credit: NSSO / caption: this concept of operations has been superceded by a new version after a Sept 2008 event
Almost a month after the 24-26 February National Space Security Office's technology forum
for its Rapid delivery of military assets via space request for information
details of the event at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and its contributors' proposals have begun to emerge
Hyperbola has obtained the agenda
that amongst other things indicates an involvement by General Dynamics in the US military's Small Unit Space Transport and Insertion (SUSTAIN) work and shows that closed government briefing sessions took place at the forum for Alliant Techsystems, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, Andrews Space, Rocketplane Global and Blue Origin
Brett Alexander, Personal Spaceflight Foundation
president and also a consultant to Blue Origin
, was at the mysterious company's
presentation, given by its general counsel Robert Millman
. Alexander told Hyperbola, "all the right people were there [from] the Department of Defense (Dod). [Blue Origin] was there to talk about its suborbital activities. But [the Dod] are nowhere near an acquistion."
The agenda also reveals that Xcor Aerospace's chief executive Jeff Greason spoke at the conference. His company has a horizontal take-off reusable launch vehicle related USAF
contract. Hyperbola had contacted Xcor and was still waiting for a response at the time of publication of this blog post.
While the agenda does not mention Virgin Galactic that Anglo-American spaceline's president Will Whitehorn (the company is Anglo-US not Whitehorn) had previously told Hyperbola that the company would only attend as an observer
While Hyperbola has also obtained some participants' information that is designated as proprietary...