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Space Frontier Conference 7
Space Frontier Conference 7 - Space: The Revolution is Now!
Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles, California October 9-11, 1998
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Dr. Alan Binder speaking at SFC 7.
Rick Tumlinson speaking at SFC 7.
There is a revolution underway in space! From the construction of the International Space Station to the first flights of almost a dozen new space ships on private missions to the Moon and asteroids and even the first space tourist visits beyond Earth, there is excitement in the air and the sense that the long awaited opening of space to the people of Earth is about to occur.

The seventh annual Space Frontier Conference was held Columbus Day weekend, October 9 - 11, 1998, in Los Angeles. The Conference was managed by Kerinia Cusick and sponsored by the Space Frontier Foundation, America's most effective and controversial space organization, Pro-Space, the citizen's space lobby, FINDS, the Foundation for the International Non-governmental Development of Space, and Rotary Rocket.

Key speakers for the 1998 conference included:

Dr. Buzz Aldrin: Apollo 11 Astronaut, Starcraft Boosters Inc.
Dr. Alan Binder: Principal Investigator, Lunar Prospector Mission
Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon
Charles "Pete" Conrad: Apollo 12 Astronaut, Chairman of Universal Space Lines
Dr. John Lewis: author "Mining the Sky" and "Rain of Iron and Ice"
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher: Chairman of the House Science Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee
Honorable Andrea Seastrand: Former Congresswoman and Executive Director of California Space and Technology Alliance
Dr. Harrison Schmitt: Apollo 17 Astronaut, University of Wisconsin
Dr. William "Red" Whittaker: Carnegie Mellon University Tele-Robotics

Two parallel symposiums kicked-off the conference on Friday, October 9, one dedicated to space transportation and a second focusing on asteroids. The "Cheap Access to Space" symposium brought together companies developing new launch vehicles, investors, regulatory agencies and representatives from various launch vehicle markets. "Asteroids: 2020 Vision" was a congregation of some of the world's experts on asteroids, examining their capability as resources and threats in a symposium chaired by Dr. John Lewis of the University of Arizona.

On Saturday and Sunday discussions centered on current events and commercial opportunities for Space Station and Mir, space adventure tourism, the potential positive impact of utilizing space resources on the Earth's biosphere, space markets, lunar ice, and pondering far term emerging technologies.

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During the Saturday evening Awards Banquet, the Vision to Reality Award was given to both The Lunar Prospector Team, led by Dr. Alan Binder, and Gregg Maryniak of the Space Studies Institute. The Service to the Frontier Award was given to Benigno Muniz, Jr., the Founders' Award to Peter Thorpe, and the Best Presentation of Space Award was given to Andrew Chaikin for his book A Man on the Moon. A Special Award was presented to Vladimir Syromiantnikov, senior designer and Viktor Blagov, senior operator, of the Energia Mir Program, and the ProSpace Activist of the Year Award was presented to Jeff Krukin.

Both the blockbuster films Armageddon and Deep Impact were recognized with the Service to Humanity Award. The Legislator of the Year Award was presented to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA. The Foundation Co-founders: Jim Muncy, Rick Tumlinson and Bob Werb, were surprised by Conference Manager Kerinia Kusick with a special Commitment to the Vision Award. There was also a 30th Anniversary Commemoration of the success of Apollo 7 and its astronauts: Wally Schirra, Walter Cunningham and Donn Eisele.

Some highlights from the last few Space Frontier Foundation annual conferences include:

1997: FINDS announces a $250,000 prize for the first non-government funded organization launching a rocket to an altitude greater than 200 km with a 2 kg payload (Final agenda for 1997 Conference, "Space: Open for Business").
1996: A leading space transportation company raises $5 million in capital during the conference.
1995: Dr. Gene Shoemaker and Col. Pedro Rustan present data from the Clementine mission indicating ice on the Moon months prior to the public announcement.

The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization dedicated to the human settlement of space in our lifetime. Our goals include protecting the Earth's fragile biosphere and creating a freer and more prosperous life for each generation by using the unlimited energy and material resources of space. Our purpose is to unleash the power of free enterprise and lead a united humanity permanently into the Solar System. We are transforming space from a government-owned program into a dynamic and inclusive frontier open to all people.
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