AV Nice At Breaking Boundaries



“Breaking Boundaries,” the theme just announced for the 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, is based on innovative plans and preparations that promise to break decades-old program practices, while enlivening the experience for an expected 800 visitors.

Al Hoffman, chairman of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s Business Outlook Committee, said: “The theme is a good match for the 2014 conference.We broke the first boundary by moving the Outlook Conference location to Mojave Air and Spaceport for next year. And that bold move broke physical boundaries that limited our capability to make the conference experience more rewarding for our visitors.”

Hoffman explained that maybe the biggest boundary to be broken is the political line at Avenue A that divides the Greater Antelope Valley economic region among desert and mountain portions of Southeastern Kern and Northern Los Angeles counties. He said, “In reality, our real, day-to-day interests, our economy and our aspirations transcend political subdivisions.We rise or fall together as a region.”

The 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference will take place on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 in the newly completed Events Center at Mojave Air and Space Port. The completely renovated Events Center, a hangar style structure dating back to World War II, will allow Outlook Conference attendees to see displays of real aerospace and other technology hardware inside and outside the building, as they hear top flight speakers offer insights on the region’s economic future.

The building is designed to accommodate up to 1,400 conference-goers, but Hoffman projects attendance in the area of 900 for 2014. The additional floor space, inside and out, will allow organizers to showcase hardware from some of the 45 companies working on advanced technologies in aerospace, energy, transportation and communications at the Mojave Air & Spaceport and companies from throughout the region.“It makes sense to offer a more interactive experience by showing off all the great technologies being created from throughout the Valley,” Hoffman said.

Officers and Directors of the sponsoring Antelope Valley Board of Trade enthusiastically embraced Business Outlook Conference Chairman Hoffman’s recommendation to relocate the premiere business conference to Mojave for one year.

Hoffman said, “We think this is a great opportunity. We are focusing this Outlook Conference on innovation, inspiration, and shaping the future. That fits in very well with the Mojave Air and Spaceport.”

“My goal is 900 in attendance,” said Hoffman, site manager for The Boeing Co. at Edwards AFB and NASA-Dryden Flight Research Center.



Astronaut Mark Kelly To be Keynote Speaker At Outlook Conference

Capt. Mark Kelly, record-setting American astronaut, retired US Navy combat pilot, and husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle (Gabby) Giffords, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for Southern California’s Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Kelly, who commanded six NASA Space Shuttle missions, and is one of  only two astronauts  to have visited the International Space Station on four missions, will address an audience of up to 800 expected for the day-long business conference at the Mojave Air and Space Port .

Capt. Kelly will be accompanied on the program by a long list of presenters who are leaders in the fields of regional economics, business, manufacturing, technology, renewable, energy, education, aerospace research and development, defense and transportation. The 42nd annual Business Outlook Conference, organized by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, opens at 7:30 a.m. and adjourns at 2:30 p.m.

The 2014 Business Outlook Conference theme, “Breaking Boundaries” will be brought to life in a number of ways, beginning with its location at Mojave Air and Space Port, where private-sector companies pioneer in the great civilian leaps into commercial space business.

Outlook Conference Chairman and Boeing executive Al Hoffman said the 2014 event will also give attendees the opportunity to see first-hand the cutting-edge aerospace hardware emerging from many of the Mojave Air & Space Port tenants.

Call the Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s Palmdale office at 661-947-9033, or email  Vicki@avbot.org for ticket information and reservations.  More information is also available on the Board of Trade website:www.avbot.org

Astronaut Kelly, #1 New York Times best-selling author, and naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War, is the recipient of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.

Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In their best-selling memoir,Gabby, the couple share their story of hope and resilience. Kelly has also written two children’s books about the space explorations of a little mouse chosen for space missions, Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story, andMousetronaut Goes to Mars.

SPACEFLIGHT EXPERIENCE:  Kelly’s first trip into space was as pilot of STS-108. Lifting off on Dec. 5, 2001, STS-108 Endeavour visited the ISS, delivering over three tons of equipment, supplies, and a fresh crew to the orbiting outpost.  Kelly and Mission Specialist Linda Godwin used the shuttle’s robotic arm to lift the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module from the shuttle payload bay and attach it to a berth on the station’s Unity node.

Mission managers extended Endeavour’s flight duration to 12 days to allow the crew to assist with additional maintenance tasks on the station, including work on a treadmill and replacing a failed compressor in one of the air conditioners in the Zvezda Service Module.  Kelly traveled over 4.8 million miles and orbited the earth 186 times over 11 days and 19+ hours.

In July 2006, Kelly served as pilot for STS-121 Discovery, the second “Return to Flight” mission following the loss of Columbia in February 2003.  The main purposes of the mission were to test new safety and repair techniques introduced following the Columbia disaster as well as to deliver supplies, equipment, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Reiter from Germany to the ISS.  Kelly traveled over 5.28 million miles and orbited the Earth 202 times over 12 days and 18+ hours.

STS-124 Discovery was Kelly’s first mission as commander.  Kelly and his crew delivered the pressurized module for Kibo to the ISS.  The module is the largest component of the Kibo laboratory and the station’s largest habitable module.  Discovery also delivered Kibo’s Remote Manipulator System.  Perhaps the most important part they delivered was a replacement part for the station’s toilet.  The single toilet on the ISS had been malfunctioning for a week, creating a potentially serious problem for the crew.  Kelly traveled over 5.7 million miles and orbited the earth 218 times over 13 days and 18 hours.

STS-134 launched on May 16, 2011.  Kelly’s wife, Gabrielle Giffords, traveled to Florida on her first trip since moving from Tucson to Houston in January after an attempted assassination.  Kelly was the commander of the mission, which was Space Shuttle Endeavour’s last.  He and his crew delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the ISS.  AMS is a 15,000-lb cosmic particle detector that was installed on the outside of the space station.  Its experiments will help researchers study the formation of the universe and search for evidence of dark matter and antimatter.  Kelly traveled more than 6.5 million miles and orbited the earth 248 times over 15 days, 17 hours, and 38 minutes.


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