SpaceShipOne builder to speak at Antec
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kevin Mickey, vice president of Mojave, Calif.-based Scaled Composites LLC, is scheduled to speak at Antec 2006, the Society of Plastics Engineers' annual technical conference.
Scaled Composites built the SpaceShipOne spacecraft that reached an altitude of 367,442 feet, winning it the Ansari X-Prize for space travel and $10 million.
``[Mickey's presentation] will have to do with the role plastics played in SpaceShipOne,'' said SPE spokeswoman Tracy Hartman. ``He's also going to talk about his new project with Richard Branson and the future of the plastics industry, as he sees it.''
Branson, owner of London-based Virgin Group Ltd., and Scaled Composites are developing a commercial spacecraft that can take tourists into suborbital space. Branson expects to fly by 2008.
Antec will be held May 7-11 in Charlotte.
SPE moving New Orleans event to N.C.
BROOKFIELD, CONN. - The Society of Plastics Engineers has decided to go ahead with its Color & Appearance Conference.
The event was scheduled to be held in New Orleans on Sept. 26-27. The venue has been changed to Charlotte, N.C., but the conference dates remain the same.
New details have been posted on Brookfield-based SPE's Web site at www.4spe.org.