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Let the Sun Shine In

Swarthmore College Bulletin August 1992 cover

It is commonly accepted that excellent places of higher learning are those that are not only open to the investigation of extreme ideas, but are those which encourage that investigation.

The cover of the August 1992 Swarthmore College Bulletin shows that openness by the students… and, far more importantly, if you look closely at the last paragraphs of the editor’s introduction to the issue’s first article, you’ll see that when students instinctively shy away from a topic that challenges them a bit too much an excellent instructor is one who guides them to think twice.

Swarthmore College Bulletin August 1992 GKON article

If you want to read that article, just scroll to the bottom of the May 1992 SSI Update Newsletter.

 

Two great Summer Gatherings

Two summer gathering alerts from SSI Senior Associates John Jossy and Tom Valone!

From SSI SA Thomas Valone, PhD, PE, President of the Integrity Research Institute:

‘It was a joy to have Gerard sign my copy of The High Frontier in the 1970s and gratifying to see his institute still in business.

This summer the Ninth International Conference on Future Energy (COFE9) will be held in Albuquerque NM on July 28-29, 2017 in parallel with the ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference in the same Embassy Suites Hotel. We also feature Breakthrough Propulsion speakers and are currently funding TWO breakthrough propulsion projects by previous presenters.

For more information please visit www.futurenergy.org ‘

 

And from SSI SA John Jossy:

‘This August Icarus Interstellar is holding their Starship Congress in Monterey, California. The event, held every other year, is dedicating this meeting to focusing on lunar space infrastructure development. Icarus Interstellar’s mission is to support the basic research needed for humankind to reach the stars. But first things first. The focus of this year’s conference poses the question: “How can we hope to gain experience living, building and working off planet without systematically capitalizing on our nearest, most accessible celestial body?”

Day one will examine the moon as a stepping-stone to the planets, and ultimately the stars. The presentations will explore all aspects of lunar colonies. For example lunar city planning, lunar resources, construction, power, water, radiation shielding, living and working, economy, sociology. In addition, planetary, deep space and interstellar exploration with the Moon as a centerpiece will be examined through discussions of spacecraft shipyards, lunar space elevators and deep space remote sensing telescopes.

The second day will look first at massive space access systems. This will include cis-Lunar transport vehicles, global logistics, tourism, legal and safety considerations and military presence. The topic of “Children in Space” will then be explored covering youth space education programs, people with disabilities in space and answer the question “When will we send the first child to space?” The philosophy behind solving this problem is that when it is safe for children to go there, it will be much more desirable for all people to travel to the moon!

The third day will address large-scale space based infrastructure and cultural needs. The former topic will address technology needed to support space and lunar industry such as space stations, mining facilities, telecommunications, zero gravity and lunar gravity manufacturing technology development. The cultural aspects include space arts, sports, community and culture; that is, everything not considered infrastructure, but which is necessary for humans to live and prosper on the Moon and in space.

A presentation on this third day will be made by Kim Holder, creator of Moonwards, a website depicting a virtual colony on the Moon. Moonwards attempts through engineering rigor and 3D simulation, to visualize a large-scale settlement by a group of nations collaborating to colonize the Moon, basing their design decisions on technical and economic merit. Immediately after the presentation, a panel discussion is planned moderated by Dr. David Livingston, host of the Space Show. The panel will feature Dr. Haym Benaroya, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University, Kim Holder, and myself. You can visit Moonwards at www.moonwards.com .

Starship Congress 2017 is happening August 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, California. You can find more information with links on how to register here:

http://www.icarusinterstellar.org/pages/starship-congress-2017 ‘

 

Thanks Tom and John for sharing this great information!

 

SSI NIAC June 2017 Update from President Gary Hudson

SSI President Gary Hudson
SSI President Gary Hudson

 

Good Morning SSI Associates!

I wanted to personally give you this quick update on the Space Studies Institute Exotic Propulsion Initiative:

Earlier this month, several members of the SSI NIAC study team attended the NASA NIAC kickoff event in Washington, D.C. Besides delivering a short “elevator pitch” presentation, Professor Heidi Fearn and Drs. Marshall Eubanks, Bruce Long and José Rodal also presented a poster and slides which we’ve made available for download at the bottom of this post.

We’re now about twenty percent of the way along our study, and as we proceed we’ll provide progress reports on both the experimental, theoretical and conceptual probe work being undertaken.

Thank you very much for your personal support!

– Gary

The SSI NIAC team in DC
The SSI NIAC team in DC. l-r:  Dr. Jose Rodal, Professor Heidi Fearn, Dr. Marshall Eubanks and Dr. Bruce Long
SSI NIAC 2017 Overview Poster
SSI NIAC 2017 Overview Poster (click to show larger)

For your copy of the DC Kickoff presentation slides PDF click here !


For more information on the SSI Exotic Propulsion Initiative, including links to the full set of videos from the 2016 Breakthrough Propulsion Workshop, see the main project page on SSI.org.

Don’t forget, only with your personal support and generous contributions can we continue to turn great engineering ideas into positive realities.

SSI is working today on The High Frontier.  Join us!

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts

Power Beaming from the Creator

There are many videos showing experiments of Wireless Power Beaming available on YouTube, most all mention either the 1964 Raytheon Microwave Helicopter experiments or the 1975 JPL Goldstone tests – and the official NASA Goldstone PR video alone has over 40 thousand YouTube views  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O44WM1Q9H8).

Today, we have something extra to add to the collection.

In the 1980’s the manager of the projects, who many rightly name as “The Man Behind Microwave Power Beaming”, SSI Senior Advisor Dr. Bill Brown of Raytheon Labs, made a special version of videos of those tests featuring his own voiceover for a more technically interested audience. The Space Studies Institute is very proud to bring this SSI Engineering classic back to the public. Please tell others about it.

Thanks go to new SSI Associate Mark Shaw for delivering the thought-lost VHS tape to us and to CyberLink for excellent video forensics software that helped clean it up so nicely.

Enjoy.