Networking Opporunity


Call for Papers 2009

The Call for Abstracts for this year’s IAC, to be held in Daejeon, Korea, opened on 12 November 2008 and closes on 2 March 2009.



Space Angels Network is seeking seed- and early-stage aerospace ventures for its next 2009 Aerospace Venture Forum in Silicon Valley, to be held in partnership with the Plug and Play Tech Center. If you are currently fundraising for $100K-$1M in equity financing, then we invite you to submit an application!”


The thought of a young person today not knowing the name Jules Verne (or Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for that matter) is the stuff of tragedy.  Verne inspired countless leaders of the space community of old and leaders today of the NewSpace community today.  His writing was fantastic but prophetic.  In these times, we need the youth to be exposed to such great authors (hell, we could all use a dose of inspiration!).  Inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining…Verne may have written a century ago, but his spirit is alive and well today.


New Speakers Confirmed, Papers Invited for ISDC in Florida (Source: NSSFL)
The International Space Development Conference will be held in Orlando on May 28-30. Recently confirmed ISDC speakers include Elon Musk (SpaceX), Will Pomerantz (X PRIZE) and Alan Ladwig (NASA). Among other topics, ISDC will provide insights on the Obama Administration’s transition and evolving space policy directions. Other sessions will focus on living in space, space settlement, science missions, technology development, education, outreach, and more! Paper abstracts are invited for participating in these sessions. Visit for information on registration and abstract submission.


Implementing Radical Innovation:

The Corporate Venturing Imperative

Title: Implementing Radical Innovation: The Corporate Venturing Imperative
Apply: Apply online
Dates: Apr 26 – 30, 2009
Duration: A One-Week Program for Senior-Level Executives who are leading innovation, corporate venturing, and business development.
Location: MIT Campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $8,800 covers tuition, all program materials, and most meals.
Brochure: Download the brochure
Schedule: Sample Program Schedule

The next time you want to turn on CNBC, CNN or read your newspaper for yet 800 more stories of doom and gloom, try turning off the boob tube or tossing aside the newspaper and considering some education of a different sort.   “Oh, well, that’s because everything happening is so terrible,” says the newspaper fearmongerer.  Yeah, right, there are plenty of people doing exciting, inspiring things out there.  And many of them are in NewSpace — and many of them featured here on 62 Mile Club.

Stinking, OldMedia!!

Sorry, about that.  Deep yoga breaths…

Ok, anyhow, if you’re like me and you want to hear someone or read something and network with like-minded individuals who want to dig on the same kinda stuff, then consider going to MIT’s Implementing Radical Innocation program.

Sure, it’s $8800 but that’s a small price to pay to learn how to get us from this dismal state into the golden age of space travel.


The 25th National Space Symposium is where space industry executives will launch The Next Space Age with their colleagues and customers — in just four days, in just one place. With the first half-century of the space age behind us and the industry changing on a global scale, now is the perfect moment to look seriously at the coming 50 years, or The Next Space Age. The industry is mature and global; more space-faring nations are on the rise; the age of space access for everyone is rapidly approaching; and the U.S. will have a new administration and Congress. All these factors set the tone for The Next Space Age, which begins at the 25th National Space Symposium.


The 12th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference will happen February 5-6, 2009 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.


Highlights of the event include panels featuring many of the leaders within the NewSpace industry, such as:


·       Steve Landeene, Executive Director of Spaceport America

·       Gwynne Shotwell, President of Space-X

·       Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galactic

·       Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico

·       Paul Eckert, Coordinator of the Space Investment Summit Coalition


The event promises to be a good one and promotes itself as having an “expanded focus on commericial issues” and covering great topics for entrepreneurs of the growing NewSpace industry.


For the full program, all conference information, and registration, please visit


There is a special one-day rate available for those who are available to attend sessions on one day only. To register at this rate, please contact Sandra Turner, AIAA Conference Registrar, at



Although not obviously an event relating to “private space”, we thought you might want to know that the Black Card Circle Foundation will be throwing a special evening at the newly built “LA Live” Ritz-Carlton in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.  The event will take place Saturday, February 07, 2009 @ 7:00 PM.

This Black Tie event will be attended by guests of the Black Card Circle Foundation and its benefiting charities.  For photos from Black Card Circle’s previous event at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Beverly Hills click here.

In addition to the opportunity to network, there will be live music, hors d’oeuvres, sponsored premium drinks, fresh hand-rolled Cuban seeded cigars and exclusive Ritz-Carlton | Black Card Circle gift bags.

The Black Card Circle Foundation Black Tie Charity Event will be supporting the Black Card Circle Foundation Inc., an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to empowering underprivileged children and the voiceless in society.

For more ticket information, feel free to click on the Golden Lion knocker above…or if you’re feeling less bold, the link below also works.