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National Space Council 2018

High Hopes for the new National Space Council. But hopes aren’t enough and lobbying isn’t enough. Make something, be part of the work. You can. Where there is nothing anyone with an idea and the will to do a project well is a making a benefit and can see a profit. Seize the opportunity.

Satellites and Robots and Military technologies are perceived as the easy money fruit because not enough work has been done publicly to make Human Spaceliving seem as easy an option.

Closed Loop Ecological Systems reduce and eventually must eliminate the need for resupplies from Earth. There have been many advances in enclosed agriculture… what are they and how do they apply? In a small space can they be constructed to make adequate yields of nutrition and safe, usable atmospheres?

Reduced Gravity experiments are a fundamental absolute requirement. It is established that microgravity is not healthy, but there is no real 1 quarter or 1 sixth gravity experimental data on vertebrates, no proof at all that Humans can survive extended stays on the Moon or Mars. Should one of the exciting projects be an SSI G-Lab?

Solar Power beamed pure from Satellites, to stabilize the spikes on our aging, brittle Grids without huge office building sized toxic batteries and fossil fuel generators being spun up at night, when clouds roll in and when the wind stops blowing or even for when a lot of people happen to turn on their televisions at the same time. Stable Energy supply is not a problem that went away with rooftop solar panels and plug-in cars. The studies on SPS have been done for decades, now is it time to re-start this real, practical work?

These are just a few real Space projects that can pay off and benefit Humans in Space and Humans on any planetary surface.

Getting involved means getting our own hands dirty with grease and soil as well as talk. The Space Studies Institute looks forward to seeing and promoting your experiments.

An Interesting SSI Weekend

Just a quick update for the SSI family… over the long holiday weekend The Space Studies Institute sure got some things done.

After wrapping up some must-do general office busywork last week we pulled out the Space Based Solar Power/Solar Power Satellite collection cases and got back into organizing for eventual public release.

In the 1990’s The Space Studies Institute was selected to be the repository of  the  NASA and Department of Energy SPS documentation and over the years many researchers had visited the Princeton SSI offices to pour over these priceless volumes.  When SSI moved main operations to the Mojave Air and Space Port this large, heavy collection was put into storage for a time when the budget would allow safest shipping and that time arrived last summer when an SSI Senior Associate contributed their time to do the packing and paid for the transport to the West coast.

Some of the SSI NASA DOE SPS report collection being put in order
Some of the SSI NASA DOE SPS report collection being put in order

On Friday we put much of the collection in chronological order and got a chunk of the Velobound reports digitized.  Hundreds more, those in spiral and staple binding and in cloth-glued format are still to come and thanks to an SSI SA’s loan of  a wide format book scanner they will be done as we are able.

The scanning is just the “easy” part, after that each page will be individually enhanced and each report will be put into separate PDFs with hyperlinked tables of contents and hierarchical bookmarking to make life easier for future SPS researchers.

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This is very time consuming work but we look forward to a first release within a few months, if all goes well, and SSI Senior Associates up to date on memberships for 2018 can look forward to something special in their mailboxes at that time (Which reminds me, if you haven’t gotten around to renewing your pledge for the year please head over to the Join Page and click the Senior Associate yellow button to use paypal for that.)

That was Friday, on Saturday an SSI Alumnus and I met up  for a nice lunch just to talk Space and Options and there just happened to be a very large piece of paper with us that has been in need of digital cleaning.  Upon seeing the white page with blue sketching he offered to see what he could do to bring a bit of Space History back to the light of day  – and he also renewed his SSI Senior Associate pledge, which is is very appreciated and just makes us all more comfortable when we allow “insider” information out of the SSI physical archives.

We very much look forward to seeing what he comes up with and hope that in time we will have something very nice to show in an upcoming SSI Associate members-only newsletter.

 

And then there was a little thing that happened yesterday on the SSI Announcements Facebook page, the place where we put fast notes of interest to the SSI Family…  February 19th, being the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, we thought deserved a notice.  And it was definitely noticed:

SSI remembers the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus
SSI remembers the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus

Over 20 thousand good people saw that little post, it was shared 200  times, Liked by over 850 people, Loved by 65 and even given “Ha-Ha” by 11 :-).

If you didn’t see it, here is a direct link: https://www.facebook.com/SpaceStudiesInstitute/photos/a.687606481408933.1073741828.547018005467782/919490171553895

There were a lot of comments, some quite interesting from folks who don’t normally have Space technologies in their day to day work, and while some of us might not share all of the opinions that everyone chose to expose publicly, it all makes for very good research.

The Space Studies Institute is about using the Energy and Material Resources of Space to help regular people everywhere they chose to live –  ALL regular people, not just those those who see things exactly as we do right now.  So if you check  that post’s set of threads and maybe are considering joining in, we know that you will take a breath and remember that everyone is entitled to an opinion and arguments don’t help anyone – what helps Everyone is working to show by deed where real positives can be made.

