Space Commercialization: AIAA LA LV Participation in Jan. 22 LAEDC / CSUDH panel event

Space Commercialization: AIAA LA LV Participation in Jan. 22 LAEDC / CSUDH panel event

Several of the AIAA Los Angeles – Las Vegas Council Members attended the Space Commercialization panel event on Jan. 22. It was hosted by CSUDH and LAEDC.

The speakers/panelists talked about very interesting things related to the Space Commercialization. What they said matched very well with the vision, mission, and activities that #AIAA and the #LA-LV Section have / have been doing.

Mr. Whitesides mentioned X-15 and indicated he could elaborate more on it if needed, as that’s an important technology led to several modern day aerospace technologies / businesses, like those used in Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit. X-15 has been an important program for the AIAA LA-LV Section for many years. And we will have an #X-15 & #MikeAdams event on Jan. 30, 2020 ( And we had speakers / astronauts from #VirginGalactic on May 9 Annual Awards Dinner ( and Nov. 23 Space Tourism ( events.

More event photos could be found on Engage @ AIAA LA-LV ( )


George Whitesides (Keynote Speaker)
CEO, Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company
Personal space travel

Steve Isakowitz (Featured Speaker)
President and CEO of The Aerospace Company
Space security, space policy, new R&D technology


Paul Russell
Vice President & General Manager
Aviation Systems, L3Harris Technologies
Satellite technologies and uses in the future

Van Espahbodi
Managing Principal/Co-Founder, Starburst Accelerator Funds & mentors startups to get ready for Series A pitches

Mark Davidson
Small Business Innovation & Technology Partnerships, JPL
Tech Transfer and Partnerships with NASA/JPL

Linda Huber (Panel Moderator)
Partner, Nixon Peabody

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