Space Ambassadors Needed at the ISDC

Dear Space Ambassador Program Participants

We need your presence at the National Space Society International Space Development Conference (ISDC) 2009, in Orlando, Florida on May 28 –May 31 for what promises to be the biggest and best citizens’ space conference of the year.   http://www.isdc2009.org

The International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the annual conference for the National Space Society and has grown into the largest public space conference of the year.  It is a national gathering for space-interested leaders and citizens to connect, re-energize and make plans for the future.

There will be a Space Ambassadors Program reception on Thursday evening, a participation workshop scheduled during the conference to review the program participation rules & guidelines,  a extensive conference program of presentations/panel discussions, along with a myriad of opportunities for networking.  If you are in the space business or want to be, ISDC 2009 is the place to be.

Since the National Space Society in partnership with Virgin Galactic announced the formation of the Space Ambassador Program at the International Space Development Conference in Washington D.C. last year we have been busy transforming the concept into a viable program.  As of now we have over 3,600 very excited volunteers and enrollment is still growing. http://www.spaceambassadors.com   Our goal is to train volunteer Ambassadors to go into their own communities and make presentations to students, interest advocacy groups, and civic organizations on the opportunities space offers for helping to provide for a positive future.  A future they can be a part of making real.  Our mission is to foster and excite our young people to seek educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, aerospace and aeronautical fields. We need to inform these young Pioneers about the current and future opportunities needed to grow the Space Industry in both Government and Private sectors. 

Hope you can come join us at ISDC 2009!

Lee Jones
Space Ambassadors Program Director

New NSS Activity On Facebook

The National Space Society now has a Page on Facebook in addition to the Group and the Cause. It already has 186 members and was set up less than a week ago by Charles Radley

There is also a new Page for The Space Movement in addition to the Group, formed to promote the term “space movement” in accordance with the NSS Strategic Plan.  The Group is growing like wild fire, over 120 members in the last week, thanks to the efforts of Demi Pietchell.

The Pages for NSS and the Space Movement are part of The NSS Social Networking Team’s plan to use social networks to promote interest in the NSS. The team members are Brice Russ, Charles Radley, myself  – Karen Shea, and our newest member Demi Pietchell.  Anyone interested in volunteering contact me or anyone on the committee.  

Also new is the Cause supporting the Promoting the National Space Society of Phoenix.

Older NSS activities on Facebook include-

Florida Space Coast Chapter of the National Space Society

Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL5)

National Space Society of Australia Group

Canadian Space Society Group

 

Please post information on other NSS Social Networking activites going on.

DC – L5

I went to the DC – L5 chapter meeting of the NSS on Sunday. DC-L5 meets in the Tysons-Pimmit Library in Falls Church Virginia.  Which is not exactly DC, it is barely within the belt way. (I live so far inside the beltway, I rarely venture that far out.) It had a turn out of about 12 people.  Donnie and David Lowther had a great spread of snacks. We watched some great videos about the history of space flight and then disused them and other aspects of space. The chapter seemed to be thriving as 4 people joined or renewed their memberships.

Keep up the good work DC-L5.

What is going on with your chapter?

Friction Between Congress and NASA

Members of Congress are having issues with NASA’s Inspector General and Administrator candidates.

Lawmakers: NASA watchdog lacks bite, needs to go

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Key members of Congress from both parties want NASA’s internal watchdog fired, arguing he can’t be trusted to oversee the $1 billion in additional money the space agency is getting under the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package.

Government reports dating back to 2006 have accused NASA Inspector General Robert “Moose” Cobb of ineffectiveness, of profanely berating employees and being too close to the agency’s leadership. Calls for his ouster have intensified in the past month, since NASA is getting additional stimulus money for space exploration, research, and aeronautics.

“Apparently, Mr. Cobb thought he was supposed to be the lap dog, rather than the watchdog, of NASA,” Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tennessee, told CNN.

Bill Nelson and Co. take down Obama’s NASA frontrunner

Word is that Steve Isakowitz, the frontrunner for the NASA Administrator’s job, has been taken down by a group of his opponents on Capitol Hill.

