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SSI Update December 2007

The fourteenth SSI Conference on Space Manufacturing will be held at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton on April 19 and 20, 2008. The session chairs are responsible for the papers in their sessions. The sessions and chairs are:

Conference Chair: Prof. John S. Lewis

Space Manufacturing, Chair: Prof. Niklas Jarvstrat

Space Resources, Chair: Prof. John S. Lewis

Robotics, Chair: Prof. William “Red” Whittaker

Space Solar Power, Chair: Col. Michael “Coyote” Smith

Space Transportation, Chair: Prof. George Dyson

Closed Environment Life Support Systems, Chair: Dr. Lee Valentine

Economics, Chair: Dr. Klaus Heiss

Special Evening Session: Space Solar Power; the Space Solar Alliance for Future Energy

Poster session: Dr. Roger O’Neill

Recently the National Security Space Office of the Department of Defense, NSSO, under the leadership of General James Armor, began a serious study of Satellite Solar Power. The NSSO began the effort because the armed forces need to supply forward bases with electrical power and satellite solar power appeared likely to be economically competitive with the present cost of electricity at bases in Iraq. The NSSO is very interested in long term energy security for the United States and its allies. It would like to develop satellite solar power to prevent future wars over energy resources. No entity in the federal government has been charged with power satellite development and, excepting the NSSO, none has made any effort to promote it. The NSSO office would like to transfer responsibility for powersat development and construction to the private sector as soon as possible. They see the possibility that critical technologies will be classified secret and so become unusable for civilian purposes.
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SSI Princeton Conference 2008

Space Manufacturing 14 will be held at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, April 19 and 20, 2008.

Space Studies Institute
Prof. Freeman Dyson, President

Conference Chair Prof. John S. Lewis

Space Manufacturing, Chair Prof. Niklas Jarvstrat

Space Resources, Chair Prof. John S.. Lewis

Robotics, Chair Prof. William “Red” Whittaker

Space Solar Power, Chair Col. M.V. “Coyote” Smith

Space Transportation, Chair Prof. George Dyson

Closed Environment Life Support Systems, Chair Dr. Lee Valentine

Economics, Chair Dr. Klaus Heiss

Program for ISDC 2006

Here is the finalized program for Space Studies Institute’s track at ISDC 2006.

Thursday May 4, 2006

2:00 P.M.
Klaus Heiss: The Shuttle Decision Revisited and the Jamestown Proposal

2:30 P.M.
Lee Valentine: A Space Roadmap: a Profitable, Incremental Approach to Space Industrialization and Space Settlement

3:00 P.M.
Red Whittaker: The Grand Challenge and Recent Advances in Space Robotics

4:00 P.M.
Niklas Jarvstrat: Building a Self Reliant Moon Colony

4:30 P.M.
Alex Freundlich et al: Turning the Moon into A Solar Photovoltaic Paradise

Peter Schubert: Synergistic Construction Mechanisms for Habitats in Space Environs

Al Globus: Kalpana One: A New Space Colony Design

Friday May 5, 2006

3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
Gary Barnhard: Architecting the Future
Masse Bloomfield: Space – The Endless Frontier
Brian Enke: The Medusa Approach to Mars Exploration and Settlement
Pamela Conrad: Making the Vision Real: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Space Exploration
Sherry E. Bell: Evolutionary Psychology and Its Implications for the Future of Humans in Space

5:00 P.M.
Pascal Lee: Astronaut Training for Moon and Mars Surface

5:30 P.M.
Greg Allison: Human Destiny – Why We Must Choose to Settle Space Now to Survive

Saturday May 6, 2006

2:00 P.M.
Hirdy Miyamoto: Granular materials on the surface of the small asteroid Itokawa: Initial results of the Japanese Hayabusa mission

2:30 P.M.
Jeff Kargel: Martian resources supporting expansion of a self-sustaining Mars outpost

3:00 P.M.
Phil Sadler: Thermal Well for ISRU Water Extraction from Lunar/Martian Permafrost

3:30 P.M.
James Dohm et al.: Tier-scalable Reconnaissance To Test Overarching Geological Theories and Locate Prime Targets on Mars

4:00 P.M.
Wolfgang Fink et al.: Tier-Scalable Reconnaissance for Remote Planetary Exploration

4:30 P.M.
Roberto Furfaro: Autonomy in Planetary Exploration: Fuzzy Expert System for Tier-Scalable Reconnaissance

5:00 P.M.
William Jewell: A Proposal for an All Biological CELSS: Phase 2 of the Cornell/SSI Collaboration

Sunday May 7, 2006

11:00 A.M.
Giorgio Gaviraghi: Artificial Planets

11:30 A.M.
Phil Putman: An Orbiting Magnetic Arrest System for Rocket-free Transportation to Earth Orbit