H2M 2013

The Humans to Mars (H2M) Summit will be held from 6-8 May 2013
at the Lisner Auditorium of the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Explore Mars and the George Washington University Space Policy Institute host this conference together.

What do we need to land humans on Mars by 2030?

If you want to know the answer to that and related questions we urge you to join us at the Humans to Mars Summit.


H2M will be a comprehensive Mars exploration conference to address the major technical, scientific, and policy-related challenges that need to be overcome to send humans to Mars by 2030. This summit will be one of the most authoritative and diverse Mars exploration conferences ever held. With involvement of key players from NASA, industry, the science community, and non-traditional players. Expect to rub shoulders with both established aerospace leaders as well as newer commercial space entity leaders.

Topics will include
* robotic and human pre-curser missions
* launch systems
* Mars transit challenges
* space suit design
* human factors
* entry, decent and landing
* in situ resource utilization
* surface power
* science goals
*  and many other topics

Next to these subjects H2M will discuss space policy as well as ways to stimulate private sector participation in Mars exploration.

Humans to Mars Summit (H2M) Agenda

Please note that times and exact topics listed in this agenda are likely to change prior to H2M

May 6, 2013

8:00: Registration

8:45-9:00: Welcome and Introductions

9:00-9:30 Keynote: Why Mars General Charles Bolden (NASA Administrator)

9:30-10:30 Human and robotic precursor missions (panel)

Moderator – Miles O’Brien (PBS News Hour; Frontline)

John Grunsfeld (NASA: Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate)

William Gerstenmaier (NASA: Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate)

10:45-11:45 – Precursor Followup Panel – Moderator Michele Gates (NASA HQ)

11:45- 1:00 – Mars Science missions update (small panel) Moderator – Colleen Hartman (NASA)

Lunch

2:00-2:45 – Human Mars mission definition (requirements and issues) Bret Drake (NASA)

2:50-4:15 Mission architecture and transportation panel – Moderator: Mike Raftery (Boeing)

Josh Hopkins (Lockheed Martin Co.)

Doug Cooke (Cooke Concepts and Solutions; former NASA associate administrator of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate)

4:15-4:30 – Break

4:30-5:30 – Living on Mars: Biomedical Challenges- Moderator: Saralyn Mark (Innovative Health Applications, Physician Consultant/Advisor; NASA Chief Health and Medical Office)

5:30-7:00 – Reception

Evening panel – The Art and Entertainment Community and Mars (panel)

Professor Dominic Man-Kit Lam (Chairman, World Eye Organization)

May 7, 2013

9:00-9:45- Propulsion options (panel) – Moderator: Joe Cassady (Aerojet)

Christian Carpenter (Aerojet)

Vlad Hruby (Busek: President)

9:45-10:40: Speaker

11-12:30 – Entry, descent, and landing (panel) – Moderator: Robert Braun (Georgia Tech; former NASA Chief Technologist)

Lunch: Special Lunch – Grand Challenges and Prizes? (Separate admission)

2:00-5:00 – Breakout sessions

Room 1

Topic 1: ISRU/On surface power

Moderator: Laurent Sibille (NASA: Surface Systems Group, Kennedy Space Center)

Topic 2: Habitation & life support/Mobility & space suits

Room 2

Topic 1: H2M Science Objectives:  What, Why, How?

Moderator –  Dave Beaty (NASA JPL: Chief Scientist, Mars Exploration Directorate)

Topic 2: Alternate Mars Precursor Robotic Missions

Vlad Hruby (Busek: President)

John Lanford (Aurora Flight Sciences: CEO)

Room 3

Mars Agriculture

Moderator: Penelope Boston (New Mexico Tech)

4:15-5:00 – Speaker

Evening – Special Dinner – VIP speaker (separate admission)

Plus – Alternate Tour of some DC facility

May 8, 2013

9:00-10:30: International cooperation (panel) – Moderator: Meredith M. McKay (NASA: Deputy Director, Human Exploration and Operations Division Office of International and Interagency Relations)

10:30-11:45: Congressional/policy discussion (panel)

11:45-12:30: Buzz Aldrin (Apollo XI Astronaut)

Lunch

2:00-3:30: Public Engagement:  Challenges in Communicating the Value of Mars (panel)

Moderator: Richard J. Phillips (President: Phillips and Co.)

3:45-4:30 – Closing Keynote

4:30: Reception

May 9, 2013

8:00 – Press Conference

10:00-3:00 Congressional Visits

9:00-3:00 Visits to Washington, DC area schools

speakers:


General Charles Bolden (NASA: Administrator)

Buzz Aldrin (Apollo XI)

Rebecca Keiser (NASA: Associate Deputy Administrator)

John Grunsfeld (NASA: Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate)

William Gerstenmaier (NASA: Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate)

Dr. Doug McCuistion (NASA: former Director, Mars Exploration Program)

Meredith M. McKay (NASA: Deputy Director, Human Exploration and Operations Division

Office of International and Interagency Relations)

Dr. James Garvin (NASA: Chief Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center)

Penelope Boston (New Mexico Tech, Professor of Cave and Karst Science;

Director, Cave and Karst Studies)

Andrew Chaikin (Author/Historian)

Professor Dominic Man-Kit Lam (Chairman, World Eye Organization)

Pascale Ehrenfreund (Space Policy Institute, GWU)

Dr. David Beaty (NASA JPL: Chief Scientist, Mars Exploration Directorate)

Miles O’Brien (PBS News Hour; Frontline)

Deborah Bass (NASA, JPL)

Bret Drake (NASA JSC)

Dr. Chris McKay (NASA Ames: Planetary Scientist)

Jennifer Heldmann (NASA Ames)

Joe Cassady (Aerojet: Executive Director, Advanced Programs Engineering)

John Karcz (NASA Ames)

Michael Raftery (Boeing: Director, ISS Utilization and Exploration)

Robert Braun (Georgia Tech; former NASA Chief Technologist)

Colleen Hartman (NASA; Deputy Center Director – Science, Operations, and Program Performance at Goddard Space Flight Center)

Saralyn Mark (Innovative Health Applications, Physician Consultant/Advisor; NASA Chief Health and Medical Office)

Richard J. Phillips (President, Phillips and Co.)

And many others…


To get humans to Mars by 2030 will require a coherent step-by-step plan.  This conference will focus on the critical paths, ideas, and technology development needed for a human mission to Mars.

Take advantage of our special “Launch” registration today


More details to be announced soon

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