On Friday, September 14, The Washington Post will bring together renowned scientists, key government officials, astronauts and other leaders in the space industry to examine the new “space race.”

The “Transformers: Space” program will feature Chris Ferguson, Director of the Starliner Crew and Mission Systems at Boeing, who will make his fourth spaceflight when he and NASA astronauts take the new Boeing CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Other speakers including NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, former NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin, and Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society will examine developments in research, technology, propulsion, design and mission planning as America takes a leading role in the future of spaceflight.

Speakers include:

  • Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator
  • Chris Ferguson, Director of the Starliner Crew and Mission Systems, Boeing
  • Leland Melvin, former NASA Astronaut
  • Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society
  • Scott Pace, Executive Secretary of the National Space Council
  • Britney Schmidt, Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Tech

More speakers to be announced.

The program is produced in partnership with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Association of Space Explorers (ASE).

This event is open to press and will be streamed on The Post’s site at wapo.st/transformersspace  Media who wish to cover must RSVP.

Friday, September 14, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Doors open at 8:30 AM)
The Washington Post Live Center
1301 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20071

Transformers: Space is produced with support from The University of Virginia