November 8-11 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York


The SpaceVision 2012 Conference is pleased to offer several great tours! All tours will take place on Thursday, November 8th. Space is currently limited, but we are currently going to be offering the following tours:

Niagara Aerospace
Calspan and MOOG-ISP

US Persons Only

This tour will highlight the Niagara Falls Aerospace industry. First visit the Calspan Flight Research company, a flight controls research company. Then tour one of the nation's few test facilities for hypergolic rocket engines at Moog ISP, formally AMPAC-ISP. The tour will conclude with a trip to scenic Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the world.


Tour Schedule
  • Depart Buffalo Niagara Convention Center - 1:30 pm
  • Arrive Calspan Flight Research - 2:00 pm
  • Depart Calspan Flight Research - 3:30 pm
  • Arrive Moog ISP - 3:40 pm
  • Depart Moog ISP - 4:45 pm
  • Arrive Niagara Falls State Park - 5:00 pm
  • Depart Niagara Falls State Park - 7:00 pm
  • Arrive Buffalo Niagara Convention Center - 7:30 pm

Calspan Flight Research - Calspan has a world-class reputation and customer trust for excellence in flight testing and test support. This legacy, developed over decades, in the areas of flight control and handling quality (HQ) research now also includes a host of airborne system testing capabilities including test range support, electronic warfare (EW), and avionics testing. Calspan operates several airborne test platforms, including a G-III testbed aircraft and several Learjet in-flight simulators, which allow customers to rapidly fly experimental technology. Calspan can provide a complete flight test environment to organizations without indigenous capabilities. Services offered include test and safety planning, airspace, test air vehicles, test pilots and engineers along with control room and data processing facilities. Calspan can assist organizations of any size with all aspects of aerospace testing and can execute complete programs from planning through execution and final reporting.

Moog-ISP - Moog In-Space Propulsion (ISP) develops and supplies liquid rocket engines, propellant tanks, propulsion systems, propulsion system valves and regulators for commercial and military satellites, launch vehicles and missile defense. ISP’s diverse product line includes bipropellant and monopropellant thrusters, apogee / upper stage engines, complete propulsion systems, propulsion system valves and regulators, and rolling metal diaphragm tanks. Moog ISP also provided launch site support for propellant loading and safety training.

Buffalo in Motion
General Motors Powertrain and Flying Bison Brewery

This tour will highlight working Buffalo; tour the Buffalo Tonawanda Engine Plant, which is completing renovations on the General Motors V8. GM Powertrain Tonawanda is one of only a few engine plants in the world which will be manufacturing the new GM engine. Then attend a tour of the nearby Flying Bison Brewery, the first stand-alone brewery to operate in Buffalo proper in over 30 years. The tour will conclude with a trip to scenic Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the world.

Tour Schedule
  • Depart Buffalo Niagara Convention Center - 1:40 pm
  • Arrive General Motors Tonawanda - 2:00 pm
  • Depart General Motors Tonawanda - 3:30 pm
  • Arrive Flying Bision - 3:40 pm
  • Depart Flying Bision - 4:45 pm
  • Arrive Niagara Falls State Park - 5:15 pm
  • Depart Niagara Falls State Park - 7:00 pm
  • Arrive Buffalo Niagara Convention Center - 7:30 pm

About Tonawanda Engine: Tonawanda currently produces the Inline 4 (4-cyl.) – 2.9L and Inline 5 (5-cyl.) – 3.7L engines found in the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups and the Ecotec 2.4L (4-cyl.) engines found in the Chevrolet Malibu. In February 2010 the plant was awarded a $425 million investment for the Ecotec 2.0L/2.5L (4-cyl.) engine that will be used in the next generation Chevrolet Malibu and the Cadillac ATS. In April 2010 a $400 million investment was awarded to build an all-new V8 engine for products to be announced.

About Flying Bison Brewing Company: Flying Bison Brewing Company is a packaging brewery located in the city of Buffalo, and the first stand alone brewery to operate in the city proper since Iroquois Brewing closed its doors in 1972.

An award-winning brewer with over 30 years experience, owner Tim Herzog made a strong commitment from the inception of this company as merely an idea to establish Flying Bison Brewing Company in the City of Buffalo and foster the return of what was once a flourishing industry. It's this commitment that has carried the way for the brewery to become what it is today.

About Niagara Falls: Straddling the US-Canadian border, Niagara Falls draws around 12 million visitors per year, who might not realize that Niagara Falls is actually composed of three falls: American, Bridal and Horseshoe. They converge and crest over a 170-foot dolomite and shale cliff to plummet to the raging river below. All three waterfalls form the area that is collectively referred to as Niagara Falls, which reaches into the province of Ontario and New York state.

Four Great Lakes -- Superior, Erie, Huron and Michigan -- supply the water to the Niagara River that creates the three falls that combine to form Niagara Falls. Once over the falls, the water flows for 15 miles until it empties into Lake Ontario. Within the Great Lakes and the Niagara River flows 20 percent of the world's freshwater, according to Niagara Falls Live.The second largest falls in the world, Niagara is surpassed in size only by Victoria Falls in southern Africa.

Buffalo City Hall - One of the largest city halls in America, see this Art Deco masterpiece inside and out. Tour usually includes the Council Chambers, Mayor's Office, and the best view in Buffalo at the Observation Deck. The tour typically lasts around one hour.

Tour Schedule

12:00 PM - Tour Begins, Lobby

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