The SSI Exotic Propulsion Initiative work continues…
SSI President Gary C Hudson has this update
for All SSI Associates:
“The NASA sponsored NIAC Symposium starts Monday morning at 8:30 am Denver time and I am very pleased to tell you that SSI SA Dr. Heidi Fearn will be presenting “Mach Effects for In Space Propulsion: Interstellar Mission” at 11:10am on Wednesday.
Slides of Heidi’s talk, a Q&A handout and a PDF of the poster will all be public documents as of 11am Wednesday and at that time I will send them for posting on the SSI.ORG website and SSI Announcements page on Facebook .”
September 25-27, 2017, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program’s 2017 Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.
Great job Team SSI!
For Dr. Fearn’s NIAC one-page overview, click here.
To visit the NIAC 2017 Symposium page, click here.
My friend and sometimes colleague in matters aerospace, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, passed away quietly in his sleep this past Friday, age 84. Aerospace engineer, author of The Strategy of Technology and dozens of science fiction novels, raconteur, and Chairman of the Citizen’s Advisory Council on National Space Policy from 1980-1994, he was an intellectual of many talents and real humanity.
Those of us who seek to open the space frontier to all humanity owe Jerry a debt of gratitude for life well lived promoting all things space and particularly for his decade-long effort to solve the problem of low-cost access to space. He well understood and oft repeated Bob Heinlein’s famous dictum: “Once you are in low earth orbit, you’re halfway to anywhere.” It took years, but Jerry managed to cajole a cantankerous Council of headstrong individualists into supporting what became the DC-X program, and then took that mandate into the office of the Vice President of the United States, with two other now deceased cold warriors, Max Hunter and General Danny Graham. The result of that meeting opened the door on a new space age.
I’m particularly proud of the part I played in helping his Citizen’s Advisory Council reach the decision that reusable spaceships should be a national goal, but I hope Jerry gets more recognition of the role he played in death than he did in life. The current explosion of commercial space ventures owes much to his pioneering efforts, for example.
Jerry opened each of eight annual Council meetings with the words that he crafted for the cover page of each report that used to land on President Ronald Reagan’s desk:
“The statesman who leads humanity into space to stay will be remembered when Isabella the Great is long forgotten.”
It’s both ironic and profound that his last written words, on his Chaos Manor blog, were “Bye for now.” Goodbye forever, old friend, and thanks for helping us take a first faltering step on the road to the stars.
– Gary C Hudson
President, Space Studies Institute
From Rich Pournelle:
The public memorial service for Jerry Pournelle will be held at noon Saturday September 16 at St. Francis De Sales Church located at 13370 Valleyheart Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Please spread the word to those that would like to attend. We will try to livestream the service for those that can’t attend. Many thanks for all your well wishes. My family is very touched by your thoughts and prayers.
The Space Studies Institute giveaway of the Kindle editions of Gerard K. O’Neill’s 2081 and The High Frontier just ended a few minutes ago.
Final tally? 989 total free copies claimed.
SSI Associates: Thank you so very much for spreading the word on this exciting promotion and getting two amazing books into the hands of a new generation of forward looking readers!
New friends: Go read! And as you are reading don’t just take it all at face value, think about it, look for connections and check current resources to see for yourself if the fundamental concepts and opportunities that O’Neill described have real possibilities for creating a better Human future. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised and we look forward to seeing you join us at SSI.
Missed out on this free giveaway? The standard price of just $6.99 USD for the SSI Kindle editions is a great bargain for the information in these classic books so don’t look backwards, just head over to the Amazon Kindle pages for 2081 and The High Frontier and make that investment in your future.
Thank you from The Space Studies Institute, founded in 1977 by Gerard K. O’Neill for the Human Breakout Into Space.
*** This Free giveaway ended September 10th. If you missed it, the price is just $6..99 USD, a minor investment in a major future!***
We broke the news yesterday for SSI Associates to get their jump start and now it’s open for everyone:
For a limited time The Space Studies Institute is giving away the Kindle editions of Gerard K. O’Neill’s 2081 and The High Frontier for free!
2081, an amazing look at the future rising around us, and The High Frontier, the cornerstone book of the NewSpace generation, are both regularly priced at $6.99 USD but right now they are online around the planet for free download from the Amazon.com websites and Kindle stores.
For details on 2081, just jump down to the previous SSI Blog post and as for The High Frontier, well, if you haven’t heard of it then it’s time you laid the right foundation in your Space education.
Gerard K. O’Neill’s The High Frontier is a landmark book. A stunning, readable treatise.
Space is the place where there are no limits and where benefits to ALL of Humanity – everywhere – are free for the using with no need to harm anyone.
Sound far fetched? Sound naively Utopian and absolutely unachievable? Until a person actually reads The High Frontier for themselves, they should be careful about jumping to conclusions.
In The High Frontier, Princeton Nuclear Physicist Gerard K. O’Neill asks the famous question:
“Is a planetary surface, any planetary surface,
really the best place for an expanding technological civilization?”
And then he systematically looks at what it means for a civilization to expand, what such a civilization truly needs for real positive growth, and finds that all of those requirements and more are in no way out of reach.
Professor O’Neill makes this book of real science and real technology readable by most everyone by using fascinating “Letters From Space” followed by clear explanations of the hows and whys. O’Neill was a world-renowned scientist but he had the gift to make even the most technical information completely understandable.
If you’ve never personally read 2081 and The High Frontier, you are in for a truly amazing experience. If you haven’t read them in a while then now is a great time to refresh your memories!
To get your free copies, log into your Amazon.com account using your web browser or start the Kindle Store in your Kindle app or device to search for the “O’Neill Kindle 2081″ and “O’Neill Kindle The High Frontier”.
Make sure you see that the price of the books are $0.00 (zero).
Click on the Buy Now button. Note that the Buy Now is not the one for the kindleunlimited subscription program.
“Sync” your Kindle device or app to see your new books in your bookshelf and click them to begin the downloads.
They’re all yours so Start Reading!
Read on your Android, iOS or Windows Phone while in line at the grocery then pick up where you left off while relaxing at home with your tablet then start right up again on your Kindle Fire, Voyager or DX and even steal a few minutes at work using the Kindle program on your full Mac or Windows PC.
Pass the word!
The Space Studies Institute is giving away the Kindle editions of Gerard K. O’Neill’s 2081 and The High Frontier.
Twitter the news, Blog it, Facebook it, email it, spread the word and do it today!
The clock is ticking on this limited time offer, get yours now and tell your friends!
important notes: Amazon Kindle promotions may not be available in all countries or areas, as of this writing it appears that all of the Amazon links above are showing the price as zero but the exact countries and timings are up to Amazon. Due to the way eCommerce systems work, Start and End times of free book promotions can not be exactly specified. SSI Kindle editions are available in many countries but at this time the texts are only available in English.