2008 Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium

“Building on the Past to Power the Future”
October 21-22, 2008
Von Braun Center
Huntsville, Alabama
An AAS Symposium organized in conjunction with the Huntsville National Space Club and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Event Sponsor: The Boeing Company

Education Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

Symposium Program

Download a PDF version of the symposium program.

Slides from the sessions at the Von Braun Symposium are posted here:

Tuesday October 21

8:00 am Registration Opens / Networking / Continental Breakfast sponsored by ATK

8:30 am Welcome

  • Frank Slazer, AAS President
  • David King, Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

9:15 am Ares – A Project Making Progress

  • Moderator: Steve Cook, Ares Projects Manager, MSFC
  • Ares Development Approach – Back to the Future – Steve Cook
  • Ares I Booster Status and Progress – Fred Brasfield, Ares I First Stage Program Manager, ATK
  • Ares I Upper Stage Status and Progress – Danny Davis, Ares I Upper Stage Program Manager, NASA MSFC
  • Ares I Instrument Unit Status and Progress – Dwight Potter, Ares I IUA Program Manager, The Boeing Company
  • J-2X Status and Progress – Walt Janowski, Deputy Program Manager, J2X Engine, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
  • Ares I/Orion Integration Approach – Jim Reuter, Vehicle Integration Manager, MSFC
  • Ares I Integrated Test Approach – Jim Taylor, Flight and Integrated Test Manager, MSFC

12:00 pm Luncheon sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

  • Guest Speaker: Michael Griffin, NASA Administrator (confirmed)

1:30 pm Constellation: Enabling Research and Discovery

  • Moderator: N. Wayne Hale, Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator for Strategic Partnerships, NASA HQ
  • Constellation – Dale Thomas, Deputy Manager, Constellation Program, NASA MSFC
  • Ares V Update – Phil Sumrall, Manager, Ares Project Advanced Planning, NASA MSFC
  • Science and Exploration – John Horack, Director, Science and Mission Systems Office, NASA MSFC
  • Altair Report – Clinton Dorris, Deputy Project Manager, Altair Project Office, NASA JSC

3:00 pm Break sponsored by ATK

3:15 pm Huntsville and the U.S. Space Program – An Historical Perspective

  • Moderator: Roger Launius, Senior Curator, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum
  • “Rocket City Rising: Huntsville and the Early Space Race, 1940-1963,” Stephen Waring, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • “Rocket City: Signs, Symbols, and Icons,” Michael D. Wright, MSFC Historian
  • “Rocket City USA: MSFC in the Saturn Years – A Personal Memoir, Jesco von Puttkamer, NASA Headquarters

5:00 pm Aerospace Leaders Networking Reception sponsored by Boeing

Wednesday October 22

7:30 am Registration Opens / Networking / Continental Breakfast

8:30 am What’s Ahead for the Space Program with a New Administration and Congress?

  • Moderator: Thomas Koshut, Associate Vice President, Research, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Alan Ladwig, Manager, Space Systems Consultancy, Whitney Bradley & Brown
  • Damon Wells, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • William B. Adkins, President, Adkins Strategies, LLC

10:00 am Break

10:15 am Industry Perspectives on the Future of Exploration

  • Moderator: Jack Lee, NASA, retired
  • Jim Chilton, Vice President, Exploration Launch Systems, The Boeing Company
  • Michael Rudolphi, Vice President, Launch Systems Site Operations and Integration, ATK
  • Ron Wetmore, Vice President, Human Space Flight, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • Rick Bachtel, General Manager, Alabama Operations, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
  • Lawrence H. Williams, Vice President, Strategic Relations, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)

12:00 pm Final Remarks

12:30 pm Adjourn (box lunch / networking opportunity) sponsored by Teledyne Brown Engineering

Dr. Wernher von Braun Memorial Celebration
New Davidson Center at the US Space and Rocket Center
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Dinner