Monthly Archives: June 2011

Making Space Solar Power Available Globally for Fukushima-Like Emergencies

[Mumbai, June 26] Indian news agency PTI quotes a National Space Society Director on a plan to provide electricity in case of a Fukushima-type or other emergency. “Any equipment placed in space is totally immune to fires, earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, … Continue reading

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Space Solar Power with Small, Operational Single-Launch Satellites

The latest addition to the NSS Space Solar Power Library is a paper by Al Globus which he presented at the 2011 International Space Development Conference: Towards an Early Profitable Power Satellite Part II. Globus investigated technologies and designs that … Continue reading

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Space Solar Power: Recent Conceptual Progress

Lowering launch costs is critical for developing space solar power. Keith Henson at The Oil Drum proposes using Reaction Engine’s Skylon Rocket in a novel way: the second stage propulsion would be hydrogen heated by an array of ground-based lasers.

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NSS Kicks-off Space Ambassador Program; Top Ambassador Will Get Ride on SpaceShipTwo

On May 7th, 2011, the National Space Society’s Space Ambassador program began its year-long mission. The top ambassador will be assigned a research trip to space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. The program, which was over two years in development, is … Continue reading

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Mission to Asteroid Itokawa – The Seven Year Voyage

ISDC conference report by Dave Fischer Professor Jun’ichiro Kawaguchi presented the history and results of the Hayabusa program, formally known as MUSES-C. Professor Kawaguchi is the Program Manager for the MUSES-C program at the Lunar and Planetary Exploration Program Group … Continue reading

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ISDC 2011 Video Presentation – Paul Spudis

Dr. Paul Spudis: Cislunar Space – The Next Frontier. Dr. Spudis, of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Huston, was presented the 2011 NSS Space Pioneer Award for Scientific and Engineering Paper for his paper on “Mission and Implementation of … Continue reading

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Endeavour Docked with the International Space Station

NASA has released images of Endeavour and the ISS. They were taken by Paolo Nespoli from TMA-20 as the Russian spacecraft departed on 23 May. Space Shuttle Endeavour Docked with the International Space Station Image Credit: NASA / Paolo Nespoli

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ISDC 2011 – Flight System Development Forum

ISDC conference report by Dave Fischer This is the first of two articles about the NASA Heavy Lift Vehicle program mandated by Congress. Dan Dumbacher, Director of Engineering (NASA HQ) Todd May, Associate Director, Technical (NASA MSFC) Garry Lyles, Associate … Continue reading

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ISDC 2011 Video Presentations

Presentations from the 2011 NSS International Space Development Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. Jeff Greason, President of XCOR Aerospace. Keynote Address at the Awards Banquet: A Settlement Strategy for NASA. This talk is widely regarded as a major statement in the … Continue reading

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ISDC 2011 Keynote Speech – Jeff Greason – A Settlement Strategy for NASA

Jeff Greason’s speech at the Awards Dinner at the 2011 NSS International Space Development Conference is being widely regarded as a major statement in the field of space policy. A video of the speech is now on the NSS website. … Continue reading

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