Human Research Program for Civilians

Human research program for civilians

International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) with


Workshop on the Human Research Program for Civilians in Spaceflight and Space Habitation

January 23 – 24, 2024, Tulsa, OK

Dr. Bettina L Beard, Chair; Dr. Michael Marge, Vice Chair; Dr. Jamey Jacob, Host

On behalf of the Planning Committee for the Human Research Program for Civilians in Spaceflight and Space Habitation (HRP-C) and our sponsor — the IAASS — and co-sponsors, we invite you to attend a two-day, hybrid Workshop to be held at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Tulsa, Okla. on Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

The HRP-C Planning Committee has been developing a comprehensive research program to investigate potential effects of commercial space endeavors on the health and performance of civilians, some of whom may have pre-existing medical conditions or disabilities. The goal is to make it possible for everyone who wishes to enter space to realize that dream.

Prior to the workshop, we will distribute the draft final report of the HRP-C as well as a feedback form to collect your review comments. At the Workshop, we will have ~30 human spaceflight, medical, and behavioral experts briefly present on different aspects of the program and provide the opportunity for comments, suggestions, and recommendations from the participants. We are also providing a number of opportunities for the in-person participants to informally meet key leaders and decision-makers from space R & D to create collaborations and contacts.  Please see the draft Workshop Agenda (still under construction) by tapping this link:

OSU will host the Workshop for a maximum of 150 in-person participants. Because the in-person attendance is limited, selection of the in-person participants will be based on a first-come/first-served basis.  The University is also planning to provide access to the Workshop on a virtual basis for those who cannot attend in-person or whose application is submitted after we have reached the 150 participant limit.  The HRP-C Workshop is open to all stakeholders in space R & D and Programming without a registration fee.

If you wish to participate (in-person or virtual) in the January HRP-C Workshop, please complete the Registration Form at your earliest convenience.

It is our sincere hope that you will join us for this important event and provide your input on the HRP-C.

The Hague Institute and Global Spaceport Alliance announce partnership

Hague Institute


The Hague Institute for Global Justice (THIGJ) and the Global Spaceport Alliance (GSA) are pleased to announce the formation of a partnership to enable the near-term testing and operations of vehicles capable of performing point-to-point transportation through space. Although industry is making rapid progress in developing the technologies needed for such missions, there is currently a significant legal and policy vacuum in this area which could negatively impact their application.

United in purpose, THIGJ and the GSA plan to harness their collective expertise to forge an intellectual bedrock for a strategically innovative, yet judicious, bottom-up methodology. This collaboration is intended to serve as a beacon, illuminating the path forward for operators, while safeguarding the critical interests of civil society and governments.

As a first step, THIGJ and the GSA will concentrate their efforts on developing a roadmap that will address the pressing need for a comprehensive legal and policy framework. The roadmap will identify the actions required in order to allow society to benefit from the ability to transport cargo, and eventually people, on high-speed, intercontinental flights via outer space.


Learn more about The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Washington Compact HERE.  


Established in 2015, the Global Spaceport Alliance has become the largest network of spaceports in the world. Members include spaceport operators, suppliers, and government and academic entities involved in the commercial space sector. GSA offers members timely access to information, the ability to engage with key decision makers, and the opportunity to participate in working groups targeting specific areas of interest to the spaceport ecosystem.

GSA Webinar Series: Mike Moses from Virgin Galactic

Webinar Series - Virgin Galactic

Join us for a chat with Mike Moses, President of Virgin Galactic

October 19, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM Eastern Time
With the success of three commercial spaceflights–and one more due in early October–Virgin Galactic is easing into a long-awaited routine of taking paying customers to the edge of space aboard the VSS Unity suborbital spaceplane. To discuss the progress made by Virgin Galactic this year, and look ahead at what is in store for the company, Mike Moses will join in a virtual fireside chat with Dr. George Nield, GSA Chairman for a frank, open, and visionary discussion. Participants joining the meeting will have an opportunity to post questions directly to Mr. Moses. This Global Spaceport Alliance webinar will be a rare opportunity to connect with one of the leaders of the new era of human spaceflight. 


Mike Moses

President of Virgin Galactic.
Mike came to Virgin Galactic following a distinguished 17 year career with NASA. From 2008 to 2011, he served at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the Launch Integration Manager, where he led all space shuttle processing activities from landing through launch. Mike also chaired the Mission Management Team where he provided ultimate shuttle launch decision authority. Other NASA experience includes working as a Flight Director at the Johnson Space Center, where he led teams of flight controllers in the planning, training, and execution of space shuttle missions. Before being selected as a Flight Director in 2005, Mike had more than 10 years of experience as a flight controller in the Shuttle Propulsion and Electrical Systems Groups.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering at Purdue University. He also earned a master’s degree in space sciences from Florida Institute of Technology. He is a two-time recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, as well as other NASA commendations and awards.
Mike Moses and Virgin Galactic