The success of the NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), a partnership with private industry to develop and fly astronauts to LEO and the ISS was not pre-ordained. Transforming government can be a slow and difficult process. Lori Garver knows first-hand the challenges of breaking the “relentless momentum of the status quo.”
As the head of the NASA transition team for President-elect Obama and second-in-command at the space agency (2009-13), Garver advanced policies and funding for innovative programs that competed with traditional systems at the exact time the capabilities and resources of the private sector began to mature. In the process of instituting these changes, Garver encountered the ruthless behavior of powerful interests, including Congress, the aerospace industry, entrenched bureaucrats, and hero astronauts as they tried to protect their own control, profits, and mythology.
In her recently published book, Escaping Gravity, Lori Garver provides a personal account of how a handful of revolutionaries paved the way for a new era of transcendental change at NASA. Garver reveals previously unpublished conversations and insights on the epic battle that has transitioned space access to private interests for a fraction of the cost of previous NASA programs. From inside the space agency, Garver collaborated with key players such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and President Obama to usher in a more peaceful, inclusive, and meaningful space age, with the goal of creating innovative technologies that would bring down the cost of space transportation.
Join us for this very special space forum, as Garver will discuss her new book and share some of these very personal stories that put her at the forefront of ushering in a new era of human spaceflight and a blueprint for how to drive meaningful change to benefit us all on our home planet. As an added bonus, we’ll be giving away two autographed copies of Escaping Gravity as virtual door prizes