Space 11 Corp. Announces Selection of Nanoracks as Partner for Outer Space Collaborations on Movies, TV Series and More

Space station concept (Credit: Space 11 Corp.)
  • Company Plans to Build and Deploy Space Station Designed for Entertainment and Film Production
  • Zero Gravity Fight Competition “Galactic Combat” Set Beyond Earth’s Atmosphere is First TV Series from Space 11

LOS ANGELES (Space 11 Corp. PR) — It was revealed today that Space 11 Corp, an aerospace company pioneering outer space entertainment productions including film, TV, sports and special events, founded by veteran movie producer Andrea Iervolino and run by its Vice President and Head of Operations, MMA legend and movie producer John Lewis, is developing a first-of-its-kind partnership with Nanoracks, a Voyager Space company, and the largest commercial user of the International Space Station.


NIAC Awards Take Aim at Asteroid Mining, ISRU

Asteroid Itokawa (Credit: JAXA)

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program recently awarded five grants for the development of new technologies for analyzing asteroids, extracting resources from them, and using the materials for new space products.


Asteroid Expert John Lewis Named Deep Space Industries Chief Scientist

John Lewis
John Lewis

HOUSTON, TX, February 20 (DSI PR) — Deep Space Industries announced that astronomer and asteroid expert Dr. John Lewis will assume the role of Chief Scientist for the firm, whose goal is the exploration, harvesting and processing of space resources, such as asteroids. Author of such seminal works in the field as the books “Rain of Iron and Ice” and “Mining the Sky,” Dr. Lewis is considered to be one of the the world’s pre-eminent asteroid experts.

“We are thrilled that John decided to join us in our quest to harvest space resources,” said Deep Space Chairman Rick Tumlinson. “He has been a hero and mentor of mine and the whole team. Having such a vote of confidence from the guy who literally wrote the books on the subject means a lot to us, our investors and potential customers, let alone the wisdom and knowledge he brings to the table.”


SSI’s Gary Hudson, John Lewis on The Space Show

SSI President Gary Hudson will appear on The Space Show with David Livingston tonight from 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT).

Gary will discuss his G-Lab plan for a variable gravity research station in low Earth orbit.

To listen live to The Space Show podcast, go to The show will be archived later in the week if you can’t listen in live.


SSI Vice President for Research John Lewis was on the show last night talking about asteroid mining and the Chinese space program. The show is now archived for listening.


This Week on The Space Show

This Week on The Space Show with David Livingston….

1. Monday, May 28, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. JOHN LEWIS to discuss asteroid mining, the Chinese space program and more.

2. Tuesday, May 29 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome back GARY HUDSON to discuss his G-Lab concept with the Space Studies Institute for a variable gravity research station. See

3. Friday, June 1, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (11:30- 1 PM CDT, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EDT) : We welcome back REX RIDENOURE of Ecliptic Enterprises with information on new projects, new developments, and commercial space information.

4. Sunday, June 3, 2012, 12-1:30 PM (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome back JIM MUNCY on space policy issues and developments.

Mary Roach, Paul Spudis and John Lewis on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show….

Monday, January 10, 2011 , 2-3:30 PM PST. We welcome Dr. George Sowers, vice president of Business Development for United Launch Alliance (ULA). In this role, Sowers is responsible for strategic planning, advanced technology development, advanced concept development and new business acquisition efforts.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PST:
We welcome back well known author Mary Roach to the show. For this program, we will be discussing her best selling book, “Stiff.” Mary also relates parts of this book to space issues.

Friday, January 14, 2011 , 9:30-11 AM PST: We welcome Dr. John Lewis to the program. John S. Lewis is Professor Emeritus of Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Arizona. He is a regular commentator on Chinese civil space missions on China Central Television CCTV9, Including the Shenzhou 6 & 7 manned missions and the Chang’e 1 & 2 lunar missions. Dr. Lewis is the author of the best selling book, “Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets.”

Sunday, January 16, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST: We welcome back Dr. Paul Spudis and Dr. Tony Lavoie to discuss their recent paper, “Mission and Implementation of an Affordable Lunar Return.”

Space Manufacturing 14 Video: Moon, Mars or Asteroids First Discussion

A video of the “Moon, Mars, Asteroids: Where to Go First for Resources?” panel discussion held during  the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14 conference in Silicon Valley. Moderated by tech investor Esther Dyson, the discussion included:

  • Prof. Mike A’Hearn, University of Maryland, Dept. of Astronomy
  • Prof. Greg Baiden, Penguin Automated Systems
  • Mark Sonter, Asteroid Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • Prof. John Lewis, Space Studies Institute
  • Dr. Paul Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • Jeff Greason, XCOR Aerospace.

John Lewis to Discuss Asia’s Road to the Moon at SSI Conference on Saturday

Planetary scientist Prof. John S. Lewis, who has lectured at the Center for Space Science and Applied Research and the Lunar Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Science, will give a dinner talk titled, “Asia’s Road to the Moon,” at the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The talk will focus on Asia’s rising space programs and potential cooperation with the United States and other nations. This will be the keynote address at the dinner for the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement conference, which will be held from Oct. 29-31 in Silicon Valley.

Conference attendees and members of the public can purchase tickets to the dinner for $35 on the SSI website at The deadline for conference registration and dinner tickets is 5 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 26.


SSI Space Manufacturing Conference Registration Closes Tuesday

Don’t miss your last chance to sign up for the 14th SSI Space Manufacturing and Space Settlement Conference in Silicon Valley from Oct. 29-31.

Registration for the conference will close at 5 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, Oct. 26. To attend, please sign up now at

The conference includes two days of sessions at the NASA Ames Conference Center and several events at the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel. Highlights include:

  • “Moon, Mars, Asteroids: Where to Go First for Resources?” NASA Ames Center Director Pete Worden will moderate a panel of six other experts to debate our first moves in expanding beyond Earth orbit. The round table will be followed by a reception. Friday, Oct. 29 from 7-10 p.m., Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel. (Free to conference attendees and general public)
  • “Synthetic Genomics”: Famed biologist Craig Venter will focus on the role that synthetic organisms can play in future space settlement. This is a joint session with the Synthetic Biology Workshop. Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5-6:30 p.m. (Conference and workshop attendees and media only)
  • “Asia’s Road to the Moon”: Dr. John Lewis, an adviser to the Chinese lunar program, will discuss the growing role of Asia in space exploration. Saturday, Oct. 30 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel. (Separate ticket required)

Hope to see you all there!