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Free to attend. Wine and beer available for purchase. Ages 21+
The human population is quickly growing. Will Earth be able to support the population 20, 50 or 100 years into the future? Space offers nearly limitless resources, and the United Launch Alliance (ULA) is developing transportation that will provide access to them. ULA’s next-gen rocket Vulcan, with an Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage, will make long-duration in-space missions possible for the first time in history. Bernard Kutter, chief scientist of ULA, will explain how these missions will enable us to utilize space resources, habitation and industry for the benefit of all humankind.
AstroCafe will be primarily standing room only because of reduced seating capacity. Registration does not guarantee a seat.
8:30pm–10:00pm: Reception and networking
Stargazing on the flight deck will follow the presentation (weather permitting).
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Bernard Kutter received a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Washington in 1987. He joined General Dynamics in 1988 to pursue his passion for space utilization, providing thermodynamic support for the 68 Atlas Centaur and Titan Centaur launches. Kutter is ULA’s chief scientist and manages its Advanced Programs Group. He is responsible for concept development of ULA’s Vulcan rocket, the Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage upper stage and new capabilities to ensure that ULA provides future space transportation services for customer missions.