BIL Conference Was an Excellent Adventure

Pacific sunset from the Santa Monica Pier. (Credit: Douglas Messier)
Pacific sunset from the Santa Monica Pier. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

I had the opportunity to escape from the Mojave last weekend to attend the BIL Conference down in Long Beach. It was a nice break. I got to see some cool talks, meet some new friends, and sit barefoot on a beach beside a vast ocean which I had all but forgotten even existed.

Not bad for two days.

I just wish I could have stayed longer. Returning to the High Desert was like traveling back in time: it felt like spring in LA, but it was still winter in the Mojave. Cold and windy.

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Henry Vanderbilt, Michael Laine Drop By The Space Show this Week


This week on The Space Show with David Livingston….

1. Monday, March 19, 2011 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome DUANE HYLAND to the show. Duane is a debate coach and will discuss pointers on how to put forth a convincing argument. It is important to be able to do this as we take the space message outside the space community.

2. Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome back MICHAEL LAINE of Liftport to discuss his Lunar Space Elevator Concept. Visit his website at www.liftport.com for more information.

3. Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT):: We welcome back HENRY VANDERBILT of the Space Access Society. Henry will update us on this year’s SAS Conference in early April (www.space-access.org).

SPECIAL TIME: 4. Friday, March 16, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. PHIL CHAPMAN to discuss innovative space policies and more. Phil was an astronaut and contributes regularly to SSP and other quality space blogs on a variety of issues and ideas.

5. Sunday, March 25, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. ROBERT (BOB) FARQUHAR to discuss his new book, “Fifty Years on the Space Frontier: Halo Orbits, Comets, Asteroids, and More”