CSO Students l-r: John Key, Rodrigo Bustamante, Nick Altiser, Ashley Hollis-Bussey, Daniel Johnson, Hayley Lewis, Olivia Kirk, CSO Professor Justin Karl. Photo by Doug Messier of parabolicarc.com
At this moment there are six amazing students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach exploring the stacks at the SSI Library at the Mojave Spaceport. They have a long list of things to do around the area and we are very happy that they could spend some time with us.
Their helping to get the thousands of classic SSI slides re-digitized is going to be a great boon for all SSI researchers but, to be honest, after spending time with them on Sunday I have to say it is even more satisfying to find that the resources of the library appear so interesting to them all on a personal level.
We’ve spent time with various students from various schools over the past several months and while it is nice to hear “I’m going to be the next Elon Musk” it is even better to sit down and talk Mass-Drivers and Solar Power Satellites and – most importantly – to see that THE REASONS that Space can be a benefit to all the people of Earth are being understood and taken to heart by individuals who are now standing on the verge of becoming Leaders in the industry.
Of course, a substantial part of the credit for new eyes already being open to wider potentials goes to their Professor, SSI Senior Associate Dr. Justin Karl. Dr. Karl’s CSO101 classes have The High Frontier as required reading. THAT is awesome. THAT makes a difference.
And more on THAT will be coming soon as we have asked Dr. Karl to give us all some information after they get a chance to come up for air from their whirlwind working tour of the legendary Antelope Valley Space centers.
On January 25th Cranfield University in Cranfield, Branford, England presented the inaugural ‘Manufacturing 2075 Think Tank’. It was a wonderful meeting of presentations and workgroups and The Space Studies Institute was honored to be invited to be among the first participants.
Our session was promoted as a discussion of ‘Manufacturing on the Moon’ and we used that starting point to give an overview of the reasons for using the resources of the Moon but getting bigger payoffs by moving the actual manufacturing to a free-space location.
In other words, we presented The High Frontier Concept.
We hope that we were able to pique the interest of future manufacturing Leaders and perhaps even break through a few common misconceptions about the limitations of off-Earth activities. After all, Space is big and the Moon and Mars and all of the other planetary surfaces added together don’t even come close to representing the true useable area that is available to business and humanity just above the Earth’s atmosphere.
We thank all of the conference participants for allowing us to wheel our virtual persona ‘head-on-a-stick’ into their discussion groups and we are indebted to Professor Rajkumar Roy [Director of Manufacturing, Manufacturing Department Director, The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services (EPSRC-TES Centre) and Director, Operations Excellence Institute (OPEX-Institute)], and Dr. Jen Fensome [Head of Research Excellence, Research and Innovation Office], and Samuel Court [Software Development Engineer & Lab Manager at Cranfield University] for making SSI feel so welcome and for putting on such an exciting event.
SSI members in the UK may wish to take a look at upcoming Cranfield University events including the Manufacturing on The Moon Apprenticeship Competition coming up in May. For information on that event please click here.
And if you have 12 minutes, we invite you to view the SSI presentation that gave a very quick overview of the SSI High Frontier Concept to the participants in the first Cranfield Think Tank, we recorded it to a video and it is available now via the SSI YouTube Channel.
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