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SSI Senior Associate Joe Strout presents The High Frontier Simulation “Game”

High Frontier Simulation Design Mode screen shot
High Frontier Simulation Design Mode screen shot

SSI Senior Associate Joe Strout has been working very hard on the High Frontier simulation project for quite some time and following the successful Kickstarter campaign the project has been coming along in solid steps.

Joe just sent us all a couple of screen shots and this information:

“DesignMode [shown above] is probably the better one; it shows off some of the parameters that will be of interest to SSI members, and is a more colorful image.  But the MainAsteroidBelt image {see the bottom of this page] is a recent one showing off a feature coming in the *next* release, which is building a colony in orbit around an asteroid.  Unfortunately it’s a bit dark (hey, the main belt is quite far from the Sun!).”

While there are many recent video games set off-Earth, some even extremely popular (Halo, Doom, Borderlands, Destiny and the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda jump immediately to mind) they mostly use the locations simply as backgrounds and the core is the shoot-em-up action – this isn’t a slight against them, mine is a gaming family and I play all of those and more.  Other games do offer creative complexity and thoughtful exploration (Such as No Man Sky or Star Citizen – Star Citizen is Ed O’Neill’s passion, btw) but still, it’s not like you are getting the chance to play out the details of O’Neill’s concepts.

Strout’s High Frontier is different.

We hope you’ll head over to his site to check out those details, it’s got a pretty easy url ;-) :

Here’s a  YouTube video from Joe’s – Absolutely Excellent – 2015 TedX talk about the project and “The Vision”:

And here’s a link to a recent story about the whole project:

Nice work Joe,  SSI is proud to have you as a Senior Associate and glad to see you putting your heart into the challenge from our founder:

“Make something… Make The High Frontier” – Gerard K. O’Neill

High Frontier Simulation Asteroid location
High Frontier Simulation Asteroid location


Quickie: Jeff Bezos on The High Frontier

SSI Senior Associate Dr. Justin Karl sends all Associates this heads up:

It was a race, SAs Bob and Sharon Brodbeck sent that link at nearly the same time.

And SA John Jossy  (did you hear him with Gary on the Space Show last week?), emailed about this one:

We put it on the newly re-started SSI Facebook page… do you connect to the SSI Facebook page?

It’s at:

President Hudson on The Space Show tomorrow morning

SSI President Gary Hudson
SSI President Gary Hudson

[[UPDATE: If you missed the show… you didn’t!  To hear/download this Space Show episode with Gary, read the details and even make comments, you can click this link.]]

Tomorrow, Friday October 14th, at 9:30am pacific/12:30pm eastern, SSI President Gary C Hudson will be making his seventh appearance on Dr. David Livingston’s The Space Show.  The special emphasis of this broadcast will be the latest information on SSI’s Exotic Propulsion Initiative.

Taking place just weeks after the Breakthrough Propulsion Workshop in Estes Park, Colorado, this should be a very interesting discussion on this controversial technological subject.

It’s going to be a live show with Gary on the phone and you’ll be  invited to call in or email your questions on this important topic – or any other SSI projects.

To visit the Space Show page for this broadcast, click here.

For the page in information on Listening Live to The Space Show, click here.

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

If you’re new to the concepts of Advanced “Exotic” Propulsion, you can check out The Space Show’s archived presentation of the September 18th episode that featured taped interviews from AIAA Space 2016 with Steve Jolly, Tim Cichan, Dr. James Woodward, Dr. Heidi Fearn and John Hunt .


Plus, we just uploaded this new video to the SSI YouTube Channel: Gary’s opening remarks from the Estes Park Workshop.

[SSI and the organizers of the 2016 Breakthrough Propulsion Workshop are diligently working on the rest of the videos and the printed proceedings.  More information on the official release schedule will be coming soon!]


SSI at Exotic Propulsion Workshop

This week, SSI is very proud to be with Dr. James Woodward, Dr Heidi Fearn, Dr José Rodal  and, basically, the top minds in advanced “exotic” propulsion.

This is a by-invitation gathering and there is very limited connectivity way up here in the Rockies so we’ll have to wait for the end of the meeting to post.  But we assure you that there is a LOT more information to come…

Here are some helpful links:

Michelle Broyles and Gary Hudson at The Workshop
At the Exotic Propulsion Workshop, NSF’s Michelle “SeeShells” Broyles and SSI President Gary Hudson. To learn more about Michelle’s work, see the page


9-22 UPDATE:  Near the end of the final day we looked out the window and saw a double rainbow so most of the group ran outside to get this picture.

Truly it was a special week.  Many, many thanks to everyone for making it all work out.  Jim, Heidi, Lance, Robin, Anne, EVERYONE THANK YOU!

Now the process of going through the A/V and papers to make proceedings begins, and SSI will post updates as we get them.

Happy flights home everyone!