Thank you SSI Associates!

THANK YOU to our recent new and renewing SSI Associates:

E. Tilenius, California
S. MacEwan, Virginia
S. & B. Brodbeck, Ohio
C. Renaud
L. Danly, California
B. Greene, New York
D. Taylor, Colorado
K. Gallant, New York
P. Friedman, New York

Your generous support makes a real difference and we all sincerely appreciate your show of personal dedication.

To join as an Space Studies Institute Senior Associate or renew your pledge and support the real work towards The Human Breakout Into Space, visit this page at SSI.org: http://ssi.org/join/

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Today at NASA NIAC 2017

Dr. Heidi Fearn today at NIAC
Dr. Heidi Fearn today at NIAC

Today at the the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program’s 2017 Symposium in Denver, SSI SA Dr. Heidi Fearn presented “Mach Effects for In Space Propulsion: Interstellar Mission.”

As promised, here are detailed documents from that presentation.

For the session poster, click here (41MB).

For the Q&A sheets, click here (10MB).

For the presentation slides, click here (37MB).

Great job Team SSI: Professor Heidi Fearn (PI), Dr. Jose Rodal, Dr. Marshall Eubanks, Dr. Bruce Long, Mr. Paul March, Gary C Hudson and Emeritus Professor James F. Woodward (Consultant)

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For Dr. Fearn’s NIAC one-page overview, click here.

To  visit the NIAC 2017 Symposium page, click here.

For more information on the SSI Exotic Propulsion Initiative, click here.

Next Week: NIAC!

NIAC
Next Week: NIAC!

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.

It will be live streamed at  www.livestream.com/viewnow/NIAC2017

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!

The SSI NIAC team in DC. l-r:  Dr. Jose Rodal, Professor Heidi Fearn, Dr. Marshall Eubanks and Dr. Bruce Long
The SSI NIAC team in DC. l-r: Dr. Jose Rodal, Professor Heidi Fearn, Dr. Marshall Eubanks and Dr. Bruce Long

 

For Dr. Fearn’s NIAC one-page overview, click here.

To  visit the NIAC 2017 Symposium page, click here.

For the current NIAC 2017 agenda pdf, click here.

Jerry Pournelle Remembered

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.

Left to right, Gary C Hudson, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle (standing) Seated: Arthur C. Clarke.  At the 1983 Citizen’s Council meeting.  Credit: J. Ransom.
Left to right, Gary C Hudson, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle (standing) Seated: Arthur C. Clarke. At the 1983 Citizen’s Council meeting. Credit: J. Ransom.

 

Briefing Vice President Dan Quayle, 1989, with the late General Daniel Graham and the late Maxwell Hunter II.
Briefing Vice President Dan Quayle, 1989, with the late General Daniel Graham and the late Maxwell Hunter II.

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