Suborbital research conference in Florida

By Phil Plait | November 19, 2010 9:30 am

nsrc2011_logoAre you a geek for space like I am? And by that, I mean interested in the actual nitty-gritty, talking about rockets and physics and research and what to actually do on a sub-orbital flight?

Then you might want to attend the 2011 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference, which will be held from February 28 – March 2, 2011 in Orlando. This is a serious, professional meeting with people who want to do scientific research on board suborbital rockets. I attended last year’s conference in Boulder and it was a fascinating look into a new field of research. Two of the organizers are my buddies Dan Durda and Alan Stern. Both are training to be astronauts, both have extensive flight experience, and both are top-notch astronomers and scientists. A lot of private and government space agencies have representatives that attended last year’s meeting, so this one will no doubt be a very interesting event as well.

Deadline for abstract submissions for talks is November 23 — Tuesday, so hurry! — although general registration runs through February.

MORE ABOUT: Alan Stern, Dan Durda, NSRC

Comments (12)

  1. Gary Ansorge

    They are also linking to this;

    Methinks these folk are getting real serious about commercial space flight.

    About darned time. I’ve been impatiently waiting for this for over a half century. Now, where did I put my dad gum space suit???

    Gary 7

  2. Isn’t the link suppose to go to 2011 conference not 2001.

  3. Robert Reasenberg at Harvard-Smithsonian has a beautiful Galilean test of the Weak Equivalence Principle (WEP), suborbital SR-POEM,
    bottom, SR-POEM

    Alas, lead versus aluminum and such is weapons-grade stupid. 1.74 solar-mass 465 Hz pulsar PSR J1903+0327 and its 1.05 solar-mass binary companion join in a 95.17-day orbit validating general relativity. 27% versus 1.4×10^(-4)% gravitational binding energies, 1.8×10^11 versus ~30 surface gees, 2×10^8 gauss versus ~5 gauss magnetic fields; superconductive compressed neutrons versus proton-electron plasma; and pulsar 11% of lightspeed equatorial spin velocity are differentially WEP-inert for orbit, orbital precession, and orbital decay from gravitational radiation.

    If any pairing of observables can violate the WEP and Einstein’s elevator, they must be outside physical theories’ illusion of knowledge. By assuming fundamental maximal symmetries for rigorous derivation, physics perfectly avoids the only large amplitude gravitational anomaly consistent with all prior observations: Do opposite shoes violate the WEP? Chemically and macroscopically identical, inverse geometric parity atomic mass distributions define an emergent property within crystallography,
    Two geometric parity EP experiments. The worst they can do is succeed.

  4. Blizzzzzaaaarrg!

    @1 – nah, the conference includes a session on time travel.

  5. Coyote

    (edited) Nevermind, someone got to it before me.

  6. Blizzzzzaaaarrg!

    @1 – nah, the conference includes a session on time travel.

    Does it include a session on “post numbers can change if there are hidden moderated posts ahead of it”? :-)

  7. MadScientist

    [OT] I’m sure people out there will insist that this robot should have been made to look like ‘Data’, but it’s a start. (Personally I think it’s as wooden as Keanu – Brent Spiner never made Data that stiff.)

  8. I wonder if you time travel if you are subject to a TSA search.

  9. Blizzzzzaaaarrg!

    @ Ken B….I hope so. :(

  10. TheBlackCat

    “Then you might want to attend the 2001 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference,”

    A bit late, aren’t they?

  11. @Uncle Al, I couldn’t have expressed it better himself?

  12. Jeff

    people like Dan Durda are made of better stuff than I am, actually training to be an astronaut when he is already an accomplished scientist. I hope people realize how amazing that is.


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