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Science Headlines: The Future of Commercial Spaceflight
July 7, 2020, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
On May 30, a new era of spaceflight opened when two NASA astronauts launched aboard a SpaceX rocket for a mission to the International Space Station. It was the first launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in over a decade and the first time ever a private company launched humans into space. Join Phil McAlister from NASA Headquarters for an insider’s look at the partnerships between the space agency and private companies and what it means for future low-earth orbit and deep-space missions.
Phil McAlister is Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Division at NASA Headquarters where he oversees NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. This program is re-establishing U.S. human access to space through a new and innovative partnership whereby the private sector is responsible for the development of the human space transportation systems and NASA is a buyer of crew transportation services to the International Space Station.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. McAlister oversaw the successful Commercial Cargo Program, which facilitated the development of the SpaceX Dragon and Orbital Sciences Antares cargo transportation systems. He also served as the Executive Director for the “Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee” (also known as the Augustine Committee). In 2010, he earned NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal.
Prior to NASA, he was a Director at Futron Corporation where he managed a division that performed aerospace business analysis and technology assessments. Before joining Futron, he served as a Senior Manager during a ten-year career at TRW Corporation. Phil has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, an MS in Systems Engineering from George Mason University, and an MBA degree from Averett University.
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Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Guthrie, Julian. How to make a spaceship : a band of renegades, an epic race, and the birth of private space flight. New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
- Weintraub, David A. (David Andrew). Life on Mars : what to know before we go. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2018.
- Zubrin, Robert. The case for space : how the revolution in spaceflight opens up a future of limitless possibility. Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2019.