Topic: Spaceport America
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 5:30pm networking, 6-8pm dinner/presentation
Location: Sandia Resort & Casino
Presenter: Christine Anderson
The commercial space industry is rapidly emerging. Virgin Galactic is Spaceport America's anchor tenant and is on track to be the first commercial passenger spaceline.
This exciting project presents many opportunities and some challenges. The Executive Director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority will discuss these opportunities and also some of the management challenges in being the "first" in many areas.
Speaker Bio: Christine Anderson is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority. She is responsible for the development and operation of the first purpose-built commercial spaceport-- Spaceport America. She is a recently retired Air Force civilian with 30 years service. She was a member of the Senior Executive Service, the civilian equivalent of the military rank of General officer. Anderson was the founding Director of the Space Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. She also served as the Director of the Space Technology Directorate at the Air Force Phillips Laboratory at Kirtland, and as the Director of the Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles where she directed the development, acquisition and execution of a $50 billion portfolio. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Anderson earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Maryland, and completed the National Security Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University and the Senior Management in Government Program at Harvard University.