SSI Publishes Proceedings from Space Manufacturing 14 Conference

MOJAVE, Calif. — SSI is pleased to announce the publication of papers from the 14th Space Manufacturing Conference. Thirteen papers from the conference at the NASA Ames Research Center are now available for download at no cost. They cover a broad range of key areas including space transportation, closed environment life support systems, in-situresource utilization, space solar power, and emerging technologies such as 3-D printing.

Please see this page to download papers from Proceedings of Space Manufacturing 14.


SSI Space Manufacturing Conference Archives Online

Robin Snelson has put video and PowerPoint archives online from the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14 Conference, which was held in Silicon Valley at the end of October.

The video archive is here. You can view PowerPoint presentations here.

An Overview of the Space Manufacturing Conference

PowerSat's plans for beaming energy from space

Tom Abate from the San Francisco Chronicle has an excellent overview of last weekend’s Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14 conference that deals with space-based solar power and other ventures:

Today, said conferee John Mankins of Artemis Innovation Management Solutions, such arrays would be far more economic, thanks to efficiencies in everything from solar cells to rocket launchers – not to mention the environmental benefit of supplying electricity without adding greenhouse gases.

Mankins estimated that it would cost $10 billion over 10 years to mount a large orbital solar program – which seems like a lot until compared with the 40-year, $50 billion investment that the United States and other countries have poured into determining the feasibility of Earth-based fusion reactors.


SSI Space Manufacturing 14: Engineering Non-Terrestrial Resources

Miners hoping to strike it rich during the California Gold Rush at Auburn Ravine in 1852. (Credit: California State Library)

Session 5: Engineering Materials from Non-Terrestrial Resources
Chair: Dr. Peter J. Schubert

Electrical Energy Storage Using Only Lunar Materials
Dave Dietzler, and Dr. Peter J. Schubert, Packer Engineering Inc.

In-Situ Production of Construction Materials by Combustion of Regolith/Aluminum and Regolith/Magnesium Mixtures
Prof. Evgeny Shafirovich, Christopher White and Francisco Alvarez, University of Texas at El Paso

Electro Dynamic Debris Eliminator (EDDE) Opens LEO for Aluminum Recovery and Reuse
Jerome Pearson, John Oldson and Dr. Eugene Levin, Star Technology and Research, Inc., Joseph Carroll, Tether Applications, Inc.

Building a Vertical Take Off and Landing Pad Using In Situ Materials
Dr. Paul Hintze, NASA Kennedy Space Center

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”


SSI Space Manufacturing 14: Space Transportation Session

ULA fuel depot

Space Transportation Session

Chairman: Gary C. Hudson, HMX Inc.
“Earth to LEO Roadmap: Technologies and Possibilities”

Dallas Bienhoff, The Boeing Company, and Jeff Goff, Altius Space Machines, Inc.
“Top Ten Technologies for Reusable Cislunar Transportation”

Joe Carroll, Tether Applications
“Tether Sling Concepts for LEO and Beyond”


SSI Space Manufacturing 14: Jeff Greason

XCOR CEO Jeff Greason

Jeff Greason – XCOR

— space is an endeavor and enterprise I have believed in for as long as I remember
— now finds himself in the space business– believed in the early space shuttle projections — flying every week
— no point in going any place just to go…need something to do with it…
— if you are going to explore and you have no idea about what to do with what you find…
— People aren’t as into space because there was no ultimate point to exploration…
— we don’t seem to be proud of what we’ve done, almost cowering from the technology that we can wield.
— we sit on the shore of an ocean that has vast resources of materials, energy and space
— the moon is not sterile and dry…it will support a great culture and be the transportation hub of the Solar System
–  Our work is a result of the work that Gerard K. O’Neill did….looked at colonies that would be sustainable, profitable, self-sustaining

Experts to Debate Our Future Destinations in Space in Sunnyvale on Friday

Asteroid Ida

The question of where humanity should go next in space will be the topic of a round table on Friday, Oct. 29 at the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel.

“Moon, Mars, Asteroids: Where to Go First for Resources?” will bring together some of the world’s top experts to debate our next step in the settlement of space. The round table, sponsored by the Space Studies Institute, will be held from 7:00 to 10 p.m., including a post-debate reception. Admission is free to registered conference attendees and the general public.


Craig Venter to Speak as NASA Looks to Use Synthetic Biology in Space


News media are invited to attend a discussion lead by world famous biologist J. Craig Venter, best known for his role in sequencing the human genome and creating the first cell “booted up” from a synthetic genome.

Biology on Earth readily demonstrates that life is an efficient user of resources surrounding it, turning those resources into habitats, materials and forms that perform various functions. If the promise of engineering biology on Earth is within reach, then it is time to ask scientists and engineers about possible applications of synthetic biology in space.


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!

Famed Biologist Craig Venter to Speak at SSI Space Manufacturing Conference


SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Oct 18, 2010) — Famed biologist and entrepreneur Dr. Craig Venter will give a special talk on synthetic genomics during the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14 conference in Mountain View, Calif. on Oct. 30.

Venter — best known for his pioneering work in sequencing the human genome and creating the first cell with a synthetic genome earlier this year — will give a 90-minute talk and Q&A session on the role that synthetic genetics will play in the future settlement of space. Venter will speak about how this emerging technology can be utilized in closed-loop life support systems, mineral extraction and synthesis, and other processes.


A Preview of the Upcoming SSI Space Manufacturing Conference

Artist Don Davis' rendering of a space colony, part of the initial NASA Ames study done in 1975.

This week in The Space Review….

In Reviving the SSI Space Manufacturing Conference, Lee Valentine and I take a look at the history of the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing Conference and preview the 14th conference in Silicon Valley at the end of the month.

The Space Review also features:

A fading opportunity for export control reform?
The US space industry has raised its hopes in the last year about the prospects for improving export control given initiatives by the Obama Administration to reform the overall process. Jeff Foust reports that some advocates of reform, though, are skeptical that this effort will result in significant change.

The beginnings of planetary exploration
Fifty years ago this month the era of planetary exploration began with the first attempts by the Soviet Union to launch probes to Mars. Andrew LePage recounts the ultimately failed attempts by the Soviets to send spacecraft to the Red Planet.