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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

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.