Meal Events -
Special Events -
( = new or revised less than a week ago)
(Last updated on November 8, 2004)
Friday, November 12, 2004 -- Noon to 2:00 PM
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.
From incredible displays of artifacts from our nations 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
for a map with directions.
The High Altitude
Research Corporation (HARC) is the for-profit spinoff of
the rocket project of the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society, sponsor of this
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.
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.
November 11, 2004
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
has just agreed to be our speaker for the Saturday dinner!
Read the Valley Planet article on the conference!