Uranium Moon

Uranium Found on the Moon

Uranium exists on the moon, according to new data from a Japanese spacecraft.

The findings are the first conclusive evidence for the presence of the radioactive element in lunar dirt, the researchers said. They announced the discovery recently at the 40th Lunar and Planetary Conference and at the Proceedings of the International Workshop Advances in Cosmic Ray Science.

Finalists Selected for the Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition

Finalists Selected for the Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition

After a thorough selection process, the Space Frontier Foundation is pleased to announce the 10 finalists for the Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition. The winner will be announced at the Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala during the NewSpace 2009 Conference.

Join the Discussion on Human Space Flight

Join the discussion on Human Space Flight.

NASA is facing a once-in-a-generation decision about the future of human space flight. We encourage friends of the Coalition for Space Exploration to share their expertise and opinions with the independent committee reviewing the future of the nation’s space program by joining the discussion on the committee’s website.

Your thoughts regarding the Constellation program and the future of exploration are particularly relevant to their determination. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to make his or her voice heard.

NSS Supports NewSpace

The Space Frontier Foundation has extended registration, until July 1st, 2009, for its NewSpace 2009 conference, which will be held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California from Friday, July 17 through Monday, July 20. See the full Press Release.

William Watson, Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation, states,

“The human settlement of space is a goal shared by both the National Space Society and the Space Frontier Foundation. The pursuit and advocacy of such a lofty ambition requires those who dream together to work together. The Space Frontier Foundation’s annual NewSpace conference focuses on the entrepreneurial space developments that may expedite the day our species permanently occupies heavenly bodies. As a fellow National Space Society member, I invite you to NASA Ames in Mountain View, CA July 17-20th to help us jump the technical, regulatory, and political hurtles remaining for NewSpace.”

Press Release

June 23, 2009

    SUBJECT: Registration for the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2009 Conference Extended 
    Nyack, NY, June 22, 2009  – Honor the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by spending 4 days discussing by the latest developments in the NewSpace industry at the NewSpace 2009 Conference. The Space Frontier Foundation has extended registration until July 1st, 2009 for space professionals and enthusiasts everywhere. 
    Attendees at the conference will not only listen to giants in the industry speak, but will also have access to intriguing exhibits ranging from NewSpace media and entertainment to the latest technologies. Network with fellow enthusiasts at the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), Teachers in Space, and the National Space Society (NSS) booths or pick up gear at the SFF Storefront. You will also learn about the launch of the International Space University’s new MBA program at the ISU exhibit. 
    Another of the exciting exhibits is VirtuePlay’s premier of the Lunar Racing Championship game. Attendees will have the opportunity to play “LRC” game on D-Box motion gaming seats, creating the feeling of off-roading on the moon and flying around craters in one-sixth gravity.  
    ““Lunar Racing Championship”, (LRC) was developed using NASA’s lunar topography from the 1994 Clementine mission, to provide immersion racing on the moon in 3D. The software realistically simulates the moon’s low gravity, and lack of atmosphere. Racing vehicles off-road is pedestrian compared to piloting advanced rocket cars off-world in no atmosphere. “LRC” puts you in the cockpit of a futuristic racing machine that is part rally car, part spaceship for high speed competition set within the “magnificent desolation” of Earth’s moon.” Mary Duda, CEO of VirtuePlay Inc. 
    Interested in hosting an exhibit at NS09? Contact exhibit manager Jake Welch for information and exhibit registration at jake.welch@spacefrontier.org. 

NewSpace Nation

NewSpace Nation: Americas Emerging Entrepreneurial Space Industry

“Jeff Krukin has written a much needed and practical introduction to the evolving entrepreneurial space industry. Drawing on his experience as Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation and as a NewSpace business consultant with particular experience in state level engagement, Jeff brings invaluable insight about an emerging industry that promises to significantly impact our lives. Whether you are an investor, space exploration aficionado, or someone who just wants to know about these vehicles that will one day soon fly overhead, this primer should be on your must read list.”

– Patti Grace Smith, former Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration

Funny Video

Making of Buzz Aldrin’s Rocket Experience w/ Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli

Buzz Aldrin ( http://buzzaldrin.com ) is an astronaut, a hero, and a hip hop legend. He hits the studio with Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli to record his latest track, Rocket Experience. Quincy Jones and Soulja Boy also weigh in on Buzz’s lyrical genius and impact on the music world.

Condolences to Anita Gale

Anita Gale’s Husband of 23 years, Dick Edwards, passed away shortly after the ISDC. Anita Gale and Dick Edwards jointly ran the AIAA International Space Settlement Design Competition. In his honor donations can be made to the AIAA International Space Settlement Design Competition.

Checks written to AIAA Orange County Section may be mailed to:

Philip Ridout
6962 Los Amigos Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Please note on the check: Dick Edwards SSDC Fund

Richard P. “Dick” Edwards Obituary

Space Settlement Blog Day

Space Settlement Blog Day

Blog for and about space settlement on July 20th

July 20th 2009 is the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. July 20th is also Space Exploration Day. After 40 years of space exploration it is time to begin space settlement. In order to honor all who risked their lives for space exploration and all who are dedicated to opening the new era of space settlement, we ask everyone to blog about space settlement on July 20th. Feel free to write about any aspect of space settlement, and about settlement at any space location — orbital settlements, settlements on the Moon, Mars, asteroids, or any place else. If you want more information or need ideas about space settlement go to the NSS Space Settlement Nexus.

SIGN UP YOUR BLOG HERE so we know which blogs are participating and we can send traffic your way. See list of participating blogs.

Sponsored by the National Space Society, the Space Frontier Foundation, the Space Movement, the Moon Society, and Space Renaissance Initiative.

For more information about this event contact Karen Cramer Shea.

Wall Street Journal Asks- Is Solar Power From Satellites Achievable?

Spaced Out: Is Solar Power From Satellites Achievable? By Keith Johnson in the Wall Street Journal

Space-based solar power is back in vogue these days, three decades after the U.S. government started toying with the idea as a way to get steady—if not cheap—power to remote battlefield locations. California utility PG&E just signed a deal with Solaren, another space-solar firm, to provide 200 megawatts of space-based solar power in 2016.

Solaren is confident it can meet the timeline, but has been sketchy about the breakthroughs it says can make that happen. PowerSat’s new patent directly addresses two of the biggest issues, though it’s still just a paper solution.