Space Forum March 14: Space Coast Rocket Landscape

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The National Space Society invites you to the next Space Forum

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EST

Navigating the Florida Space Coast Rocket Landscape

NSS Space Forum March 14 2024
Laura Forczyk
Founder and Executive Director – Astralytical
Researcher, Consultant and Author  

In 2023, Florida’s Space Coast witnessed a spectacular display of seventy-two launches from the Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (KSC/CCSFS) launch complexes. SpaceX led the charge with sixty-eight launches, complemented by three from United Launch Alliance (ULA) and one from Relativity Space. 2024 promises to be even more exciting as two new rockets are entering the mix.

ULA’s Vulcan rocket made a successful debut on January 8, 2024 with its first launch, and it will replace both of ULA’s existing heavy lift launch systems (Atlas V and Delta IV Heavy) due to their retirement. Blue Origin also plans to launch its towering New Glenn rocket, a 320 ft heavy lift marvel, later this year. The New Glenn, with its reusable first stage and oversized 7 meter fairing, will no doubt intensify the interest in the perceived competition between Blue Origin and SpaceX.

Join us for an insightful space forum where Laura Forczyk, founder and executive director of Astralytical, an Atlanta-based space consulting firm, provides an up-to-date overview of space-related developments on the Space Coast. Gain insights into what 2024 holds and delve into the intriguing dynamics of the so-called Blue Origin – SpaceX “competition” and the true objectives of these NewSpace pioneers.

Don’t miss this chance to explore the dynamic and ever-changing rocket landscape on the Space Coast. Secure your spot for Laura’s presentation at this exciting space forum by registering through the link below.

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Laura Forczyk is the founder and executive director of space consulting firm Astralytical specializing in space science, industry, and policy, and offering space career coaching services. As a space career coach, Laura has guided countless individuals globally towards achieving their dream jobs in space. Laura is the author of space books Rise of the Space Age Millennials” (2020) and Becoming Off-Worldly” (2022). Her third book is on the horizon, focusing on the democratization of human spaceflight for people of all bodies.

Before launching Astralytical, she led the Florida branch of an international startup aiming to pioneer parabolic and suborbital flights at Kennedy Space Center. Laura’s experience also includes serving as a scientific analyst for the International Space Station National Laboratory, overseeing 50+ experiments for Earth’s betterment.

Her space journey has spanned multiple milestones: from researching astrophysics at three NASA centers, experiencing two “Zero-G” flights, studying geological formations in a meteor crater, to earning her suborbital astronaut wings through National Aerospace Training and Research’s (NASTAR) ground training. Laura is a six-time U.S. Space Camp alumna, a NASA Academy alumna, a former NASA Student Ambassador, and a previous NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program fellow.

Laura’s academic background includes a B.S. in astrophysics from Florida Institute of Technology and an M.S. in astrophysics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Laura conducted  doctoral research at the University of Central Florida and delved into the dynamics of regolith on celestial bodies.

Register today to reserve your seat and ask your questions. Use the link below.

Register no later than March 14 at 8 pm EST

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