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Huntsville Alabama L5 Society chapter of the National Space Society

Conference Links

( = new or revised less than a week ago)

(Last updated on November 8, 2004)
(see also the Special Events page)

Tour Event Date Time Price
Boeing Delta IV EELV Plant Friday, Nov. 12 Noon to 2:00 PM $ 17 with box lunch
$ 8 without box lunch
Huntsville Library Star Trek Night Friday, Nov. 12 6:00 to 9:00 PM $ 3 for shuttle bus (event is free)
U.S. Space & Rocket Center Friday thru Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM $ TBD (about $2) shuttle, $16.95 entry fee (with $2 coupon)
HARC / Orion Propulsion Saturday, Nov. 13 3:00 to 5:00 PM $ 2 to cover expenses

Friday, November 12, 2004 -- Noon to 2:00 PM
$ 17 with box lunch, $ 8 without box lunch
Signup Deadline -- Friday, November 5, 2004 (now past)

The bus to the Delta IV plant will depart the hotel no later than 12:00 PM (Noon) -- earlier if everyone is on board -- we cannot refund your money if you miss the bus.

Please be near the entrance to the Hotel by 11:45 AM.  If you purchased the optional box lunch, it will be provided to you prior to boarding the bus.  You can consume it on the bus either during the half-hour ride to Decatur or on the way back.  No food or drink will be allowed during the actual tour inside the Delta plant.

Restrictions (per Boeing)
-- All visitors must be U.S. citizens
-- All visitors must be 8 years old or older
-- No Cameras
-- No video/voice recorders
-- No cell phones with photo capability
-- No laptop computers
-- No shorts
-- No open toe shoes
-- No walking past the blue lines
The Boeing facility in Decatur, Alabama, houses all of the major Delta IV assembly work under one roof.  The facility is 1.5 million square feet and is considered the most sophisticated rocket manufacturing plant in the world.
Side view of Boeing Delta IV EELV manufacturing facility in Decatur, Alabama.
Top view of Boeing Delta IV EELV manufacturing facility in Decatur, Alabama.

Friday thru Sunday -- 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM -- $TBD (~$2) shuttle fee
$16.95 museum entry fee (with $2 coupon)

A low cost (about $2) shuttle service will be provided between the conference hotel and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.  The shuttle will leave the hotel on the hour and return before the hour -- thus the shuttle will leave the U.S. Space & Rocket Center by about 15 minutes before the hour (e.g., 2:45 PM).  This is to ensure that tour attendees will return in time for the start of the next conference program.
The low cost (about $2) shuttle service will be available between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (the hours of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center).  The GOAL is to offer a HOURLY service, but this will depend on the number of volunteers available and the number of attendees.  A schedule will be posted and will be included in conference packets.

The minimum shuttle schedule desired is shown below.  Note that a tour attendee is NOT required to select a Tour Period.  For example, you can leave the Hotel on the 9:00 AM shuttle and leave the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on the 1:45 PM shuttle.
Tour Period Depart Hotel Depart USSRC
Morning 9:00 AM 11:45 AM
Lunch 12:00 PM 1:45 PM
Afternoon 2:00 PM 4:45 PM

From incredible displays of artifacts from our nation’s space program, to hands-on interactive exhibits and space travel simulators, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center experience is unlike any other.

and Orion Propulsion Facility Tour
Saturday, November 13 -- 3:00 to 5:00 PM -- $2

The tour will depart from the hotel at 3:00 PM.  Meet at the door to the airport/hotel on the first floor.  The group will carpool from there to the Orion Propulsion facility.  Click here for a map with directions.

The High Altitude Research Corporation (HARC) is the for-profit spinoff of Project HALO, the rocket project of the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society, sponsor of this conference.

HARC was the only company, of over 16 entries, to make a launch attempt for the $250,000 Cheap-Access-to-Space (CATS) prize.

HARC is currently researching private space tourism with its Liberator rocket concept.

Orion Propulsion, a new company started by SpaceShipOne propulsion system designer Timothy Pickens, is providing the propulsion system for the Liberator rocket.  Orion is also supporting NASA and other companies with their propulsion system needs.

Latest News

November 11, 2004
(News Archive page)

Version 23 of the Session Talks Status is now available.  We are working hard to finalize speakers, so expect daily updates.

Version 23 of the Conference Schedule is now available.

Chris Faranetta of Space Adventures has just agreed to be our speaker for the Saturday dinner!

Read the Valley Planet article on the conference!

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