The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

A new book about the future. George Friedman’s “The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century”

Here are two videos of the author talking about his predictions he has writen about in his book. He starts talking about space and space solar power at 4:30 in part 1 until about 6:00.
Next 100 Years – STRATFOR – George Friedman – Part 1

Next 100 Years – STRATFOR – George Friedman – Part 2

NASA Stifling Disent

Barriers to Innovation and Inclusion

On Wayne Hale’s Blog, there is a new post called Stifling Disent.  References the above video which shows some of the ways new ideas are delt with by NASA.  There is also a link to a PDF Inclusion & Innovation Enhancement Initiative, Barrier Analysis Team, White Paper, January 2009, NASA JSC.

Why does Wayne Hale considers new ideas as DISENT?

NASA claims to be an science and technology agency. New ideas should be nurtured and encouraged not considered disent.

I have heard NASA frequently say they are looking for they are looking for Out of  The Box solutions but as one who has never figured out where The mythical Box Is let alone been inside it, I have found NASA openly hostile to Out of The Box solutions.

For instance I have a solution to the astronaut glove problem which I actually presented to NASA, the silence in response has been deafening.  It is especially suprising since the solution would require no new engineering, save money on launch cost and greatly enable the settlement of space.

I would love to hear from NSS members about their experiences on how NASA reacted to new ideas from within and from outside.

Note- To understand the orgin of this video or the process of striving for openess at NASA –Pathways Beyond Barriers to Inclusion & Innovation

Remembering Apollo 1, Columbia, and Challenger

Remembering Apollo 1, Columbia, and Challenger at Arlington–  NASA Acting Administrator Christopher Scolese and other NASA senior leaders participated in a wreath laying ceremony as part of NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at Arlington National Cemetery.

President Barack Obama on NASA’s Day of Remembrance

The arrival of a new year reminds us that life is a journey, one that takes us on many unexpected paths. NASA’s role is to pioneer journeys into the unknown for the benefit of humanity. Along the way, we sometimes experience tragedy instead of triumph.

Today, we pause to reflect on those moments in exploration when things did not go as expected and we lost brave pioneers. But what sets us apart as Americans is our willingness to get up again and push the frontiers even further with an even stronger commitment and sense of purpose.

On this Day of Remembrance, we remember the sacrifices of those who dared to dream and gave everything for the cause of exploration. We honor them with our ongoing commitment to excellence and an unwavering determination to continue the journey on the path to the future.

President Barack Obama

The Conrad Foundation and The NSS

The National Space Society and the Conrad Foundation are now partners to support the upcoming Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards, the Foundation’s annual educational competition. This is a competition for high school students to create innovative products for use in space or for renewable energy.

The NSS will guide student teams and provide jugdes.  Team Finalist will present their concepts at NSS’s  ISDC in Orlando May 28-31, 2009. – Press Release

Semi-Finalist Team Announcement on Monday—tune in for the LIVE announcement

Tune in on Monday, Feb. 2, at 4:00 p.m. EST / 1:00 p.m. PST for a live video announcement by Major General Charles Frank “Charlie” Bolden, USMC (retired).  He will announce the finalist teams in the Pete Conrad “Spirit of Innovation” Awards.

The teams have been tasked with developing innovative products in the fields of personal spaceflight, lunar exploration and renewable energy; these teams now proceed to the Innovation Generation Summit at NASA Ames Research Center where they will present their products to leaders in industry and academia.  Public votes are also incorporated into the final judging process to select the overall.

The Conrad Foundation’s – Innovation Summit – the most innovative high schoolers unveiled

In Partnership with NASA Ames and the bay area Yuri’s Night celebration, the Conrad Awards final program will be a three day event unveiling the most innovative high school student products in science and technology. More information will be announced in the coming months. 

Conrad Foundation on Facebook

The Marriage of Space Settlement and Space Tourism

Space Settlement and Space Tourism: an Ideological Marriage by Mark Hopkins a new column on another aspect of the space movement.

Space settlement proponents and space tourism proponents make up two substantial groups that have significant overlap. The goals of both are mutually reinforcing. The members of the two groups are forward looking, dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic, motivated, and strongly pro-space. Part of the longterm NSS strategy is to broker an ideological marriage between the two. This is a major reason why Ad Astra places substantial emphasis on the issues of both. Such a marriage would not only be beneficial to space settlement and space tourism, but also to humanity’s future in space.

Why Did Our Early Striving For Space Slip Away?

Miles O’Brian wrote an OpEd: We Aimed for The Stars…Until We Stopped in Space News. Included in it was a powerful question.

Truth is, we have done nothing to equal (much less top) the accomplishments of Apollo. And even worse, we haven’t tried. We did something truly great, but then walked away from it. We had lightning in a bottle — and we opened the lid.

Our country has been pulling the rug out from under NASA ever since Apollo. Really, the agency is running on fumes from rocket fuel that was purchased (on a credit card no doubt) in 1961.

Why did we allow it to slip through our fingers? Sometimes I get the feeling we are the only nation that just doesn’t get it, because we are either cocky or stupid or distracted — or all of the above.

Was it the lack of money?

Was it the shuttle?

Was it boredom with the Moon and the Expense of Mars?

Was it a change in American culture?

What is your opinion what did we lose? What changed? What do we need to regain? Or do you feel we have been making steady progress for the last 50 years?

Dr. Paul D. Spudis wrote What Apollo was …. and wasn’t 

Apollo was not about the Moon, or even about space.  It took place in space and ultimately, on the Moon.  But Apollo was a battle in the Cold War.  John Kennedy did not say, “Go to the Moon and press onwards to the planets.”  He challenged America to show the superiority of its economic and political system by landing a man on the Moon and returning him to Earth “before this decade is out.”  The key objective was not going to the Moon – it was to beat the Soviets to the Moon.  This objective was attained with profound consequences, critical to our Cold War victory to a degree still not fully appreciated.

While DR. Spudis explains why we haven’t had the level of funding and excitement for the space program as there was during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. It does’t explain why NASA has been at near stagnation for thirty years. NASA could have been making slower quieter progress. But NASA hasn’t really been making progress.

Moon The Movie

A new movie for all the Lunartics is coming out this year.

Director Duncan Jones is bringing us Moon, a hardcore sci-fi movie he imagined and co-wrote. The movie moon is starring starring Sam Rockwell in the lead role with Kevin Spacey lending his voice to some AI robot. No official release date, but it will probably be released in Summer 2009 or later.

Check out the movie blog and the clip below.

#2 Ranking on Google for The Space Movement Face Book Group

The Space Movement Face Book Page came up in the second position on a Google Search of the term – The Space Movement. Rankings come and go quickly so it may no last but I feel we are making great progress in popularizing the term The Space Movement.

The Space Movement Facebook Group now has 143 members with 700 unanswered invitations. One enthusiastic young gentleman, named Christopher Calubaquib, invited his 1100 closest friends to join The Space Movement. Thank you Christopher.