Dr. Sian Proctor, SpaceX Astronaut and Pilot, to Speak at NBAA-BACE Day 2 Keynote
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announces that Dr. Sian Proctor, the mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian spaceflight launched on Sept. 16, 2021, will be a Day 2 keynote speaker at the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). NBAA-BACE takes place Oct. 12-14 in Las Vegas, NV, where Proctor will join an inspiring roster of visionaries, heroes and leaders.
Proctor piloted the spacecraft — a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 90 launch rocket — from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center and returned safely to Earth three days later. The Inspiration4 mission was the first orbital spaceflight made by an all-civilian crew.
“We are so excited to have Dr. Sian Proctor with us for NBAA-BACE,” says NBAA president and CEO, Ed Bolen. “Her passion for flight, science and exploration reflect the very best in aviation and in humanity. She is a dedicated science educator and a pioneer who lifts us all closer to the stars. We can’t wait to hear firsthand about this incredible milestone in flight.”
Proctor was the top entrant selected for the Inspiration4 mission from hundreds of entries. She is a major in the Civil Air Patrol and an aerospace education officer for its Arizona Wing. To prepare for the historic mission, she trained in a Cessna Citation CJ3, among other aircraft. She has completed four NASA-sponsored missions simulating what it would be like for humans to live on another planet.
In addition to being a commercial astronaut and science ambassador, Proctor is a geology professor at Maricopa Community College in Arizona. She has taught geology, sustainability and planetary science for more than 20 years. She is also a poet and an artist, creating work to inspire women of color to pursue careers in aviation, science and space exploration.
NBAA-BACE will take place in the new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) and at nearby Henderson Executive Airport (HND).
For more information about NBAA-BACE, visit https://nbaa.org/events/2021-nbaa-business-aviation-convention-exhibition-nbaa-bace.