Rocketplane and NASA Want Hawaii as a Prime Location for Business

This coming Thursday, August 21st, representatives from through out the world will be coming to Hawaii’s State Capitol to push Space Venture here in Hawaii.

Rocketplane Global is already taking reservations for $250,000 per flight.

Rocketplane Global will discuss Hawaii’s potential as a commercial launch site. Hawaii’s location near the equator makes our state an ideal sit to support commercial space launch. In fact, Hawaii is the only state in the country from which payloads may be launched into orbit, polar or equatorial, without flying over populated areas.

Here is the program’s highlighted topics courtesy of the Hawaii House Blog.

9:20 a.m. Aerospace Industry in Hawaii: The Big Picture
*Jim Crisafulli – Director, Hawaii Office of Aerospace Development
*The Honorable George R. Ariyoshi – Former Governor; U.S. Advisor, Japan-U.S. Science, Technology & Space Applications Program

9:40 a.m. Enabling the Next Frontier: Our National Vision for Aerospace
*Elliot Pulham – President & Chief Executive Officer – The Space Foundation
*David Kerr – Director of Partnership Management, Joint Planning & Development Office/FAA
*Chris Moore – Program Executive for Technology Exploration Systems Mission Directorate – NASA Headquarters
*Charles Smith – Chief, Space Technology Division – NASA Ames Research Center

10:45 a.m. Building Bridges: Hawaii as a Catalyst for Multinational Partnerships
*Frank Schowengerdt – Director – The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, U.S. Vice Chair – The Japan-U.S Science, Technology & Space Applications Program
*Michael Crosby – Interim Vice Chancellor for Research – University of Hawaii at Hilo
*Jim Grady – Chief Strategy Officer – Alliance for Commercial Enterprises and Education in Space
*John Strom – Program Manager for Aerospace – Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii, Vice President for Business Development – Enterprise Honolulu
*Chris Moore – Program Executive, Exploration Technology Development – NASA Headquarters
*Bill Larson – Chief, Applied Sciences Division – NASA Kennedy Space Center

1:00 p.m. Innovating the Next Frontier: Dual-Use Applications in Aerospace
*Joe Lehman – Director, Government Affairs – Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
*Timothy Dolan – Business Development Executive – Raytheon Honolulu Field Office
*Rick Holasek – President – NovaSol
*Ken Cheung – Science & Technology Manager – OCEANIT
*Daron Nishimoto – R&D Space Superiority Program Manager – Trex Hawaii
*John Benzie – Technical Director – Pacific Missile Range Facility (Kauai)
*Lt. Col. Scott Hunt – Manager, Space Situational Awareness Program – Maui Air Force Research Laboratory
*Keith Knox – Boeing LTS Chief Scientist – Air Force Maui Optical & Supercomputing Site (AMOS)

2:30 p.m. The Heavens in View: Pioneering Astronomy & Planetary Geosciences
*Nick Kaiser – Associate Director for National Telescope Projects – U.H. Institute for Astronomy

*Peter Mouginis-Mark – Director – U.H. Institute for Geophysics & Planetology

*Jeff Taylor – Lunar Scientist – U.H. Institute for Geophysics & Planetology

3:30 p.m. Reaching for the Stars: NextGen Aviation & Commercial Space Launch
*Ramsey Pederson – Manager, Aviation Development – University of Hawaii
*Chuck Lauer – Vice President for Business Development – Rocketplane Global
*Luke Flynn – Director, Hawaii Space Grant Consortium & Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory – University of Hawaii

4:15 p.m. Training the Next Generation: Aerospace Education in Hawaii
*Wayne Shiroma – Co-Director, Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory – University of Hawaii
*Joe Ciotti – Director, Center for Aerospace Education – Windward Community College
*Robert Fox – Chairman, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy – University of Hawaii at Hilo
*Jim Dator – Director, Hawaii Research Center for Future Studies – University of Hawaii at Manoa
*Art Kimura – Director, Future Flight Program – Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, University of Hawaii

5:00 p.m. Special Presentation: In the Shadow of the Moon
Introduced by Nainoa Thompson – President, Polynesian Voyaging Society

Here is the trailer from In the Shadow of the Moon:


Anyone have $250,000 I can borrow;)

One Response

  1. Great trailer for in the shadow of the moon. MW

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