2011 Next-Generation
Suborbital Researchers Conference


Andoya Rocket Range


Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation

Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation

Florida Space Grant Consortium

Griffin Communications Group

Lunar and Planetary Institute

Magnolia High-Performance Epoxy Systems

Masten Space Systems

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Aerospace Training (NASTAR) Center

Near Space Corporation

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Reynold, Smith & Hill, Inc.

Southwest Research Institute

Space Florida


Special Aerospace Services

United Launch Alliance

University of Central Florida

Universities Space Research Association

Virgin Galactic

Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group

XCOR Aerospace



S. Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder

Daniel Durda, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder

Joshua Colwell, University of Central Florida

John Gedmark, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Stephen Mackwell, Lunar and Planetary Institute

Mark Sirangelo, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Fred Tarantino, Universities Space Research Association


S. Alan Stern (Chair), Southwest Research Institute,

Steven Collicott, Purdue University

Joshua Colwell, University of Central Florida

Daniel Durda, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder

Samuel Durrance, Florida Institute of Technology

David Grinspoon, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Richard Miles, Princeton University

John Pojman, Louisiana State University

Mark Shelhamer, Johns Hopkins University

Brian Shiro, Astronauts4Hire

Michael Summers, George Mason University

Erika Wagner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thank you all for making
NSRC 2011 a great success!

See you at NSRC 2012, Feb. 27-29!

See additional NSRC 2011 photos

News Clippings

(SpaceRef.com, February 28, 2011) XCOR Announces Global Network of Research and Educational Mission Payload Integrators for Lynx Suborbital Spaceplane

(SpaceRef.com, February 28, 2011) Virgin Galactic to Fly Scientists to Space

(New York Times, February 28, 2011) Space Tourism May Mean One Giant Leap for Researchers
(Commercial Spaceflight Federation, March 3, 2011) 2011 Next-Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference a Hit, 2012 Follow-up Conference Planned


Online Registration is closed.
Registration will be open onsite.

Program now available.


Do you want to be an NSRC2011 sponsor? See Sponsorship Opportunities.


The Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) will be held February 28 – March 2, 2011, at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.

Campus parking will be available at no cost to attend the reception the evening of February 27, 2011. Upon registration check-in, each participant will be given a parking pass for campus Garage H for Feb. 28 through Mar. 2, 2011.

To access Garage H, enter the campus on University Blvd, go left at Gemini Blvd. West, and it is on the right.


A new generation of space vehicles capable of economically delivering payloads and researchers is coming on line. These vehicles will revolutionize space access by providing frequent, low-cost access to space and the capability to carry research and education crew members. They will also carry experiments for technology demonstrations, for scientist in-the-loop research, and for educational/public outreach demonstrations.

Fields including atmospheric science, solar physics, microgravity science, planetary science, space life science, space physics, and education and public outreach (EPO) stand to benefit from these vehicles.

NSRC2011 will provide a forum to learn about the research and EPO capabilities of these new systems, their experiments, and EPO integration processes. NSRC2011 will also provide input on vehicle design requirements for science and education.

The conference aims to bring together researchers from government, industry, and academia. The objectives of the NSRC2011, therefore, are:

  • To educate a broad array of research communities to the opportunities that the new wave of human suborbital vehicles offer for research and education missions (REM);
  • To hear from this broad array of researchers what their questions, feedback, and ideas are for REM applications and REM user requirements;
  • To demonstrate strong interest by working researchers and education/public outreach representatives to NASA, the National Institute of Health (NIH), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), industry, and other potential funding entities for REM applications.


The 3-day conference will include invited and contributed talks and keynote addresses. The meeting will also include a press conference, a poster session, and evening public talks. View the NSRC 2011 program.

Abstracts must be limited to 1 page, in black and white only (no color figures), and submitted in pdf format. The abstract deadline is Nov 23.


NSRC presenters and participants are reminded that some topics and information presented in the conference could be subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Any presenter or participant who is a U.S. national is solely responsible for ensuring that any technical information presented, submitted, or discussed by them with or to any non-U.S. national is not export-restricted by ITAR.


Milestone Date
Abstract Deadline 11/23/10
Florida Student Contest Deadline 12/3/10
Earlybird Registration Ends 1/21/11
Holiday Inn Orlando-UCF discount deadline 2/9/11
Advanced Registration Ends 2/18/11
Welcome Reception, On-site registration opens 2/27/11
NSRC 2011 Begins 2/28/11


A welcome reception with registration check-in will be held Sunday evening, February 27, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., outside the Pegasus Ballroom in the Student Union on the UCF campus. Hors d'oeuvers and beverages will be provided.


This year, we're holding a Student Competition, open to all full time Florida University and College students. The deadline for submission is December 3rd. Please visit the Student Contest page for the full details.


Level  Cost 
Professional, Early Bird  $295 
Professional, Advanced  $330 
Professional, On Site  $365 
Professional, One-day  $150 
Student (w/valid Student ID)  $100 
Working Press (w/credentials, One per organization) N/C
Registrations may be canceled for a $150 fee until February 18, 2011.


For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the meeting, please contact:

Cindy Conrad
Southwest Research Institute
Phone: 720-240-0126
E-mail: cc@boulder.swri.edu

For further information regarding exhibit space, posters and logistics, please contact:

Michelle Hernandez
Southwest Research Institute
Phone: 210-522-2260
Email: michelle.hernandez@swri.org

For further information regarding registration or sponsorship, please contact:

Diane Miller
Southwest Research Institute
Phone: 303-546-9673
E-mail: diane@boulder.swri.edu


Read about SwRI/XCORP Contract

Read about the Exciting Contributed and Invited Talks