There’s an old truism that someone paraphrased at the Estes Park Advanced Propulsion Workshop: “People will argue forever that something is impossible… but when a cannonball is sitting in mid-air right before your own eyes, it is hard to deny it.’  The contributions and tax deductible donations of our Associates work to make people see that “Impossible” things with potential benefit sometimes just need extra help.  We sincerely appreciate all of your help and we look forward to updating you on the ongoing projects mentioned above and the others that truly deserve your full support.

Cordially,
SSI Senior Associate and Volunteer Robert Smith
The Space Studies Institute

 

Falcon Heavy Test. Beautiful.

The Space Studies Institute congratulates – no, CONGRATULATES!!! – SpaceX on the beautiful test of the Falcon Heavy.

This IS History.

From  the SpaceX YouTube Feed of the Falcon Heavy Test Launch.  February 6th, 2018
From the SpaceX YouTube Feed of the Falcon Heavy Test Launch. February 6th, 2018
From  the SpaceX YouTube Feed of the Falcon Heavy Test Launch.  February 6th, 2018
From the SpaceX YouTube Feed of the Falcon Heavy Test Launch. February 6th, 2018
From  the SpaceX YouTube Feed of the Falcon Heavy Test Launch.  February 6th, 2018
From the SpaceX YouTube Feed of the Falcon Heavy Test Launch. February 6th, 2018
From  the SpaceX YouTube Feed of the Falcon Heavy Test Launch.  February 6th, 2018
From the SpaceX YouTube Feed of the Falcon Heavy Test Launch. February 6th, 2018
From  the SpaceX YouTube Feed of the Falcon Heavy Test Launch.  February 6th, 2018
From the SpaceX YouTube Feed of the Falcon Heavy Test Launch. February 6th, 2018

Godspeed Starman.  Touché SpaceX.

2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop Videos: Day Three

2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop Group

The Space Studies Institute proudly presents the complete set of videos of the presentations from the final day of the 2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop, held Friday, November 3rd, 2017 in the Sally Ride Board Room of The Aerospace Corporation’s El Segundo, California headquarters.

The presentations spanned a range of Propulsion Physics and Engineering topics with insightful and often entertaining Q&A. We hope that you will give each video a full view and that you will discover, as some of us did while putting the videos together, that even sessions not at first seeming to be in our personal areas of expertise can have real nuggets of directly usable information.

Enjoy!

Session 09: Raymond Chiao.
Professor Emeritus at The University of California, Merced
Co-Author of “Quantum Optics“, Editor of “Amazing Light: A Volume Dedicated To Charles Hard Townes On His 80th Birthday” and Co-Editor of “Visions of Discovery: New Light on Physics, Cosmology, and Consciousness

“The Dynamical Casimir Effect and the Possibility of Laser-Like Generation of Gravitational Radiation.”

For a PDF of Professor Chiao’s slides for this presentation, click here

 

Session 10: Dr. Peter M. Jansson
Associate Professor of Engineerings at Bucknell University President of Integrated Systems

“An Empirical Pursuit of Mach’s Principle: Experimental Results Indicating a ‘Machian’ Inertial Reaction Force is Detectable and Electromagnetic.”

For a PDF of Professor Jansson’s slides, click here.

 

Session 11: Dr. John E. Brandenburg
Morningstar Applied Physics, LLC

“The GEMS* Unification Theory and The NASA JSC EM Thruster”

*- GEMS being an acronym for “Gravity ElectroMagnetism Super”

For a PDF of Dr. Brandenburg’s slides, click here.

 

Session 12: Dr. Heidi Fearn
Professor of Physics at The California State University Fullerton SSI NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Team Principle Investigator
SSI Senior Associate

“The Mach Effect Gravitational Assist Drive “

Updates on The MEGA Drive.

For a PDF of Dr. Fearn’s slides, click here.

 

Special Bonus Video
Session 00: Greg Meholic

The Aerospace Corporation

“Who We Are and Why We Are Interested”

Following SSI President Gary C Hudson’s very short (and, sadly, not well recorded) welcome to the group on day one, Greg Meholic gave the rules of the campus followed by this fascinating overview of the work of The Aerospace Corporation and insights into the interest there is in Propellantless Propulsion.

For a PDF of Mr. Meholic’s presentation, click here.


We hope that you enjoy these presentations from the SSI 2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop and invite you to re-view the videos of all three days, plus the videos of the 2016 Estes Park Breakthrough Propulsion Workshop and remember to download and read the  337 page Proceedings of the 2016 Workshop, free of charge, from The Space Studies Institute.

The video releases of the presentations of the 2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop.

For the Day One Videos and Slides, click here.

For the Day Two Videos and Slides, click here.

Proudly presented by The Space Studies Institute.


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