 

According to Washington insiders and Hill staff, a group of lawmakers led by Florida’s Democratic senior Senator Bill Nelson are taking credit for pushing Isakowitz out of the picture.

2009 Space Exploration Alliance Legislative Blitz

Jeff Bingham, Craig Dooley, Mark Hopkins, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Greg Allison, David Millner, Lee Jones, Dan Cano
Jeff Bingham, Craig Dooley, Mark Hopkins, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Greg Allison, David Millner, Lee Jones, Dan Cano

The National Space Society was part of Space Exploration Alliance 2009 Blitz which occured February 22-24, 2009 in Washington, DC. We had 128 meetings, of those, 37 were with Senate offices. Individuals representing National Society of Black Engineers, The Moon Society, The Mars Society, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, The National Space Society and other organizations spent two days talking to representives about the importance of space.

Rick Zucker Motivating The Troops
Rick Zucker Motivating The Troops

The overriding theme of our February 2009 visit to Capitol Hill was that space must be a national priority. An appropriately funded space program will not only provide unprecedented advances in science and technology, but it will also energize and encourage our nation’s youth to pursue careers in engineering and science. Space will stimulate new growth industries, and create thousands of new jobs. We need space, and the vast resources that it offers, to enable us to stimulate our economy, to address the problems of an ever-growing population, and to help us solve the increasing energy needs of our nation and our civilization. At the Orientation on Sunday Rick Zucker talked about the importance of meeting with elected officals and there staff to push the space agenda. He also went over the talking points. Legislative Talking Points 1. Support NASA as it aims for the asteroids, the Moon, Mars and Beyond 2. Close the Human Spaceflight Gap by accelerating development of vehicles such as Ares I and the Orion crew exploration vehicle, and by harnessing private sector ingenuity and programs such as COTS-D. 3. Fund Research into Space- Based Solutions to Earth’s Energy and Environmental Needs like Space Solar Power and Clean Helium-3 Fusion 4. Protect and Expand Opportunities for Private Industry and Entrepreneurship such as COTS-D 5. Keep Key Science Missions Alive – robotic space missions are important.

Rick Zucker and Chris Carberry
Chris Carberry and Rick Zucker

Chris Carberry talked about what to expect and what to do in meetings in congressional offices.

Jim Muncy
Jim Muncy

Jim Muncy talked about funding COTS-D and its importance to the International Space Station and to driving launch technology development with creativity and competition.

Mark Hopkins
Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins discussed the importance of funding Space Solar Power Research.

Greg Allison
Greg Allison

Greg Allison talked about the importance of Lunar and Asteroid resources like Helium-3 for Fusion and rare metals for Hydrogen for the future of clean energy.


Brad Cheetham
Brad Cheetham

Brad Cheetham thanked Rick Zucker and Chris Carberry for all their hard work organizing the Blitz as well as everyone who was particapating. He also went over logistics.

Rick Zucker, Patt and Tam Czarnik
Patt Czarnik, Tam Czarnik, and Rick Zucker

Peter Kokh Has Won The Gerard K. O’Neill Award

The National Space Society Awards Committee is very pleased to announce to the NSS community and the larger space community that longtime activist and editor of the Moon Miners’ Manifesto, Peter Kokh, is the winner of the 2009 GERARD K. O’NEILL AWARD FOR SPACE SETTLEMENT ADVOCACY. He joined NSI (one of the two NSS predecessor organizations) in 1974. After joining the L5 Society about 1977, he was the co-founder (in 1986) and is current president of the Lunar Reclamation Society (NSS Chapter) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also currently president of the Moon Society, an NSS affiliate organization. He is the editor and principal writer of the M.M.M., which has been published monthly continuously since December, 1986, and is in its 23rd year of publication. It is now up to issue 222. This is the longest running printed pro-space publication of its type, since most of the other {quot}regional{quot} space newsletters ceased publishing over a decade ago. Peter has also served as Region 6 director on the NSS Board of Directors in 1991-2, and was chair of ISDC ’98, held in Milwaukee. He is currently a member of the NSS Board of Advisors, and maintains an extensive web site for his chapter.

Source: NSS Awards Committee

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.