Propulsion for the 21st Century: How Innovation Will Take Us Out of Low Earth Orbit

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Date(s) - 11/3/201112:00 am


With the recent announcement of the Space Launch System (SLS) and the upcoming release of the national Space Transportation Policy, our nation’s exploration architecture is coming clearer into focus.  A key component of this architecture is the propulsion sector.

On November 3rd, 2011 the George Marshall Institute and the TechAmerica Space Enterprise Council co-hosted a forum focusing on the Propulsion sector of the aerospace industry.  Panelists discussed the current state of affairs in the Propulsion sector and explored what the future has in store for the different areas of propulsion: solids, liquids, solar electric, nuclear, etc..


Doug Cooke, former NASA Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate


  • Joe Cassady, Executive Director, Washington Operations, Aerojet.  Mr. Cassady’s slides are available Cassady 11-3-11.
  • Brian Duffy, VP and JSC Program Manager for Exploration Systems, ATK.   Mr. Duffy’s slides are available Duffy 11-3-11.
  • Mike Raftery, Deputy Program Manager, International Space Station, Boeing
  • John Vilja, VP of Strategy, Innovation and Growth, Pratt and WhitneyRocketdyne.  Mr. Vilja’s slides are available Vilja 11-3-11.

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