The International Space Station is almost complete and is open for business. There are a number of entrepreneurs that will soon be offering low cost access to both orbital and sub-orbital space. There are even private companies that are looking to land robots on the moon in the next two years.
This talk discusses all these near term opportunities and how ordinary people can participate in the the space program.
Bruce Pittman is the Director of Flight Projects and Chief System Engineer at the NASA Space Portal at the Ames Research Center where he supports both suborbital human-tended research, orbital applications and research and lunar commercialization. He has been involved in high technology product development, project management and system engineering for over 30 years.
Mr. Pittman has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from U. C. Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.
Mr. Pittman is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) a member of the AIAA Commercial Space Group and founder and first chairman of the System Engineering Technical Committee. He is also a member of the organizing committee for the Space Investment Summit series, a member of the Aerospace Technology Working Group (ATWG) and President of the Silicon Valley Space Club.