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SSI 50: Space Construction Techniques

What is needed to build O’Neill Islands and Colonies or other real habitats for real humans in freespace?

Join the discussion of Construction Techniques from day one of the Space Studies Institute’s SSI 50 gathering. This panel from Monday September 9th, 2019 at the Seattle Museum of Flight features host Joe Carroll, President of Tether Applications, Inc. plus Robert Hoyt, President of Tethers Unlimited, and NASA Ames Contractor Al Globus.

30 minutes of overview followed by 30 minutes of great Q&A.

SSI 50: Dr. Yvonne Cagle on The Possibilities

The first day of the Space Studies Institute’s SSI 50 gathering at the Museum of Flight in Seattle featured two lunchtime presentations.

We hope that you had a chance to view yesterday’s release of Professor Heidi Fearn’s update on the SSI NIAC Team’s work and now, from complex physics and engineering that might one day bring Humanity to the Stars, we shift focus to the simple beings that may one day make such a trip… and to places just as exciting but a little bit closer.

In her lively presentation “The Possibilities” Dr. Yvonne Cagle, M.D., Ph.D., Astronaut and United States Air Force Colonel (Retired) gave us a taste of a NASA Astronaut’s life and a look at some of the new technologies now being developed to protect our bodies from the elements and from ourselves as we begin The Human Breakout Into Space.

SSI 50: Professor Heidi Fearn Mach Effect Drives Update

The next video from the September 2019 SSI 50 Space Settlement Enterprise gathering held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle is SSI Senior Associate Professor Heidi Fearn’s Monday Lunchtime presentation “Mach Effects For In-Space Propulsion.”

This short but excellent video shows the current updates of Professor Fearn’s and Professor James Woodward’s (and Chip Akins’, John Brandenburg’s, T. Marshall Eubanks’, SSI President Gary C Hudson’s, Daniel Kennefick’s, Paul March’s, José Rodal’s and Jonathon Woodland’s) work on the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts MEGA Drive work.

As always, Professor Fearn kept even the non-physicists in the crowd fascinated and we hope that you enjoy the video as much as we all did live in Seattle.

Oh, by the way!  Heidi quickly mentions something that some folks weren’t aware of.  The August 2019 issue of Scientific American featured her and Dr. Woodward and the project work in the 8 page article by Sarah Scoles entitled “The Good Kind of Crazy.”


See up at the top right, “Fringe Physics – Wild ways to propel our species to the stars”?


If you missed it and don’t have a subscription to Scientific American so you can read it online, you can buy reprints from this link.  (Personally I just went to eBay and bought a couple of more physical copies to give to friends, paid about 9 dollars each.)

In any case, even newer information is now on the SSI YouTube Channel, from Professor Fearn’s Monday September 9th SSI 50 Lunch presentation.


SSI 50: The Videos!

September 9th and 10th, 2019 at the Museum of Flight In Seattle, The Space Studies Institute presented SSI 50: The Space Settlement Enterprise.  Two focused days with ten sessions running the gamut from habitat design and bioneering to economics and construction techniques.

Today we are proud to announce the beginning of the releases of the complete set of videos on the SSI YouTube Channel.

We start with the first three hour session on Habitat Design.  The session was moderated by Dallas Bienhoff of Cislunar Development Corporation and featured presentations from Bruce Pittman of OffWorld Inc., Robert Richards of Northrop Grumman, Professor Fred Scharmen of Morgan State University, Suzanna Bianco of Space Cooperative and Space Decentral,  Al Globus of the National Space Society, John Blincow of Gateway Foundation and Anthony Longman of Skyframe Research.

Because this was a such a long session, we have broken the recording into two pieces.  The first part, the individual presentations, is two hours long, and the second part, of Q&A,  runs about an hour.

Embedded below is the first of the videos and we invite you to visit the SSI YouTube Channel to view the second part.

The direct links to these first videos are:

Part One:

Part Two:

The Staff, Senior Associates and Volunteers of The Space Studies Institute send our sincerest thanks to the Staff of the Museum of Flight for all of their wonderful assistance and to all of our presenters and friends who traveled to join us in Seattle. And we all  give a very hearty “Well Done!” to SSI SA Ed Wright and Executive Director Robin Snelson for the months of hard work that they put into organizing this truly special SSI event.

More videos are waiting in the wings, so watch for more releases here at SSI.ORG and at the SSI Announcements page on Facebook (

And, of course, we hope that you enjoy the videos, that you LIKE them and share them with others who might be of a mind to join us as we continue Working On The High Frontier.