Premier Showcase for All Things Lunar at 5th International Workshop on Lunar Surface Applications (LSA 5)

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The 5th International Workshop on Lunar Surface Applications (LSA 5) billed itself at the premier showcase for Lunar Landers in 2015 and presentations from Moon Express, Astrobotic, Masten, Part Time Scientists, Interorbital, NASA’s Resource Prospector and NASA’s CATALYST Program certainly support this claim.

Held from Apr. 14th-17th, 2015 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, LSA 5 successfully brought together scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs from academia, the private sector, and the government involved in current and planned Lunar science investigations, instrument concepts, and missions, as well as the development of technology to allow operations in the extreme (cold and dark) environment of the Lunar surface with minimized resource expenditure (mass, power, volume, bandwidth). NASA Kennedy Space Center was a major participant.

“These events see exponential growth from the ones that precede it,” said Russell Cox, the Chief Executive Officer of Flexure Engineering and The Select Investor – and host of The Lunar Workshops. “We were very pleased that this event occurred during the same time frame as Yuri’s Night as it allowed us to blend LSA 5 and Yuri's Night into one superb workshop.”

On Wednesday April 15, three time space flight veteran Catherine “Cady” Coleman opened the Yuri’s Night Tribute with an hour-long solo presentation about her experiences in space. “People often ask me how long it takes to come ‘home’ after being in space and I tell them that I am still working on it,” Coleman said. “It’s pretty cool that LSA 5 was held around the same general time frame as when Yuri Gagarin carried out humanity’s first flight into space.”

Coleman then joined a stellar panel discussion that detailed various Earth-based expeditions held to demonstrate and validate technologies and concepts for long duration stays on distant worlds. These included Ryan Kobrick (Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station), Jason Schuler (Desert RATS), Annie Caraccio (Hi-SEAS), and Thomas Potts (Aquarius Reef Base).

The Yuri’s Night Tribute Panel was open to the public and attracted a large audience of space enthusiasts. Many attendees stayed afterwards to socialize with the panelists and asked questions, stimulated by the tales from these extreme terrestrial environments which serve as proving grounds for human space exploration.

The Lunar Surface Applications Workshop distinguishes itself from the majority of science-oriented technical conferences with a strong emphasis on networking, collaboration and interactive design challenges. Attend a future event and connect with leading experts in space exploration today. Visit

About the Lunar Workshops

The Lunar Surface Applications Workshop series is one of three space-related workshops sponsored by Flexure Engineering and The Select Investor each year. Other workshops in the series include LunarCubes and Scientific Opportunities in Cislunar Space (SOCS). For information about any of these events please contact Faith Urban at 888-874-0560 or info(at)lunarworkshops(dot)com

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