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Tomorrowland

For reasons that will become obvious soon, I have been re-reading, and re-reading… and re-reading the SSI Kindle Edition of The High Frontier over the past few weeks.  Honestly, since it had been a while, I have been literally amazed at some my own incomplete memories of the major points of the book.

If you haven’t pulled out your copy in a while, maybe take a few minutes to take a fresh look yourself.

“It is essential to maintain a positive vision of the future, from which to draw our goals, the motivation to pursue them, and the compulsion to meet the complex human challenges we will face along the way”

-Kathy Sullivan, Astronaut.
From her preface to The High Frontier by Gerard K. O’Neill

 

SpaceShipTwo. Sincerest condolences and heartfelt wishes

The Space Studies Institute wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the family and colleagues of today’s lost SpaceShipTwo pilot, and extend our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery of the other pilot.

This is a sad and difficult moment in the human quest for the freedom to travel and live beyond the cradle of Earth.

Each test, each flight, whether perfectly completed or suffering any loss, is a required step in a very important journey. Every person who puts his or her life on the line for this goal is a hero and those who sacrifice the most will not be forgotten.

We hope that those who are struggling to come to terms with today’s loss will take time to appreciate and respect the courage and absolute dedication that these pilots put into making their worthy ambitions a reality for all of humanity. We owe them a great debt and, in their names, we must continue the work of making space accessible to everyone.

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November 3rd update:   The names of the pilots have been officially released.  Peter Siebold remains hospitalized at this time.  Friends of Michael Alsbury have organized a funding page to assist his family ( http://www.gofundme.com/MikeAlsbury ).

Dr. Peter E. Glaser 1923-2014

The Space Studies Institute is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Peter Glaser on May 29th.

Dr. Glaser’s name was synonymous with the technologies of Satellite Solar Power, a fundamental cornerstone of The High Frontier vision, and his long time personal association with our founder Gerard K. O’Neill was well known.

We grieve this loss but celebrate the great life of this important man whose passion and hard work has inspired so many and will undoubtedly play a major part in the future of humanity.