SSI 50: The Space Settlement Enterprise Conference Set for July

SEATTLE (SSI PR) — The Space Studies Institute (SSI) is pleased to announce the date and location for its 2019 conference. Make your plans now to attend SSI 50: The Space Settlement Enterprise July 15 and 16 at the renowned Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Tickets are on sale now at https://ssi50.eventbrite.com, Super Early Bird tickets are already sold out, but a limited number of discount Early Bird tickets are still available.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of Professor Gerard O’Neill’s High Frontier concept and the start of a new era for the Space Studies Institute,” said SSI senior researcher and conference chairman Edward Wright. “We’re about to embark on a multi-year effort to update the High Frontier vision, incorporating new technology, new knowledge of the solar system, and new commercial space ventures.”

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The GLXP is Dead! Long Live the GLXP!

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

This past week, the XPrize acknowledged the obvious:  after 10 years and multiple deadline extensions, none of the five remaining teams was going to claim the Google Lunar X Prize by landing a privately-built vehicle on the moon that would travel 500 meters across the surface while sending back high-definition video.

The first team to accomplish that goal would have claimed $20 million; the second, $5 million. But, unlike the moon race of the 1960’s, Google’s much hyped moon shot ended not with the deafening roar of a launch but the deadening silence of a dream deferred.

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SSI Offering Gerard K. O’Neill’s The High Frontier & 2081 for Free

SSI President Gary C Hudson shows the evolution of reading… as predicted in the book 2081 (Credit: SSI)

A note from our friends at The Space Studies Institute

We broke the news yesterday for SSI Associates to get their jump start and now it’s open for everyone:

For a limited time The Space Studies Institute is giving away the Kindle editions of Gerard K. O’Neill’s 2081 and The High Frontier for free!

2081, an amazing look at the future rising around us, and The High Frontier, the cornerstone book of the NewSpace generation, are both regularly priced at $6.99 USD but right now they are  online around the planet for free download from the Amazon.com websites and Kindle stores.

For details on 2081, just jump down to the previous SSI Blog post and as for The High Frontier, well, if you haven’t heard of it then it’s time you laid the right foundation in your Space education.

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Citizens in Space, SSI to Unveil New Strategy for Space Development

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LOS ANGELES, CA, May 12, 2014 (Citizens in Space PR) – A new strategy for space development will be presented at the International Space Development Conference, which takes place at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel this week.

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy and the Space Studies Institute, will present “The Great Enterprise: From Citizen Space Exploration to Space Settlement” in the Redondo California Ballroom at 3:00 on Saturday, May 17.

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Download Gerard K. O’Neill’s The High Frontier for Free Until Midnight Tonight

The-High-Frontier-88-182x300Gerard K. O’Neill’s classic The High Frontier has now been released as an Amazon Kindle ebook — and you can own it absolutely free!

From Saturday April 20th to Tuesday April 23rd, the Kindle edition of The High Frontier is absolutely free. Just open the Kindle app on your iOS, Android, Windows PC or Mac and type High Frontier in the Kindle store, or get your free Kindle edition directly from the Amazon.com website at http://www.amazon.com/The-High-Frontier-ebook/dp/B00CB3SIAI/ .

The High Frontier was a milestone in the work to make the dream of Space Settlement real for everyone. So many lives were changed by this book. Now a new digital generation can learn the needs, the goals and the potentials that Professor O’Neill made so clearly understandable.

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A Message from New SSI CEO Gary Hudson

Dear Senior Associates and Friends of SSI,

SSI has a long history and a solid legacy, based on the vision of Professor Gerard K. O’Neill and his colleagues. With over a dozen SSI conferences completed, along with research into a number of technologies important for space settlement, the Institute is well positioned to play an important role as a key primary international entity that will create the ways and means of true space settlement. This is an appropriate goal to honor Professor O’Neill’s vision.

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SSI Space Manufacturing 14: Closed Environment Life Support System

International Space Station

Closed Environment Life Support Systems

Dr. William Jewel, Cornell University, and Dr. Lee Valentine, Space Studies Institute
“The Engineering Trade Space for a Robust Closed Ecological Life Support System: A Suggested Technology Road Map”

Dr. Peter Curreri, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and Michael Detweiller, Junction Solutions
“Habitat Size Optimization of the O’Neill-Glaser Economic Model for Space Solar Satellite Production”

Sherwin Gormly, Dynamic Corporation, NASA Ames Research Center, and Michael Flynn, NASA Ames Research Center
“Membrane Based Habitat Wall Architectures for Evolving Structures and Comprehensive Resource Recycle in ‘Homestead’ Stage Space Colony Development”

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The Space Review: Utopian Colonies, NASA’s Fate and Space Debris

In  The Space Review, Dwayne Day has an interesting  of the 1970’s space colony movement, which gained adherents for a brief period before sinking into obscurity. Day does a good job of identifying the economic realities (transportation costs, mainly) and the inherent contradictions (an Utopian vision based largely on fear) that prevented the movement from gaining very much traction.

Also in The Space Review this week:

  • John Mankins explains why it’s necessary for NASA and the nation to reinvigorate its technology development efforts.
  • Taylor Dinerman examines what Norm Augustine’s management “laws” and what that could mean for NASA as the Lockheed Martin veteran leads a blue-ribbon panel on the space agency’s future.
  • Jeff Foust looks at the uncertainties surrounded NASA no matter who is selected as administrator.
  • Eric Hedman reviews a book by a former NASA astronaut that offers a photographic look at the T-38 training aircraft.
  • Kirk Woellert provides both technical and policy reasons for why the U.S. can’t go it alone on space debris.