you may want to take US-36W all the way to Boulder.

1. Exit the airport on Pena Blvd.
2. Take Exit 5 for Tower Rd., after the E470 exit.
3. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Tower Rd. and merge onto Tower Rd.
4. Turn left at E 104th Ave.
5. Head west on E 104th Ave/CO-44.
6. Take the ramp onto US-36 W, then go about 13 miles to Boulder.
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Highway 36 turns into 28th Street in Boulder, and the Millennium is on the left just after the intersection with Colorado Blvd.


For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the meeting, contact:

Cindy Conrad
Southwest Research Institute
Phone:  720-240-0126
E-mail:  [email protected]

For further information regarding meeting logistics and announcements, please contact

Lunar and Planetary Institute
phone:  281-486-2164
e-mail:  [email protected]

For further information regarding registration, please contact

Linda Tanner
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone: 281-486-2142
E-mail:  [email protected]

January 15, 2010

Deadline for registration at reduced rate

February 18, 2010
Public Talks — Fiske Planetarium, University of Colorado
February 18–20, 2010
Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference,
in Boulder, Colorado

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