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Space Manufacturing 14 Proceedings Now Online


SSI is pleased to announce the publication of papers from the 14th Space Manufacturing Conference. Thirteen papers from the conference at the NASA Ames Research Center are now available for download at no cost. They cover a broad range of key areas including space transportation, closed environment life support systems, in-situ resource utilization, space solar power, and emerging technologies such as 3-D printing.

To economize, we have decided to make these papers available for free download rather than producing a printed volume. As was done for the 1st and 2nd conferences, SSI will combine these papers with those from the future (15th) Space Manufacturing Conference into one volume for purchase. We are working on plans for the 15th Conference at this time and will announce venue and dates shortly. In the interim, this approach will guarantee the widest possible distribution.

Please see this page to download papers from Proceedings of Space Manufacturing 14.

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David Valentine to Return in Summer to Organize Archives

Prof. David Valentine will be returning to SSI this summer to complete the organization of the institute’s archives that he began last year. David is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota who joined SSI as a visiting scholar for several weeks in 2011. He is working on a book about space.

SSI welcomes any donations of space books and other appropriate materials to expand our archives. Please contact us at admin@ssi.org to arrange a donation.

We have had offers to convert our essential technical files to an electronic format. We will keep you updated as matters progress in this area.

Senior Advisor Spotlight: John Mankins Launches Kickstarter Campaign for SPS Book

SSI Senior Adviser John C. Mankins has launched a KickStarter fund-raising campaign to fund a new high-quality, non-fiction book on space solar power. Mankins, an internationally recognized expert on the subject who is president of Artemis Innovation Management Solutions LLC, is attempting to raise $25,000 by Wednesday, June 27.

Please give what you can to help John reach his goal. Click here to donate.