JPL to Host Space Operations Workshop

WHAT: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will host a meeting of experts from across the commercial space flight industry to discuss a new wave in commercial space exploration technology.

The 18th Annual Improving Space Operations Workshop, to be held April 24 and 25, will discuss transformative topics such as the use of lunar materials in support of commercial human space activities, exploration enabling technologies, and even the legal aspects of private enterprise in space. The workshop is jointly sponsored by the Space Operations & Support Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and SpaceOps,

WHO: Opening remarks by JPL Director Charles Elachi begin on April 24 at 9 a.m. John Couluris, senior director for launch and mission operations for SpaceX, the first private company scheduled to dock at the International Space Station, will deliver a plenary talk on April 24 at 9:30 a.m. Additional talks include Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, president of the Commercial Space Flight Federation and retired NASA astronaut, and Will Pomerantz, VP of special projects at Virgin Galactic.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25.

WHERE: JPL's Flight Projects Center, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, Calif. JPL is located off the Oak Grove Drive exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway. Visitor parking is to the left (west) of the JPL main guard gate, across the street from the JPL Visitor Center.

CONTACT: Media who would like to cover the event must RSVP to Priscilla Vega in JPL Media Relations at 818-354-1357 by Monday, April 23, at 3 p.m. Valid media credentials are required, and non-U.S. citizens must also bring a passport.

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