NSS Comment on NASA FY 2010 Budget

The National Space Society (NSS) was informed that President Obama has requested $18.7 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for Fiscal Year 2010, an increase of $900 million over the current year’s budget. The Recovery Act (stimulus bill) passed earlier this month provided an additional $1 billion to NASA.

“We are pleased that one of the four budget priorities for NASA includes returning Americans to the Moon,” Greg Allison, NSS Executive Vice President, said. “This is a worthy goal for the world’s leading space agency. It will challenge a new generation of American scientists and engineers, open vast new resources for economic development, and drive improvements in technology.”

Other areas highlighted in the budget were climate change research and monitoring, aeronautic research, and completion and utilization of the International Space Station. “We agree with the Administration’s decision to stick with the plan to retire the shuttle by the end of 2010,” Allison added. “This is necessary to keep new launch vehicle development on schedule.” The Ares launch system is not expected to be ready until 2015, requiring the United States to purchase rides to space from the Russians in the interim.

No details were yet available regarding programs such as additional funds for Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) to provide cargo to the International Space Station, or funds for research into Space Solar Power. NSS members expressed their support for these programs to their members of Congress during the NSS and Space Exploration Alliance Blitz on Capitol Hill earlier this week.

“Both of these programs are vital to the long-term economic health of our nation,” Allison said. “COTS is needed to spur the development of less-expensive launch vehicles by the private sector, and research into space solar power now will allow the United States to reap the long-term rewards of an endless supply of clean energy.”

Media contact:
Brett Silcox
Phone: (202) 429-1600
E-mail: nsshq@nss.org

About National Space Society

The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space. NSS counts thousands of members and more than 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. For more information about NSS, visit http://www.nss.org/.

Ad Astra Special Report "Back to the Moon" now available online

The Special Report “Back to the Moon” from the Summer 2008 issue of the National Space Society magazine Ad Astra is now available online. The report chronicles the many reasons for returning to the Moon and the vehicles that will take us there, and examines the lunar materials that will help us stay there permanently. The report is downloadable as a 4.3 megabyte PDF file.

This beautifully illustrated report showcases the exceptional quality of the publication that NSS members regularly receive.  The latest issue of Ad Astra includes a special report on the threat of impact of near Earth objects. If you are not yet a member, check out what you are missing in the Ad Astra section of our website, and then join NSS to receive this superb publication (not to mention to also support the creation of a spacefaring civilization for the benefit of all humanity!).

NSS Executive Director Search Committee Formed

The members of the Executive Director Search Committee are Greg Allison, Rick Zucker, Joe Redfield, Al Globus and Lynne Zielinski. David Brandt-Erichsen was elected to be Secretary. Mark Hopkins will be the Chair of the Committee.

The 7 members of the Committee were chosen last Monday by the 17 Board members who volunteered for the Committee. It had been decided earlier by the Executive Committee that no more than 7 could serve on this Committee.

NSS HQ is Moving

The National Space Society is moving its headquarters.
Starting March 1st the new address is

1155 15th Street NW
Suite 500
Washington DC 20005
The phone Number is still 202-429-1600
The Fax Number is still 202-463-8498

Brett Silcox is continuing as the Associate Director as is Tenisha Fortson Membership and Chapters Director. George Whitesides has left the NSS, so the Position of Executive Director is open so if you are interested submit your resume. Mike Usilton, the Finance Director is not making the move with the NSS. Good Bye Mike and George, Thank you for Your Service.

Director's Screening of the Film "Orphans of Apollo"

 
The International Space University,
The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation
&
George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute
 
Invite You To
An Exclusive Director’s Screening of the Award Winning Film
“Orphans of Apollo”
 

 
Inaugural Event for the New Arthur C. Clarke Fellowship Endowment
Of the International Space University
 
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2009
5:00pm Doors Open
5:30pm Introductions & Film Followed by Director’s Q&A
6:30pm Closing Reception
 
$250 “Event Sponsor” (3 tickets Included)
$100 “Scholarship Booster” (2 tickets Included) 
$25 General Admission    $15 Student 
 
R.S.V.P   michael.freeradical@gmail.com
 
Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21st St. N.W.
 
www.orphansofapollo.com
“Join this band of rebels out to change the course of history in space, as they board a private Gulf Stream jet, fly to Russia and negotiate one of the most remarkable business deals of the final frontier. ”
 
Supporting Institutions

American Astronautical Society
Space Frontier Foundation
ISU-USA Alumni Association
Society of Satellite Professionals International
National Space Society
Women In Aerospace
The Progress & Freedom Foundation
 
All gifts to the International Space University are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. A non-deductible cost of $15 per person must be accounted for in reporting this philanthropic gift for those attending the reception.  Donations benefit ISU’s Arthur C. Clarke Fellowship Endowment and General Scholarship Fund and the George Washington University Space Policy Institute Fund for ISU Scholarships.

National Space Society Needs a New Executive Director

 Since George Whitesides has decided to follow other Opportunities.

Posted by Mark Hopkins

Call For Applications For The Position Of Executive Director Of The National Space Society

If you know someone, who you think might make a good candidate, please contact them. Suggest they email their resume to Mark Hopkins at loby4space@aol.com AND (for backup purposes) to Bill Gardiner at analytech_1981@bellsouth.net.

Potential candidates can obtain information about NSS by reading our Philosophy Statement (which includes our Vision and Mission Statements) http://www.nss.org/about/philosophy.html at and our five year Strategic Plan at http://www.nss.org/docs/NSS_Strategic_Plan.pdf. Additional information can be obtained from our website at nss.org.

The Conrad Foundation and 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.

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.

Welcome to the National Space Society Blog

Welcome to the National Space Society Blog.

The purpose of this blog is to engage in a public dialog on the importance of space development and exploration for humanity’s future.   It is the mission of the  National Space Society to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity.

As a long time member of NSS, I fully agree with this mission. In fact, I feel so strongly about it that I became a chapter activist performing public outreach in my community and have volunteered extensively on behalf of NSS over the years.  This year I was elected to the NSS Board of Directors and hope to make a positive contribution to the National Space Society’s vision of people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth.

Join us and make a difference.  If I can, so can you.

Ad Astra,

Jim Plaxco, NSS Director