The Week Ahead: NewSpace 2016, an FAA/AST hearing and a jam-packed PSLV launch

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Monday-Thursday:

  • Westminster, Colo.: The National Space and Missile Materials Symposium, co-located with the Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange, includes information exchanges on technologies needed for responsive launch systems.
  • Oxford, UK: The Astronomy 8 conference brings together astronomers and software developers to discuss making improved tools for astronomy research.

Tuesday:

  • Greenbelt, Md.: Bill Wrobel, the director of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, will speak at a Maryland Space Business Roundtable luncheon.
  • Sriharikota, India: An Indian PSLV rocket will launch the Cartosat 2C remote sensing satellite and about 20 secondary payloads at 11:55 p.m. Eastern.
  • London: The GVF Cellular Backhaul conference discusses the use of satellite capacity to support cellular phone networks.

Tuesday-Thursday:

  • Seattle: The NewSpace 2016 conference includes keynotes by Vulcan Aerospace’s Charles Beames, Blue Origin’s Rob Meyerson and Planetary Resources’ Chris Lewicki, among others, as well as panel sessions on various commercial space topics. SpaceNews senior staff writer Jeff Foust is speaking on the “Advancing Newspace through Marketing & Communications” panel Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday:

Friday:

  • Cape Canaveral, Fla.: An Atlas 5 is scheduled to launch the MUOS 5 military communications satellite during a 45-minute launch window that opens at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

Sunday:

  • Wenchang, China: Projected inaugural launch of China’s Long March 7 rocket carrying a technology demonstration payload. The launch will also be the first from the new Wenchang launch site on the island of Hainan.