Don Davis, “the artist most responsible for making space colonies look like a good place to live,” has a great essay this week in Ad Astra online.
For undergraduates and graduate students
Note: the applications deadline is 15 March.
The Center for Space Nuclear Research is accepting applications for Summer Fellowships. The goal of the Summer Fellowship program is to provide participants an opportunity to learn and evaluate current issues involving nuclear power and propulsion technologies for space exploration. This year’s primary project will be to evaluate the application of using a nuclear thermal rocket to support a Lunar Outpost.
In the middle decades of the last century, the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, or NACA, developed a large body of engineering data that was crucial to the development of aeronautics in United States during that period. Indeed, that engineering data is used even today by aerospace engineers. After NACA was absorbed into NASA, the functions it performed were gradually lost.
Today, we find that our ability to use the vast energy and materials resources in space is stymied by the lack of cheap space transportation. To develop cheap transportation, basic engineering data need to be developed and disseminated to the entrepreneurial space transportation community. This paper outlines a way for government to effectively assist this new industry whose success is essential to our national security and economic prosperity.
Space Studies Institute Conference Track
International Space Development Conference
The first International Space Development Conference was 25 years ago, produced by the L5 Society, which later merged with National Space Institute to become today’s National Space Society. The Planetary Society celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005, and is the world’s largest space-interest group.
Space Studies Institute will sponsor a conference track at ISDC 2006.