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Breakthrough Discuss 2018

SSI Senior Associate Dr. Heidi Fearn and Senior Advisor Jeff Greason join the Progress in Novel Space Propulsion panel at Breakthrough Discuss 2018.

Breakthrough Discuss was an invitation-only conference held April 12th and 13th at Stanford University featuring a who’s-who of advanced Space biology and physics topics. The conferences was co-hosted by Stanford University’s Department of Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, NASA Astrobiology Institue and NASA Ames Research Center.

The complete video is uncut and includes long stretches of blank space, such as for the lunch break, but you can scroll through it and the video link we placed below should begin at the start of the Progress in Novel Space Propulsion session (6 hours 17 minutes into the 7 and a half hour video).

see the breakthrough Discuss agenda at: https://breakthroughinitiatives.org/events/discussconference2018

Will you be at the ISDC?

From last week’s members only SSI eUpdate:

This year, the National Space Society, one of the largest Space Advocacy organizations on our planet, will be featuring two awards of direct interest to Space Studies Institute Associates:

Jeff Bezos, Founder of Blue Origin and Founder and CEO of Amazon.com will receive the Gerard K. O’Neill Award for Space Settlement and Professor Freeman Dyson, a dear man with credits to Science and Humanity – and SSI – far too numerous to name, will be receiving the Heinlein Award.

A very exciting fact that isn’t yet on the NSS pages is that Space Studies Institute Co-Founder Tasha O’Neill will be doing the presentations to Mr. Bezos and Professor Dyson.

Everyone involved in Space knows that the NSS knows how to put on a show and the ISDC is always THE place to meet old friends and make new Space relationships.

We encourage you to look at your calendar and set aside May 24th-27th 2018 for this year’s once in a lifetime event.

Read the press release on this year’s Gerard K. O’Neill Award here: http://space.nss.org/jeff-bezos-to-attend-national-space-society-conference-to-receive-award/

And on Professor Dyson’s Heinlein Award here: http://isdc2018.nss.org/team-member/freemandyson/

Freeman Dyson and The High Frontier
Freeman Dyson and The High Frontier

Ok, let’s list the Professor’s credits: http://www.sns.ias.edu/dyson

And let him encourage you to enjoy some summer reading: http://www.nybooks.com/contributors/freeman-dyson/

Congratulations Team SSI! NIAC Phase II

NIAC

SSI Exotic Propulsion Initiative News from SSI President Gary C Hudson:

The Space Studies Institute is proud to announce that the SSI NIAC Team has been selected for a Phase 2 grant for continuing support of the research and development of Mach Effect Gravitational Assist (MEGA) Drive project.

The NIAC Team, Professor Heidi Fearn (CalState University Fullerton), Dr. José Rodal, Dr. Marshall Eubanks, Mr. Paul March, and Emeritus Professor James F. Woodward (Principal Investigator) have been dedicated to advancing the understanding and implementation of this technology that has, truly, civilization-changing potential. We are very happy for this funding that will be a boost to the project over the next two years.

For more information on the Phase 2 award, see the official NASA NIAC Press release at: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invests-in-shapeshifters-biobots-other-visionary-technology

And our Phase 2 proposal at: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Mach_Effect_for_In_Space_Propulsion_Interstellar_Mission

And if all of this is new to you, see the SSI Project page at: http://ssi.org/programs/ssi-exoticpropulsioninitiative/ which gives full background, links to the 38 videos of the Advanced Propulsion Workshops and NIAC presentations, a free 330+ page pdf of the 2016 Workshop and a direct link to SSI SA Jim Woodward’s book “Making Starships and Stargates: The Science of Interstellar Transport and Absurdly Benign Wormholes”

Making Starships and Stargates by Dr. James Woodward
Making Starships and Stargates by Dr. James Woodward

Many thanks to the entire SSI NIAC Team and the many supporters who have selflessly pitched in with contributions over the years. Great job everyone… again!

– Gary C Hudson
President, Space Studies Institute