Art Dula

Art Dula

     STEM / Author

Arthur M. 'Art' Dula is a space lawyer, a patent attorney, the literary executor for major science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein and chairman, founder of the private spaceflight company, Excalibur Almaz.

Art Dula's law practice focuses on aerospace and intellectual property law, technology licensing, business start-up and development, patents, contracts, corporations, securities, copyrights and trademarks. His clients include U.S. and Russian aerospace firms. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Texas State and Federal Courts. He is also a registered broker with US State Department, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Defense Trade Controls. Art is an advisor to the China Institute of Space Law.

Since 1980, Art Dula has co-founded several aerospace companies. Eagle Aerospace provided engineering expertise for NASA and U.S. aerospace companies. Space Services, Inc., secured the first US regulatory approval of a private space launch. In 1982, it launched the first private U.S. space vehicle, the Conestoga, from Matagorda Island, Texas. Spacehab, Inc., builds payload bay Spacehab modules for the U.S. space shuttle. Space Commerce Corporation was the first U.S.-Russian aerospace joint venture. It sold a Soviet Proton rocket launch to Hughes Aerospace in 1987, and marketed remote sensing radar images. Tethers Unlimited, Inc., won seven patents on space tether systems, and secured over $2 million in research contracts. Starcraft Boosters, Inc., has contracts with US Air Force and NASA for the StarBooster launching system. Excalibur Almaz, Ltd., owns several Almaz Space System space capsules and space stations.

Art Dula is literary executor for the major science fiction writer, Robert A. Heinlein. He also serves as Trustee of the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust. In 2006, the Trust awarded the first Heinlein Prize, in the amount of $500,000, to Peter Diamandis, for outstanding personal initiative and significant progress in commercial space activities.

He has taught space law for the University of Houston, and was a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Akron. He consulted NASA on the space shuttle payload contract, and served as legal advisor to the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment. He has been awarded the Space Pioneer Award from the National Space Society and the Gagarin Medal from the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Art Dula

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff and learn about this year's planned festivities!

Fri 10:00PM Meet the STEM Guest of Honor: Mr. Art Dula

Futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast “The Future And You”, Stephen Euin Cobb will do a recorded interview with STEM Guest of Honor Mr. Art Dula.

(60 min)
Sat 10:00AM STEM GOH Keynote Presentation "Commercial Use of Space"

STEM GOH Art Dula's Keynote Presentation "Commercial Use of Space." Previous iterations of this presentation have been given in Moscow, Kiev, and most recently in Wuhan, China. A must see!

(120 min)
Sat 01:00PM Science GOH Art Dula and the IRG Discuss Disruptive Space Technologies

Science GOH Art Dula joins the Interstellar Research Group (IRG) to discuss disruptive space technologies.  Stephen Euin Cobb moderates this discussion.



Sat 06:00PM Have Space Suit Will Travel

The mission of the Heinlein Prize Trust is to promote the commercialization of space, which was Robert Heinlein’s dream.  An important element of this mission is to inspire young people to dream about the future of space exploration and commerce.  Art Dula discusses the Have Space Suit Will Travel (HSSWT) program, which aims to develop the next generation of space enthusiasts by encouraging students to read Robert Heinlein’s Have Space Suit Will Travel and re-imagine the future of space.

(60 min)
Sat 09:00PM Mad Scientist Guest of Honor Edition Roundtable

Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much. This year the participants will be the current STEM GOH and 6 Past Science Guests of Honor. 

Sun 12:00PM The Regulation of Space Activities

 Les Johnson moderates this discussion on The Regulation of Space Activities, including international, federal, state, commerical and patent law aspects. 

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