Reinventing Space Conference 2012
2012 Los Angeles, CA
Spending Less and Getting More: The New Budget
Space Budgets WILL get tighter.
Last year the Responsive Space Conference became the Reinventing Space
Conference in order to put greater emphasis on the importance of reducing cost.
It was critical last year, and more so this year. The new budget reality is that
there is less money available—to fund new programs, cost overruns in ongoing
programs, or anything else that we need to do in space, either civil or
military. Cost overruns aren’t going to magically disappear. The most likely
result is that all of the small or new programs will be lined up along a wall
somewhere and shot in order to attempt to fund the “unanticipated” cost growth
of major programs. To prevent this from occurring, we as a community have to
demonstrate that we can spend less and get more—that we can meet both current
and future needs more responsively and at dramatically less cost. In the words
of Doug Loverro at SMC, we need to create the PT Boats of Space to supplement
the larger missions that have to continue to exist, but will get less money as
time goes on. It’s an urgent problem. Our goal for
RS2012 is to try to help. Once again, a classified session (DoD
Secret) will be held on Friday, following the unclassified sessions.
RS2012 will accept papers on all aspects of Low-Cost Space, but particularly
solicits papers that emphasize changes in technology or new ways of doing
business that allow the nation to drive down space mission cost and schedule in
the near term and create affordable and responsive space missions, both military
and civilian. Such topics include:
Launch — The single biggest
impediment to dramatically lower cost, more rapid missions is low-cost,
responsive access to space, particularly for smaller satellites. Will the
Russians and Chinese be the only ones with low-cost launch-on-demand?
Mission and Systems Engineering —
What is the status of low-cost mission design, measures of effectiveness,
orbits, and getting information to the end user within hours of an unexpected
Applications — What are the civil,
military, and educational applications for low-cost, quick-turn-around missions?
What can we do with collections of smallsats? (And, of course, how do we get
them up there?)
Business — How do we make money on
lower cost space missions? Is there a business case for “low-cost, instant
gratification”? What does “low-cost” mean to the builder and to the user? Can
small businesses help?
Civil Missions — Past conferences
have emphasized military applications, but we need to become more inclusive. Can
we create good science and civil applications at dramatically lower cost? Can we
drive down the cost of all space missions?
Technology — Where are we in
plug-and-play, miniaturization, and low-cost, rad-hard components?
Education and Motivation — How do
we both educate and motivate the coming generation of space technologists? How
do we use Rapid, Low-Cost Space to convince young professionals that space is
still the place to build a career?
Let’s Get Together Again and Make It Happen!
Papers From Past RS Conferences
The complete text of all papers from the RS1 through RS2011 Conferences can be found
on the website along with indexes by topic, author, and organization. This lets
you find past papers and relevant background material quickly and easily.
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